Football: Buckeyes ranked No.2 by coaches
Coach Urban Meyer took the news in stride yesterday that Ohio State opened at No. 2 behind Alabama in the USA Today preseason coaches poll.
Though it left the Buckeyes in a position of strength in their quest to play in the national championship game, which pits the top two teams in the Bowl Championship Series ratings, Meyer’s mind was on the start of preseason camp.
“I’m anxious to get to Sunday because all that will not be discussed one time,” Meyer said. “High expectations have been discussed, but not the (ranking) number. We all know that doesn’t (matter at the moment, but) I’m kind of honored to be there.
“I’ve told the story, one time we started 115th (in his first year at Bowling Green in 2001 in a power ranking), and that’s a little more difficult. Starting No. 2, that means some people have respect for what we did a year ago. But I can’t wait till Sunday and get to practicing.”
Ohio State was on probation and barred from the postseason a year ago because of rules violations under previous coach Jim Tressel. Despite going 12-0, OSU was ineligible for the coaches’ poll, which is one of three components for the BCS ratings.
The Buckeyes finished No. 3 in the Associated Press media poll, which isn’t part of the BCS formula. With quarterback Braxton Miller returning, it was anticipated they would be slotted in the top five in the preseason but behind two-time defending national champion Alabama.The BCS ends after this season. Next season will mark the debut of the College Football Playoff, which will pit four teams as chosen by a committee.