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Ohio State leads Big Ten teams in 2013 Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

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
1 Alabama (58) 13-1 1545 1
2 Ohio St. (3) 12-0 1427 NR
3 Oregon 12-1 1397 2
4 Stanford 12-2 1262 6
5 Georgia 12-2 1250 4
6 Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1215 5
7 South Carolina 11-2 1136 7
8 Clemson 11-2 1047 9
9 Louisville 11-2 1010 13
10 Florida 11-2 930 10
11 Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12 Florida St. 12-2 844 8
13 LSU 10-3 797 12
14 Oklahoma St. 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 St. 11-2 420 14
20 TCU 7-6 400 NR
21 UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22 Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23 Wisconsin 8-0 172 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 NR
25 Oregon St. 9-4 135 19

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Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college football for nearly half a decade. He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadgers.com and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com

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