AP Poll: Buckeyes are #2

August 17, 2013 at 12:38p    by Ramzy Nasrallah    

The two teams Vegas currently likes the most sit atop the first poll of the season, though it's not close: Alabama, [huge space], then Ohio State and everyone else.

The Buckeyes are in front of Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. The two first-place votes Alabama didn't get went to Ohio State and Georgia. Preseason polls, regardless of your opinion as to their utility, have been helpful to the scarlet and gray:

Ohio State's streak of 25 consecutive years in the preseason poll is the most in the nation.

The rest of the top ten is South Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson, Lousville and Florida. Clearly the Gators are just finally digging out of that crater Urban Meyer left them in.

Also, Northwestern is ranked in a preseason poll for the first time in 12 seasons. #B1G



jkrk's picture

Who's the homer that put Georgia at #1?

buckeyepastor's picture

I'm kind of wondering who picked OSU as their #1.   Don't get me wrong - I like our chances to run the table, but what sportswriter crossed the SEC with their #1 vote?   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

GoBucksOSU's picture

The guy who voted us #1 is the same guy that voted TTUN #1 in last year's preseason poll. Here is the link to the votes on pollstalker.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I still don't understand the love for Oregon. No other team in the top 5 could lose their coach and still be considered NC contenders.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

They're drooling over Mariota and Thomas, showing corporate love to Phil Knight's Sportswear Conglomerate.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

GoBucksOSU's picture

Unlike most teams that lose their head coach, Oregon still has all the same pieces put together and the head coach was from a promotion so he has good knowledge of the whole team. I would say #3 is a good spot for Oregon.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I would say Kirby Smart and Herman have pretty good knowledge of their teams. But I highly doubt that Bama or Ohio State would remain in the top 5 if Saban, or Meyer left.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

GoBucksOSU's picture

That's not my primary point. Oregon still has tons of great players that can easily outscore anyone in the Pac 12 except for Stanford. Chip Kelly left but the program still has a lot of momentum.

LadyBuck's picture

So, if something happened to Urban Meyer tomorrow and Herman took over the team, you think we'd still be ranked #2? We would have all the same pieces and Herman knows the team rather well at this point. Yet, something tells me the poll would magically have us sliding down. You can even compare Mariota and Thomas to Miller and Hyde in terms of offensive importance to their teams.

GoBucksOSU's picture

Look at Oregon's schedule. I want you to try and pull out one game other than Stanford that Oregon could actually lose to. And you can't compare OSU to Oregon. Oregon doesn't have question marks like OSU does right now. Like I said they still have all of their pieces.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Don't ever doubt Nicholls State. :/ 

Oregon doesn't have question marks like OSU does right now. 

Who says they don't? Even if Ohio State didn't have any question marks, there's no way they'd be ranked in the top 5 with Herman as the head coach.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

cinserious's picture

Remember, when Chip Kelly took over for Mike Bellotti, people speculated the program would take a dip. Kelly kept that program hitting on all cylinders. Now, elevating the OC to head coach assures Oregon remains a top offensive national power.

Gone ham, be back soon...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

But in early 09, Oregon wasn't considered a NC contender. They were ranked 16th when they faced Boise St.

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I agree. I think they will be the bust out of the top 5 this year.

onetwentyeight's picture

Doesn't that tell you that Chip Kelly wasn't /THAT/ good of a coach and Oregon is the product of a system? That system is still very much in place, thus they should be 'fine' (ie where theyve been the last few years). 
Good luck eagles fans. LOL. 

Poison nuts's picture

I'm not sure I ever thought a whole lot of Chip Kelly, but in regards to the system you're talking about, the one that's still in place, wouldn't you say that's a system Chip Kelly put in place?

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JohnBoy's picture

Agreed....truth be told Chip Kelly lost most of his bigger games. I'm not sure they're top 5 even if he hadn't left.

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cinserious's picture

Clearly the Gators are just finally digging out of that crater Urban Meyer left them in.

Anybody else find this quote comical?

Gone ham, be back soon...

raki's picture

We all know what happened to the last year preseason number 1(USC). I hope same thing happens to ALABAMA this year, And some other league wins the National championship.