Ohio State #2 in inaugural 2013 USA Today Coaches Poll

Falling in line with the consensus of most preseason magazines, college football's coaches (or at least their SIDs) have pegged the Buckeyes as the number two team in the country.

In what can certainly not be considered a surprise, Ohio State has been voted by the country's sports information directors (and a few go getter head coaches) as the number two team in the country heading into the 2013 season in the inaugural USA Today Coaches Poll.

The SEC led the way amongst the conferences with six teams in the poll with the Big Ten close behind with five. The Pac-12 also checks in with five teams while the Big 12 is represented by four teams and the ACC two. College football's premiere power conference also dominated the Top 10 claiming half of the teams involved.

Joining the Buckeyes representing the Big Ten are archrival Michigan, defending Legends division champions, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. It's probable the Buckeyes will also occupy the #2 spot in the Associated Press' season opening poll when they release their inaugural one later this month. The AP Top 25 projections by noted college football oracle Phil Steele also project favorably for the Bucks.

RANK TEAM 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 8-6 172 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 NR
25 Oregon St. 9-4 135 19
Schools Dropped Out
No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).
Others Receiving Votes
Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.
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