Ohio State Buckeyes rank 1st in initial College Football Playoff rankings

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Urban Meyer’s retirement from college football left the Ohio State Buckeyes with a ton of questions. With Ryan Day taking over as head coach, there was still a ton of talent remaining on the roster, but they just needed someone to lead them. Not only has Day done that, but he’s arguably taken the Buckeyes to another level. Justin Fields is proving to be the real deal at quarterback, and Chase Young might be the best defender this program’s ever seen. Ohio State’s absolutely destroying its competition this year, and it’s not surprise to see them in the Top 5. There doesn’t appear to be many challengers in the Big Ten, but this team can’t afford to relax.

Ohio State Buckeyes ranking: 1st

Where they should be ranked: 2nd

Thoughts: It’s tough to compete with LSU and Alabama, but the Buckeyes are ready to enter that conversation. Any doubts about Day’s ability to coach this team are gone, and Ohio State’s a legitimate title contender. Fields and Young are getting Heisman attention, and making the playoff only helps their campaigns. As if this team wasn’t getting enough attention, they got the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Depending on who you ask, they deserve it, but there are some who disagree with their position.

To me, LSU had the better resume, and was playing well. Ohio State gets the nod as the top team in the country, and they’ve been dominating their competition. Justin Fields remains one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and Chase Young terrorizes offensive lineman. Urban Meyer’s gone, but Ryan Day continues the winning tradition. He’s doing it by scoring a ton, but also keeping opponents off the scoreboard. With their toughest games ahead of them, they’ll have a big target on their backs.

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