Hey Sports Illustrated , How Can Ohio State Go 11-1 And Be Ranked No. 9?

Hey Sports Illustrated , How Can Ohio State Go 11-1 And Be Ranked No. 9?

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Hey Sports Illustrated , How Can Ohio State Go 11-1 And Be Ranked No. 9?


Sports Illustrated’s College Football Preview has Ohio State as the No. 9 team in the country, but with an 11-1 regular season. Something doesn’t add up.


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Yes we are officially back and ready for football in the midst of a game week here, but something made us scratch our heads here at Buckeye Wire. Most preseason publications and websites have Ohio State somewhere in the top five of the country, but not Sports Illustrated.

No, SI decided to tumble the Buckeyes all the way down to just inside the top ten at No. 9 as we reported earlier. And while that seems like an extreme outlier of all the preseason rankings (that really don’t matter anyway), the back-end of that has us even more confused.

Here it is. Sports Illustrated has Ohio State going 11-1 in the regular season, with the assumption that the lone loss is to Penn State in Happy Valley.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t find any scenario out there that would have a Buckeye team in a loaded Big Ten East at No. 9 at the end of the season with only one loss.

If that were the case, that would mean that Ohio State would have beaten Michigan, Michigan State and TCU — all ranked in the top sixteen currently. It would appear to miss out on the Big Ten Championship because of a tie-breaker with Penn State head-to-head, but would still be in the running for really big things.

Maybe someone from the extremely popular magazine would like to explain this to all of us because like my taxes almost yearly, I just can’t get the numbers to work.

Just for comparison’s sake, the team SI has ranked one spot ahead of Ohio State at No. 8 is Auburn. It has the Tigers completing the regular season at 9-3.

Hmmm. Okay.

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