Countdown to Kickoff: 1 Day

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1. Ohio State has spent more time atop the AP poll than any other team in college football history. The Buckeyes have found themselves at number 1 a total of 105 times. Their 871 weeks in the top 25 also ranks first among all schools. This year they start out ranked #2, behind Alabama, but there’s a strong possibility that the Buckeyes spend some at the #1 spot this year. Of course it doesn’t really matter where you start, it’s all about where you finish. Urban Meyer has the Bucks ready to go and, barring any major setbacks, the Buckeyes should return to the College Football Playoff for a chance to redeem themselves after last season’s abysmal semi-finals performance. Ohio State has the talent and the coaching staff to run the table this year, but they’re going to need be more consistent in all facets of the game. Of course you can’t go 14-0 without first going 1-0, and we’re just a day away from seeing if the Buckeyes will start the season unblemished. It’s bound to be an exciting season, and I fully expect to see the Buckeyes hoist the National Championship trophy in January.

Countdown to Kickoff: 25 Days

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25. The Buckeyes have finished within the top 5 of the AP Poll 25 times since its inception in 1936. 10 of those top 5 finishes have come in the past 15 seasons, the most in the nation during that span. The Buckeyes haven’t always been the best team in the country, but no team has been as consistently good as the Buckeyes in recent years. That’s only translated to two championships over that time, but Ohio State is poised to continue their success at least into the near future. With the current coaching staff and recent success on the recruiting trail, I’d bet my money that the Buckeyes add at least one or two championships in the next 5-10 years. Ohio State currently sits at number 2 in the preseason Coaches Poll. The AP preseason poll has yet to be released, but expect the Buckeyes to fall somewhere between 1 and 3. While the preseason polls are nice, they ultimately mean absolutely nothing. All that matters is where you are at the end of the season, and I fully expect the Buckeyes to finish at the top.