The college football season is coming closer, and expectations for Ohio State remain sky high.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll released Monday, behind No. 1 Alabama, which received 54 of 63 first-place votes. Ohio State also received six first-place votes, along with No. 3 Georgia, which has three first-place votes
Ohio State is one of four Big Ten teams in the preseason top-15, along with No. 8 Michigan, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 18 Wisconsin.
Ohio State footballC.J. Stroud can become best all-time by completing QB trifecta | Rob Oller
Ohio State football Recruits find role in Jim Knowles' defensive scheme
Ohio State captainsC.J. Stroud, Kamryn Babb, others named 2022 Ohio State football captains
In the football preseason USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll, Ohio State was ranked No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama, receiving five first-place votes.
Heading into last season, Ohio State was ranked No. 4 behind Alabama, Oklahoma and Clemson but finished the season at No. 6 after regular-season losses to Oregon and Michigan.
Ohio State was last ranked No. 2 in the preseason AP poll in 2020, when it brought back Heisman finalist quarterback Justin Fields.
The Buckeyes last entered the season as No. 1 in 2015, coming off a national championship in 2014.
Preseason AP Top 25 poll
Ohio State (6)
North Carolina State
Others receiving votes: Tennessee 180, Texas 164, Iowa 163, Penn State 160, LSU 55, Fresno State 32, Minnesota 31, UCF 27, Purdue 17, Mississippi State 15, Auburn 15, Florida 14, Kansas State 14, North Carolina 9, Boise State 5, Air Force 4, Appalachian State 4, South Carolina 2, UCLA 2, San Diego State 2, Utah State 2, Nebraska 1
Get more Ohio State football news by listening to our podcasts
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State football ranked No. 2 AP college football rankings