Poll position: Buckeyes move up to No. 12

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Only one Big Ten team is left ahead of Ohio State after just two weeks.

The upsets and a win over perhaps the most difficult nonconference opponent on the schedule have the Buckeyes knocking on the door to the top 10 as well.

The 31-16 victory over Central Florida, which had been receiving votes in the AP poll heading into Saturday's game at Ohio Stadium, included plenty of flaws for new coach Urban Meyer to pick on when it was over. But it was still impressive enough to help the Buckeyes climb a couple more spots when the new rankings were released on Sunday, moving up to N0. 12 after their second win in as many tries.

As it stands right now, the Buckeyes won't have another crack at a team in the top 25 or receiving any voting points until their trip to Michigan State to open Big Ten action on Sept. 29. But that one is shaping up to be a big one with the N0. 10 Spartans currently rated as the best team in the league, according to the ballots.

A glimpse at how the ranked opponents on Ohio State's schedule fared over the weekend and where they are rated now:


  • Rank: No. 17

  • Date: Nov. 24

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No, 19; won 31-25 against Air Force


  • Rank: Received 44 voting points

  • Date: Nov. 17

  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No. 13; lost 10-7 at Oregon State

Michigan State

  • Rank: No. 10

  • Date: Sept. 29

  • Where: Spartan Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No. 11; beat Central Michigan 41-7


  • Rank: Received 79 voting points

  • Date: Oct. 6

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No. 16; lost 36-30 at UCLA

Central Florida

  • Rank: No longer receiving votes

  • Last week: Received four voting points; lost 31-16 at Ohio State