No. 2 Buckeyes in preseason coaches poll

They will face first-year coach Marcus Freeman’s Notre Dame team to open the season and host Michigan in the Finals. They also host Wisconsin’s No. 20 on Sept. 24 and move to Michigan State’s No. 14 on Oct. 8.

Iowa, a visitor to Ohio Stadium on Oct. 22, is 26th in the preseason coaching poll followed by Penn State at No. 27. The Nittany Lions host the Buckeyes a week after facing Iowa .

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Also noteworthy in the survey: Luke Fickell’s Cincinnati Bearcats are ranked 22nd while Kettering native Brady Hoke’s San Diego State is 34th.

Defending Pac-12 champion Utah with Dayton native Tavion Thomas returning as running back is ranked No. 8…

For what it’s worth, at least one advanced statistical ranking sees Michigan (#4), Michigan State (#16), Iowa (#27) and Notre Dame (#7) at little nearly the same as the coaches poll voters. , but ESPN’s SP+ is higher on Wisconsin (#10) and Penn State (#13).

Ohio State tops the SP+ projections, followed by No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia…

Ohio State began a series of preseason interviews last week with the running backs: This group is expected to be one of the team’s strengths with TreVeyon Henderson returning after rushing for 1,000 yards as a rookie last season and his top replacement, Miyan Williams, also having starting experience.

“I think we have a really talented room – I do,” Alford said on Friday. “Great guys to work with. I love coming to work with them every day. I ask them to make sure they’re pros. They’re veteran guys. They’ve been around – I should say two d ‘am at least veterans – they’ve been in the program now, the top three guys have at least And so I’m asking them to be pros in how they approach their business when they go to meetings , guided tours, practices.

Filling the room are rookie Evan Pryor and incoming rookie Dallan Hayden, two four-star rookies who could get some playing time elsewhere but may have to be patient at Ohio State this fall…

The offensive line had its say on Mondayand optimism remained high for new post coach Justin Frye and his group that includes three returning starters.

“We challenged these guys the next two weeks at camp: What do you want to be?” said Frie. “Do you want to be a great player? Want to take the next step? And that’s what we have to do. And it starts with fundamentals and skills and building those things so that we can match the level of talent that we have.

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