Andrew Holleran / Photo editor
Ohio State football’s opening-day win came against a Miami (Ohio) team that finished 4-8 in 2011, but it still left a strong impression on Associated Press college football poll voters.
The Buckeyes (1-0) have jumped four spots in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll to the No. 14 slot following their 56-10 win against the RedHawks Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Voters’ opinions of the Buckeyes ranged from placement at the No. 5 spot in the poll to leaving the team unranked.
OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller starred in the contest, setting the program’s single-game rushing record at his position with 161 yards and a rushing touchdown on 17 carries. He also completed 14-of-24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Junior OSU running back Carlos Hyde tallied 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to help spark OSU to the win.
On the defensive side, OSU limited the RedHawks to -1 yards on the ground and held the formidable combination of Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert and junior receiver Nick Harwell to a single touchdown in the game.
Dysert finished the contest with 303 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten conference, Michigan, previously the highest-ranked Big Ten team, dropped 11 spots in the poll to No. 19 after the drubbing it suffered against now-No. 1-ranked Alabama, 41-14. The Crimson Tide rolled up to No. 1, surpassing the previously top-ranked USC Trojans, which fell to No. 2 despite their 49-10 win against Hawaii.
Nebraska jumped a spot in the poll, from No. 17 to No. 16, after its 49-20 opening-weekend triumph against Southern Mississippi.
Wisconsin eked out a 21-16 home win against Northern Iowa and dropped one spot to No. 13 in the AP poll. That position was previously held by Michigan State, which moved up to No. 11 after a 17-13 home win against Boise State. The Broncos are the only team to fall from the top 25 poll this week.
Week 2 Associated Press Poll:
1. Alabama (45)
2. USC (11)
3. LSU (4)
6. Florida State
9. South Carolina
9. West Virginia
11. Michigan State
14. Ohio State
15. Virginia Tech
18. Oklahoma State
21. Kansas State
22. Notre Dame
(First-place votes in parenthesis).
Information courtesy of the Associated Press.