College football rankings: Ohio State stays put in AP Top 25

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State remained No. 6 in the AP Top 25 after not playing on Saturday. The Buckeyes also stayed at  No. 6 in the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier Sunday.

The biggest test to date will come in the Oct. 28 matchup against No. 2 Penn State. The Buckeyes will be looking to avenge their lone regular-season loss from the 2016 campaign. Penn State won that game in Happy Valley in large part because of a blocked field goal late in the fourth quarter that was returned for a touchdown.

After plowing through their competition following the loss to Oklahoma, the Buckeyes will have a chance to validate those dominant wins and the improvement that seems to have been made.

“I’m dying to play a full game,” defensive end Nick Bosa said. “It’s been a while. I’ve played like 20 reps (each of) the past five games. It’s getting a little old, so I’m ready to go get in a dogfight and play until the end.

“I’m ready to get into a real one, and obviously this is going to be one.”

Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 6/No. 6

New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 6/No. 6

Last result: Ohio State didn’t play Oct. 21.

What it means: When Ohio State lost to Oklahoma, it can’t have imagined it would be able to climb back in the rankings so quickly. But the Buckeyes went on a rampage against overmatched teams, and several other top-10 teams fell by the wayside along the way. That the Buckeyes narrowly missed out on making this a top-5 matchup is already a good sign heading into a huge game with national implications.

A win against the No. 2 Nittany Lions would establish Ohio State as a prohibitive favorite to win the Big Ten and a virtual lock to make the College Football Playoff if it wins out. The Buckeyes are in really good position right now, especially considering they do not yet have a signature victory but will have plenty more opportunities to impress.

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