Poll voters make clear Buckeyes are playoff worthy

Spencer Holbrook9 months
Trey Sermon 9 by Birm-Lettermen Row
Trey Sermon and Ohio State are staying near the top in the AP Poll. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS  — Ohio State can officially claim another undefeated season heading into the College Football Playoff.

After a cancelation of the season early in the fall, petitions and rallies to reinstate the season, virus issues and rocky performances in a shortened season, the Buckeyes are headed back to the College Football Playoff with nothing in the loss column, proving they’re the class of the Big Ten and one of the four best teams in the country.

The voters agree. Ohio State stayed put at No. 3 in the pre-College Football Playoff release of the AP Poll, which was unveiled on Sunday morning. Alabama retained the top spot after a tight win over now-No. 10 Florida in the SEC Championship. Clemson passed the Buckeyes for No. 2 with a win in the ACC Championship over previously-second-ranked Notre Dame, who is now No. 4. Texas A&M is No. 5.

For all that Ohio State had to go through to get to the finish line, the Big Ten title, undefeated record so far and a berth in the College Football Playoff will make it all worth-while.

“That’s what this whole season has been,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said after the Big Ten title win. “I mean this game was a microcosm of what these kids have been through this season. They’ve been through adversity. They’ve been through a lot. And I just think that this team is gritty and they’re tough. They pull for each other. There have been games where the offense has played really good and the defense has just been OK. Now this game was kind of vice versa, a little bit.”

The Buckeyes weren’t as clean as they could have been this season, but the postseason is already underway with a championship already secured. And it was a rough road to get there, but the Buckeyes have made it.

AP Poll (Dec. 20)

No. 1 – Alabama

No. 2 – Clemson

No. 3 – Ohio State

No. 4 – Notre Dame

No. 5 – Texas A&M

No. 6 – Cincinnati

No. 7 – Indiana

No. 8 – Oklahoma

No. 9 – Coastal Carolina

No. 10 – Florida

No. 11 – Georgia

No. 12 – Iowa State

No. 13 – BYU

No. 14 – North Carolina

No. 15 – Northwestern

No. 16 – Lousiana-Lafayette

No. 17 – Iowa

No. 18 – Miami (FL)

No. 19 – San Jose State

No. 20 – Texas

No. 21 – Southern California

No. 22 – Tulsa

No. 23 – Liberty

No. 24 – North Carolina State

No. 25 – Oregon

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