Even after winning by 25, Buckeyes slip to No. 4 in AP poll but stay third in BCS, coaches poll

Even after Ohio State’s 25-point win on the road against Illinois, the Buckeyes dropped one spot to No. 4 in the Associated Press top 25 college football poll that was released on Sunday.

Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes follows his blockers into the end zone for a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes follows his blockers into the end zone for a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The team that jumped ahead of Ohio State in the AP poll, Baylor, won by a similar score on Saturday. The Bears defeated Texas Tech, 63-34, in Waco. The Red Raiders had lost three-straight entering the game.

Yet, somehow Baylor moved ahead of Ohio State.

In the BCS, Alabama still tops the standings and Florida State remains at No. 2. The Buckeyes are still third, but are ahead of fourth-place Baylor by a very slim .0013 points. Last week, the Buckeyes were .0237 points ahead of then-No. 4 Stanford.

Luckily, the AP poll doesn’t factor into the BCS anymore. Just the USA Today coaches poll and the Harris poll where Ohio State is ranked third in both. The problem is, the Buckeyes didn’t get much love from the computers where the average is fifth.

In the AP poll, Alabama is No. 1 for the 13th-straight week as the Crimson Tide received 55 of the 60 first-place votes. Florida State is second with five first-place votes. Rounding out the top 10 in the AP poll is No. 3 Baylor followed by Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn, Clemson, Missouri, Texas A&M and Stanford.

In the USA Today coaches poll, Alabama also remains at the top with 56 of the 62 first-place votes. Florida State is No. 2 with six first-place votes. Rounding out the top 10 in the coaches poll, Ohio State is third, then it’s Baylor, Oregon, Clemson, Auburn, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

Up next, Ohio State hosts Indiana this Saturday. Kickoff at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on ABC with a reverse mirror on ESPN2.

  BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9914 1 1 2620 .9981 1 1544 .9961 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 .980
2 Florida State .9661 2 2 2517 .9589 2 1487 .9594 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 .980
3 Ohio State .8869 3 3 2375 .9048 3 1404 .9058 5 4 3 4 6 5 7 .850
4 Baylor .8856 5 4 2343 .8926 4 1386 .8942 3 3 5 5 4 4 4 .870
5 Oregon .7917 6 5 2102 .8008 5 1231 .7942 6 6 4 9 5 10 6 .780
6 Auburn .7860 7 7 1967 .7493 7 1145 .7387 3 5 7 3 3 6 3 .870
7 Clemson .7681 8 6 2019 .7691 6 1217 .7852 7 9 6 6 8 12 5 .750
8 Missouri .7231 9 8 1919 .7310 8 1129 .7284 8 7 11 7 9 9 8 .710
9 Stanford .6238 4 11 1584 .6034 12 865 .5581 8 8 8 8 7 11 9 .710
10 Oklahoma State .5890 12 9 1660 .6324 9 1030 .6645 14 12 12 15 20 8 18 .470
11 South Carolina .5883 10 12 1459 .5558 11 882 .5690 10 10 9 11 11 7 10 .640
12 Texas A&M .5394 11 10 1626 .6194 10 928 .5987 17 16 18 16 13 19 14 .400
13 Michigan State .4646 16 13 1269 .4834 13 729 .4703 15 14 16 14 15 16 15 .440
14 UCLA .4615 13 15 1110 .4229 14 700 .4516 13 13 13 17 12 15 12 .510
15 Fresno State .4134 14 14 1126 .4290 16 622 .4013 16 18 19 13 25 13 13 .410
16 Northern Illinois .3729 15 18 864 .3291 21 418 .2697 12 21 10 12 14 3 16 .520
17 Arizona State .3414 19 22 570 .2171 22 352 .2271 11 11 22 10 10 14 11 .580
18 UCF .3033 17 20 793 .3021 20 446 .2877 18 20 14 18 22 17 17 .320
19 Wisconsin .2907 22 19 794 .3025 17 511 .3297 20 19 24 21 18 20 20 .240
20 Oklahoma .2760 18 21 746 .2842 18 502 .3239 21 15 17 19 23 24 23 .220
21 Louisville .2664 20 16 1010 .3848 15 627 .4045 26 NR 15 25 NR NR NR .010
22 LSU .2645 21 17 880 .3352 19 478 .3084 23 NR 21 NR 17 21 21 .150
23 USC .1070 NR 23 202 .0770 25 115 .0742 22 17 23 20 21 23 24 .170
24 Ole Miss .1048 NR NR 110 .0419 NR 35 .0226 19 22 20 24 16 18 19 .250
25 Minnesota .0604 NR 25 183 .0697 23 173 .1116 28 NR NR 23 NR NR NR .000

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (55) 10-0 1495
2 Florida State (5) 10-0 1445
3 Baylor 9-0 1351
4 Ohio State 10-0 1343
5 Oregon 9-1 1210
6 Auburn 10-1 1205
7 Clemson 9-1 1115
8 Missouri 9-1 1067
9 Texas A&M 8-2 956
10 Stanford 8-2 899
11 Oklahoma State 9-1 889
12 South Carolina 8-2 870
13 Michigan State 9-1 749
14 UCLA 8-2 710
15 Fresno State 9-0 572
16 Wisconsin 8-2 559
17 UCF 8-1 535
18 LSU 7-3 439
19 Arizona State 8-2 430
20 Northern Illinois 10-0 426
21 Louisville 9-1 412
22 Oklahoma 8-2 318
23 USC 8-3 187
24 Ole Miss 7-3 119
25 Duke 8-2 94
Dropped from rankings: Texas 23, Miami (FL) 24, Georgia 25.
Others receiving votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Cincinnati 1, Nebraska 1. Complete Rankings »
USA Today Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (56) 10-0 1544
2 Florida State (6) 10-0 1487
3 Ohio State 10-0 1404
4 Baylor 9-0 1386
5 Oregon 9-1 1231
6 Clemson 9-1 1217
7 Auburn 10-1 1145
8 Missouri 9-1 1129
9 Oklahoma State 9-1 1030
10 Texas A&M 8-2 928
11 South Carolina 8-2 882
12 Stanford 8-2 865
13 Michigan State 9-1 729
14 UCLA 8-2 700
15 Louisville 9-1 627
16 Fresno State 9-0 622
17 Wisconsin 8-2 511
18 Oklahoma 8-2 502
19 LSU 7-3 478
20 UCF 8-1 446
21 Northern Illinois 10-0 418
22 Arizona State 8-2 352
23 Minnesota 8-2 173
24 Duke 8-2 131
25 USC 8-3 115
Dropped from rankings: Miami (FL) 23, Texas 24.
Others receiving votes: Ole Miss 35, Cincinnati 23, Texas 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Miami (FL) 5, Ball State 4, Toledo 1, Nebraska 1, East Carolina 1, Georgia 1. Complete Rankings »

About Matt Barker

Matt Barker began blogging on the Buckeyes for the web site, AllSports.com, back during Ohio State's championship year of 2002. Going out on his own, Mr. Barker began Buckeye Banter in August of 2003, now in its 10th year.