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Column: What a better Big Ten means for Ohio State

The most recent AP Poll, which came out Monday, looks strange compared to what we’ve grown accustomed to in recent years. Sure, there’s Alabama and Georgia in the top-five. Oklahoma is hanging around. We’ve got an 18-19-20 stretch of Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State — a very typical Big Ten grouping.

But then we see some strange happenings: Cincinnati at No. 8, Clemson at No. 9...and Ohio State at No. 10.

An easy first reaction would be that the Big Ten isn’t getting any respect in the polls, because how could the highest ranking team in the conference be all the way back at No.