Ohio State Helps Big Ten Make History In AP Top 25 Poll

By October 10, 2021 (2:45 pm)Football

After Ohio State’s 55-17 rout of Maryland and numerous upsets in college football, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll, joining Iowa, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State in becoming the first conference in college football history to feature five teams in the top 10.

Ohio State sits right behind Alabama, which fell to unranked Texas A&M in a Saturday night showdown in College Station, Texas. Because of the upset win, the Aggies found themselves back in the polls this week, checking in at No. 21.

Iowa is the highest-ranked Big Ten team at No. 2 after the Hawkeyes outlasted then-No. 4 Penn State, 23-20, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The Nittany Lions fell to No. 7 after the loss. Michigan moved in front of Oregon in this week’s poll, claiming the No. 8 spot, while Michigan State ascended one spot to No. 10 because of Bringham Young’s loss to Boise State.

Georgia received all 62 votes to become the top-ranked team in the country. Iowa, Cincinnati, Oklahoma and Alabama round out the top five, while Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Oregon and Michigan State fill the top 10 spots.

There are also some undefeated teams outside of the top 10 who deserve recognition, including No. 11 Kentucky (6-0), No. 12 Oklahoma State (5-0), No. 15 Coastal Carolina (6-0), No. 16 Wake Forest (6-0), No. 23 SMU (6-0) and No. 24 San Diego State (5-0).

Ohio State still has Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan on their schedule this season, and could face Iowa in the Big Ten Championship should both teams win out. The Buckeyes have a difficult road in front of them; however, if they can win each game, they will undoubtedly have one of the strongest résumés in college football.

Here are the full rankings:

1GEORGIA6–01,550 (62)2SEC
2IOWA6–01,4763Big Ten
3CINCINNATI5–01,4075American Athletic
4OKLAHOMA6–01,3366Big 12
6OHIO STATE5–11,1577Big Ten
7PENN STATE5–11,1474Big Ten
8MICHIGAN6–01,1399Big Ten
10MICHIGAN STATE6–099211Big Ten
12OKLAHOMA STATE5–083012Big 12
13OLE MISS4–177917SEC
14NOTRE DAME5–173214IA Independents
15COASTAL CAROLINA6–071215Sun Belt
18ARIZONA STATE5–142822Pac-12
19BRIGHAM YOUNG5–142110IA Independents
21TEXAS A&M4–2348SEC
23SMU6–022524American Athletic
24SAN DIEGO STATE5–017625Mountain West
25TEXAS4–210821Big 12
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