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Poll watch: Ohio State still stuck behind LSU despite dominance

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Ohio State remained perfect with a big win over rival Michigan. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll watch: Ohio State still stuck behind LSU despite dominance

COLUMBUS — After two weeks and two dominant wins over ranked opponents, Ohio State still can’t find a way to the top spot in the Amway Coaches Poll.

The reality is that neither the coaches poll nor the AP Poll matter at all. But the recognition of having the best team in the country is never a bad thing. The Buckeyes couldn’t make it to the top spot in the latest coaches poll despite their 56-27 road win over hated rival Michigan on Saturday.

Ohio State is still No. 2.

LSU retained the top spot, which it has held since the first week of November. Ohio State checked in at No. 2, while Clemson, Georgia and Utah rounded out the top five heading into conference championship games.

The Buckeyes remained perfect on the season with a complete effort against Michigan, something coach Ryan Day prepares for every day of the year, much like his predecessor, Urban Meyer.

“Ever since I took the job, it’s been on my mind,” Day said. “I know what this game means to the people of Ohio, Buckeye nation, and coming off the heels of one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football who went 7-0 here, those are big shoes to fill. I tried not to worry about that, our staff tried not to worry about that.

“All you can worry about is right now.”

That Michigan win is behind the Buckeyes. And now, Ohio State can lock up a playoff spot with a third straight Big Ten title game win Saturday in Indianapolis.

The Buckeyes will do so as the No. 2 team in the country, according to the coaches.

The full rankings can be found below.

Week 15 Coaches Poll (Dec. 1)

No. 1 LSU

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Georgia

No. 5 Utah

No. 6 Oklahoma

No. 7 Florida

No. 8 Baylor

No. 9 Alabama

No. 10 Wisconsin

No. 11 Penn State

No. 12 Auburn

No. 13 Oregon

No. 14 Notre Dame

No. 15 Minnesota

No. 16 Memphis

No. 17 Boise State

No. 18 Michigan

No. 19 Iowa

No. 20 Appalachian State

No. 21 Cincinnati

No. 22 Virginia

No. 23 Navy

No. 24 Southern California

No. 25 Air Force

Week 15 AP Poll (Dec. 1)

No. 1 LSU

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Georgia

No. 5 Utah

No. 6 Oklahoma

No. 7 Florida

No. 8 Baylor

No. 9 Alabama

No. 10 Wisconsin

No. 11 Auburn

No. 12 Penn State

No. 13 Oregon

No. 14 Notre Dame

No. 15 Minnesota

No. 16 Memphis

No. 17 Michigan

No. 18 Iowa

No. 19 Boise State

No. 20 Appalachian State

No. 21 Cincinnati

No. 22 Virginia

No. 23 Navy

No. 24 USC

No. 25 Air Force

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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