Coaches Poll: How Every Coach Ranked Ohio State in the Final Top 25

Ohio State’s season didn’t finish the means the program wished it to, however that does not imply the Buckeyes weren’t nonetheless considered one of the greatest groups in faculty soccer in 2022.

That a lot was made clear in the last polls, which each ranked Ohio State as the fourth-best workforce in the nation this 12 months. On Wednesday, we discovered precisely how each Coaches Poll voter considered the Buckeyes this season as the ballots for all 63 voting coaches had been launched.

Where Ohio State ranked on every coach’s poll assorted from 9 coaches placing the Buckeyes second to Syracuse’s Dino Babers slotting the Buckeyes in seventh.

We appeared via all of their ballots for a roundup of the place Ohio State landed on all 63.

Marcus Freeman, Greg Schiano, Jeff Hafley Rank Ohio State Second

Notre Dame’s Marcus Freeman, Boston College’s Jeff Hafley and Rutgers’ Greg Schiano headline the record of coaches who ranked Ohio State as the No. 2 groups in the nation after the 2022 season.

Freeman’s Irish workforce traveled to Columbus on Sept. 3 to face the Buckeyes for each program’s season openers. Notre Dame led Ohio State 10-7 at halftime, however Ryan Day’s squad got here out prepared in the second half and secured a 21-10 win in the Horseshoe.

Meanwhile, Schiano’s Scarlet Knights had been a pesky bunch after they visited Ohio Stadium on Oct. 1. Despite the Buckeyes successful comfortably, 49-10, behind a five-touchdown efficiency from Miyan Williams, Rutgers’ gamers by no means stop on Schiano and performed till the last whistle and even received scrappy with Ohio State and its punter Jesse Mirco after he transformed a profitable pretend punt late in the fourth quarter of the contest.

Hafley’s Eagles didn’t face the Buckeyes this season. However, the Boston College head coach is conversant in the Ohio State program due to his one-year stint as a defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator beneath Day in 2019.

Other voters: Blake Anderson (Utah State), Rhett Lashlee (SMU), Sean Lewis (Kent State), Joe Moorhead (Akron), Pat Narduzzi (Pittsburgh) and Brent Pry (Virginia Tech)

Pat Fitzgerald, Kyle Whittingham Rank Ohio State Third

Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham had been amongst the coaches who ranked Ohio State third in the last ballot.

Fitzgerald’s Wildcats battled Ohio State for all 4 quarters on a depressing, chilly, wet day in Evanston on Nov. 5. Northwestern even led 7-0 after the first quarter because it took the Buckeyes time to regulate to the situations. Emeka Egbuka scored the workforce’s first landing in the second quarter earlier than Williams punched in scores in the third and fourth to assist Ohio State declare a 21-7 win on the street.

Whittingham’s Utah workforce took Ohio State wire-to-wire in final 12 months’s Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes wanted a area objective from Noah Ruggles with beneath 10 seconds remaining to seek out victory in Pasadena. Although the Utes didn’t play Ohio State this previous season, Whittingham has stated beforehand that he has great respect for Day’s program after going through them on New Year’s Day 2022.

Additionally, Whittingham and his workforce had been answerable for Ohio State’s berth to the College Football Playoff as a fourth seed, as the Utes defeated then-No. 4 USC, 47-24, in the Pac-12 Championship, opening a spot for the Buckeyes in the CFP regardless of their loss to Michigan the week earlier than.

Other voters: Brent Brennan (San Jose State), Will Hall (Southern Miss), Thomas Hammock (Northern Illinois), Jeff Monken (Army), Billy Napier (Florida), Ken Wilson (Nevada)

Kirby Smart, Sonny Dykes, James Franklin Rank Ohio State Fourth

Georgia’s Kirby Smart, TCU’s Sonny Dykes and Penn State’s James Franklin are the marquee names that ranked Ohio State fourth in the ballot – the commonest placement for the Buckeyes in the last rankings.

Following Georgia’s 42-41 win over Ohio State in the Peach Bowl, Smart was simple with the media that the Buckeyes carried out higher than the Bulldogs all through all 60 minutes of the CFP semifinal, making his workforce fortunate to come back away with a win in Atlanta.

Nine days after that win, Smart took his workforce to Los Angeles for a battle with Dykes and TCU – a battle that didn’t go properly for the Horned Frogs. Dykes’ workforce allowed 65 factors and solely scored seven, permitting Georgia to win its second consecutive CFP by 58, the largest margin of victory in the historical past of a nationwide championship sport. Still, Smart ranked the Horned Frogs second and the Buckeyes fourth on his last poll.

Franklin’s Nittany Lions had been considered one of Ohio State’s most formidable opponents this previous season. They caught round with the Buckeyes for all 4 quarters in Happy Valley earlier than pulling away for a 44-31 win. Had JT Tuimoloau not put collectively considered one of the greatest particular person performances from a defensive participant in the historical past of school soccer, that sport may have shortly fallen in favor of Penn State. Still, Ohio State received the highly-contested matchup and earned extra respect from Franklin in the course of.

Other voters: Tim Albin (Ohio), Tom Allen (Indiana), Marcus Arroyo (UNLV), Mike Bloomgren (Rice), Neal Brown (West Virginia), Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina), Dave Clawson (Wake Forest), Kalen DeBoer ((*25*)) , Jake Dickert ((*25*) State), Dana Dimel (Texas-El Paso), Dave Doeren (NC State), Stan Drayton (Temple), Luke Fickell (Cincinnati), Jedd Fisch (Arizona), Hugh Freeze (Liberty), Willie Fritz (Tulane), Danny Gonzales (New Mexico), Tyson Helton (Western Kentucky), Brady Hoke (San Diego State), Dana Holgorsen (Houston), Butch Jones (Arkansas State), Chris Klieman (Kansas State), Lance Leipold (Kansas ), Tim Lester (Western Michigan), Mike Locksley (Maryland), Mike MacIntyre (Florida International), Chuck Martin (Ohio), Joey McGuire (Texas Tech), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy), Sam Pittman (Arkansas), Scott Satterfield ( Louisville), Jake Spavital (Texas Tech), Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee), Jon Sumrall (Troy), Jeff Tedford (Fresno State), Jeff Traylor (UTSA), Mel Tucker (Michigan State)

Nick Saban Ranks Ohio State Fifth

Had the CFP committee used theoretical level spreads for matchups between Alabama and the three groups who had been a lock to make the playoff (Georgia, Michigan and TCU), Nick Saban believes the Crimson Tide would have earned the No. 4 seed in the four-team match.

However, Alabama didn’t make the playoff and as an alternative was invited to play Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the place the Tide dominated the Wildcats from begin to end en path to a 45-20 win.

With a 10-2 file in the common season and the New Year’s Six victory over Kansas State in thoughts, Saban ranked Alabama as the No. 2 workforce on his last poll behind solely Georgia whereas leaving Ohio State out of the prime 4.

Other voters: Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Sonny Cumbie (Louisiana Tech), Mike Elko (Duke), Jim Mora (UConn)

Dino Babers Ranks Ohio State Seventh

Syracuse’s Dino Babers ranked Ohio State the lowest out of any coach who voted in the last Coaches Poll of the 2022 season, inserting the Buckeyes as the No. 7 groups in his prime 25 rankings behind Georgia, TCU, Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida State.

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