Ok folks...this is a little ridiculous. Now, everyone can tell by my screen name that I am a Buckeyes fan, but believe me when I say that I am not one of those fans who think the Big 10 is the best conference in football. I do, however, think they play some good smash-mouth football and are making their way back to prominence. However, I think the AP and the Coaches are a little too in love with USC and the SEC teams. For example, we (OSU) get our butts handed to us at USC and we drop all the way back to 14 in the polls (important point...we got beat by the #1 team in the country...this was SUPPOSED to happen according to all the experts). But, USC goes out and gets beat by an UNRANKED Oregon State (who got pummeled by a Big 10 team)...I repeat UNRANKED Oregon State and they only fall to 9th? That is ridiculous!!!
Also ridiculous is the fact that Georgia (at home, mind you) got 31 points put on them IN THE FIRST HALF and got railed, but they only fell to 11th place.
Mighty Florida loses to UNRANKED Mississippi and only dropped to 12th? UNRANKED Mississippi. How can Top 10 teams LOSE to UNRANKED teams and still be relatively considered Top 10 or Top 15 teams? This is nuts. The Buckeyes lose to the #1 ranked team in the country and we get banished, but these other (obviously) overrated teams get it handed to them by UNRANKED teams and they get the special treatment?
Bottom Line: If you are a ranked team and get beat by an UNRANKED team, especially if you are considered TOP 10, then you need to humbled a little bit and drop much further in the polls. If you are beaten by another Top 25 team, then by all means you should stay close in the rankings because those games ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CLOSE AND COMPETITIVE. Ranked teams playing unranked teams are not supposed to be that competitive, let alone having the ranked teams getting their butts beat.
Everyone go ahead and keep hating the Buckeyes and coddling the USCs, the Floridas and the SEC teams. College football will never be as good as it should be until a playoff system of some sort is established. It is a shame that Div I College Football is the ONLY college sports program without a definitive playoff system where ANYTHING can happen and anyone can win the National Championship.