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Buckeyes Open at No. 5, Behind No. 4 Wisconsin in Initial 2018 AP Poll

J.K. Dobbins Ohio State Football Buckeyes

As expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide have opened up at No. 1 in the initial 2018 Top 25 college football poll, followed by No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia.

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the initial poll, and perhaps surprisingly the Ohio State Buckeyes are not the top-ranked team in the conference.

While OSU opens at No. 5, it is the Wisconsin Badgers one spot ahead of them who take the top spot among B1G teams.

The difference between the two teams is the one first-place vote for the Badgers.

Penn State is the third Big Ten team in the top 10 at No. 10, with Michigan State at No. 11, and Michigan at No. 14. Northwestern and Iowa are among the teams also receiving votes.

You can see the entire poll and first-place votes listed below.

1
Alabama (42)
Record: 13-1
PV Rank

1

Points

1,505

2
Clemson (18)
Record: 12-2
4
1,476
3
Record: 13-2
2
1,350
4
Record: 13-1
7
1,271
5
Record: 12-2
5
1,256
6
Record: 10-3
16
1,215
7
Record: 12-2
3
1,173
8
Record: 10-3
13
1,027
9
Record: 10-4
10
1,013
10
Record: 11-2
8
1,012
11
Record: 10-3
15
877
12
11
804
13
Record: 9-5
20
778
14
Record: 8-5
773
15
Record: 11-3
12
543
16
Record: 11-3
9
533
17
Record: 7-6
511
18
Record: 9-4
19
450
19
Record: 7-6
384
20
Record: 9-4
24
351
21
Record: 13-0
6
312
22
Record: 11-3
22
292
23
Record: 7-6
216
24
Record: 7-6
148
25
Record: 9-4
18
106

2 Responses

  1. AP poll means nothing. A fans curiosity. Has as much validity as my five year old son making up a poll as far as the importance to football goes. The real question should be “Why do we still have this” and “Why are journalists trying so desperately to hold on to their own sense of self importance through an archaic device that has went the way of the wagon wheel?”

    No disrespect to the profession itself. To those who practice with integrity there is no higher calling for some. But some of these dirt bags who have a vote in these polls should be clubbed like a baby seal.

  2. If Alabama was playing TCU in week 3, there is no doubt that TCU would have moved up 10 spots to #6.

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