The Preseason 2013 USA Today Coaches Poll came out on Thursday and Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked No. 2, just behind two-time defending champion Alabama.
OSU was the only other team besides Alabama to receive multiple first-place votes in the poll, earning three of the 62 votes.
But those three voters who put the Buckeyes at the top of their list had plenty of good reasons to do so, because OSU does have a bit of a case for being No. 1.
The Buckeyes bring back arguably the best quarterback north of the Mason-Dixon line in Braxton Miller, who accumulated over 3,200 yards of total offense as a sophomore. He’s expected to be much better this season after working with well-respected QB coach George Whitfield, Jr. in the offseason.
OSU returns nine starters on offense and has four seniors on an offensive line which helped the team finish No. 10 in rushing offense a year ago. The Buckeye offense also made a tremendous leap in scoring last year, improving by nearly 13 points per game from the previous year.
The biggest question mark on the roster is the defense, which must replace six starters in the front seven alone.