After coming into the season ranked No. 2, Ohio State has slipped in the AP poll in consecutive weeks despite posting blowout victories over Buffalo and San Diego State.
Now ranked No. 4, a question worth asking has been raised: Should Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes be concerned?
Ohio State looked sloppy in its season-opening victory over Buffalo, but the Buckeyes responded with a 35-point rout of San Diego State without the services of Braxton Miller, who suffered a slight MCL sprain seven plays into the game.
It was Oregon who hopped the Buckeyes after Week 1, and Clemson got the nod over the Buckeyes on Sunday behind the near-consensus top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.
Even the USA Today football coaches poll, which makes up one-third of the formula used to calculate the BCS standings, dropped the Buckeyes from their preseason No. 2 spot to No. 3 behind Alabama and Oregon on Sunday.
It would be concerning if it weren’t so early.
Consider this: At this point last year, teams such as USC (which was ranked No. 2), West Virginia (No. 9) and Michigan State (No. 10) appeared to be legitimate contenders. All three finished the season with a 7-6 record and outside the Top 25.
The college football season has a way of not only weeding out the pretenders, but identifying the true contenders.
Over the last decade, only once has there been a season when three teams from automatically qualified conferences finished the season undefeated (2004). Outside of the 2004…