Ohio State #2 in initial 2013 AP Top 25 poll

As expected, the Buckeyes are a distant #2 in the initial 2013 AP Top 25 Poll. Alabama claims top honors.

Though the AP poll doesn't matter in the grand scheme of the final year of the BCS as we know it, it still awards a national championship annually at year's end and typically serves as the bellwether for the sport as a whole.

This morning, the first poll of 2013 was released and as expected, as with the coaches poll, the Buckeyes find themselves beginning the year at #2. The Buckeyes were one of three teams to receive a first place vote along with heavy #1 Alabama and surprise third team, Georgia. Ohio State had finished the 2012 season #3 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Though the Buckeyes have started the year with high expectations in the second slot and ultimately had their season end in a fashion less than desired (see: Earle Bruce's final year) in the past, Urban Meyer hopes to continue his trend of big accomplishments in his second year at a program.

The Buckeyes' arch rivals Michigan finds themselves beginning their season ranked #17 in the poll. Big Ten Legends defending champs Nebraska checks in at #18 with Northwestern at #22 and Wisconsin ranked #23.

Ohio State is ranked in the initial preseason AP Top 25 poll for the 25th consecutive year. Oklahoma (14) and LSU (13) are the next two closest programs. The Buckeyes kick their season off against Buffalo two weeks from today.

Here's the first Top 25 in its entirety (click tabs to sort):

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 0-0 1,498 NR
2 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,365 NR
3 Oregon 0-0 1,335 NR
4 Stanford 0-0 1,294 NR
5 Georgia (1) 0-0 1,249 NR
6 South Carolina 0-0 1,154 NR
7 Texas A&M 0-0 1,104 NR
8 Clemson 0-0 1,083 NR
9 Louisville 0-0 1,042 NR
10 Florida 0-0 894 NR
11 Florida State 0-0 845 NR
12 LSU 0-0 802 NR
13 Oklahoma State 0-0 755 NR
14 Notre Dame 0-0 748 NR
15 Texas 0-0 677 NR
16 Oklahoma 0-0 579 NR
17 Michigan 0-0 531 NR
18 Nebraska 0-0 382 NR
19 Boise State 0-0 328 NR
20 TCU 0-0 323 NR
21 UCLA 0-0 286 NR
22 Northwestern 0-0 199 NR
23 Wisconsin 0-0 185 NR
24 USC 0-0 134 NR
25 Oregon State 0-0 129 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami (FL) 85, Arizona State 53, Kansas State 43, Fresno State 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, Northern Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah State 8, Georgia Tech 6, North Carolina 3, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, Penn State 2, Brigham Young 1
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