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

By D.J. Byrnes on July 31, 2014 at 12:18p
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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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