Buckeyes hold steady among college football elites in latest polls

Spencer Holbrook11 months
NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State
Master Teague had a huge game for Ohio State against Penn State. (Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State is officially in the most prestigious three-team club in college football.

It was always thought that the Buckeyes were one of the top three teams in the country, alongside Clemson and Alabama. The talent is there. And after a convincing 38-25 win on the road at Penn State on Saturday night, the thoughts and projections became reality.

The Buckeyes didn’t jump the Tigers or Crimson Tide this week after all three found ways to win, but they’re all in a category of their own, and the polls reflect that. The Buckeyes checked in at No. 3 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll and AP Poll on Sunday afternoon. Clemson retained the top spot after its come-from-behind win over Boston College, while Alabama rolled Mississippi State to keep the second spot. The Tigers and Tide are followed by Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia.

Ohio State received two first-place votes from the coaches and none from the AP voters.

Just two weeks into the season, the Buckeyes might be over their biggest hurdle of the eight-game season. Now they can turn their attention to a seemingly soft November slate in preparations for another run at a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff.

“I would say it’s a big step forward,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after the win at Penn State on Saturday night. “To win this game on the road is a huge step for us. But there’s a lot to be done. Absolutely, there’s a lot to be done. We’ll just keep going back to work. I think that’s really encouraging that there’s a lot of work to be done and you still play like this and win like this.”

The Buckeyes aren’t a finished product. But they put themselves in an exclusive class with their latest win on the road.

The full poll can be found below.

Coaches Poll (Nov. 1)

No. 1 – Clemson

No. 2 – Alabama

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Notre Dame

No. 5 – Georgia

No. 6 – Cincinnati

No. 7 – Texas A&M

No. 8 – Florida

No. 9 – BYU

No. 10 – Miami (FL)

No. 11 – Wisconsin

No. 12 – Oklahoma State

No. 13 – Indiana

No. 14 – Oregon

No. 15 – Marshall

No. 16 – Coastal Carolina

No. 17 – Iowa State

No. 18 – SMU

No. 19 – Oklahoma

No. 20 – Southern California

No. 21 – Auburn

No. 22 – Army

No. 23 – Boise State

No. 24 – North Carolina

No. 25 – Michigan

AP Poll (Nov. 1)

No. 1 – Clemson

No. 2 – Alabama

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Notre Dame

No. 5 – Georgia

No. 6 – Cincinnati

No. 7 – Texas A&M

No. 8 – Florida

No. 9 – BYU

No. 10 – Wisconsin

No. 11 – Miami (FL)

No. 12 – Oregon

No. 13 – Indiana

No. 14 – Oklahoma State

No. 15 – Coastal Carolina

No. 16 – Marshall

No. 17 – Iowa State

No. 18 – SMU

No. 19 – Oklahoma

No. 20 – Southern California

No. 21 – Boise State

No. 22 – Texas

No. 23 – Michigan

No. 24 – Auburn

No. 25 – Liberty