Poll position: Buckeyes climb to No. 14

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The record is still perfect.

If it stays that way for another week, Ohio State will validate the top position in the conference that poll voters have given them with nonconference play now complete.

The Buckeyes wrapped up their action outside of the Big Ten with a fourth consecutive win on Saturday, overcoming a slow start to knock off UAB 29-15 at Ohio Stadium. The latest victory bumped them up to No. 14 in the AP poll released on Sunday, and the next team in the rankings from the league is waiting for them on Saturday.

Ohio State's trip to No. 20 Michigan State will be the only matchup in the Big Ten this weekend featuring two ranked teams, and the winner will almost certainly be the highest rated program in the conference when the votes are counted again next week.

Here's how the Spartans and the rest of the opponents on Ohio State's schedule receiving votes fared on Saturday:


  • Rank: Received 44 voting points

  • Date: Nov. 24

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No. 18; lost 13-6 to Notre Dame


  • Rank: Received 13 voting points

  • Date: Nov. 17

  • Where: Camp Randall Stadium

  • Last week: Received five voting points; beat UTEP 37-26

Michigan State

  • Rank: No. 20

  • Date: Saturday

  • Where: Spartan Stadium

  • Last week: Ranked No. 21; beat Eastern Michigan 23-7


  • Rank: No. 22

  • Date: Oct. 6

  • Where: Ohio Stadium

  • Last week: No. 25; won 73-7 against Idaho State