Ohio State football opened up the season by beating a top-five opponent by double digits at home, while Alabama shut out Utah State — a Group of Five team — as the top two teams in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The Crimson Tide kept their top spot after Week 1 while the Buckeyes moved down to No. 3 thanks to Georgia having its way with Oregon on a neutral site.
A week later, OSU beat Arkansas State by a large margin while Alabama limped out of Austin, Texas, barely escaping an upset in a game that came down to Bryce Young breaking off a sack.
Now both teams are 2-0, with the Bulldogs’ game against Samford expected to be a blowout. They may have the strongest claim to be ranked No. 1, so where does that leave Alabama and Ohio State?
“The good news is we’ve already played a top-five opponent,” head coach Ryan Day said after beating Arkansas State. “So we’ve already proven ourselves in some ways.”
There’s merit behind that statement, but it also holds a lot less value now that Notre Dame is 0-2 after Marshall upset the Irish, 26-21, in South Bend.
Now that bargaining chip is off the table for a team that’s yet to play it’s best game. But the same can be said for Alabama, who needed a late-game drive to beat a team playing most of the game without its starting quarterback.
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