COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Buckeyes have once again started a football season 2-0 after a 35-7 win over Youngstown State in its home opener. Despite that, Ohio State has only moved further down in the rankings.
Ohio State (2-0, 1-0) has been ranked No. 6 in the newly released Associated Press poll, marking the second consecutive week the Buckeyes have dropped in the rankings. This puts the Scarlet & Grey outside the top-five in the AP poll for the first time since Jan. 11, 2022.
The teams moving ahead of Ohio State are No. 4 Texas, who defeated now No. 10 Alabama 34-24 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, and No. 5 USC who sits at 3-0. The Buckeyes maintained its No. 4 spot in the coaches rankings with only Florida State moving above OSU.
The Longhorns seven place jump was the biggest of the week with multiple teams joining the rankings heading into Week 3: No. 22 Miami, No. 23 Washington State, No. 24 UCLA, and the return of Iowa at No. 25.
OSU will host Western Kentucky at 4 p.m. on Saturday in its penultimate non-conference game. The following week, the Buckeyes will be on the road and play its first ranked opponent, No. 9 Notre Dame in primetime exclusively on NBC4.
Another OSU game will be broadcast on NBC4 in primetime: Nov. 11 vs. Michigan State. NBC4’s coverage of primetime Big Ten football continues this Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Purdue Boilermakers welcome the ACC’s Syracuse Orange. To see the full Big Ten on NBC4 schedule, click here.
Associated Press Poll (Sept. 10, 2023)
Coaches Poll (Sept. 10, 2023)