Yes, Ohio State dropped in both meaningless college football polls

Never mind the fact that Ohio State defeated Navy on the road and covered the spread, the Buckeyes still dropped in both polls that were released earlier today.

Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, left, looks back at Navy cornerback Kwazel Bertrand as he runs in for a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, left, looks back at Navy cornerback Kwazel Bertrand as he runs in for a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baltimore, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ohio State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Ohio State dropped two spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 college football polls.

I know it’s just one game, and the Buckeyes didn’t play very well in the first half. But they still won by 17 points on the road. I think it’s more of a slap in the face to Navy, though, who was quality opponent and will likely find themselves in the top 25 later in the season. I guess the pollsters just don’t see it that way at this time. But they will eventually. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has a hell of a squad.

Another thing, the preseason polls came out before anyone knew the status of quarterback Braxton Miller. Going to assume that the drop in the polls has something to do with that little morsel, too.

It really doesn’t matter. The polls are now meaningless. This from CollegeFootballPlayoff.com:

Selection Committee members will have a wealth of information including review of video, statistics and their own expertise to guide them in their deliberations. They will emphasize obvious factors like win-loss records, strength of schedule, conference championships won, head-to-head results and results against common opponents. The playoff group has retained SportSource Analytics to provide the data platform for the committee’s use. While the details of the platform have not been finalized, it is anticipated that it will include countless pieces of statistical information for every Football Bowl Subdivision team. It will also include general information such as each team’s opponents’ record and opponents’ opponents’ records. The platform will allow the committee members to compare and contrast every team on every level possible. It should be noted that the committee will not use a single data point such as the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) that is used for NCAA championships.”

And there you have it.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida State (46) 1-0 1456
2 Alabama (1) 1-0 1317
3 Oregon (5) 1-0 1314
4 Oklahoma (2) 1-0 1283
5 Auburn 1-0 1186
6 Georgia (2) 1-0 1114
7 Michigan State 1-0 1093
8 Ohio State 1-0 982
9 Texas A&M (2) 1-0 978
10 Baylor 1-0 962
11 UCLA 1-0 944
12 LSU (1) 1-0 926
13 Stanford 1-0 886
14 USC 1-0 729
15 Ole Miss 1-0 525
16 Notre Dame 1-0 519
17 Arizona State 1-0 431
18 Wisconsin 0-1 364
19 Nebraska 1-0 352
20 Kansas State 1-0 325
21 South Carolina 0-1 196
21 North Carolina 1-0 196
23 Clemson 0-1 164
24 Missouri 1-0 147
25 Louisville 1-0 141
Others receiving votes:
Texas 126, Oklahoma State 94, Duke 60, Florida 49, Penn State 49, Mississippi State 49, Michigan 38, TCU 29, Washington 27, BYU 21, Marshall 18, Iowa 18, Virginia Tech 17, Tennessee 14, Cincinnati 8, West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 7, Rutgers 6, Arizona 4, North Dakota State 2, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Pittsburgh 1.
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USA Today Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida State (57) 1-0 1541
2 Alabama 1-0 1432
3 Oklahoma (2) 1-0 1407
4 Oregon (2) 1-0 1358
5 Auburn 1-0 1289
6 Michigan State 1-0 1141
7 Ohio State 1-0 1114
8 Georgia (1) 1-0 1108
9 Baylor 1-0 1018
10 Stanford 1-0 999
11 UCLA 1-0 964
12 LSU 1-0 912
13 Texas A&M 1-0 895
14 USC 1-0 713
15 Notre Dame 1-0 605
16 Arizona State 1-0 502
17 Ole Miss 1-0 438
18 Nebraska 1-0 384
19 Wisconsin 0-1 373
20 Kansas State 1-0 370
21 South Carolina 0-1 272
22 Missouri 1-0 189
23 North Carolina 1-0 168
24 Clemson 0-1 155
25 Texas 1-0 150
Others receiving votes: Others receiving votes: Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 106, Florida 84, Louisville 73, Mississippi State 72, Michigan 59, Washington 51, Duke 47, Brown 26, Iowa 23, TCU 23, Minnesota 16, Louisiana-Lafayette 13, Marshall 11, Virginia Tech 11, West Virginia 7, Cincinnati 7, Arizona 6, Oregon State 5, Pittsburgh 2, Colorado State 2, Rutgers 2, Northern Illinois 2, Texas Tech 2, Boise State 1, Temple 1, Memphis 1.
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