The polls have been released and the Buckeyes are still near the top of the list. In the AP poll, the Buckeyes were leapfrogged by Oregon. Oregon defeated Nicholls State on Saturday, 66-3. The Buckeyes only won their game against Buffalo 40-20. Voters obviously cannot watch every game, and if you look at primarily the scoreboard, it would seem as though Buffalo put up a good fight against the Buckeyes because they were able to hang close. Voters were clearly not impressed and we see Ohio State move down 1 spot. This should not be a big deal as there is plenty of season left, but we will see if the Buckeyes come out with an extra chip on their shoulder this week against San Diego State. There will be constant movement all season behind Alabama at the top, but it is worth noting that Ohio State and Clemson each received a first place vote.
Oregon takes the coveted number 2 spot, due in large part to their offensive performance. Their stats pop off the page; the Ducks ran for 500 yards and accumulated over 700 yards of total offense. De’Anthony Thomas, my Heisman favorite, ran for 128 yards and 2 TD. Most importantly, he was able to carry the ball 18 times. If Thomas can be a workhouse for Oregon and handle that many touches, it makes their offense that much more lethal. Marcus Mariota had a huge game as well. Mariota had a QBR of 97.1, passing for 234 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. Oregon’s offense looks as lethal as ever and that is why we seem them pass Ohio state in this week’s AP Poll.
Clemson jumped up 4 spots to number 8 after their home victory against Georgia. Clemson reaped the benefits of playing in prime time and passed the “eye-test.” Ohio State will get to play on ABC this week, an afternoon game, so more voters will see Ohio State play first hand. Similarly, LSU vaulted into the top 10 after beating TCU in the Cowboy Classic played at “JerryWorld.” Georgia falls to number 11 after losing to a top ten on the road by 3. Georgia could have tied the game with a field goal but botched the snap in the middle of the fourth quarter. Georgia was probably unfairly punished by dropping 6 spots, but they will get a chance to move up with a big SEC matchup with South Carolina.