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Ohio State First Unanimous AP Preseason No. 1 team

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Ohio State First Unanimous AP Preseason No. 1 team
The program extends record of poll appearances and nears all-time mark at No. 1

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the preseason choice as the No. 1 team in the nation. The college football coaches previously selected the Buckeyes No. 1 in their first poll of the season, the USA Today Coaches Poll. And today, the first Associated Press college football poll of the season was revealed and the Buckeyes are No. 1 in it as well.

Photo – DE Joey Bosa – Ohio St.

And while Ohio State earned 62 of 64 first place votes in the coaches’ poll with TCU and Alabama each securing one vote apiece, the AP pollsters – a panel of media members – selected Ohio State as the unanimous No. 1 with all 61 first-place votes going to the Buckeyes. The AP preseason poll dates back to 1950 and this is the first time it has ever had a unanimous preseason No. 1 team.

Defending Big 12 champion TCU is ranked No. 2 in the Preseason AP Top-25 Poll. The Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The No. 2 ranking marks TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll in program history. The Horned Frogs’ previous best preseason ranking was No. 6 in the 2010 AP poll. TCU was also No. 2 in the 2015 Preseason Coaches Poll, released last month.

No. 1 in poll appearances
Ohio State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll more than any school in the nation; 839 times and nearly 50 weeks more than the team with the second-most appearances.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 by the AP for the 96th time. Only two schools, Oklahoma (101) and Notre Dame (98) have been the AP’s No. 1 team more weeks than Ohio State.

2015 Associated Press Top 25 Poll – Preseason
1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3. Alabama
4. Baylor
5. Michigan State
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. USC
9. Georgia
10. Florida State
11. Notre Dame
12. Clemson
13. UCLA
14. LSU
15. Arizona State
16. Georgia Tech
17. Mississippi
18. Arkansas
19. Oklahoma
20. Wisconsin
21. Stanford
22. Arizona
23. Boise State
24. Missouri
25. Tennessee

AP Poll: All-Time Appearances
1. Ohio State – 839
2. Michigan – 795
3. Oklahoma – 769
4. Notre Dame – 752
5. USC – 735

AP Poll: Weeks Ranked No. 1
1. Oklahoma – 101
2. Notre Dame – 98
3. Ohio State – 95
4. USC – 91
5. Alabama - 73

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.