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Should the Buckeyes Be #1?

On Sunday, with the release of the Associated Press’ Preseason College Football Rankings, the defending National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes were selected as the top team in the country entering the 2015 season.OSUChampions

Though many are not surprised by this, what is impressive is Ohio State is the first team in the history of the poll to be a unanimous selection; receiving each of the 61 first-place votes.

Despite the whirlwind of news coming out of Columbus – from the starting quarterback position to Braxton Miller’s change to wide receiver- the Buckeyes made history with the release of the poll.

The Buckeyes began their 2015 campaign with a trip to Blacksburg, VA and took on the Virginia Tech Hokies, who were the only team to topple the Buckeyes a season ago. The 14-point victory in the ‘Shoe, had Buckeye fans devastated and hoping to find a spot in the College Football Playoff.

After steamrolling through the remaining schedule, the Buckeyes’ dismantling of the Wisconsin Badgers, 59-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game allowed them to leapfrog TCU (and hold off Baylor) to ultimately get a shot at the title.

EzikielOSUOhio State then trampled the mighty SEC’s Alabama Crimson Tide to set up a match-up with the Oregon Ducks. The Buckeyes finished them off with a 42-20 victory behind Ezekiel Elliot’s four touchdowns and brought Columbus its eighth National Title in its illustrious college football history.

After being left on the outside for the inaugural College Football Playoff, both TCU and Baylor look to be in the middle of things once again in 2015, as they are ranked 2nd and 4th, respectively. Big Ten Conference foe, Michigan State, follows with a ranking of 5th, while the next Big Ten team to appear in the rankings is Wisconsin.

The Buckeyes are 2-0 in the 1st 2 Saturdays of the season. They look good, but they did not score 70 points or dominate for 4 quarters of either of those games. Both games the Buckeyes have started slow but have won both games by pulling away toward the end of the 2 games. But, is that enough to deserve the #1 ranking just because they were the 1st College National Champions?

Plus, as you can see by the graphic below, for this first time this season, Ohio State is no longer the unanimous #1. As shown in parenthesis #4 Michigan State managed to get 2 of the 61 first place votes this week in the Associated Press Top 25 College Football Rankings. Does this development put a kink in the armor of Ohio State? Does it make you rethink the Buckeyes #1 ranking?

AP Top 25: Week 3

Records through Sat Sep 12, 2015

AP Top 25 Ranking

Rank Team Record Pts Last Week
1. Ohio St. (59) 2-0 1523 1
2. Alabama 2-0 1423 2
3. TCU 2-0 1366 3
4. Michigan St. (2) 2-0 1354 5
5. Baylor 2-0 1240 4
6. USC 2-0 1146 8
7. Georgia 2-0 1031 10
8. Notre Dame 2-0 1012 9
9. Florida St. 2-0 973 11
10. UCLA 2-0 928 13
11. Clemson 2-0 926 12
12. Oregon 1-1 833 7
13. LSU 1-0 787 14
14. Georgia Tech 2-0 716 15
15. Mississippi 2-0 713 17
16. Oklahoma 2-0 705 19
17. Texas A&M 2-0 703 16
18. Auburn 2-0 519 6
19. BYU 2-0 349 NR
20. Arizona 2-0 342 22
21. Utah 2-0 290 24
22. Missouri 2-0 264 21
23. Northwestern 2-0 170 NR
24. Wisconsin 1-1 158 NR
25. Oklahoma St. 2-0 48 NR
Others Receiving Votes:

  • Temple 38, West Virginia 37, Mississippi St. 32, Tennessee 30, Toledo 29, Kansas St. 26, Arizona St. 20, Houston 16, Boise St. 16, N.C. State 14, Florida 12, Minnesota 9, Arkansas 6, California 5, Iowa 5, Miami (FL) 3, Stanford 3, W. Kentucky 2,Virginia Tech 2, Duke 1

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