Buckeyes Drop In Both Major Polls

Despite a 17-point win over Navy to begin the season, the Ohio State football team dropped in both major polls released Tuesday.

Whether the pollsters in college football were more worried about what was perceived to be a sluggish performance vs. Navy or a correction for Braxton Miller's preseason injury, the Ohio State football team dropped in both major polls released Tuesday.

Ohio State fell from fifth to eighth in the Associated Press' writers poll and from sixth seventh in the coaches' poll. Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State jumped the Buckeyes in both polls heading into its marquee weekend showdown with a top-five Oregon squad in Eugene this Saturday.

In the AP poll, the Buckeyes were hopped by the Spartans, a Georgia team that ran away from Clemson on Saturday and an Auburn team that opened with a solid victory against Arkansas.

Defending national champion Florida State held the top spot after a closer-than-expected win vs. Oklahoma State in Dallas, while the same could be said of No. 2 Alabama, which got by West Virginia in Atlanta.

Oregon stayed No. 3 in the AP poll after demolishing an overmatched South Dakota team, while Oklahoma held the No. 4 spot after an easy opening win vs. Louisiana Tech.

In the new coaches' poll, Ohio State fell one spot to No. 7. The Buckeyes were hopped by only Michigan State and are also below No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Alabama, third-ranked Oklahoma, fourth-ranked Oregon, No. 5 Auburn and the Spartans.

Ohio State's upcoming opponent for this weekend's prime-time showdown in Ohio Stadium, Virginia Tech, was receiving votes in each poll.

The polls are not any official part of the new College Football Playoff rankings. A committee will use the polls and many other statistical measures as it determines the four-team field for the playoff in December.


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