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AP Poll: Ohio State projected as Big Ten favorite, outside CFP

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AP Poll: Ohio State projected as Big Ten favorite, outside CFP

COLUMBUS — Just as Ohio State fans waited to see who the starting quarterback would be, the Buckeyes found out where the members of the media have projected them for the season.

Ohio State will begin the season No. 5 in the country according to the AP Poll voters as the preseason version was released on Monday.

The Buckeyes were again projected as the best team in the conference after back-to-back conference championships. Ohio State rival Michigan checks in at No. 7 after generating some offseason buzz as a challenger for the top spot in the league. There are seven Big Ten teams ranked by the media to begin the season.

Clemson took the top spot, followed by Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma. Ohio State is projected on the outside of the College Football Playoff as the season begins according to the media members who cast votes in the poll.

As the poll sits, Ohio State will play five ranked opponents. The first of those will come against Nebraska.The Buckeyes will travel to take on the Cornhuskers on Sept. 28.

The Buckeyes, who finished third in the final coaches poll a season ago, were ranked fifth in the AmWay Coaches Poll, which was released on Aug. 1. Ohio State was the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten in that poll. Seven Big Ten teams were ranked in the coaches poll.

The full AP rankings can be seen below.

2019 Preseason AP Poll

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 Oklahoma

No. 5 Ohio State

No. 6 LSU

No. 7 Michigan

No. 8 Florida

No. 9 Notre Dame

No. 10 Texas

No. 11 Oregon

No. 12 Texas A&M

No. 13 Washington

No. 14 Utah

No. 15 Penn State

No. 16 Auburn

No. 17 UCF

No. 18 Michigan State

No. 19 Wisconsin

No. 20 Iowa

No. 21 Iowa State

No. 22 Syracuse

No. 23 Washington State

No. 24 Nebraska

No. 25 Stanford

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.