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Ohio State Opens at No. 5 in Coaches Poll, Ahead of Decided B1G Favorite Michigan

Ohio State football Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day

Ohio State has opened at No. 5 in the initial Amway Coaches Poll, which was released on Thursday.

The rest of the top five consists of 1) Clemson, 2) Alabama, 3) Georgia, and 4) Oklahoma.

Clemson received 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes. Alabama received the remaining six votes.

The big story, however, is that consensus Big Ten favorite Michigan is somehow ranked No. 7.

Five other Big Ten teams can be found in the rankings: 14) Penn State, 17) Wisconsin, 19) Iowa, 20) Michigan State, and 25) Northwestern.

Nebraska was the first team among the “other receiving votes” and Minnesota also received one vote for 25th.

Ohio State’s week two opponent Cincinnati is also among the others receiving votes.

You can check out the entire Top 25 below to see for a fact that another Big Ten team is ranked ahead of assured Big Ten favorite Michigan.

RankRecordPTS1stPrevChgHi/Lo
1Clemson0-016195911/1
2Alabama0-01566622/2
3Georgia0-01447033/3
4Oklahoma0-01415044/4
5Ohio State0-01368055/5
6Louisiana State0-01218066/6
7Michigan0-01155077/7
8Florida0-01103088/8
9Notre Dame0-01100099/9
10Texas0-0103801010/10
11Texas A&M0-089301111/11
12Washington0-083401212/12
13Oregon0-078701313/13
14Penn State0-069901414/14
15Utah0-064201515/15
16Auburn0-060601616/16
17Wisconsin0-043601717/17
17Central Florida0-043601717/17
19Iowa0-034301919/19
20Michigan State0-031302020/20
21Washington State0-027402121/21
22Syracuse0-022702222/22
23Stanford0-020002323/23
24Iowa State0-016902424/24
25Northwestern0-016102525/25

Others receiving votes: Nebraska 152; Boise State 118; Mississippi State 111; Miami 94; Army 91; Kentucky 79; Virginia Tech 64; Texas Christian 63; Southern California 47; Utah State 32; Fresno State 32; Virginia 30; Cincinnati 25; West Virginia 24; Memphis 24; Oklahoma State 20; South Carolina 15; NC State 12; Duke 10; Boston College 5; Florida State 4; Baylor 4; Appalachian State 4; North Texas 3; Houston 3; UCLA 2; Temple 2; Arizona State 2; Troy 1; Tennessee 1; Mississippi 1; Minnesota 1.

The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2019 season: Chris Ash, Rutgers; Dino Babers, Syracuse; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Neal Brown, West Virginia; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Steve Campbell, South Alabama; Rod Carey, Temple; Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina; Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Ryan Day, Ohio State; Manny Diaz, Miami (Fla.); Dana Dimel, Texas-El Paso; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; Sonny Dykes, Southern Methodist; Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; James Franklin, Penn State; Hugh Freeze, Liberty; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Scott Frost, Nebraska; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Jay Hopson, Southern Mississippi; Mike Houston, East Carolina; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Chip Lindsey, Troy; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Scot Loeffler, Bowling Green; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio); Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Jeff Monken, Army; Phillip Montgomery, Tulsa; Dan Mullen, Florida; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Ed Orgeron, LSU; Gary Patterson, TCU; Chris Petersen, Washington; Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee; Matt Rhule, Baylor; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Jonathan Smith, Oregon State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Jake Spavital, Texas State; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Kevin Sumlin, Arizona; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Jeff Tedford, Fresno State; Matt Wells, Texas Tech; Kyle Whittingham, Utah.

3 Responses

  1. There you go being honest, Dallas Buckeye! Yeah, Clemson has a joke schedule. I’m also surprised Ped State is at 14, they are a paper tiger. Wish these polls wouldn’t begin until after a minimum of 4 games.

  2. 1. Amway?

    2. From all the off-season talk about this being the year for TTUN, I’d have expected their ranking and OSU’s to be switched. But hey, it’s pre-season. Personally, I prefer us ranked in the 7-10 range, easily close enough to climb into the playoffs but down far enough for us to feel disrespected and hungry.

    1. yeah, Amway has been the title sponsor of the coach’s poll the last couple/several? years now. seems to be an under-reported, meaningless angle though.
      btw, tx and lsu play in week one, so the winner will most certainly jump bucks, so the poll slide starts. and not until bucks take down nw, neb, psu and maybe the patriots will they garner poll support probably. by that time, clem will have run the table, having been favored by at least 17 in each game vs a brutal conf schedule that rivals even ball st.’s

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