Buckeyes Fall to No. 4 in Coaches Poll Following Blowout Victory Over Oregon State

By September 4, 2018 (12:54 pm)Football, James Grega
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Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31 in its opening game of the 2018 season on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to impress the coaches across the country, as the Buckeyes fell one spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll, from No. 3 to No. 4.

Three teams that made the College Football Playoff a season ago, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia, checked in at Nos. 1-3 respectively, while Ohio State was leaped by the Bulldogs after Kirby Smart’s squad smashed Austin Peay, 45-0, in the season opener.

Ohio State did receive one first-place vote in the second coaches poll of the season, the first of which came out prior to Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension.

Four other Big Ten schools appeared in the top-25. Wisconsin jumped from No. 7 to No. 6 following a 34-3 victory over Western Kentucky on Friday night while Penn State dropped from No. 9 to No. 10 following a close 45-38 overtime win over Appalachian State on Saturday.

Michigan State also fell one spot from No. 12 to No. 13 following a 38-31 victory over Utah State on Thursday night while Michigan dropped eight spots from No. 14 to No. 22 after a 24-17 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish jumped three spots, from No. 10 to No. 7, with the win over the Wolverines.

The entire USA Today Coaches Poll for week two of the college football season can be seen below.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV CHANGE
1 ALABAMA 1-0 1571 59 1
2 CLEMSON 1-0 1498 3 2
3 GEORGIA 1-0 1414 4 +1
4 OHIO STATE 1-0 1398 1 3 -1
5 OKLAHOMA 1-0 1312 5
6 WISCONSIN 1-0 1249 7 +1
7 AUBURN 1-0 1219 10 +3
8 NOTRE DAME 1-0 1077 11 +3
9 STANFORD 1-0 909 13 +4
10 PENN STATE 1-0 893 9 -1
11 WASHINGTON 0-1 800 6 -5
12 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 1-0 766 15 +3
13 MICHIGAN STATE 1-0 733 12 -1
14 VIRGINIA TECH 1-0 730 17 +3
15 LOUISIANA STATE 1-0 724 24 +9
16 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 1-0 699 16
17 WEST VIRGINIA 1-0 612 20 +3
18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 1-0 531 18
19 BOISE STATE 1-0 362 22 +3
20 CENTRAL FLORIDA 1-0 339 23 +3
21 MIAMI 0-1 277 8 -13
22 MICHIGAN 0-1 227 14 -8
23 OKLAHOMA STATE 1-0 225 25 +2
24 SOUTH CAROLINA 1-0 189 NR +2
25 FLORIDA 1-0 138 NR +2