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Poll Watch: Ohio State winning voters over with dominance

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Ohio State climbed in the polls for the first time in four weeks. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Poll Watch: Ohio State winning voters over with dominance

LINCOLN, Neb. — Ohio State just keeps rolling, and the pollsters are starting to take notice.

For the first time in a few weeks, the Buckeyes climbed to No. 5 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Sunday. Ohio State received four first-place votes.

Alabama took the top spot in the coaches poll. Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top five.

The Buckeyes climbed to No. 4 in the latest AP Poll, behind new No. 1 Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.

The reason Ohio State climbed? The Buckeyes are beating teams by an average of more than 40 points per game. They’re holding teams to nine points per game, good for third in the country. As good as Justin Fields and the offense have been for the Buckeyes, the defense is the story.

Nebraska learned that the hard way. The Buckeyes forced Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez into tough throws, bad decisions and, ultimately, turnovers. In the 48-7 rout, Ohio State seemed unstoppable heading into another primetime matchup with Michigan State. But don’t tell that to coach Ryan Day. He still isn’t satisfied with where the Buckeyes are, and he still wants to wait and see before deciding where Ohio State is.

“We’ll see,” Day said. “We’ve got a huge one next week against one of the best defenses in the entire country. That’s going to be a huge one.”

Following the home game with Michigan State, the Buckeyes will have an off week before heading to Northwestern for a Friday night game in Evanston.

Ohio State has four ranked teams remaining on its schedule: Michigan State (Oct. 5), Wisconsin (Oct. 26), Penn State (Nov. 23), Michigan (Nov. 30).

The full rankings can be found below.

Week Six Coaches Poll (Sept. 29)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Clemson

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 Oklahoma

No. 5 Ohio State

No. 6 LSU

No. 7 Auburn

No. 8 Florida

No. 9 Wisconsin

No. 10 Notre Dame

No. 11 Penn State

No. 12 Texas

No. 13 Oregon

No. 14 Iowa

No. 15 Boise State

No. 16 Washington

No. 17 Utah

No. 18 Michigan

No. 19 Central Florida

No. 20 Wake Forest

No. 21 Texas A&M

No. 22 Virginia

No. 23 Michigan State

No. 24 Memphis

No. 25 Oklahoma State

Week Six AP Poll (Sept. 29)

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Clemson

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 LSU

No. 6 Oklahoma

No. 7 Auburn

No. 8 Wisconsin

No. 9 Notre Dame

No. 10 Florida

No. 11 Texas

No. 12 Penn State

No. 13 Oregon

No. 14 Iowa

No. 15 Washington

No. 16 Boise State

No. 17 Utah

No. 18 Central Florida

No. 19 Michigan

No. 20 Arizona State

No. 21 Oklahoma State

No. 22 Wake Forest

No. 23 Virginia

No. 24 SMU

No. 25 Texas A&M

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second 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.