COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Even though Ohio State might be No. 3 in the polls and the BCS rankings, the Buckeyes consider themselves to be better than that.
On Monday, wide receiver Evan Spencer said of Alabama and Florida State, "I guess I'm a little biased but I think we'd wipe the field with both of them."
Earlier, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he voted the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) No. 2 on his USA Today coaches ballot - behind two-time defending champion Alabama but ahead of second-ranked Florida State.
The Buckeyes are clearly a confident group, particularly since they play at Illinois on Saturday. The Illini (3-6, 0-5) have lost 19 consecutive Big Ten games, while Ohio State owns the nation's longest winning streak at 21 in a row.