BlogPoll Top 25: Ohio State Buckeyes Looking To Move Up From No. 9 in Week 11

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst INovember 10, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls signals against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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1Oregon9-0136at California
2Auburn10-0240v. Georgia
3Boise State8-0372at Idaho (Nov. 12)
4TCU10-0562v. San Diego State
5Stanford8-11016at Arizona State
6Wisconsin8-1670v. Indiana
7LSU8-1815v. La. Monroe
8Nebraska8-1728v. Kansas
9Ohio State8-1987v. Penn State
10Iowa7-21442at Northwestern
11Michigan State9-11571IDLE
12Alabama7-2420v. (18) Mississippi State
13Arkansas7-21833v. UTEP
14Virginia Tech7-21980at (25) North Carolina
15Oklahoma State8-12032at Texas
16Arizona7-21212v. USC
17Texas A&M6-3NR26at Baylor
18Mississippi State7-22160at (12) Alabama
19South Carolina6-31330at (21) Florida
20Oklahoma7-21119v. Texas Tech
21Florida6-3NR29v. (19) South Carolina
22Missouri7-21618v. Kansas State
23Utah8-11779at Notre Dame
24Nevada8-1NR86at Fresno State
25North Carolina6-3NR23v. (14) Virginia Tech

Ohio State
This is the first time the Buckeyes will face a team with a pulse since the beat down in Cheeseville.  This is the beginning of a three-game finishing kick that could see the Buckeyes make up substantial ground in this ballot—as well as the computer rankings that actually count for something.  
The experts in the desert have initially listed OSU as an 18-point favorite, which seems both reasonable and far too high at the same time.


The top eight teams in this ballot could conceivably win their remaining games.  The end result of that may yield the current pairings playing each other in respective bowl games—Oregon against Auburn, Boise versus TCU, Stanford meeting Wisconsin, and LSU facing off with Nebraska.


Rubber Match

Concerning the above referenced possible bowl games, it would be fitting for Boise State and TCU to play the proverbial “rubber match.” According to the Word Detective:

This tie-breaking sense of “rubber” apparently originated in the pulse-pounding English game of “bowls,” or lawn bowling. Despite its name, bowls has little in common with American bowling, and consists of rolling wooden balls (called “bowls”) across a level green, the object being to get your ball as close as possible to (but not to hit) a little white ball at the other end of the green. “Rubber” in its tie-breaking sense first appeared in the context of bowls around 1599, and was in use by the card-playing crowd (whist, bridge, etc.) by 1744. A set of three games of bridge is still generally referred to as a “rubber.”


Going down

Alabama’s title hopes of any kind.  I admit, I bought into the Tide hook, line, and sinker. Even after they lost to South Carolina.  I seemed convinced that the burden of the nation’s longest winning streak had finally taken its toll and without it burden Bama would methodically rise to the top on the back of a menacing ground game as others faltered.  Well, they are an Auburn loss away from finishing third or fourth in their own division.