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Ohio State is ranked 6th to start the season in a college football consensus poll

In what could be a topsy-turvy 2016 college football season, the Ohio State football team enters the season ranked 6th in the preseason consensus poll of rankings from across the country.

If our annual consensus poll is any indication, the upcoming college football season could be among the wildest in recent memory.

Just like the preseason Associated Press writers’ poll, which had seven different teams receive first-place votes, five different squads earned top billing among the 22 polls compiled by

The closest thing to Ohio State a year ago – a unanimous No. 1 in both the AP poll and our consensus ratings – is defending playoff champion Alabama, which earned the top spot in our rankings with 530 total points and 15 first-place votes.

2015 runner-up Clemson and Oklahoma – Ohio State’s Sept. 17 opponent – followed with Florida State fourth and LSU fifth. Ohio State ranked sixth in the consensus rankings, with a drop-off in points before Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee and Notre Dame rounded out the top 10.

With a young roster, Ohio State could have its own up-and-down season, and the polls show that as well – the Buckeyes are ranked as high as second and as low as 15th in the ones we used.

Adding to the crazy nature of the poll, only nine teams – Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, FSU, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame – were ranked in every one of the polls we used.

When it comes to the Big Ten, Michigan State placed 12th while Iowa is the fourth conference team in the rankings at 22nd. Wisconsin, Penn State and Nebraska also received votes.

A year ago, Ohio State was the No. 1 team in our preseason consensus poll but missed the playoff, going 12-1 and winning the Fiesta Bowl. Alabama was ranked third to start the year, while the other four playoff participants – Michigan State (5), Clemson (15) and Oklahoma (18) – were also ranked in our top 25.

Rankings used by include the AP poll and the preseason coaches’ poll as well as those published by Athlon, Campus Insiders, Cap Heresy,, College Football News,, the Detroit Free Press, Donchess Computer Rankings and Predictions,, ESPN’s Football Power Index,, Lindy’s, Mike DiSimone, Phil Steele, Pick Six Previews, Pro Football Focus,, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and

Points were awarded on a 25-24-23 basis with a possible 550 points. First-place votes are in parentheses.

1. Alabama (15)           530

2. Clemson (1)             505

3. Oklahoma (1)           484

4. Florida State (3)       463

5. LSU (2)                    449

6. Ohio State                448

7. Michigan                  387

8. Tennessee                380

9. Stanford                   326

10. Notre Dame           324

11. Ole Miss                295

12. Michigan State        226

13. Washington            212

14. TCU                      193

15. Houston                 183

16. Baylor                    181

17. UCLA                    167

18. Louisville                163

19. USC                      157

20. Georgia                  146

21. Oklahoma State      145

22. Iowa                      126

23. North Carolina       116

24. Oregon                   113

25. Boise State 55

Receiving votes: Texas A&M, Florida, Wisconsin, Miami, Washington State, Arkansas, San Diego State, Nebraska, Utah, Mississippi State, Texas, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Auburn, West Virginia, Western Michigan


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