Ohio State notebook: Buckeyes fall to No.3 in AP, stays No.2 in coaches poll

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A 20-point victory in its season opener wasn’t enough to keep Ohio State ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll. But it was enough to keep the Buckeyes No. 2 in the more relevant USA Today coaches poll.

In the AP poll, voted on by 60 media members, the Buckeyes fell to third behind Alabama and Oregon. The Ducks moved ahead of Ohio State after beating Football Championship Subdivision team Nicholls State, 66-3.

Ohio State defeated Buffalo, a Mid-American Conference school, 40-20 in its opener.

Alabama had 58 first-place votes in the AP poll. Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson each had one. Oregon had 1,355 points, 25 more than Ohio State.

The Buckeyes stayed a distant second to Alabama in the coaches poll, which, unlike the AP poll, is included in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Ohio State got three first-place votes and had 1,444 points, 24 ahead of Oregon.

Earning their way back

Bradley Roby, returning from his one-game suspension, was listed as a co-starter with Armani Reeves on the depth chart released yesterday. Meyer said Roby, an all-Big Ten player in 2012, would have to beat out Reeves in practice to earn the start.

C.J. Barnett, who missed the opener because of a sprained ankle, is listed as a co-starter with Corey Brown.

Running back Rod Smith, who like Roby is returning from a one-game suspension, is not listed on the depth chart. Jordan Hall is the starter, with Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball sharing second-team status. Ball got two carries against Buffalo. Dunn didn’t take a snap.

Ex-MVP Jacoby dies

George Jacoby was watching the Ohio State victory on Saturday when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 81 in Cincinnati.

For the two-time OSU captain and 1953 team Most Valuable Player, it was fitting timing.

“On Saturday, he left us in the middle of the Buckeye game to go watch it with Woody,” Jacoby’s son Jeff said yesterday.

When Woody Hayes was starting his long Ohio State tenure, Jacoby helped set the foundation. The Toledo native was a first-team all-Big Ten tackle in 1952 and ’53 and served as captain both years.

He spent the last 52 years of his life in Cincinnati with his wife of 62 years, Nina.

“He was absolutely the ultimate Buckeye,” Jeff Jacoby said. “He was absolutely as loyal and true a Buckeye as there ever was.

“We’re going to have him cremated in scarlet and gray. He’ll have on a scarlet Ohio State golf shirt and a pair of gray slacks with the Buckeye logo on them. That’s about as good as it gets.”

Jacoby was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants in 1954. But NFL salaries were meager then, and he and Nina had Jeff to support. When the Giants wanted him to stay on their taxi (practice) squad, he decided to end his playing career.

The Jacobys lived in Toledo until 1961 before moving to Cincinnati. Jacoby was an accountant and controller for several companies.

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