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Poll watch: Buckeyes hold steady during off date

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Ohio State is preparing for another Big Ten battle this week against Northwestern. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll watch: Buckeyes hold steady during off date

COLUMBUS — Ohio State had a week off, and it didn’t figure to move in the polls.

After a wild Saturday featuring upsets, Ohio State checks in at No. 4 in the latest Coaches Poll, the same spot the Buckeyes were in a week ago.

Alabama kept the top spot. Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma rounded out the top five of the Coaches Poll. Georgia fell out of the top five after its loss.

Ohio State has been able to stay in the top 10 throughout the season, and the Buckeyes have been steadily climbing each week. The key for Ohio State: just keep winning. And that’s what the Buckeyes are doing. They’re doing so by an average margin of 40.5 points per game.

“I feel like we just beat a top-25 team in a great atmosphere against a really well-coached team, a really good defense, a really good quarterback,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after the win over Michigan State on Oct. 5. “We had to play 60 minutes of football. To hold them to 285 [yards] and to have 529, that’s a good day. The best part about that is we came off the field feeling like we can’t wait to get onto film and figure out where we can improve.”

With the week to watch the film and improve, Ohio State will be rested and ready when they travel to take on Northwestern in a rare Friday-night matchup.

The full rankings can be found here:

Week Eight Coaches Poll (Oct. 13)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Clemson

No. 3 LSU

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 Wisconsin

No. 7 Penn State

No. 8 Notre Dame

No. 9 Florida

No. 10 Georgia

No. 11 Auburn

No. 12 Oregon

No. 13 Boise State

No. 14 Utah

No. 15 Texas

No. 16 Michigan

No. 17 Arizona State

No. 18 Baylor

No. 19 SMU

No. 20 Minnesota

No. 21 Cincinnati

No. 22 Iowa

No. 23 Washington

No. 24 Appalachian State

No. 25 Temple

Week Eight AP Poll (Oct. 13)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 LSU

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 Wisconsin

No. 7 Penn State

No. 8 Notre Dame

No. 9 Florida

No. 10 Georgia

No. 11 Auburn

No. 12 Oregon

No. 13 Utah

No. 14 Boise State

No. 15 Texas

No. 16 Michigan

No. 17 Arizona State

No. 18 Baylor

No. 19 SMU

No. 20 Minnesota

No. 21 Cincinnati

No. 22 Missouri

No. 23 Iowa

No. 24 Appalachian State

No. 25 Washington

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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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