Ohio State 4th in inaugural 2013 Harris Poll

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The beginning is the end is the beginning; in ostensibly the final year of the Harris Poll, the Buckeyes check in fourth, same as in the AP, in the poll that's 1/3 of the BCS standings.

We're fashionably late on this, but you can forgive us as apparently one of the 105 voters also forgot about it too (no literally; one of the voters failed to so much as submit a ballot). The first Harris Poll of 2013 came out this afternoon following college football's Week 7. Much like with the AP Poll Top 25, the Buckeyes check in at 4th, trailing Alabama, Oregon, and Clemson. And not unlike the Coaches Poll, someone gave Clemson a first place vote.

As is the case with each of the other major polls (and the inaugural BCS standings, which will debut a week from today), #3 Clemson's Saturday night's ACC Atlantic clash with #5 Florida State should help to eliminate the signal to noise at the top of the rankings. #9 UCLA's road trip to face #12 Stanford may also take another unbeaten from the ranks.

Also representing the Big Ten in the first Harris Poll are #23 Nebraska and #24 Michigan. Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Northwestern also received votes as did future Big Ten side Maryland.

Rank Team Record Points Previous Game Next Game
1 Alabama (93) 6-0 2,589 Beat Kentucky, 48-7 Arkansas
2 Oregon (10) 6-0 2,501 Beat Washington, 45-24 Washington State
3 Clemson (1) 6-0 2,355 Beat Boston College, 24-14 #5 Florida State
4 Ohio State 6-0 2,280 Idle Iowa
5 Florida State 5-0 2,198 Idle at #3 Clemson
6 Louisville 6-0 1,922 Beat Rutgers, 24-10 Central Florida (FRI)
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,919 Beat Ole Miss, 41-38 Auburn
8 LSU 6-1 1,914 Beat Florida, 17-6 at Ole Miss
9 UCLA 5-0 1,719 Beat California, 37-10 at #12 Stanford
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 1,570 Idle at North Carolina (THUR)
11 South Carolina 5-1 1,511 Beat Arkansas, 52-7 at Tennessee
12 Stanford 5-1 1,482 Lost to Utah, 27-21 #9 UCLA
13 Baylor 5-0 1,451 Beat Kansas State, 35-25 Iowa State
14 Missouri 6-0 1,140 Beat Georgia, 41-26 #21 Florida
15 Texas Tech 6-0 1,070 Beat Iowa State, 42-35 at West Virginia
16 Georgia 4-2 1,014 Lost to Missouri, 41-26 at Vanderbilt
17 Oklahoma 5-1 840 Lost to Texas, 36-20 at Kansas
18 Fresno State 5-0 671 Idle UNLV
19 Oklahoma State 4-1 630 Idle TCU
20 Virginia Tech 6-1 584 Beat Pittsburgh, 19-9 Idle
21 Florida 4-2 399 Lost to LSU, 17-6 at #14 Missouri
22 Northern Illinois 6-0 376 Beat Akron, 27-20 at Central Michigan
23 Nebraska 5-1 326 Beat Purdue, 44-7 Idle
24 Michigan 5-1 323 Lost to Penn State, 43-40 (4OT) Indiana
25 Washington 4-2 303 Lost to Oregon, 45-24 at Arizona State
Other teams receiving votes: Wisconsin 172; Auburn 170; Michigan State 115; Oregon State 57; Notre Dame 54; Northwestern 34; Arizona State 27; Texas 25; Central Florida 18; Utah 16; Houston 13; Ball State 9; Maryland 3.
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