Ohio State football drops in latest Associated Press poll despite win over Tulsa

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Cameron Kittle (38), Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) and Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Mitch Rossi (34) sing 
"Carmen Ohio" following Saturday's NCAA Division I football game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on September 18, 2021. Ohio State won the game 41-20.

Voters were left unimpressed by Ohio State in its 41-20 win over Tulsa on Saturday.

The Buckeyes, who led the winless Golden Hurricane by only a touchdown in the fourth quarter before adding a pair of late scores, slid a spot in the Associated Press top-25 poll to No. 10.

It was the second straight week in which the Buckeyes fell in the rankings after they tumbled six spots last Sunday following an upset loss to Oregon.

They had not dropped after a win since Sept. 8, 2019, when they fell a spot after a 42-0 win over Cincinnati.

Penn State, which had been ranked No. 10, surpassed Ohio State following a win over No. 23. Auburn.

The Nittany Lions are the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten after moving up to No. 6, trailing only Iowa, which is at No. 5.

Ohio State also went down a spot to No. 12 in the coaches’ poll. 

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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