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Ohio State football ranked No. 2 in preseason Coaches Poll

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With Ohio State’s season opener and the first day of the college football season just 27 days away, preseason football is well on its way. While camps have began across the country, the first of two main rankings were released on Thursday. In the preseason Coaches Poll, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked No.2, only behind No. 1 Alabama.

Although they lost plenty of talent both to graduation and early entrants into the NFL Draft, Urban Meyer and his staff have made sure they the Buckeyes are reloading, not rebuilding. Even with all the talent that went onto the next level, Ohio State still has plenty of experience and leadership, including quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is entering his third season as the starting signal-caller.

Last week, head coach Urban Meyer stated that he doesn’t see a gap between the Big Ten and SEC anymore. Having coached in both conferences, his word means a lot. But, in case you didn’t believe him, there are four Big Ten teams in the top 10: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 6 Penn State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Wisconsin. The SEC? Just one. They have four teams ranked between 12-16, but just one in the top 10.

Yeah, their conference dominated for over a decade, but it seems as though other teams have (finally) caught up to them. Alabama has always been dominant during that time, but the others? Meh.

The Buckeyes are slated to play three ranked teams: No. 8 Oklahoma1, No. 6 Penn State2, No. 9 Michigan3.

Although they are ranked No. 10, Wisconsin is a darkhorse not only in the country, but in the Big Ten. Not only do the Badgers have quite an easy schedule, but they don’t have to play Ohio State this season and get both Iowa and Michigan at home. Wisconsin could potentially be undefeated going into the Big Ten Championship game.

Here’s your yearly reminder that preseason rankings don’t mean as much as many may make them out to be. That said, it still shows what coaches around the country think of Ohio State. Here’s the full rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Florida State
  4. USC
  5. Clemson
  6. Penn State
  7. Washington
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Michigan
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. LSU
  13. Auburn
  14. Stanford
  15. Georgia
  16. Florida
  17. Louisville
  18. Miami
  19. Kansas State
  20. West Virginia
  21. South Florida
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Texas
  24. Tennessee
  25. Utah
  1. September 9, 7:30 p.m. ET in Columbus []
  2. October 28, 3:30 p.m. ET in Columbus []
  3. November 25, 12 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor, Michigan []