Ohio State Buckeyes are #2 in first coaches’ poll

Ohio State Buckeyes' quarterback Terrelle Pryor (R) hugs head coach Jim Tressel after victory over the Oregon Ducks 26-17 in the 96th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2010. UPI/Jon SooHoo Photo via Newscom

Coming off their huge win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes start the season with the #2 ranking in the first USA Today coaches’ poll.

The Big Ten also gets some recognition to open the season.

With four teams in the top 15, the Big Ten had more than any other conference. Iowa is No. 10, Wisconsin No. 12 and Penn State No. 14. The Buckeyes play all those teams, as well as playing host to No. 13 Miami in the second week of the season.

I thought that the Buckeyes would have to go undefeated to earn a shot at the National Championship, but the schedule might give them a shot even if they suffer a close loss in one of the Big Ten games, though I still think that’s a long shot.

The key is beating Miami. The Buckeyes have no chance at a title shot without beating a respected non-conference opponent.

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