College football Week 2 overreactions: Oregon a lock for the playoff, Michigan is a Big Ten contender

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Where is Ohio State ranked in football?

Unlike USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll where Ohio State is ranked No. 11, the Buckeyes are the ninth-ranked team in the country in the Associated Press top 25 poll released on Sunday afternoon. Ohio State was one of five ranked teams to lose on Saturday, joining Iowa State, USC, Texas and BYU. CalBearsMavenOhio State Ranked No. 9 In Associated Press Top 25 Poll Following Loss To Oregon

Who is Ohio State's defensive coordinator?

On Saturday, Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead got the better of Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs. The Columbus DispatchAnalysis: Buckeyes can rebound, but only if they fix their defense

Oregon vs. Ohio State odds, prediction, how to watch in Week 2

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Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. The Oregon Ducks must find a way to slow down Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Ohio State’s duo combined for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns last week, but it comes down to C.J. Stroud getting them the ball.

Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux will be the focus of impeding Stroud’s success. If he’s in the young quarterback’s face a lot, Stroud struggles. If not, Olave and Wilson eat. Ryan Day knows he must find ways to chip Thibodeaux or send extra blockers his way to give Stroud more time, but he knows the Oregon star can only be subdued for so long.

Mario Cristobal has his own quarterback to protect, but he saw that his team supports their poised quarterback Anthony Brown. Ohio State boasts a dangerous defensive line that can get in Brown’s face, and it’s up to the Ducks’ offensive line to make sure they’re up for the challenge. After all, a College Football Playoff appearance is on the line for both teams this season.

Oregon’s trying to get back to the postseason tournament for the first time since 2014, and they’ll do things a little differently than that team. While Oregon has the potential to be explosive offensively, it’s the defense that will lead the way. A relatively inexperienced secondary needs to step up. However, Thibodeaux and star linebacker Noah Sewell provide leadership and high-ceiling play. That’s huge when they play a team like Ohio State.

Ohio State’s struggles against Minnesota provided them with learning opportunities. Oregon squeaked out a win over Fresno State but received a chance to play in the clutch against a good team. Something’s got to give, and it comes down to who learned and adjusted the most from Week 1.

Oregon goes from a 19-point favorite against Fresno State to a 14.5-point underdog in one week. Ohio State, meanwhile, is nearly the same as it was last week when it was a 14-point favorite over Minnesota.

AP Top 25 poll: Oregon in top five of college football rankings after Ohio State upset, Oklahoma up to No. 3

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🏈 Ohio State downed by Oregon, other top teams struggle in Week 2

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Week 2 of the college football season saw two top-10 teams lose and two more needing fourth-quarter rallies to win. In total, five ranked teams lost, which was bound to lead to significant changes in the AP Top 25 poll.

Here's the complete AP poll ahead of Week 3.

Others receiving votes: UCF 111, TCU 103, Liberty 52, Michigan State 44, USC 39, Indiana 34, LSU 31, Kansas State 30, Nevada 28, Oklahoma State 27, Texas 23, Maryland 14, Pittsburgh 13, Kentucky 13, Stanford 10, Utah 9, Boston College 8, Arizona 6, Texas Tech 2, Fresno State 2, Toledo 2, Army 1

After Oregon's 35-28 upset win over then-No. 3 Ohio State, the Ducks vaulted from No. 12 to No. 4 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, which marks their best AP ranking since they finished the 2014 season ranked No. 2.

SEC powers Alabama and Georgia maintained their previous rankings of No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, after wins over Mercer and UAB. Oklahoma moved up one spot No. 3 after the Sooners shut out Western Carolina 76-0.

Oregon made the biggest leap in the AP poll with its eight-spot jump and the team ranked one spot behind the Ducks, No. 5 Iowa, made the second-biggest improvement since last week. The Hawkeyes improved their ranking by five spots after defeating rival and then-No. 9 Iowa State 27-17.

Southern California plummeted from No. 14 to fifth among "others receiving votes" after the Trojans were throttled by unranked Stanford 42-28, which made USC the team that experienced the biggest drop. The Trojans were followed by the Texas Longhorns, which arrived in Fayetteville ranked No. 15 but left with a 40-21 defeat and they too are now unranked.

Ohio State, which was on the losing end of Oregon's excellence, had the biggest fall of any team that was ranked in each of the last two weeks as the Buckeyes dropped six spots to No. 9. It's Ohio State's lowest ranking since the Buckeyes were No. 10 in the AP poll during the week of Nov. 18, 2018.

Alabama won its first two games by a combined 65 points and the Crimson Tide is projected to face stiffer competition in Week 3 as it travels to Gainesville to take on a top-15 opponent in the Gators. Florida has scored 35 and 42 points in its first two wins and it might take that many points, if not more, to keep up with Alabama's high-powered offense.

In an exciting non-conference matchup, Auburn visits Penn State for the latter's white-out game. The Nittany Lions have already beaten one ranked opponent this season with a 16-10 road victory over Wisconsin in Week 1. Auburn's schedule during the first two weeks has included games against Akron and Alabama State, but the Tigers scored at least 60 points in both.

BYU is now ranked after knocking off Utah at home, 26-17, in Week 2 and the Cougars will host another ranked Pac-12 team in Week 3.

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