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.
|2||Ohio St. (3)||12-0||1427||NR|
|6||Texas A&M (1)||11-2||1215||5|
|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.|