Buckeyes still ranked in AP poll — for now
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Buckeyes still ranked in AP poll — for now

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Ohio State is ranked highly in the preseason AP Poll. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State was firmly expected be in contention for a run at another national title.

The Buckeyes were set to be loaded this season, with a Heisman Trophy favorite at quarterback, plenty of offensive weapons and a retooled defense that figured to be one of the best in America.

And although they won’t get to line up this fall, the Buckeyes are still among the best teams in the country. That was shown earlier this month when the coaches poll was released, and again Monday, when the AP released its preseason rankings. Ohio State begins the season of what-ifs at No. 2.

The Buckeyes received 21 first-place votes.

Clemson took the top spot to begin the scheduled fall slate, followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma.

The AP poll will look much different after the preseason poll, though. The this version includes teams that are not playing this fall, but once games begin, the AP has asked voters to only include teams that are scheduled to play.

“The preseason poll has always been a speculative ranking of teams based on last year’s results and knowledge about the new makeup of teams,” Michael Giarrusso, AP’s global sports editor, said in an AP story explaining the rankings this season. “This year, we think it is crucial to give all the teams and all their fans a snapshot look at what the Top 25 would have been to open the season.”

So the 62 voters were asked to rank the teams how they would have been. And according to the voters, Ohio State would have been in the mix for another College Football Playoff run. And they could’ve even won a national title.

The full rankings can be found below.

AP Poll (Preseason)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Alabama

No. 4 Georgia

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 LSU

No. 7 Penn State

No. 8 Florida

No. 9 Oregon

No. 10 Notre Dame

No. 11 Auburn

No. 12 Wisconsin

No. 13 Texas A&M

No. 14 Texas

No. 15 Oklahoma State

No. 16 Michigan

No. 17 Southern California

No. 18 North Carolina

No. 19 Minnesota

No. 20 Cincinnati

No. 21 Central Florida

No. 22 Utah

No. 23 Iowa State

No. 24 Iowa

No. 25 Tennessee