December 18, 2014

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College football: Ohio State ranked second in coaches’ preseason poll; Alabama overwhelming choice for No. 1

Ohio State is back with a vengeance … at least in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll.

While two-time defending champion Alabama was an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes, the Buckeyes checked in at second and received three first-place votes.

Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. 6 Texas A&M received the other first-place vote.
Half the top 10 is from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven national championships, including three in the last four years by Alabama.

South Carolina is No. 7 and Florida is No. 10. No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville round out the top 10. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the top 25.

Notre Dame, which lost the BCS title game 42-14 to Alabama last season, is No. 11.

USA Today Top 25 Football Poll
PRESEASON
The USA Today Top 25 football coaches preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and ranking in final 2012 poll:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,545 1
2. Ohio State (3) 12-0 1,427 NR
3. Oregon 12-1 1,397 2
4. Stanford 12-2 1,262 6
5. Georgia 12-2 1,250 4
6. Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1,215 5
7. South Carolina 11-2 1,136 7
8. Clemson 11-2 1,047 9
9. Louisville 11-2 1,010 13
10. Florida 11-2 930 10
11. Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12. Florida State 12-2 844 8
13. LSU 10-3 797 12
14. Oklahoma State 8-5 726 NR
15. Texas 9-4 622 18
16. Oklahoma 10-3 620 15
17. Michigan 8-5 589 NR
18. Nebraska 10-4 426 23
19. Boise State 11-2 420 14
20. TCU 7-6 400 NR
21. UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22. Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23. Wisconsin 8-6 172 NR
24. Southern Cal 7-6 165 NR
25. Oregon State 9-4 135 19
Others receiving votes: Kansas State 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt 29; Utah State 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois 19; Tulsa 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.