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Ohio State Debuts 18th In Inaugural 2012 AP Top 25 Poll

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Ohio State starts 2012 as the 18th ranked team in the AP Top 25 Poll.
Ohio State starts 2012 as the 18th ranked team in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Ohio State may not be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship, a bowl, or even the BCS Championship Game, but that doesn't mean they can't still be in the mix for a national championship. The Associated Press released their Top 25 (which solicited a revote after the exile of Tyrann Mathieu from Baton Rouge) Saturday morning and after a rough 2011, Ohio State finds themselves back amongst the ranked.

The Michigan Wolverines are the highest ranked Big Ten team at 8th. Joining them in the Top 25 are the 12th ranked Wisconsin Badgers, the 13th ranked Michigan State Spartans, and the 17th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Wolverines shockingly even garnered a 1st place vote.

Check out the AP Top 25 Poll in its entirety after the jump:

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS PV
1 Southern Cal (25) 10-2 1,445 6
2 Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411 1
3 LSU (16) 13-1 1,402 2
4 Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286 16
5 Oregon 12-2 1,274 4
6 Georgia 10-4 1,107 19
7 Florida St. 9-4 1,093 23
8 Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000 12
9 South Carolina 11-2 994 9
10 Arkansas 11-2 963 5
11 West Virginia 10-3 856 17
12 Wisconsin 11-3 838 10
13 Michigan St. 11-3 742 11
14 Clemson 10-4 615 22
15 Texas 8-5 569 NR
16 Virginia Tech 11-3 548 21
17 Nebraska 9-4 485 24
18 Ohio St. 6-7 474 NR
19 Oklahoma St. 12-1 430 3
20 TCU 11-2 397 14
21 Stanford 11-2 383 7
22 Kansas St. 10-3 300 15
23 Florida 7-6 214 NR
24 Boise St. 12-1 212 8
25 Louisville 7-6 105 NR