Ohio State football ranked No. 2 behind Alabama in preseason AP Top 25 poll

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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.

No. 2 Ohio State will open the season at home against No. 5 Notre Dame Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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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.

Aug 4, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day addresses his team at the start of the first fall practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch
Aug 4, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day addresses his team at the start of the first fall practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

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

  1. Alabama (54)

  2. Ohio State (6)

  3. Georgia (3)

  4. Clemson

  5. Notre Dame

  6. Texas A&M

  7. Utah

  8. Michigan

  9. Oklahoma

  10. Baylor

  11. Oregon

  12. Oklahoma State

  13. North Carolina State

  14. USC

  15. Michigan State

  16. Miami (FL)

  17. Pittsburgh

  18. Wisconsin

  19. Arkansas

  20. Kentucky

  21. Ole Miss

  22. Wake Forest

  23. Cincinnati

  24. Houston

  25. BYU

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

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State football ranked No. 2 AP college football rankings