The Ohio State Buckeyes held steady in the top 2 polls in college football for Week 4. In the Associated Press Top 25 poll, OSU had 1330 points to retain their position at #4. They were 27 points behind the #3 Clemson Tigers, who had an off week. The Buckeyes had one vote for the #1 position in the poll last week, but lost that vote this week. In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Bucks once again were ranked in the #3 spot, with 1398 points. They were 79 points behind the #2 Oregon Ducks, who dismantled the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 3.
The Buckeyes were once again the only Big Ten team in the top ten, as their dreaded rivals Michigan were in the 15th position in the AP poll (14th in the USA Today poll). The Wolverines had a slight drop in both polls from Week 3 to Week 4, as the Akron Zips came dangerously close to scoring a giant upset over them in Ann Arbor on Saturday. I am surprised Michigan was not dropped further; had they lost, Michigan would have certainly been removed from the polls.
The 3rd team ranked in the polls was the Northwestern Wildcats, coming in at #18 in the AP poll (#16 in the USA Today poll). The Wildcats had a relatively easy time with the Western Michigan Broncos, taking them down 38-17.
In a move called quite surprising by some, the AP poll continued to include the Wisconsin Badgers in their rankings, coming in at #24. Wisconsin fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils in thrilling, yet controversial game. Wisconsin had an opportunity for a game-winning field goal attempt taken away by some questionable refereeing. Wisconsin was dropped from the USA Today poll.
The Michigan State Spartans played well with new starting quarterback Connor Cook, who superseded former starter Andrew Maxwell in the depth chart this past week. That fact went over well with voters of both polls, as the Spartans were two points behind the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the #25 spot in the AP poll. The USA Today Coaches’ poll had Michigan State slotted in the 24th position.
Unsurprisingly, no other Big Ten teams received a single vote. Most of the top Big Ten teams play what many pundits call easily beatable teams this week, so the positions of these teams are expected to stay put going into Week 5.