Ohio State football returns to top-10 in Associated Press poll after win at Rutgers

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State is again a consensus top-10 team.

Following a 52-13 rout of Rutgers on Saturday, the Buckeyes moved up to No. 7 in both the Associated Press and coaches polls.

It’s the highest they have been ranked since they were No. 3 in the polls following their season-opening win at Minnesota and before an upset loss to Oregon that sent them tumbling.

Bottom line:How did the Buckeyes grade out vs. Rutgers? How did the defense grade?

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Dawand Jones (79) prepares to sing "Carmen Ohio" with his teammates following the Buckeyes' 52-13 victory against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a NCAA Division I football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

In the AP poll, Ohio State rose four spots after falling outside of the top-10 last week for the first time since 2018. It had previously been No. 10 in the coaches' poll.

The Buckeyes’ rise was also precipitated by a bit of chaos across the country.

Three of last week’s top-10 teams in the AP poll fell, including Arkansas, Notre Dame and Florida who had been ranked No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

The Buckeyes are also higher than Oregon after the Ducks were upset by Stanford on Saturday.

Two other Big Ten teams remain ahead of Ohio State as Iowa is No. 3 and Penn State is No. 4 in both polls.

Alabama remains the consensus top-ranked team, and Georgia is No. 2.

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

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