COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State moved up to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 after a 56-0 win at Rutgers on Saturday that showcased a more polished passing game. The Buckeyes were No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier Sunday.
Ohio State got off to a bit of a slow start against the Scarlet Knights, but a 28-point second quarter firmly established their dominance by halftime and signaled yet another big win coming. Running back Mike Weber scored three touchdowns in his return from injury, and quarterback J.T. Barrett passed for three touchdowns and put together his sharpest performance of the season.
“That’s what I’m focusing on, winning football games, honestly,” Barrett said. “We win football games, I’m happy. I play well at quarterback, then more times than not, we’re going to win a football game. I have to do my job and play well each and every Saturday.”
Ohio State next faces Maryland at home. The Terrapins defeated previously unbeaten Minnesota on the road on Saturday.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 9/No. 11
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 9/No. 10
Last result: 56-0 win at Rutgers
What it means: It shouldn’t surprise anyone by now that Ohio State didn’t make a big move despite winning by a huge margin. Until the Buckeyes face Penn State — or unless a slew of top-10 teams lose in unimpressive fashion — Ohio State is going to be hard pressed to improve its poll position.
It’s probably frustrating for Buckeyes fans to watch as other teams leapfrog Ohio State in the polls. But the Buckeyes had their chance to pick up a quality win against Oklahoma at home and played their worst game of the season. Until they get another chance to take on a top opponent, they’re going to hang around the No. 10 spot in the polls. The good news, though, is that voters will reward the Buckeyes if they do win that game.
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