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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State, already ranked No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, earned the same preseason ranking this morning from the Associated Press, its 22nd-consecutive preseason ranking. The Buckeyes received three first-place votes.

Ohio State returns 16 starters, including 10 on offense, from a team that went 11-2 last season and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes will play four teams this season ranked in the preseason poll.

Associated Press Preseason Top 25

1. Alabama (54)
2. OHIO STATE (3)
3. Boise State (1)
4. Florida
5. Texas (1)
6. TCU
7. Oklahoma (1)
8. Nebraska
9. Iowa
10. Virginia Tech
11. Oregon
12. Wisconsin
13. Miami
14. Southern Cal
15. Pittsburgh
16. Georgia Tech
17. Arkansas
18. North Carolina
19. Penn State
20. Florida State
21. LSU
22. Auburn
23. Georgia
24. Oregon State
25. West Virginia

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 108, Stanford 81, Utah 80, South Carolina 71, Houston 66, Connecticut 32, Notre Dame 31, Missouri 27, BYU 19, Arizona 15, Clemson 15, Texas Tech 14, Navy 12, Washington 8, Texas A&M 7, Mississippi 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Central Michigan 2, Middle Tennessee 2, Temple 2, Boston College 1, SMU 1, UCF 1.

2010 opponents in Bold