Tuesday, September 8, 2009

BUCKEYES DROP TWO SPOTS IN AP, ONE SPOT IN USA TODAY POLLS

After barely escaping Navy in last Saturday's season opener at Ohio Stadium, the voters penalized Ohio State in the latest Associated Press and USA Today college football Top 25 polls, which were released on Tuesday.

The Buckeyes, who were rated sixth in the both preseason polls dropped to eighth in the AP and seventh in the Coaches (USA Today). However, with No. 3 Southern California coming up this Saturday night at the Horseshoe, the Buckeyes have a great opportunity to shoot back up the charts — or fall way off of it.

Tuesday at his weekly press luncheon at the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, OSU head coach Jim Tressel said it really doesn't matter where you're ranked now, as much as it is later in the season.

"You know, it's so early that those (rankings) are irrelevant unless you win all your games or nearly all your games," Tressel said Tuesday.

Listed below are both of the latest polls:

AP (first place votes)
1. Florida (56) 1-0
2. Texas (2) 1-0
3. USC 1-0
4. Alabama (2) 1-0
5. Oklahoma State 1-0
6. Mississippi 1-0
7. Penn State 1-0
8. Ohio State 1-0
9. Brigham Young 1-0
10. California 1-0
11. LSU 1-0
12. Boise State 1-0
13. Oklahoma 0-1
14. Virginia Tech 0-1
15. Georgia Tech 1-0
16. TCU 0-0
17. Utah 1-0
18. Notre Dame 1-0
19. North Carolina 1-0
20. Miami (FL) 1-0
21. Georgia 0-1
22. Nebraska 1-0
23. Cincinnati 1-0
24. Kansas 1-0
25. Missouri 1-0

USA Today (first place votes)
1. Florida (56) 1-0
2. Texas (2) 1-0
3. USC (1) 1-0
4. Alabama 1-0
5. Penn State 1-0
6. Oklahoma State 1-0
7. Ohio State 1-0
8. Mississippi 1-0
9. LSU 1-0
10. California 1-0
11. Boise State 1-0
12. Brigham Young 1-0
13. Georgia Tech 1-0
14. Oklahoma 0-1
15. Virginia Tech 0-1
16. TCU 0-0
17. Utah 1-0
18. Nebraska 1-0
19. North Carolina 1-0
20. Notre Dame 1-0
21. Georgia 0-1
22. Miami (FL) 1-0
23. Cincinnati 1-0
24. Oregon State 1-0
25. Kansas 1-0