I'm late to the party here, so I'll play catch-up.
-For Kansas/Ohio State, give me Kansas any day if they were to play each other. Yeah, Kansas lost to a lessor opponent than OSU did, but at least they just lost to them (and closely), as compared to what OSU did, which was far worse than just losing. Sure, they both beat two scrubs before that, but OSU didn't look good against Ohio either. In fact, OSU has looked awful against every D1 opponent they've faced thusfar.
-For USC being able to annhilate anyone short of Oklahoma, I disagree. They beat up on two poor very overrated teams (yes, even Virginia is overrated because people still see them as Virginia, not as the terrible team that they are this year). If Florida plays Ohio State in week 3 of 2006 does everyone they think there miles ahead of everyone else? Given that they struggled against basically everyone else that year that wasn't a total bottom dwellar, clearly they were not. USC will be helped by the Pac-10 being down some this year compared to the last few, but they'll still have some tight ones throughout the year. I'm not sold on Sanchez yet at all.
-For Hsker ranking OSU outside the top 30 among a few other odd rankings, we all know each other and each other's tendencies around here pretty well by now, so everyone pretty much knows that he takes a very different approach to ranking then most, putting by far the most weight into exactly what you've done, into wins/losses straight up, and with very little "eyeball test" considered. There's nothing wrong with that, since there is certainly no pre-determined or "best" way to figure this stuff out, but understanding that he approaches it very differently should help him not have to re-explain himself 6 times every week