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Ohio State No. 5 in first 2019 Coaches Poll

Clemson leads the pack, picking up 59 first-place votes

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On Thursday, we got the first official rankings of the 2019 season as USA Today released their preseason Coaches Poll. At the top of the poll was the defending national champion Clemson Tigers, followed by Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma. The Ohio State Buckeyes rounded out the top five in fifth.

Six other Big Ten teams were included in the initial rankings with Michigan standing in seventh and Penn State at No. 14, followed by Wisconsin (17), Iowa (19), Michigan State (20), and Northwestern (25).

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The panel of coaches involved with the poll have indicated their willingness to participate, and are chosen by random from all conferences and independents. They rank their choices, with first place receiving 25 points and No. 25 receiving 1.

The Buckeyes come in with 1,368 points, 47 points behind the Sooners. Clemson received 59 of the 65 first place votes, giving them 1,619 points. The Crimson Tide was ranked first in the six other ballots.

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2019 Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank Team Points First Place Votes
Rank Team Points First Place Votes
1 Clemson 1619 59
2 Alabama 1566 6
3 Georgia 1447 0
4 Oklahoma 1415 0
5 Ohio State 1368 0
6 Louisiana State 1218 0
7 Michigan 1155 0
8 Florida 1103 0
9 Notre Dame 1100 0
10 Texas 1038 0
11 Texas A&M 893 0
12 Washington 834 0
13 Oregon 787 0
14 Penn State 699 0
15 Utah 642 0
16 Auburn 606 0
17 Wisconsin 436 0
17 Central Florida 436 0
19 Iowa 343 0
20 Michigan State 313 0
21 Washington State 274 0
22 Syracuse 227 0
23 Stanford 200 0
24 Iowa State 169 0
25 Northwestern 161 0