Buckeyes solidify spot near top of polls after blowout win

Spencer Holbrook10 months
Ohio State Buckeyes 3 by Birm-Lettermen Row
Ohio State showed it is still the class of the Big Ten. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State finally returned to the field Saturday. And that return was quite emphatic.

The Buckeyes used an improved defensive performance and named their score on the hapless Michigan State defense to earn a 52-12 Big Ten win and reassert themselves as one of the best four teams in college football.

Coaches and voters agreed. Ohio State checked in at No. 4 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll, behind only No. 1 Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson. The Buckeyes received one first-place vote in the Coaches Poll.

Despite being down head coach Ryan Day, three assistant coaches, three starters on the offensive line and a handful of defensive playmakers, the Buckeyes were able to do nearly anything they wanted on Michigan State. They jumped out to a huge first-half lead and continued to pour the scoring on in the second half. Finally, Ohio State put together a four-quarter game that was dominant.

“We certainly have a lot more football to play, but we live to see another day,” Day said from his home office on a Zoom call with reporters. “With these kinds of challenges and the adversity that we’ve been through, I think that was a moment. It’s something that everybody needs to enjoy for a night, and then we’re on to the Team Up North.”

The Game, scheduled for Saturday, is not guaranteed as the Wolverines are still going through their own COVID-19 situation, but the Buckeyes will be ready to build on what they did against Michigan State on Saturday, no matter which Big Ten opponent they face.

The full poll can be found below.

Coaches Poll (Dec. 6)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Notre Dame

No. 3 – Clemson

No. 4 – Ohio State

No. 5 – Texas A&M

No. 6 – Florida

No. 7 – Cincinnati

No. 8 – Miami (FL)

No. 9 – Indiana

No. 10 – Georgia

No. 11 – Iowa State

No. 12 – Oklahoma

No. 13 – Coastal Carolina

No. 14 – Northwestern

No. 15 – Southern California

No. 16 – BYU

No. 17 – Louisiana-Lafayette

No. 18 – Iowa

No. 19 – Tulsa

No. 20 – North Carolina

No. 21 – Liberty

No. 22 – Colorado

No. 23 – Texas

No. 24 – North Carolina State

No. 25 – Wisconsin

AP Poll (Dec. 6)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Notre Dame

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Clemson

No. 5 – Texas A&M

No. 6 – Florida

No. 7 – Cincinnati

No. 8 – Indiana

No. 9 – Miami (FL)

No. 10 – Iowa State

No. 11 – Coastal Carolina

No. 12 – Georgia

No. 13 – Oklahoma

No. 14 – BYU

No. 15 – Northwestern

No. 16 – Southern California

No. 17 – Louisiana Lafayette

No. 18 – Tulsa

No. 19 – Iowa

No. 20 – North Carolina

No. 21 – Colorado

No. 22 – Liberty

No. 23 – Texas

No. 24 – Buffalo

No. 25 – Wisconsin

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