Another point of evidence in favor of that came out Thursday morning as the first coaches' poll of the season was released. Ohio State received one first-place vote and was ranked sixth in the poll, the top Big Ten team in the voting.
Defending national champion Florida State, which returns Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, was the overwhelming first-place choice followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn. UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor completed the top 10.
Florida State (56), Oklahoma (3), Oregon (1), Ohio State (1) and South Carolina (1) were the only teams to receive first-place votes.
The coaches' poll used to be an integral part of the process that chose the participants in the BCS National Championship Game, but it does not have a official place in this year's four-team College Football Playoff.
It could be taken into account by the selection committee, though, which will release its own rankings throughout the season starting Oct. 28.
The AP poll and a new poll produced by the Football Writers Association of America have yet to be released.