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Ohio State 6th in inaugural 2014 Amway Coaches Poll Top 25

The Buckeyes find themselves in the upper portion of the first Coaches Poll of 2014.

Streeter Lecka

After finishing last season tied for 10th in the poll with Stanford after a frustrating series of back-to-back losses, Ohio State's improved their stature over the course of the offseason.

On the heels of being the Big Ten press' choice to win the 2014 Big Ten championship, Ohio State checks in on the first 2014 Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 sixth in the country. The Buckeyes find themselves looking up at a familiar cast of top programs. Defending national champions Florida State opens the Coaches Poll at No. 1, becoming just the second non-SEC team to earn the honor over the last 7 seasons.

With the College Football Playoff now determined entirely by subjective means, the Coaches Poll has no bearing on the national championship picture and is entirely ceremonial. For the first time since the late 90s, the poll is not contractually obligated to name the winner of the sports' championship game as their final number one team.

History dictates that the poll, which not so secretly is mostly voted on by sports information directors representing the head coaches they serve under, is typically the least representative of the sport's actual power hierarchy, mostly due to the time limitations of the individuals participating.

Still, it's never a bad thing to have a sense for what the inaugural AP Poll, due out in August, will look like. And we can likely expect the Buckeyes to be at or near sixth, give or take a spot, after today's news.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Florida State Seminoles 14-0 1543 56 NR
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-2 1455   NR
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 1382 3 NR
4 Oregon Ducks 11-2 1314 1 NR
5 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1271   NR
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1267 1 NR
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1085   NR
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1050   NR
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1009 1 NR
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 965   NR
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 955   NR
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 905   NR
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 833   NR
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 654   NR
15 USC Trojans 10-4 627   NR
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 535   NR
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 509   NR
18 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 358   NR
19 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 346   NR
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 266   NR
21 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 257   NR
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 228   NR
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 175   NR
24 Texas Longhorns 8-5 143   NR
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 142   NR
Others Receiving Votes:
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.