For the first time in college football history, we’ll see one team enter the season as the Associated Press’ unanimously No. 1-ranked squad in the land.
That team, fittingly, is the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
The AP has released preseason polls for 66 years, and it’s never had better than a 97-percent vote for a single No. 1 team, according to CBS. Having 66 voters agree on one particular team speaks volumes of said team’s quality and potential.
Plus, having up to four real-deal Heisman contenders on the roster–such as quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, along with slot receiver Braxton Miller and running back Ezekiel Elliott–makes it even easier to tab Urban Meyer’s program as the nation’s best heading into the fall.
On top of that, Meyer has junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa, who is arguably the best defensive player in the country. In 2014, he tallied 14 sacks, finishing No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 5 overall in the FBS.
Might want to make that “five real-deal Heisman contenders” on the roster.
On Jan. 12, 2015, the Buckeyes closed their one-loss season by crushing the Oregon Ducks, 42-20, in the first College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They’re favored to return to the four-team postseason at the end of this season.
The Buckeyes begin their season Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech–which delivered OSU’s loss a year ago–but they’ll be without suspended players Bosa, Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson. On July 30, Ohio State announced that the players had violated team rules.
For kicks, here’s the rest of the AP’s Top 25. It’s Ohio State and everyone else.
The complete Top 25 is as follows, h/t CBS:
1. Ohio State, 2. TCU, 3. Alabama, 4. Baylor, 5. Michigan State, 6. Auburn, 7. Oregon, 8. USC, 9. Georgia, 10. Florida State, 11. Notre Dame, 12. Clemson, 13. UCLA, 14. LSU, 15. Arizona State, 16. Georgia Tech, 17. Ole Miss, 18. Arkansas, 19. Oklahoma, 20. Wisconsin, 21. Stanford, 22. Arizona, 23. Boise State, 24. Missouri, 25, Tennessee
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