Phil Steele Ranks Ohio State No. 6 in a Way-Too-Early 2014 Preseason Poll

By DJ Byrnes on February 4, 2014 at 2:46p
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College football sage Phil Steele appeared on troll lord Paul Finebaum's radio show today, and dropped his top 10 for 2014:

Good to see Michigan State get some pre-season respect, as a victory over Sparty would be crucial in Ohio State's hunt for its first College Football Playoff bid.

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BoFuquel's picture

If we could start off at #6 that would be within striking distance of the final four. If we incur a loss forget the playoffs. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

cplunk's picture

Absolutely none of the polls mean anything at all. There is no such thing as striking distance anymore.
Its going to be interesting when the committee meets the first time and releases their four. They could very well be, for example, #2, #4, #5, and #8 from that weeks AP or coaches poll.
If the committee evaluates on the criteria that it is supposed to, I think the first committee rankings are going to cause people to go ape-poop. We've all gotten way too use to the "take a preseason poll-move down those that lose or look bad-move everybody else up" system. That's all gone now and I don't think people yet fully realize how much things really are about to change.

TilstheHun3's picture

#2, #4, #5, and #8?
You don't think the committee will "two-the-line" with what the majority of the media says, mostly ESPN, and have the same #1-4? Maybe you didn't exactly mean 2, 4, 5, and 8 but it is hard to see a committee leaving out #1 and #3 for #8... Though I'm glad the BCS is gone, I think it generally got the right two teams in the Championship, usually. Top 25, maybe not as accurate. I would be surprised if the new Playoff didn't get the right Top 4 teams in, or at least Top 3, more often than not.

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cplunk's picture

I think you'll be rather surprised.
I suspect at the end of the year it will be the top four teams from the AP poll, but that will be because the AP poll has shifted to match the committees previously released rankings.
Its going to be very interesting.

acBuckeye's picture

More often than not, the top 4 teams in the college basketball polls get the 4 number 1 seeds in the tourney. So, there's that.......

FROMTHE18's picture

didnt he have us in the national title game last year?

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

You could argue that he was 1 Carlos Hyde carry away from being right...

dan_isaacs's picture

I do argue that.  Way too often.  I need other hobbies.

Dan Isaacs

Borrowed Time's picture

if I'm reading this right, this is his projected AP top 10.... not his personal top 10, which this title suggests

teddyballgame's picture

Oregon fails to meet high expectations almost every year, yet they continuously get a top 3 preseason rank?  Yes, I'm aware this is just one guy's opinion, but it seems like others keep drinking the Oregon kool-aid too.

VestedInterest's picture

If as written it's how he feels the AP will shake out to start the year it's understandable. Oregon is always a Stanford curb-stompin' away from irrelevance on an annual basis, soon to be a back hand recipient from USC again as well. Eff Oregon and their Nike coin hype.

Chise47's picture

Might have to throw the Washington Huskies in there as well considering the success Chris Petersen had at Boise. What will he be able to accomplish in the stadium Don James built ? Hell, Mora @ UCLA will be deadly to.

CowCat's picture

Yeah, it baffles me too.
They've never had much of a defense, so why are they consistently ranked so high?

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Nutinpa's picture

You are absolutely right, teddy.  Then again, 3/4s of fans outside of Buckeye Nation are typing the same thing about the Buckeyes in their Forums. And to the posters sniffing about Oregon and other teams living off their Offense with no Defense....better put the stone down as we'd be standing in a glass house.

VestedInterest's picture

The difference is we've had a defense, Oregon not so much. 2013 was an anomaly, not the norm (at least it better fricken' be).

Hovenaut's picture

Immediately what I initially thought...sell me on Oregon again?

I like UCLA out there, and RichRod (remember him?) has Arizona on the upswing.

TilstheHun3's picture

I'm no Oregon apologist, honestly, but who else are they going to put that high?
Oregon has gone 11-2 (2013), 12-1 (2012), 12-2 (2011), 12-1 (2010), and 10-3 (2009, Ohio State beat them in the Rose Bowl...
Very few programs have that kind of consistent success over the last 5 years. Sure, they often blow it in the biggest game, but sadly the same is often said about tOSU. I think the biggest reason why they are ranked that high is because Mariota is coming back.
Maybe they shouldn't be Top 3 but realistically who else would they put there? And if not #3, where should they realistically be ranked? They have finished the last 4 years ranked in the Top 10 at the end of the season... Like I said, I'm not a fan of Oregon football or all of the hype they get, but at the same time I can't look past the success they have had in recent years, though they have blown it in big games. If Ohio State deserves to be in the Top 10 after 2013, I'm not sure how someone can argue Oregon doesn't deserve that either.
A lot of programs would love to have done what Oregon did the last 5 years (57-9)

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Woody4's picture

Hey,  Jamarco & Malik.... are you watching this?  ;)

OSUStu's picture

Yeah, hopefully Malik just doesn't look at who is ranked #1.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

buckeyestu's picture

Only 3 SEC teams in the top 10? Surely that can not be right! ESPN will not tolerate that!

toad1204's picture

Also reporting Devin Gardner favorite for the September Robinson Heisman.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Zimmy07's picture

Is SC South Carolina or Southern Cal?

teddyballgame's picture

I believe that is USC jr.

otrain2416's picture

Idk about you but I am pumped for the Oregon-Sparty matchup

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Wow, I did not realize they played next year. That's going to be an awesome game.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm not. I think MSU is going to get abused in Eugene.

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

d5k's picture

They did lose some good players on defense but they seem to have the best defense vs. the modern spread right now.

otrain2416's picture

I doubt it Oregon tends to get exposed badly by good defenses. Using the the extremely logical football math:  Oregon < Stanford < Sparty

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

They're 2-2 against Stanford the last 4 years. Two of those games they blew out Stanford. MSU has yet to face an environment like Autzen Stadium. MSU's toughest road game last year was against Notre Dame. They lost.

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

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Autzen's environment is very overrated. Having been to multiple games there, I can't assure you, don't buy the hype. Wisky, PSU, and tOSU are more intimidating and louder IMO. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Overrated or not, it doesn't change the fact that in the last 6 seasons Oregon is 38-3 at home.

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

TilstheHun3's picture

"Having been to multiple games there, I can't assure you, don't buy the hype."

I wish you could assure us not to buy the hype... I think this game could go either way really. MSU has a great defense, though they definitely lost some talent. Oregon has struggled against great defenses before but they have also obliterated opponents. Oregon's defense usually is their Achilles.
Interesting though, UFM made a trip out to see Chip Kelly and his offense when he worked for ESPN and I think said something along the lines of really respecting Kelly's offense. Kelly isn't there anymore but they probably run a lot of the same stuff.
Do I think Sparty will win? Maybe. Do I care all that much? Only because if they win, it makes Ohio State's strength of schedule better. I'm becoming increasingly weirded out by the MSU love fest that has kind of been going on here lately, though I'm sure it is just because we really like Dantonio and the fact that they kicked scUMs ass recently. More than anything, I just don't want to see Oregon annihilate Sparty and drag the B1Gs reputation through the mud even more.

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oregonianbuckeye's picture

I think it's a great matchup, but think that Oregon at home will be favored, and will probably win. Mariotta wasn't right for the second half of 2013, and the game is early enough in the season where he will be healthy. Oregon loses Thomas, but the other backs played a ton last year and should be fine. Another big difference between these teams is that Oregon's studs on defense came back for another year. (by the way, even though I'm oregonianbuckeye, I hate the ducks). Hope Sparty can come away with the win!

Bolt's picture

Wait, that's what Phil Steele looks like?!

THE_JUICE's picture

He looks the part more than John Clayton from ESPN.

Dean's picture

Look, I believe in RichRod's revival as much as the next guy, but Arizona at #4 is just too much.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I'm with ya on that one, and the Bobcats at #5?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Deadly Nuts's picture

What is Fresno State doing at #1?


CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Not a bad place to start.  Now just need to take care of business!  Is it football season yet!?!?!
Go Bucks!!

Braxton2Devin's picture

Oregon: 0 National Championships

Hovenaut's picture

But eleventeen hundred different uniform combinations.

Kurt's picture

Everyone's appalled with Oregon's ranking, but i can't get over Bama in the 2 slot...just seems high for a team coming off consecutive losses, the loss of a 3 year starting QB (and probably a number of other guys) and the hiring of Lane Kiffin (a clear handicap).  
I don't see Bama in next year's title game.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

People didn't see them winning when AJ took over.

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

Kurt's picture

They'll win, just not to the tune of a title game berth.  I think AJ's first year they lost 2 or 3. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You're thinking of Greg McElroy's last year. AJ was a redshirt freshman in the 2010 season. His first year as a starter(2011), they won the nc.

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Jeeves's picture

A game they shouldn't have been in.

PittBuckeye's picture

Oregon permanently has a spot reserved in the pre-season top 5.

sivaDavis's picture

"This Phil Steele guy must not know anything about football because there are only 3 SEC teams in the top 10." - SEC Fans.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes