If there is one thing American’s love more than their football, it’s ranking things.
Whether we’re ranking college sports teams, high school sports teams or even the likes of your local daycare—America has a near obsession with ranking everything to find out “which is the best.”
So, as the calendar inches closer to September every year, that means one big set of rankings come out—the preseason Top 25 College Football Polls.
For the Ohio State Buckeyes, the release of the preseason polls may have actually been the best thing that’s happened to them in all of 2013.
Yes, the wins on the field over Wisconsin and Northwestern (to an ever increasing lesser extent) were helpful and impressive in their own ways, but starting the season ranked so high could be what is keeping the Buckeyes in the national championship picture today.
However, after finishing 2012 as the only undefeated football team in the country, OSU assumed the mantel of No. 2 behind the two-time defending national champions of Alabama in the preseason polls.
They were a clear-cut favorite for that No. 2 spot entering the season as well. Yet, as the season has gone on Ohio State quickly fell from its lofty perch and place in the national championship game that came with such a ranking.
Oregon soon passed Ohio State, as did Clemson just a week later. Now Florida State sits ahead of the Buckeyes in the latest AP and Coaches Top 25 Polls, as well as the all…
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