The last time the AP poll ranked Ohio State as the top team in the country in its preseason poll was 2006.
The Oklahoma Sooners are ranked No. 19 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.
It was no surprise Sunday when Ohio State opened at No. 1 in the first Associated Press college football poll. Alabama’s other rival, Tennessee, just slipped into the top 25 as well. According to the AP, no team has ever received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 10-3 season and also finished No. 9 in both polls at the end of last season.
Since 2002, the preseason No. 1 has been the previous year’s national champion six times and none of those teams have gone on to repeat. TCU is ranked second with 1428 points, followed by Alabama (1322), Baylor (1263) and Michigan State (1256). After losing to Ohio State in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals, the Crimson Tide finished the year at No. 4. The first game features North Carolina at South Carolina.(ESPN) Other notable first-day matchups include TCU at Minnesota (ESPN) and Michigan at Utah (Fox), which will mark the debut of new Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. It is the eighth time the Buckeyes have been the preseason No. 1; only Oklahoma (10) has done it more. On July 30, Ohio State announced that the players had violated team rules.
There’s only one more Saturday between us and Alabama football.
Finley was in a four-way race for the job with Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle and freshman Brett Rypien. Coach Bryan Harsin has previously said Finley is eligible and won’t face further discipline for his arrest.