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Ohio State football: Buckeyes to play 5 teams in preseason coaches’ top 25

The Buckeyes are No. 5 in the preseason coaches’ poll published by USA Today

They were No. 3 in the same preseason poll last year and ultimately finished in that same spot after going 13-1 and winning the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl

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Michigan is No. 7 in this year’s preseason coaches poll with fellow Big Ten teams Penn State (14th), Wisconsin (17th), Iowa (19th), Michigan State (20th) and Northwestern (25th) giving the conference seven teams in the preseason top 25. 

Nebraska just missed the top 25, coming in 26th, while Minnesota also received one vote. 

Ohio State plays the Cornhuskers on Sept. 28, the Spartans on Oct. 5, the Wildcats on Oct. 18, the Badgers on Oct. 26, the Nittany Lions on Nov. 23 and the Wolverines on Nov. 30. 

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Their week two opponent, Cincinnati, also received votes in the preseason coaches poll after finishing last season at No. 23. 

Defending national champion Clemson is the coaches’ preseason No. 1 followed by Alabama. Georgia is No. 3 followed by Oklahoma. 

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