Buckeyes remain in top four ahead of Big Ten title showdown

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Justin Fields and the Buckeyes are still near the top of the polls. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State received both good news and bad news through the last week.

The Buckeyes had their rivalry game against Michigan, the game circled on the calendar all year, canceled due to COVID-19 cases in the Wolverines program. But they also found out they’ll be eligible for the Big Ten title game despite only playing five games.

Ohio State didn’t play Saturday, but it still stayed where it needs to be in the new polls. The Buckeyes checked in at No. 4 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll. Alabama retained the top spot for the sixth-straight week, ahead of Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

Alabama was the only team in the top five to play Saturday; Notre Dame and Clemson had an off-week, while Texas A&M’s game was canceled. And of course, the Buckeyes rivalry matchup with Michigan was not played for the first time since 1917.

The frustration of a year without The Game quickly faded away once the Buckeyes were given word they are headed to the Big Ten title game, where they’ll have a shot to win their fourth-straight conference crown and make their second-consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.

“They were frustrated, they were angry,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said on his radio show on 97.1 The Fan on Thursday. “But they were able to quickly transition even though we’re really disappointed we’re not playing these guys. … But it was good to give them some good news, and it was a deep sigh of relief knowing that we’re going to be able to play in the Big Ten championship game.”

Now, the preparation for a fourth-straight Big Ten title has already begun.

The full poll can be found below.

Coaches Poll (Dec. 13)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Notre Dame

No. 3 – Clemson

No. 4 – Ohio State

No. 5 – Texas A&M

No. 6 – Cincinnati

No. 7 – Indiana

No. 8 – Iowa State

No. 9 – Georgia

No. 10 – Oklahoma

No. 11 – Florida

No. 12 – Coastal Carolina

No. 13 – Southern California

No. 14 – Northwestern

No. 15 – North Carolina

No. 16 – BYU

No. 17 – Iowa

No. 18 – Louisiana-Lafayette

No. 19 – Miami

No. 20 – Tulsa

No. 21 – Liberty

No. 22 – Oklahoma State

No. 23 – North Carolina State

No. 24 – Texas

No. 25 – San Jose State

AP Poll (Dec. 13)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Notre Dame

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Clemson

No. 5 – Texas A&M

No. 6 – Cincinnati

No. 7 – Indiana

No. 8 – Iowa State

No. 9 – Coastal Carolina

No. 10 – Georgia

No. 11 – Florida

No. 12 – Oklahoma

No. 13 – Southern California

No. 14 – BYU

No. 15 – Northwestern

No. 16 – North Carolina

No. 17 – Louisiana Lafayette

No. 18 – Iowa

No. 19 – Miami (FL)

No. 20 – Tulsa

No. 21 – Texas

No. 22 – Liberty

No. 23 – Buffalo

No. 24 – North Carolina State

No. 25 – San Jose State

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