Ohio State comes in No. 3 in Prestige Rankings

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State is the third most prestigious college football program since 1936, according to ESPN's Prestige Rankings.

The top five teams were revealed this morning, and Ohio State came in at No. 3, behind only Oklahoma and USC. The Buckeyes were a solid No. 3, racking up 76 points more than No. 4 Notre Dame, but they finished a good distance behind both the Sooners (1,968) and Trojans (1,897).

Ohio State owns five national championships since 1936. The team produced tons of first-round draft picks and seven Heisman Trophy winners, including the only two-time winner, Archie Griffin. The Buckeyes consistently reach major bowl games and have dominated the Big Ten since head coach Jim Tressel arrived in 2001.

The knock against the Buckeyes, one that likely kept them from the top spot, is the performance in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Ohio State didn't win a Big Ten title between 1987-1992 and went 2-13-2 against ranked opponents between Nov. 19, 1988, and Jan. 1, 1993. Though both Oklahoma and USC also had drop-offs, they were more dominant than Ohio State at their respective peaks.

To recap the Big Ten in the Prestige Rankings:

  • No. 3 Ohio State

  • No. 8 Michigan

  • No. 11 Penn State

  • No. 26 Michigan State

  • No. 30 Iowa

  • No. 33 Minnesota

  • No. 34 Wisconsin

  • No. 49 Illinois

  • No. 50 Purdue

  • No. 80 Northwestern

  • No. 102 Indiana