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College Football Rankings 2015: Hits and Misses from the Week 4 Polls – Bleacher Report

USA Today Amway Coaches Poll: No. 1 (previously No. 1)

Associated Press Top 25: No. 1 (previously No. 1)

No one in their right mind denies that Ohio State is among the most talented teams in the country, if not the most talented. If you’re of the belief that the Buckeyes could line up against any team, any day, anywhere and win, then sure, they’re worthy of the No. 1 spot. 

That said, Ohio State has played like anything but the No. 1 team this season. The Buckeyes trailed at the half to Virginia Tech and looked sluggish in wins against Hawaii and Northern Illinois. In fact, the Huskies had a legitimate chance to upset Ohio State in Columbus. The Buckeyes turned the ball over, couldn’t convert key third downs and had late-game clock-management issues. 

It comes down to what pollsters think is important: How a team has played (and against whom) versus how it could play. Right now, Ohio State doesn’t even look like the best team in the Big Ten. The quarterback situation, once considered the ultimate blessing, is now an uncertainty moving forward as neither J.T. Barrett nor Cardale Jones have played all that well. 

“It’s just frustrating, knowing what we’re capable of and what we can do to teams and not playing to that level,” offensive lineman Taylor Decker told B/R colleague Ben Axelrod. “We just gotta get it figured out.”

And Ohio State may get it figured out. For now, though, this team looks a little less than deserving of being a consensus No. 1 pick. Other teams have done more and looked better. 

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