Earlier today the 2013 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll was released and really to no one's surprise it was Alabama at the top of the charts. However, the 2nd spot went to the Big Ten's own Ohio State Buckeyes, who received three first place votes (2nd most behind 'Bama obviously).
OSU was just one of five Big Ten teams to be included in the season opening poll for 2013. Joining them from the conference are Michigan (17th), Nebraska (18th), Northwestern (22nd), and Wisconsin (23rd). Overall the Big Ten put the 2nd most teams of any conference into the 2012 Preseason poll, 2nd of course to the SEC which had 6 (and 5 of those 6 in the Top 10) teams to start off 2013.
Last year saw OSU exculded from the poll because of a postseason ban, but after finishing as the lone undefeated team in 2012 it's hard to argue with their spot heading into 2013.
I'm a little surprised to see Michigan's hype machine not carry them higher in the polls to be honest, but hey… After the coaches and AP voters got burned by heaping huge expectations on Brady Hoke's 2nd bunch they may have backed off a it.
As for the rest of the gang it's hard to argue they aren't just about where they deserve to be to start the season. Nebrasak, Northwestern, and Wisconsin all have things to like and a lot of questions to be answered during the 2013 season and therefore ranking them any higher would've been a mistake in my opinion.
On the whole the only big surprise to me was seeing Oklahoma State come in ahead of Texas out of the Big 12. Here if the full poll in all it's debatable glory:
|RANK||TEAM||2012 RECORD||POINTS||PREVIOUS RANK|
|2||Ohio St. (3)||12-0||1427||NR|
|6||Texas A&M (1)||11-2||1215||5|