OSU earned consecutive wins over ranked foes in Michigan State and Minnesota but remain behind two other one-loss teams – No. 5 Mississippi State and fifth-rated TCU – in its hopes to reach the top four. On Monday, head coach Urban Meyer said his Buckeyes (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) is not overly worried about the playoff chase with the team needing a win Saturday vs. Indiana to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
“We wake up every day to compete for championships in November,” Meyer said. “It’s at the doorstep now. They’ve done a good job getting us there.
“If you’d have told us after week two that this would all start to materialize, I think we just have to keep what we’re doing and that’s getting better, get better each week. We are lights out a much better football team than we were at the beginning of the season, and that’s a credit to the players and the assistant coaches for getting them there.”
Meyer was unable to say Monday if the Buckeyes were, in his opinion, one of the top four teams in the country.
“I just don't know,” Meyer said. “I'd make the comment that we're one win away from representing the East in the Big Ten Championship game, because I do know that.
The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten teams to be in the top 25. Minnesota remained at No. 25. Wisconsin, fresh off a 59-24 drubbing of visiting Nebraska, advanced from No. 20 to No. 16. The Cornhuskers dropped from No. 16 to No. 23, and Michigan State – who posted a 37-15 road win at Maryland – moved up one spot to No. 11.
College Football Rankings Top 25
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
6. Ohio State
8. Ole Miss
11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Arizona State
18. Georgia Tech