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Their No. 25 AP Poll ranking is their first appearance in the polls since 1968
This took ... well, actually not as long as I thought it would. When they ascended all the way to No. 26 last week, even with some unimpressive MAC victories, not many other teams were wholly impressive, plus Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech, two teams ranked in the 20s, played each other. A win over Akron and it was evident they'd get ranked.
And they were. They're 7-0, one of 12 remaining unbeaten teams, they pretty much had to be included. Ball State was ranked after starting 6-0 in 2008. NIU was 3-0 when ranked 20th in 2003, although those Huskies upset two ranked teams (Maryland/Alabama).
This OHIO team's most impressive trouncing remains Penn State, who is suddenly 4-2 and received a vote of their own.
In the Coaches Poll, OHIO is 27th behind Northwestern and two-loss Michigan. Toledo kept steady with two votes, and NIU joined the party with two votes of their own. Now we just need one-loss Kent State to join the party.