COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State has been ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll just behind the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, marking six consecutive seasons in the preseason top-five for OSU.
Ohio State received 6 first-place votes while the Crimson Tide got a whopping 54 first-place votes to earn its second consecutive preseason No. 1 in the AP top 25.
Rounding out the top-five are the defending national champions Georgia at No. 3, Clemson at No. 4, and the Buckeyes’ first opponent, Notre Dame, coming in at No. 5.
No. 2 Ohio State will play No. 5 Notre Dame on September 3 under the lights at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
Last season’s Big Ten champions Michigan are the second-highest ranked Big Ten school at No. 8. Cincinnati was ranked No. 23 coming off their College Football Playoff season.
The Buckeyes have four matchups against preseason top 25 teams: Sep. 3 vs. Notre Dame, Sep. 24 vs. Wisconsin, Oct. 8 at. Michigan State, and Nov. 26 vs. Michigan.
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