Where does Ohio State’s football team sit in the coaches poll?
High expectations are placed on Ohio State‘s football team each year, as it should be. Both conference and national championships goals should be achieved in an ideal world.
There still is a few weeks to go before Ohio State kicks off their regular season, but we now know how coaches across the country feels about the Buckeyes.
The most recent Amway Coaches poll was recently released and to no surprise, Ohio State was ranked very high. The coaches picked, who were selected randomly, ended up collectively listing the Buckeyes second overall. The lone team ahead of them was the University of Alabama.
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Listed second, Ohio State increased in the rankings four spots. The top was Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State University, University of Southern Cal, and Clemson University. In the top 25 overall, four teams were listed: OSU- second, Penn State University at six, the University of Michigan ninth, and the University of Wisconsin at 10.
So, was Ohio State’s ranking too high, too low, or just right? The Buckeyes are easily a top-five team in FBS. Yes, they did lose a number of key players from last season’s team — most notably cornerback Marshon Lattimore, running back/wide receiver Curtis Samuel, and center Pat Elflein.
However, Ohio State has the depth at those positions and others to maintain success. The Buckeyes don’t rebuild; Instead they simply reload.
That all said, Ohio State’s second overall ranking is just right. No, they are not better than Alabama right now, but on any given Saturday, Ohio State could knock off the Crimson Tide.
The Buckeyes won’t stay at two all season of course, but with the likes of J.T. Barrett, Mike Weber Jr., Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, and Billy Price playing key roles, the Buckeyes are going to have another success season. At minimum, Ohio State will be in the playoffs again.
If all goes well, another national championship appearance is in order.
Sure, they will have their challenges versus Oklahoma, Penn State, and Michigan, but the Buckeyes’ talented group (both via their players and coaches) along with their experience will be too much for other teams. The time is ticking and Thursday, August 31 cannot come soon enough. OH-IO!