CBS' Dennis Dodd Picks OSU Pre-Season No. 1

By Ross Fulton on August 12, 2013 at 3:58p
41 Comments released their analysts' pre-season top 25 rankings.  Nearly everyone placed Alabama in the top spot except Dennis Dodd. He put the Buckeyes in the top spot. Three other writers placed the Buckeyes at No. 2. Some guy named Jerry Hinnen went the opposite way, dropping OSU to No. 6.    

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AndyVance's picture

Gotta love a contrarian...

ChazBuckeye's picture

Agreed to the about an about-face...???

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.

Nick's picture

I think if it is possible to be a bigger troll than ESPiN, then CBS takes the cake. 

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Hinnen has Ohio State behind:
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Stanford and South Carolina.
This is exactly why preseason polls should not exist.
I wish the first football poll would not be released until October.
Hinnen =

BSTP DeCon's picture

No way should Oregon be in the top top, nor should FSU and South Carolina. Oregon breaking in a brand new head coach (first time being a head coach), FSU constantly underachieves and losses games they should win with the talent they have, and South Carolina with that horrible QB?! Clowney is legit, but that's it IMHO.

FROMTHE18's picture

to be fair, Oregon coaching staff barely has to do anything for the team they currently have. Mariota is a stud QB. In fact, I think I'd have him as the third best dual threat QB behind Manziel and Braxton. De'Anthony Thomas is nearly untouchable so just get him the ball. The question will be defense for them and their defense is one of the better ones in the Pac-12. It should be a Stanford/Oregon battle in the Pac-12, especially the Pac-12 north and SC/UCLA battle in the south with Arizona being a dark-horse. If Oregon can get by Stanford, they could go undefeated IMO. Really Stanford or Oregon could go unbeaten. 

BABuckeye's picture

Jerry Hinnen, Managing Editor – War Blog Eagle. 
Dont know where he went to undergrad, but got a Masters at Auburn in 2003, served as Sports Editor for a handful of community newspapers in Alabama and Michigan before moving with his wife to Arizona. Now he is the SEC blogger for CBS sports. So he's a pro Alabama, pro Mitten State, and pro SEC guy.  In a way, I'm surised he has he Buckeyes as high as he does.

toad1204's picture

Surprise surprise an SEC writer doesnt believe the B1G is any good.  Reminds me of some guy named Travis.  Hope he's hungry at the end of the season. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Gametime's picture

Makes you wonder why he would buy the Florida State hype when they're pretty much blow it every season.
I mean they're hanging 50 on all these bums then get held to 16 points by N.C. STATE????
And we all like some Jadeveon Clowney, but seriously, they should've lost to Michigan last year.
You can make solid cases for Oregon & Stanford, I'll buy those, but FSU & S.C. are right where they need to be in the AP (#15 and #10). 

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Urban Nation Army's picture

A&M won't be top 10 if Johnny Hancock is suspended.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

FROMTHE18's picture

One could wonder if A&M would be a top 15-20 team. I think no team in the country is more dependent on one player as A&M is with Manziel. 

MuraliPatel's picture

... to be fair, we're pretty dependent on one player also.

acBuckeye's picture

They don't have Kenny G.

BSTP DeCon's picture

I don't think Oregon should be ranked as high preseason as they are... Breaking in a first year head coach is going to prove a bit more troublesome than they are accounting for.

Citrus's picture

I agree, cases can be made for the teams you mention. I think the difference in the top 5 is splitting hairs at this point but SC???? C'mon now. 

IBleedSandG's picture

Thanks for the love, Dennis!


Kurt's picture

And I'll just take a screen shot of that...

Poison nuts's picture

I was kind of hoping that all the writers would have them as #5-10 & all call them overrated. I'm all for as much motivation as you can give them. Either way, with these polls I suppose it's great to be ranked highly, but they don't really mean much one way or another. Just something to talk about until the season starts.... 

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Geraffi's picture

So, the average of all their rankings is third. I'm ok with that, preseason. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Dennis Dodd!?  Did somebody recently inject his coffee with some Buckeye juice?  I don't even agree that OSU should be #1.  I'm perfectly fine with OSU being slotted at #2 behind Alabama. 
Even #6 isn't really all that bad, though Florida State and South Carolina are overrated as fuck.  I'd make FSU show me that they can live up to the hype for once before putting them in the top 5, and outside of Clowney, South Carolina is not all that great.  Oregon probably makes sense in the top 5.  Stanford, not sure.  But I think OSU should be higher than #6. 

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Hovenaut's picture

They should be fun to read come January.

yrro's picture

I have no real objection to Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, or TAM, or Florida being ranked higher than us. I think we're better, but there's an argument. Anyone else is a joke.

acBuckeye's picture

I'd put the Irish and Aggies ranked above us in the "joke" category.

pjtobin's picture

I pick them to be 1 also! Yay me !!!!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Ahh Saturday's picture

Not that it matters, but it's always nice to see OSU getting respect in the polls.  However, the same Dodd who put us at number one also put Louisville two spots behind the UF team that they beat soundly in their bowl game last year.  Dodd also placed LSU three spots ahead of the Clemson team last seen beating them in their bowl game.  Of course, last year's results are not the only thing that matters, but both Louisville and Clemson return the stars of the team that led them to those victories.  Maybe losing a bowl game against an opponent is a way of measuring future superiority? Nope, turns out Dodd has S. Carolina ranked 16 spots ahead of the Michigan team they barely beat last year. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I'm not too worried about where we are in the first few polls.  Nice to get some recognition though.  As long as we keep winning and take care of business I just want to be sure to lock up one of the top spots come January.

Boomcat's picture

No love at all, with the exception of Dodd. Everyone says that Ohio St. will get beaten badly in the NC. We shall see if/when the opportunity arises.....

Nutinpa's picture

What would you expect them to say based on OSU's performance against SEC teams in their recent NC games -- and neither the Florida Gator team nor the LSU teams that depantsed us are as good as recent Bama teams.  For a team with this many ??? on the Defensive side of the ball, a # 2 ranking is pretty flattering.  I could have seen them as a top 5 or 6 and not bitched about it.  And lastly, considering the recent Ohio State and Big Ten NFL draft mess, I can see how the scribes pour more love on an SEC team like So Carol than Ohio State.  Fla St....not so much.

Olemissbuckeye's picture

I agree. Im ok with OSU at #2 mostly because who else would you put there? We still have a lot of wlquestions like seemingly everyone besides Bama. Again, these polls are dumb.

buckeyedude's picture

I think he's just suckin' up to the largest fanbase.



darbnurb's picture

The best thing about preseason rankings is reviewing them at the end of the year and realizing that football experts don't really know anything.  

FROMTHE18's picture

I think the Coaches' Poll has a pretty accurate Top 5 at this point. Such a long way to go and a lot can happen. These days, even being in the top 10 allows for a decent shot at the title game if you can go unbeaten (outside of the SEC).

Kyle Rowland's picture

I've never understood people being critical of preseason predictions. No one knows what's going to happen, that's why they are "preseason predictions." Ohio State could lose twice this year and be ranked lower than sixth, no one knows. Florida State could go undefeated and win the national title. Just don't get why people get ridiculed for making picks. 

gobucks96's picture

Agreed, but having a high early season ranking has worked out for many teams who stumble early. 

ChazBuckeye's picture

Couldn't agree more.  Best part about it to me is most have us right where we need to be, #2. To me that's perfect...

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.

AndyVance's picture

I'm with you, Kyle. While I understand that concern that preseason polls my color voters' opinions of the teams before ever seeing them play the first down of football, making and then evaluating our predictions is the only way we get better.
The "problem" with that theory is that there really isn't a market for making sure those predictions are accurate. (I just finished reading Nate Silver's book, so bear with me...) There is no incentive for those polled in these rankings to get better at predicting how teams will play, so you have goombahs out there who will troll a fanbase by ranking Ohio State 8th when everyone else in the country has them as second. Or, at a less argumentative level, guys don't (or can't) put in enough homework to adequately evaluate 25 teams (or more) to see where they might realistically shake out, and end up just following the herd and saying things like, "Well, I don't know how good Oregon really is, but they're Oregon, right? Always a sexy pick."
So on the one hand I get the "concern" from fans about the banality of preseason picks, but on the other I totally agree with you that there's good reason to make the predictions in the first place.

SOF_Buckeye's picture

While I believe we will end up going for the NC, I have no issues with any of the early polling (other than there is early polling). I think anywhere in the top 5-7 is respectable. The questions on the defensive side of the the ball are legitimate (I think and believe that the talent we have coming in on the D-Line is going to be phenomenal), especially at linebacker. Our offense should be epic, but the O-Line depth may be worrisome. 
That said, any teams ahead of us will take care of themselves; FSU- will look for a way to be blind sided; Oregon/Stanford- one will take care of the other (Ducks I believe will prevail), and Oregon and the new staff will slip somewhere; LSU/UG, UF, et al (SEC) will round robing themselves into 1+ loss teams. TAM is in the process of being Manziel'd. The Gamecocks are going to force the ol' ball coach into long sleeves. Regardless, whether at #2, #5, or #7, attrition will occur, and the cream will rise to the top. In the end... Bama/tOSU.   
O - H

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

741's picture

Preseason rankings are dumb. Prove it on the field. GO BUCKS!

buckeyefanatic's picture

>> Nearly everyone placed Alabama in the top spot except Dennis Dodd

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