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Ohio State Moves To No. 2 In AP Poll, No. 3 In Coaches Poll After Blowout Win

College football coaches and the Associated Press think Ohio State and head coach Ryan Day keeps getting better with each game. 

After starting the year as the No. 4 team in the nation, the Buckeyes took a nosedive, falling as far as No. 11 after a loss to Oregon and a shaky win over Tulsa. Since then, Ohio State steadily climbed the rankings, reaching No. 2 in the AP and No. 3 in the Amway Coaches poll after Week 12. 

The Buckeyes are coming off consecutive wins over ranked opponents, including a 28-point win over then-No. 19 Purdue on Nov. 13 and a 59-7 defeat of then-No. 7 Michigan State the following week. The string of victories helped Ohio State move behind Georgia and Alabama in the Coaches poll and take the second spot behind the Bulldogs in the AP.

With its blowout loss in Columbus, Michigan State fell outside of the top 10 in both polls. Michigan is the sixth-best team according to the AP and Coaches, setting up a premier matchup on Nov. 27 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The last time Ohio State and Michigan played in a top 10 matchup was on Nov. 25, 2015, with the No. 6-ranked Buckeye claiming a 30-27 overtime victory over the No. 10 Wolverines thanks to a game-winning 15-yard touchdown run from Curtis Samuel.

In the third College Football Playoff rankings released on Nov. 16, Ohio State was No. 4 behind Georgia, Alabama and Oregon. The first two teams out were Cincinnati and Michigan. With the Ducks suffering their second defeat with a 38-7 loss to Utah, they will undoubtedly be out of the top four, allowing the Buckeyes to solidify further their spot in the CFP in the next poll.

USA TODAY AMWAY COACHES POLL

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1ST VOTES PREV CHANGE
1 GEORGIA 11–0 1550 62 1
2 ALABAMA 10–1 1450 2
3 OHIO STATE 10–1 1428 4 +1
4 CINCINNATI 11–0 1388 3 -1
5 NOTRE DAME 10–1 1258 6 +1
6 MICHIGAN 10–1 1250 7 +1
7 OKLAHOMA STATE 10–1 1210 9 +2
8 MISSISSIPPI 9–2 1049 10 +2
9 OKLAHOMA 10–1 1010 11 +2
10 BAYLOR 9–2 977 13 +3
11 OREGON 9–2 864 5 -6
12 IOWA 9–2 722 14 +2
13 MICHIGAN STATE 9–2 698 8 -5
14 TEXAS A&M 8–3 683 16 +2
15 BRIGHAM YOUNG 9–2 675 15
16 HOUSTON 10–1 572 17 +1
17 PITTSBURGH 9–2 507 19 +2
18 WISCONSIN 8–3 485 20 +2
19 UTAH 8–3 478 25 +6
20 TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 11–0 475 18 -2
21 WAKE FOREST 9–2 404 12 -9
22 SAN DIEGO STATE 10–1 257 23 +1
23 UL LAFAYETTE 10–1 236 21 -2
24 NC STATE 8–3 196 24
25 KENTUCKY 8–3 91 NR +1

AP POLL

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS PREV CONFERENCE
1 GEORGIA 11–0 1,550 (62) 1 SEC
2 OHIO STATE 10–1 1,434 5 Big Ten
3 ALABAMA 10–1 1,423 2 SEC
4 CINCINNATI 11–0 1,416 3 American Athletic
5 NOTRE DAME 10–1 1,262 6 IA Independents
6 MICHIGAN 10–1 1,246 8 Big Ten
7 OKLAHOMA STATE 10–1 1,209 9 Big 12
8 OLE MISS 9–2 1,060 10 SEC
9 BAYLOR 9–2 1,046 11 Big 12
10 OKLAHOMA 10–1 1,001 12 Big 12
11 OREGON 9–2 849 4 Pac-12
12 MICHIGAN STATE 9–2 778 7 Big Ten
13 BRIGHAM YOUNG 9–2 771 14 IA Independents
14 TEXAS A&M 8–3 628 16 SEC
15 UTSA 11–0 583 15 Conference USA
16 UTAH 8–3 561 24 Pac-12
17 IOWA 9–2 538 18 Big Ten
18 WISCONSIN 8–3 517 19 Big Ten
19 HOUSTON 10–1 516 17 American Athletic
20 PITTSBURGH 9–2 445 20 ACC
21 WAKE FOREST 9–2 344 13 ACC
22 SAN DIEGO STATE 10–1 273 23 Mountain West
23 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 10–1 246 22 Sun Belt
24 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 8–3 141 25 ACC
25 ARKANSAS 7–4 105 21 SEC