Ohio State No. 6 in First Coaches Poll of 2014 Season

By DJ Byrnes on July 31, 2014 at 12:18p
130 Comments

The first Amway Coaches Poll of the 2014 season was released today, and Ohio State checks in at No. 6. 

Florida State, the defending national champs, will begin the season at No. 1. Alabama comes in at No. 2, and Oklahoma — a team that beat Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl — holds down the No. 3 spot.

While Ohio State is in striking distance of the playoff field, it appears they will have some ground to make up once they're out of the gate. (Although, there is one coach — not Urban Meyer — that believes Ohio State is worthy of the No. 1 spot.)

The SEC leads the way six teams in the Top 25 — including three of the top ten.

Four Big Ten teams in total make the poll, with Michigan State garnering their highest preseason poll position (No. 8) since 1967. A certain school from north of Ohio's border, however, was relegated to the "others receiving votes" field.

Virginia Tech and Cincinnati, two of Ohio State's out-of-conference foes, also made appearances in the "others receiving votes" field. 

Rank Team Points First Place Votes
1 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 1543 56
2 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE 1455 0
3 OKLAHOMA SOONERS 1382 3
4 OREGON DUCKS 1314 1
5 AUBURN TIGERS 1271 0
6 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES 1267 1
7 UCLA BRUINS 1085 0
8 MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS 1050 0
9 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS 1009 1
10 BAYLOR BEARS 965 0
11 STANFORD CARDINAL 955 0
12 GEORGIA BULLDOGS 905 0
13 LSU TIGERS 833 0
14 WISCONSIN BADGERS 654 0
15 USC TROJANS 627 0
16 CLEMSON TIGERS 535 0
17 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH 509 0
18 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS 358 0
19 OLE MISS REBELS 346 0
20 TEXAS A&M AGGIES 266 0
21 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS 257 0
22 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS 228 0
23 NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 175 0
24 TEXAS LONGHORNS 143 0
25 WASHINGTON HUSKIES 142 0

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Missouri (122), Central Florida (102), Mississippi State (74), Oklahoma State (58), TCU (54), Michigan (53), Iowa (49), Miami (45), Duke (41), Louisville (32), Marshall (27), Brigham Young (18), Boise State (13), Louisiana-Lafayette (12), Virginia Tech (12), Texas Tech (8), Minnesota (6), Cincinnati (6), Northwestern (5), Oregon State (4), Georgia Tech (2), Houston (2), Arkansas (1), Arizona (1), Northern Illinois (1).


SourceUSA Today

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

ill take it. 

Buckeye fan from PA

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

right where we ought to be, not too high

Does anyone know if BucksFan changed his icon?

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Jugdish's picture

It looks about right to me. The Bucks are within striking range. Now, all they need to do is go out and prove themselves. This is a very good Ohio State team with quality athletes. The sorry part is that the Bucks will probably need to win out or a one loss SEC team could creep in.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

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USMC11917's picture

How can a lost SEC team find its way to the playoff?

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Jugdish's picture

LOL  Fixed it. Up-vote for making my day

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

brandonbauer87's picture

Georgia at 12? Without Aaron Murray?

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OSUStu's picture

What else is new?

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

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avail31678's picture

True.  But this is a little laughable, IMO.

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SLVRBLLTS's picture

I'm ok with Georgia being highly ranked until someone figures out how to tackle (a healthy) Todd Gurley. That dude is an absolute monster.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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Prickly_Pete's picture

Over-ranking $EC teams like Georgia artificially inflates the entire SoS of the entire $EC so they can brag about playing all these “tough” ranked teams.  I’d like to see the polls wait until at least October so everyone can base their rankings on reality.

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RuGettinIt's picture

South Carolina has to be one of the most consistently over ranked teams of all time....

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bigDbuck's picture

A lot of injured talent coming back. Some SEC think they will be champs.

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tussey's picture

They were basically starting walk-on at receiver last year because of injury and they also have Todd Gurley coming back that went ham on everyone last year even while injured and I think they return a lot on defense.  Look 12 might be high but it also might be just right.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Todd Gurley is a grown-ass man. If you only had film of he and El Guapo toting the rock, you'd have a perfect video for aspiring RBs as to how to run the football.

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Jabba the Hoke's picture

Georgia is overrated every year, 12 is actually lower than I would have expected.

kevdale86's picture

I thought 12 was referring to the number of arrests they have every year.

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acBuckeye's picture

Don't worry. Georgia will start the season 3-2 or something like that, and still be ranked 22nd in the country because they have talent.

sharks's picture

Amway? The sponsor of the Coaches Poll is an MLM?

6 sounds about right. Auburn has LSU game 4, MSU could knock off Oregon, Oklahoma has WVA and Texas the first half of the season, its not too far fetched that OSU gets into the mix pretty quick...

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

JohnnyKozmo's picture

I would imagine if MSU knocked off Oregon, they would have a decent chance of jumping OSU, since that would be a road win, and our big games early are at home.

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BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

If MSU beats Oregon I'm fine with them being ahead of us until we beat them in November, after that it won't matter anyway.

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WezBuck28's picture

I think if MSU beats Oregon they would jump ahead of us personally, just because of what happened in the big ten championship game..

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buckeyedude's picture

Im ok with that. I would rather OSU into E. Lambsing as underdogs.

 

 

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WC Buckeye's picture

I like your line of thinking - we have to look at a few "what if's" in order to gauge our chances of being "selected".

I hope our boys just focus on executing on every single snap to the best of their abilities and let the winning take care of the rest.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

gunni070's picture

I thought the Amway thing was a joke too, which would fit right into the coaches poll, a bigger joke!

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buckeyestu's picture

Sounds about right. Scum unranked, that is wonderful. 

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Michigan?....Michigan?....Michigan?.....Bueller....

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Check the basement... They're in there, somewhere....

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

I still think Iowa should be in the top 25.

Buckeye fan from PA

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Denny's picture

Lucky for you, Internet User 'JakeStevensIsSwag', there's an entire season of football to be played. Maybe Iowa will be in the Top 25 after the season.

Taquitos.

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

yea

Buckeye fan from PA

GoBucksOSU's picture

I have a feeling Auburn won't finish the season in the top 10.

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BullCityBuckeye's picture

I think It all depends how well opposing defensive coaches catch-on to Malzahn's offensive scheme.  I think you will ultimately be proven correct, but Auburn's use of misdirection/option-play was as good as I've seen in awhile.  An impressive running machine.  Also, Auburn should be better on defense as they were dreadful last year.  However, they definitely won't get as many wins based on fluky circumstances/plays and "sneaking up" on people since they were terrible the year before.  Also, let's see how they perform with the proverbial "target on their back."  

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coolhand850's picture

Auburn will win the SEC, and they most likely win it all. The Florida State game looked like studio wrestling. Auburn was by far the better team, and with Marshall back with tons of horses, they will be even better this year. IMO, they are not even challenged until the Alabama game. I believe both teams enter Jordan-Hare undefeated. One of the two will be in the National Championship game. Hopefully Meyer plays Apple, Raekwon, Jalin Marshall, Michael Thomas, and of course Chad Lindsay. If he does and Braxton stays healthy, along with having the best defensive line in the country, with al iittle luck we could be in the hunt. Oregon and Oklahoma, as usual, are overated. MSU will shatter Mariotta and the Ducks chances in the very beginning, and they will most likely lose 2 additional conference games. 1. Auburn 2. FSU 3. Alabama 4. Ohio State 5. Michigan State....... Except in the end either Bama or Auburn will be left out, along with either MSU or US!! FSU has the easiest road to the playoffs, along with Oklahoma. Oklahoma and Stoops will fall short. 3 playoff teams are fairly certain. Alabama or Auburn-MSU or US, plus FSU! The 4th semi-finalist is a mystery! Could be a one loss SEC team or one loss OSU team or an unlikely undefeated team in the Pac 12 like USC or UCLA??? 

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Catch 5's picture

Auburn will not win the SEC.  According to this poll, they play the #2, #9, #12, #13, #19, #20, #21, and #29 teams.  That is a true gauntlet, and while I certainly believe them to be of top-10 quality I don't see them getting through that with less than 2 losses.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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FROMTHE18's picture

no idea how Alabama is ranked that high. I mean sure they have stars, but I'd take Oregon over them. 

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Catch 5's picture

See below

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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coolhand850's picture

SIR, In all politeness, you need to take your medication. You have become delusional!! LOL Let me know how much you want to bet on that game. I will even be kind and give you the DUCKS PLUS 7 points.

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GVerrilli92's picture

I wonder how much longer Oregon is going to stay relevant in that National Championship conversation.

With the installation of a playoff, completely lacking a defensive philosophy is going to get you nowhere fast.

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

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Catch 5's picture

See above

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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coolhand850's picture

They will be in the conversation until Michigan State destroys them!! So not long is the answer to your question, my insightful friend.

RunEddieRun1983's picture

Stanford is so low, that's weird.  Not bad though, top 10 is good enough, we can work into the top 4.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

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FitzBuck's picture

Well they didn't play Stanford football.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

As far as the playoffs go, are the polls even relevant anymore?

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cplunk's picture

nope. not relevant at all, except possibly for subliminal perception.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I'm sure they'll figure in somehow...though I can imagine the butthurt if a team that finishes the regular season top 4 in the polls gets left out of the playoff.

Class of 2010.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

I can't stand these pre-season polls.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Some will fall, not concerned about this. And I believe much like FSU last year, if they come out on fire and destroy Navy and then VaTech with a dominant showing on both offense and defense, coaches will move them up the list despite what the teams ahead do.

I think FSU proved last year that a team can rise no matter what the other teams are doing if you just show how good you really are. If the product on the field looks dominant, they will take notice. OSU was questioned last year because they just couldn't look good against teams like Cal and Buffalo despite the high scores and wins.

I believe the defense this year will make OSU look the part and the offense won't miss a beat from last year.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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WC Buckeye's picture

I think (and hope) you're right. Just found out I have tickets for the VT game, and if that "dominant showing" happens, I will feel really good about 1) making the trip, and 2) our team's prospect for the balance of the year, assuming we stay healthy, blah, blah, blah.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

HotSauceCommittee's picture

South Carolina as usual cracks top 10....let's check back in 2 months.

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rock flag and eagle's picture

They've won 11 games three seasons in a row.  They've finished in the coaches poll top ten three years in a row. (8th in 2011, 7th in 2012, and 4th in 2013)   Last year, they beat three teams that finished in the top ten (#10 UCF, #5 Missouri and #8 Clemson.)  Beating three top ten teams seems to indicate that they may be a top ten caliber team, too. 

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AndyVance's picture

I thought it was really interesting that SC got a first place vote, and Auburn didn't...

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GVerrilli92's picture

And who the hell gave USCe a first-place vote?

Which brings me to my next point kids..

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

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Terry Porter's picture

Wonder who gave Ohio State a 1st place vote?

1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, and counting.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Dantonio?

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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FitzBuck's picture

Mustchamp? 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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tussey's picture

My guess would be a B1G coach

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I like the 6 slot.  We can move into the top 4, maybe even to #2.  Face it, NO TEAM is going to beat FSU, the conference is weak, and Miami is the best shot we have.  Miami is not up to this task yet, still a few years away.  All we need is to move up 2 spots and that is very achievable.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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Catch 5's picture

I agree that the ACC is pretty weak - I don't think anyone will put up much of a fight for the conference championship - but their OOC schedule does feature some good teams.  Okie State out of the gate, Notre Dame, and Florida who, despite their record last year does have a lot of talent (whether they figure out how to use it is another story).  I could see them dropping one of those games.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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rock flag and eagle's picture

I agree that their OOC schedule is actually quite good.  If you think of "others receiving votes" as a continuation of the poll, the FSU is playing the preseason #17, #27 and #30 teams in OOC play.  Three top 30 preseason teams is very respectable.  But, I highly doubt they drop a game.

DaveStephens's picture

ACC is the only conference that won two BCS bowl games last year. SEC lost both of theirs.

Conference perceptions FTL. 

The Dude abides.

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Go1Bucks's picture

I assume you mean in the ACC.

Go Bucks!

MN Buckeye's picture

South Carolina actually got 1 first place vote? Ha, the old ball coach is at it again. [One minute too late]

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Was hoping Va Tech would start ranked.

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rock flag and eagle's picture

If you think of "others receiving votes" as a continuation of the poll, then Va Tech is preseason 41st and Cincy is 44th.  Navy didn't receive any votes.

I'm really surprised Marshall didn't start in the top 25.  Often, voters will vote a team highly not based on how good they think the team is, but on how likely they are to go undefeated. (like Louisville last year)  I've seen lots of preseason hype about Marshall possibly going undefeated based on their schedule.  They got more votes than Va Tech or Cincy, but they still didn't come close to the top 25.

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kevdale86's picture

That's just it, Marshall doesn't play anyone this year. If Ohio State filled it's non conference schedule with teams from C-USA, they would get laughed out of the Top 25. You can't give a team like Marshall too much credit if they do run the table. Their schedule really is made up of C-USA cupcakes.

TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

I'm very happy with being ranked where we are. I always enjoyed watching the climb to the top approach rather than the defend the position type of feel. Be the hunter not the hunted. 

"You're an angry football team, and I'm proud to be your coach." - UFM

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cplunk's picture

Not really relevant since the committee picks the teams without reference to existing polls.

Still helps the perception though.

kjonesATX's picture

I don't have the past few years preseason ranks in front of me, but I feel like the SEC had 5 or 6 teams in the top-10 each of the past few years, simply based on perceptions. Only 3 this year, and 2 from each the Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12.  I say maybe the perception is already changing, and will continue to change as long as any conference other than the SEC wins.

#GoBucks

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acBuckeye's picture

That's it. The only way we can change perception as a program and a conference is to win. We still need to do more of it.

Ahh Saturday's picture

So, the last two teams to play Alabama --Auburn and Oklahoma-- both beat Alabama, both bring back more starters than Alabama, more key players than Alabama, and are both ranked behind Alabama.  Seems about right for the Coaches poll.

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Catch 5's picture

Oh look, Clemson and Michigan State are ranked behind OSU.  What's your point?

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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GoBucksOSU's picture

This. Preseason polls should be based on expectations for this season, not who was better than who last season.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Bama's "expectations for this season" are based on what they did two, three, and even five years ago. Where do you think these "expectations" come from? At best, they are based on past results plus returning players.

Catch 5's picture

Well, that and the past 4 or 5 recruiting classes.  Classes which ranked #1 more times than not and never out of the top 5.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Well, since you asked . . . The Clemson team that beat OSU lost their all-time leading QB, a top 5 NFL draft pick at WR, and their top two RBs.  The teams that beat Bama return nearly all the weapons that led to those wins.  On the other hand the Buckeyes return a Heisman candidate to QB whereas Bama loses a 4-year starter at QB.  As far as Sparty goes, I think they earned the right to be ranked ahead of the Buckeyes.

Catch 5's picture

Auburn lost Michael Dyer - he did more damage than their QB did.

Yes, Bama will be starting a new QB.  Know what happened the last two times they did that?  2009 and 2011 if that helps any.  Look, Bama has questions - everyone does.  The cornerbacks need to be better, the OL had holes at times (Sugar Bowl anyone?), the pass rush could be better, the kicking game - oh, God the kicking game ...  Of all these, I'm least worried about the starting QB.  With the talent at RB and WR they have returning, all they need (along with the above-mentioned OL improvement) is a guy who can hand the ball off and avoid too many ints and they'll be fine.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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Fugelere's picture

You don't think they might throw it bit more with Kiffin (WCO background) as OC? 

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Catch 5's picture

No.  Kiffin will be able to put his style in to some extent (hopefully the utilization of the TE better), but Bama is a balanced team - that is of upmost importance to Saban.  If they go unbalanced in either direction, it will be to run the ball more (which I think may happen with the new starter).  I don't see them favoring the pass even if Coker comes in and starts throwing darts.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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BullCityBuckeye's picture

CATCH: Although it does not change your argument, it is worth noting that Auburn lost Tre Mason (not Dyer) this past year.

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kevdale86's picture

Alabama wasn't motivated for the Consolation Bowl.

Bucksfan's picture

No team has even practiced yet.  No coach will have even seen another team's practice, even after they finish Fall camp.  4-weeks of injuries, arrests, and suspensions have yet to occur.

What could they possibly be basing this poll on?  WHY IS THIS POLL OUT RIGHT NOW?!

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Catch 5's picture

To give us something to discuss/complain about.  That is all.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

GoBucksOSU's picture

I wonder who actually had Arkansas at #25. Does anyone know if Bert is still a part of the coaches poll?

Catch 5's picture

He is.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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GoBucksOSU's picture

Ok then it was probably Bert who gave his own team a preseason ranking.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I feel like this whole poll is just one big pyramid scheme...

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

North Carolina is ranked? HOW?!?!

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Because they are naturally on top of South Carolina..........................

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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Kingbuck12's picture

We started first last season and ended 6th. This year we start 6th and end 1st. Any takers on that prediction?  Go Bucks!!!

Kingbuck12

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Actually we started 2nd and ended 12th last year. But I like your thinking.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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rock flag and eagle's picture

I can't say that I agree with you on this one.  I don't really like their thinking...considering it's not rooted in reality. 

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

That is true. If it were to me, tOSU was definitely a top 10 team by the end of the year, but I just went with what the rankings said.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

Sims_tOSU's picture

i think he meant divide both of the rankings by 2 and then they were ranked 1st and 6th. Duh it's simple mathematics. 

jpbuckeye's picture

Its got symmetry...I like symmetry...I'll take it.

GO BUCKS!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Here's the list of voters in this poll:

List of Voters
The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 62 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2014 season: Blake Anderson, Arkansas State; Dino Babers, Bowling Green; David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Larry Blakeney, Troy; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Norm Chow, Hawaii; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Bob Diaco, Connecticut; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; Justin Fuente, Memphis; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bobby Hauck, UNLV; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Mike Leach, Washington State; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Todd Monken, Southern Mississippi; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Gary Patterson, TCU; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Washington; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Jeff Quinn, Buffalo; Matt Rhule, Temple; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Sarkisian, USC; Frank Solich, Ohio; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong, Texas; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Ron Turner, Florida International; Kevin Wilson, Indiana. AFCA policy bars schools under major NCAA or conference sanctions from receiving votes.

Kingbuck12's picture

We ended 12th last year? Wow i didnt know that. But some polls did have us first last year in the beginning i believe. Thanks for the clarification. Go Bucks!!!

Kingbuck12

CincyOSU's picture

The only two "official" preseason polls are the AP and Coaches and neither had us #1. Some site like Bleacher Report may have had OSU #1, but those are independent sites. The only two polls recorded in the record books are the AP and Coaches(I guess you could say the BCS as well before this year).
 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

We probably got first place votes in some polls last year.

Class of 2010.

FUqUespin's picture

Auburn or Alabama will have a loss after they play one another in the Iron Bowl and Oregon is not running the table in the PAC 12.  Bama had better teams that still did not go undefeated in the regular season the past several seasons.  If OSU takes care of business, they are in.  MSU beating Oregon would be a bonus.

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PasadenaBuckeye626's picture

I tend to get really critical of these preseason rankings, but I'm going to wait until week two to start my ranting.  

Go Bucks!

Brutus Forever's picture

I wonder if it was Urban who gave OSU their lone 1st place vote...

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

MikeTheBuckeye's picture

I'm curious which coach ranked us number 1.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Perhaps it was Navy's coach. That way he can tell his players they're facing a #1 caliber opponent in the opener.

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JOhio1560's picture

I hate it when people rank teams who have barely started practice.  That being said, the rankings seem pretty fair.  Although, I personally think Oklahoma and Georgia are ranked a little high.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

Killer nuts's picture

I'm very surprised Alabama got 0 first place votes

KansasBuckeye's picture

Ol' Bert must be beside himself that he appeared that high on the poll.

Dougger's picture

Is what it is! I know we're better than that

I like football

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

#6 is a good spot to start.  No qualms from me here.  I bet at least two of those top five teams will lose...it's a guarantee that one will (Alabama vs Auburn at the end of the year).  Oregon is good to lose a dumb game, and if MSU beats Oregon and jumps OSU, well, OSU can take care of that one themselves on November 8.

I put very little stock in preseason polls.  Auburn started last season unranked and wound up in the title game.  And this year, you only have to be a top 4 team, and that's in the eyes of the selection committee and not necessarily the polls (though I would be surprised if they deviated from the polls).

Class of 2010.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

We're in a perfect position. For the doubters out there, South Carolina will be really good this year. They're like the MSU of the SEC, but with better recruiting classes.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

They're like the MSU of the SEC, but with better recruiting classes.

And a coach with a personality...

I kid. Dantonio's a good coach, just not the most exciting guy around.

wilkins0802's picture

A&M loses Johnny, Georgia loses Murray, and Ole Miss is just garbage and they all deserve to be in the Top 25? Once again teams in the SEC are overrated.

fear_the_nut70's picture

I hvae always hated preseason polls.  Under the old system, it gave teams an advantage out of the box.  Now, what is the rationale for them?  I know the committee is suppose to ignore polls, but isn't it human nature to take such information into consideration, even if it happens subconsiously?  This is based on little more than: 1) how you finished last year; 2) assessment of value of talent lost; 3) in exact recruiting rankings.  Last year, Florida was top 25 if I remember correctly, and they ended up 4-8 gloriously losing to a FCS team that didn't complete a forward pass.  Not sure I would even line the bottom of a bird cage with this fodder.

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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

I will never understand why Oregon is always in the top 5 preseason. It seems they are always the sexy pick because of their offense and their speed. Then midway through the season they get beat by a more rugged tough physical team. Seems to happen every year.

fear_the_nut70's picture

Interesting question, but what do you perceive the poll to be?  Top 25 most talented teams OR a prediction on how the coaches believe the teams will finish?  If the former, they belong in that discussion.  The latter is more debatable.  But for recent games against Stanford, Oregon has proven themselves to be an elite team recently.  And at that, they did still make the CG against Auburn 3 years ago.  I hear ya, some of the shine is off the shyte just a bit though.

buckeyedude's picture

I think the Wolverines are ranked too high. No way they should be "honorable mention."

 

 

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BoFuquel's picture

Good place to start. Just win'em all, and we're home free. It's now or start over. GO BUCKS!

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buckeyedude's picture

If ever there was a year we need good OOC wins, its this year. Therefore, i hope MSU beats Oregon bad. Then OSU will be underdogs for the MSU game.

 

 

SouthernBuck's picture

Perfect spot!  Close enough to strike!

GABuckeye's picture

Can we please, for the love of God, stop putting Ole Miss in the top 25.  They suck!

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northcampus's picture

I don't know why some posters have issues with the preseason polls.  These polls absolutely benefit traditional powers every year and our Buckeyes have received (and will continue to receive) a 'head start' over programs that don't have the historical success of the traditional powers heading into each season.  It's a lot easier starting at #6 than it would be starting at the back of the pack every year (as schools such as Iowa or Oregon State or Duke (etc, etc) face each year).

Myc24's picture

I wish with the new playoff system came a new rule banning preseason polls. We need to wait to at least week three or four of the season to see where teams are, and even that might be early. I get that E$ecPN wants to tout those early season ranked match-ups, but preseason polls have too large an influence on the perceptions of teams and conferences leading to a skewed perspective of what a team has done at the end of the year. The high rated teams remain high when they beat cupcakes or when they lose to other "ranked" teams. It's all a self fulfilling prophecy. 

"Because I couldn't go for three!"  - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

TennBuck16's picture

Please for the love of everything holy stop putting ole miss in the top 25. They are like the Minnesota of the B1G. If Ole Miss deserves to be there so does Minn. also, why not Mizz or Penn State? I hate the preseason polls. They are about as useless as  poop on a stick. 

Ohioian by birth. Tennesseean by force.

AngryWoody's picture

As it stands now, we only have one top 25 opponent on our entire schedule

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Kernfan's picture

Besides OSU running the table, I am rooting for Sparty to spank the Ducks and be undefeated when we play them.  A top 10 win would look good.  Also hope Cincy or VATech sneak in before OSU beats them.
 

Jabba1977's picture

Sounds good to me!!

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