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Ohio State Buckeyes command top spot in preseason AP poll

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Defending national champion Ohio State commanded all 61 first-place votes in the preseason Associated Press poll, released Sunday, commanding the top spot by 92 points over No. 2-ranked TCU. Ohio State is the first team to be a unanimous preseason pick for No. 1.


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The Buckeyes return the vast majority of the talent from a 2014 team that beat Alabama and Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff, including quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. Alabama ranked No. 3 in the poll, followed by Baylor and Michigan State. While OSU was the resounding choice as the nation's No. 1 team, however, the Big Ten Conference as a whole didn't garner the same respect. OSU, Michigan State, and Wisconsin at No. 20 were the only Big Ten schools ranked in the preseason.

Elsewhere in the poll, Auburn ranked No. 6, defending Pac-12 champion Oregon begins the season at No. 7, followed by USC at No. 8, Georgia at No. 9 and defending ACC champ Florida State at No. 10.

Notre Dame (No. 11) and Boise State (No. 23) were the only ranked schools not from a Power Five conference.

The entire order of the AP poll:

Rk Team (First-place votes) Points Previous
1 Ohio State (61) 1,525 NR
2 TCU 1,428 NR
3 Alabama 1,322 NR
4 Baylor 1,263 NR
5 Michigan State 1,256 NR
6 Auburn 1,192 NR
7 Oregon 1,156 NR
8 USC 1,085 NR
9 Georgia 991 NR
10 Florida State 959 NR
11 Notre Dame 873 NR
12 Clemson 862 NR
13 UCLA 698 NR
14 LSU 675 NR
15 Arizona State 605 NR
16 Georgia Tech 588 NR
17 Ole Miss 563 NR
18 Arkansas 410 NR
19 Oklahoma 394 NR
20 Wisconsin 393 NR
21 Stanford 347 NR
22 Arizona 311 NR
23 Boise State 240 NR
24 Missouri 219 NR
25 Tennessee 114 NR

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma State 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn State 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas State 5, North Carolina State 4, Florida 4, Texas 3, Michigan 2, Northern Illinois 2, BYU 2, West Virginia 1, California 1, Western Kentucky 1.

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