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Major expectations for Ohio St. in 2017

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(TSX / STATS) -- COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer has set the bar so high at Ohio State that anything short of a Big Ten championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff is considered a disappointment.

If the pollsters and pundits are right, Ohio State fans and players won't be disappointed this season after the team finished 11-2 a year ago, losing in a CFP semifinal and to Penn State during the regular season.

"Obviously, we weren't at the top a year ago," Meyer said. "We were near the top. And Ohio State is always going to be there. I mean, it should be one of the top schools in our conference. And other than that, I think (preseason rankings), that's just respect for our players, respect that we recruited some good players and means no consequence at all in how we do our business."

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AP Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Clemson (14-1)
2 Alabama (14-1)
3 USC (10-3)
4 Washington (12-2)
5 Oklahoma (11-2)
6 Ohio State (11-2)
7 Penn State (11-3)
8 Florida State (10-3)
9 Wisconsin (11-3)
10 Michigan (10-3)
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Coaches Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama (0-0)
2 Ohio State (0-0)
3 Florida State (0-0)
4 USC (0-0)
5 Clemson (0-0)
6 Penn State (0-0)
7 Washington (0-0)
8 Oklahoma (0-0)
9 Michigan (0-0)
10 Wisconsin (0-0)
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