Football: Ohio State third in AP poll
Unbeaten Ohio State reached its high-water mark for 2012 in the final Associated Press poll of the regular season yesterday, moving past Georgia to No. 3 behind top-ranked Notre Dame and Alabama.
Because of NCAA sanctions, the Buckeyes were ineligible for consideration in the Bowl Championship Series standings, which last night officially tagged Notre Dame and Alabama as the teams in the national championship game.
“Being No. 3 in the AP, it means a lot. It shows that our hard work paid off, that we had a successful season,” senior linebacker Zach Boren said. “But as a competitive person coming from a competitive team, you always want to be No.1. And it just kind of stinks that we’re not going to have the opportunity to show people that we are the No.1 team.”
Despite winning the Big Ten Leaders Division title, Ohio State had to watch third-place Wisconsin trounce Legends Division winner Nebraska 70-31 on Saturday in the conference championship game. The Buckeyes beat both teams.
“It was kind of hard, but give it to them, they went out there and battled,” Boren said. “Still, any time you really won the Big Ten but you’re sitting at home not being able to play in that game — it’s really tough for us seniors, now not ever having the chance to play in that (title) game.”