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Scarlet Sunrise: Season back on, Buckeyes return to rankings

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Ohio State is back in the Coaches Poll after a brief absence. (Courtesy/Ohio State athletic department)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Season back on, Buckeyes return to rankings

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Season back on, Buckeyes return to rankings

Ohio State is back.

The Buckeyes will be back on the field in October after the Big Ten reinstated fall football last week. And they are already back in the rankings after a brief stint on the outside looking in. Ohio State was unranked after the season was canceled. Now that football is back, the Buckeyes are officially back, checking in at No. 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Sunday by USA Today.

It’s a low ranking for one of the national title favorites, but maybe some of the coaches didn’t know they were allowed to rank Big Ten teams this week. Voters will be permitted to vote on Big Ten teams in the AP Poll soon, and it seems coaches were allowed to admit the Big Ten this week.

Clemson has the top spot, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, Auburn, Texas and Ohio State to round out the top 10.

The Buckeyes will be much higher before they play a game, but for now, they’re the highest-ranked Big Ten team at No. 10 in America.

Buckeyes schedule released for shortened season

Ohio State found out it will have a shot at a national title this fall when the Big Ten announced the reinstatement of football on Wednesday. And on Saturday morning, the Buckeyes found out who they will play this fall, where they’ll play and when they’ll play.

The Buckeyes will open at home against Nebraska on Oct. 24, then take a trip to Penn State for a huge matchup in the Big Ten East Division. Ohio State will then host Rutgers, travel to Maryland, host Indiana, go to Illinois and Michigan State before closing out the season at home against rival Michigan.

The schedule seems easy for the Buckeyes, who are looking to win their fourth straight Big Ten title. If they make it through the eight-game regular-season slate without a loss, they’ll play in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 19 in Indianapolis. From there, the College Football Playoff is a possibility.

And that’s what the Buckeyes are hoping for. Ohio State wanted a chance to play this season. Now, it knows its path to a national title.

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Ryan Day leading Ohio State through challenges

Ohio State has had plenty of challenges this offseason. The challenge of getting over a gut-wrenching loss to Clemson to end last year. A shortened spring practice. Little team activity during the spring. A canceled season that was just reinstated. And the Buckeyes have had Ryan Day leading them the entire offseason. He’s proven to be a great leader.

Lettermen Row’s Birm has more:

But like most successful businesses, families, etc. It starts at the top. And with apologies to Kristina Johnson, Ohio State’s new president, or veteran athletic director Gene Smith, the top of the Buckeyes football program is Ryan Day himself. The second-year, full-time coach of the Buckeyes have seen his fair share of challenges since arriving at Ohio State from the NFL, and the manner that he’s dealt with them — head on and without excuse — continues to trickle down through his players.

For the full story, click here.

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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.