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Baylor makes big gain on Buckeyes in coaches’ poll

Art Briles AP

The good news for Ohio State is that the Buckeyes moved up one spot in the latest USA Today coaches’ poll and now sit just one spot outside the Top Two.

The bad news?  The object in OSU’s rear-view mirror is much closer than they would like it to appear.

Baylor jumped to No. 4 in the coaches’ poll following Missouri’s Week 8 loss, 83 points behind Ohio State.  After Week 9, the gap had shrunk a bit to 70 points.  Following the Bears’ impressive win over Oklahoma and the Buckeyes’ bye, the margin from No. 3 to No. 4 is all the way down to 25 points.

As Baylor has games left against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State (No. 10 in this week’s poll) and Texas (reentering at No. 24) to go along with TCU, and Ohio State would play no one of consequence until the Big Ten championship game — apologies, Michigan; not so much Illinois, Indiana — the Buckeyes are in serious jeopardy of being leapfrogged in the coaches’ poll and, in all likelihood, the BCS standings as the computer numbers that currently favor the Buckeyes will skew more toward the Bears.  The importance, of course, is that the team sitting at No. 3 would be primed to, provided they continue winning, slide into a BCS title game spot should either Alabama or Florida State falter.

Speaking of which, the Tide, as they have been since the preseason poll was released,  is again No. 1 this week.  Thanks to Oregon’s loss to Stanford, the Seminoles are now at No. 2.  Alabama received 58 first-place votes, up from 54 a week ago, while FSU added one and now claims the other four.

The Ducks, which held five first-place votes after Week 10, slid down five spots to No. 7.  The Cardinal and Clemson each moved up one spot to Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

The most precipitous tumblers of the week were Oklahoma and Miami.  Each came in nine spots lower than the week before, the former down to No. 17 thanks to its 29-point loss to Baylor and the latter to No. 23 courtesy of an 18-point loss to unranked Virginia Tech.  LSU, coming off its loss to Alabama, exited Week 11 at No. 18 after entering No. 12.

The only other teams to move up or down more than two spots were South Carolina, Louisville, Fresno State, UCLA and Michigan State, which are all up three positions to Nos. 12-16, respectively.

It should also be noted that, yet again, the coaches have one-loss Louisville, which lost to one-loss UCF, ahead of the Knights.  Excellent work football support staff sports information directors coaches.

Texas Tech (No. 23) and Notre Dame (No. 25) each dropped out, replaced by Texas and Minnesota (No. 25).

Coaches' Poll Week 11

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16 Responses to “Baylor makes big gain on Buckeyes in coaches’ poll”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Nov 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    I’d flip Baylor for Ohio state and Missouri for Auburn but it seems right besides that in the top ten.

  2. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 10, 2013 2:56 PM

    How many games does LSU have to lose before they finally take a significant hit in the polls? They were dominated by Bama. If you tell me they weren’t because they were in it for 2 1/2 quarters then reference the fact that App. State also hung with Georgia for 2 1/2 quarters. The same Georgia team that beat LSU. It’s Bama followed by the rest.

  3. tgaustin says: Nov 10, 2013 3:09 PM

    I concur Mad.
    It’s the pre-season polls that screw it all up. The Aggies mught have one of the best offenses in the country but the worst defense at the same time…and their best win is a loss. LSU shouldn’t be in the top 25…it’s the wayyyyy overrated SEC that helps them. It’s a joke really.

  4. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 10, 2013 3:25 PM

    They really just need to do away with these rankings before week 8 (or around there) because teams are getting ranked to high and never falling out when they should. LSU’s losses aren’t even good losses if there is a such thing.

  5. Jason Manley says: Nov 10, 2013 3:35 PM

    Baylor has a fine football team but any talk of them jumping Ohio State should be squelched immediately.

    Ohio State’s signature win is against 7-2 Wisconsin. Baylor’s signature win is against 7-2 Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma is a very average football team.
    Wisconsin is an above average football team.

    Wisconsin should actually be 8-1 because of the fiasco at the end of the Az. State game, that fact will remain a woulda-coulda-shoulda. So Ohio State’s signature win would look that much better if Wisconsin had not been screwed by the Pac 12 crew.

    That aside, let’s compare the only other thing we can. A same/similar opponent. Both Baylor and Ohio State played Buffalo this year. Ohio State beat Buffalo 40-20 during week 1. Baylor beat Buffalo 70-13 during week 2. Ohio State was missing two key players during that first week, star running back Carlos Hyde and First Team All-American corner back Bradley Roby.

    So before the talk of Baylor jumping Ohio State gets anymore traction, these critical facts should at least be weighed.

  6. Deb says: Nov 10, 2013 4:54 PM

    I’d flip Auburn for Clemson, leaving the rest where they are.

  7. vincentbojackson says: Nov 10, 2013 6:10 PM

    Jason Manley:

    You conveniently forgot to point out the Buckeyes struggling with Northwestern (winless in a soft B1G) and Iowa at home (lost to a MAC team). Who has Baylor struggled with?

    Somehow I can’t see either Iowa or Northwestern keeping within 3 touchdowns of Baylor.

    But I’m not an OSU homer, so what do I know?

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 10, 2013 6:28 PM

    Regardless of strength of schedule, it is going to be very hard for Baylor to jump Ohio St. if both remain undefeated. Ohio St. is definitely going to benefit from the legacy vote where Baylor is suffering from a long history of being Baylor.

    No offense to Baylor, but that’s just the truth.

  9. BrownsTown says: Nov 10, 2013 7:10 PM

    I guess if defense doesn’t count in the equation, then Baylor should be considered a great team. It’s all for naught anyway…..FSU and Bama aren’t losing the rest of the way. Those are the two best teams. Why bother debating 3-5? Baylor can shred the last entrant into the BCS pool (Fresno St?) while OSU plays a great matchup vs. Stanford or Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

  10. Jason Manley says: Nov 10, 2013 7:18 PM

    @ vincentbojackson:

    You neglect to mention that OSU lost Braxton Miller in the 1st quarter of the SDSU game and that their backup QB started the California and Florida A&M games.

    Miller’s health was still up for debate during the Wisconsin and Iowa weeks but both weeks OSU won.

    I get it, there is a strong anti-Ohio State string here there and everywhere. I’m simply saying that all facts should be on the table before OSU is discredited as undeserving of their #3 ranking.

    Dare I mention that are undefeated under Urban Meyer, currently 21 wins in a row?

  11. jdillydawg says: Nov 10, 2013 7:33 PM

    Well, considering everyone was saying Baylor was going to come in #5 and they appear at #4 instead, I’d be a little worried if I were Ohio.

    If Ok St. and Baylor win next week, we’ll have a tough matchup of two quality top 10 teams on Nov. 23. If Baylor wins that, the argument is going to be hard to ignore that Baylor should be #3.

  12. jdillydawg says: Nov 10, 2013 7:45 PM

    8to8 – you say the legacy vote will continue to hurt Baylor.

    I think I’d be more worried about the current vote that consistently discredits Ohio State by holding them in check even though they continue to win. Each win has earned them a little less breathing room.

    If Legacy vote is so important, why hasn’t it kept them firmly entrenched at #2 where they started the season?

  13. Deb says: Nov 10, 2013 9:19 PM

    From your keyboard to God’s ears, BrownsTown. Bama still has a couple of big rivers to cross.

  14. dkhhuey says: Nov 10, 2013 9:23 PM

    Baylor has a weaker SOS then OSU so talk of them jumping OSU is unfounded!

  15. ddjesus says: Nov 10, 2013 9:28 PM

    They missed Brax for a few games. Who’s that backup of theirs again? I hear he’s not bad.

  16. redlegs7 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:55 PM

    Smoooooth Jazz, Kenny Guiton, who is tied for 5th in the league in passing TDs.

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