The Buckeyes came in to the college football season ranked number two by the AP, standing only behind two time defending champion Alabama. After a 40-20 victory against Buffalo, and a 42-7 beat down on San Diego State the Buckeyes seem to be trending down in the AP Polls.
After Oregon put up 772 yards of total offense in week 1, and an impressive 66 points it was no surprise that the Ducks jumped Ohio State in the standings. Besides for the impressive 23 point first quarter, the rest of the game was pretty mundane for Ohio State, and at times Buffalo looked like the better team. So in no way, shape or form was this surprising that Oregon jumped ahead in the polls.
Clemson, who had beaten the SEC powerhouse Georgia in the first week of the college football season are trending up in the AP top 25 polls. After a 52-13 win over the perennial powerhouse South Carolina State AP journalists decided that Clemson was more deserving of a better ranking in the top 25 than the Buckeyes. Clemson heads in to week three ranked third and the country, and Ohio State falls one spot for the second week in a row to claim the #4 ranking.
So what does this mean for Ohio State?
Absolutely nothing. Rankings at this point in the season are just numbers attached by team names to give the media something to write about, and the fans something to brag about. It is impossible at this point in the season to tell which teams are contenders and which are not (apart from your usual suspects). Until later on in the season when the official BCS rankings come out, rankings are basically useless.
Ohio State has started off their season exactly like everybody expected them to, and that is undefeated. A weak out of conference schedule means one thing, “easy” wins. The Buckeyes are expected to win these games, but as true and tested Buckeye fans know the “Cardiac Kids” never make any game easy, even when they are expected to dominate a game.
The fourth ranked Buckeyes travel to the west coast this week to take on the California Golden Bears, which a lot of people are calling the toughest out of conference game of the year for Ohio State. Ohio State may drop again in the rankings next week if they don’t put on a show against Cal.
Where do you think the Buckeyes should be ranked this week?