Ohio State Checks in at No. 2 in ESPN Power Rankings

By Kyle Rowland on August 9, 2013 at 2:13p
Second isn't so bad --- in August.

Ohio State has already checked in at No. 2 in the Coaches Poll, while the AP's rankings come out Aug. 14. Those are the two polls of record for college football, but ESPN also does its own power rankings.

The Buckeyes are No. 2, behind Alabama.  

Here's what Austin Ward has to say: 

Urban Meyer has already made history with the Buckeyes, but not the kind that comes with a crystal football, thanks to NCAA sanctions that kept the program out of the postseason last season. Ohio State is free from those shackles now, and Meyer has traditionally done his best work in Year 2 at previous stops. His latest encore campaign is headlined by quarterback Braxton Miller, fifth-place finisher in the Heisman race last year and a truly dynamic weapon. With four senior starters on the offensive line, a deep stable of running backs and more options at wide receiver, the dangerous spread attack could help the Buckeyes overcome some defensive inexperience and do something even more memorable this year.


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cajunbuckeye's picture

A lot of people have questions about the Buckeye defense. All of the answers will line up on the ball August 31.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

ChazBuckeye's picture

I'm not worried about the defense as much as I was last year.  More depth at LB (not a whole lot more) but they should be better this year.  Lots of questions about the Dline will be answered in 22 days, as Cajun pointed out above.  The secondary...I'm going to go out on a limb and say they may be the best in the country.  Loaded in the d-backfield and it should be a no fly zone for a while.

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

I just can't wait to see Dontre on the field on Saturday's!!! I so need August 31st to be here!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Got my last ESPN magazine of my subscription today. Look who's on the cover:


Crimson's picture

You no see my address

I want to read that article :-)

Kvs66's picture

Big Oil talks: Johnny Douche Bag


buckeye_heart's picture

Hoping for big bronze and crystal things in year two.

GoBucksOSU's picture

I should have listened to my own advice and not looked at the comments. There is so much OSU hate there.

LadyBuck's picture

I should have heeded your warning and not read them, either, but darn curiosity. Then again, it's an ESPN comment forum. What were we expecting?

Boomcat's picture

Yes, those comments are beyond stupid. Makes me want to get on there and straight up own those imbeciles, but then again they aren't smart enough to comprehend logical thinking.

captain obvious's picture

We might not get them this year but Bama and the rest of the SECs time is coming.
My heart says this year but I think next year we are bulletproof.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

InHartWeTrust's picture

If X-Brax returns for his senior season, I've gotta agree next year will be an unreal team.
Stanford is a team I am very curious about this year.  They might be a potential "buster" for our BCS Champ game bid hopes if they run the table.

Toilrt Paper's picture

I would rather have an inexperienced D-line than an inexperienced O-line. 

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Oh the fun I'm having up here. All the talk is of Hoke's recruiting, which I agree can't be questioned. The question I ask is why, then, is OSU #2 and not scUM? To that I get no answer. Even though we all know its because we have Meyer and they have Hoke.

Idaho Helga's picture

If Hoke's team loses more than 3 or more games this year I'm going to pin the John Cooper "best recruiter, bad game day coach" label on him.  I mean, it was wonderful last November to be a Buckeye and see the same unproductive call from their offense the entire 2nd half, wasn't it? 

LadyBuck's picture

I relished every second half transparent play. It's even every bit as beautiful in August as it was last November. However, if I were a scUM fan, I'd be livid with such play calling with the talent they had.

Idaho Helga's picture

If you review their comments on their blog during the game, yup. They WERE livid with the calls. In fact, some are still bitter.  Wah, wah, wah.

Boomcat's picture

It's ESPN. And it's "power rankings". What really matters about this?

unholy bucknut's picture

Things like this make me wish it were the 31st already.

Bucksfan's picture

So much power ranking...so little football played.

vitaminB's picture

I'm not worried about the Defense at all.  I think we'll score as many points as we want.  The offense is going to be something special this year.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

We coming for that number one spot. 

KingsRite's picture

I'm so sick of Alabama fans and the SEC in general. They act like their invincible and will stay on top forever. I can't wait until either the Buckeyes or somebody out West knocks them off their high horse.

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-