In the USA Today preseason coaches poll, Ohio State came in ranked No. 2.
The Buckeyes are behind only reigning national champion Alabama, which received 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State received three first-place votes. Texas A&M, ranked No. 6, received the final vote.
The coaches poll counts for one-third of the BCS formula used to pick the teams in the National Championship Game. The Buckeyes are again eligible for the title game after being banned a season ago.
The Southeastern Conference dominated the top 10 with five teams. The Big Ten placed five teams in the entire top 25. Michigan is next after Ohio State at No. 17, with Nebraska at No. 18, Northwestern at No. 22 and Wisconsin at No. 23.
Ohio State was the only Football Bowl Subdivision team to go undefeated last season.