In this era of the College Football Playoff the human polls mean little as a formula of human/computer polls don’t determine who has the right to play for the national championship, a committee in Grapevine (Texas) does.
That does not mean we ignore the two longtime human polls as the weekly Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls are released on Sunday afternoons.
The polls took notice of Ohio State’s 59-31 win over then No. 19 Purdue on Saturday afternoon as Ohio State moved up to No. 5 in the AP poll and up to No. 4 in the coaches poll. This is on the heels of Ohio State moving up to No. 4 in the ‘week two’ CFP rankings on Tuesday.
We will have to wait until Tuesday to see if Ohio State’s 28-point win means enough to the committee to move the Buckeyes above Oregon in the polls. It was a split jury with the two human polls, the coaches seeing fit to keep the Buckeyes above Oregon and the AP writers not seeing this being the time with Ohio State still trailing the Ducks, a team that beat Ohio State in week two of the season head-to-head.
CJ Stroud threw for 361 yards and five touchdowns against a pesky Boilermakers defense while Garrett Wilson was responsible for four touchdowns as the first player in Ohio State history to have three receiving touchdowns and a rushing score in the same game.
Of course, there will be concerns about the defense giving up 31 points to the Boilermakers. Early odds were released on Sunday from Circa Sports, the Buckeyes are an 18-point home favorite against the Michigan State Spartans. Michigan State finds itself as the No. 7 team in the AP poll and the No. 8 team in the coaches poll.
If Ohio State gets through that one and Michigan does not fall to Maryland, it will be another top-10 weekend when Ohio State travels to Michigan to take on the Wolverines for the regular season finale.
It is going to be a November to remember, don’t miss a thing.