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Ohio State And Alabama Top the Pre-Season Coaches Poll 
August 3, 2017

​Alabama leads the way as the #1 team in the 2017 Amway Coaches Pre-Season poll, with Ohio State close behind for the second spot.

The Tide secured 49 of the 66 first place votes. Clemson, who will start the season ranked 5th took the second most first place votes with 7, The Buckeyes had 5 total. Florida State who is currently ranked 3rd is the only other team to get first place votes as they received 4 total. USC will start in 4th place coming off their 10-3 campaign in 2016.

Rounding out the top ten is Penn State (6th), Washington(7th), Oklahoma(8th), Michigan(9th) and Wisconsin(10th). Yes, that gives the Big Ten 4 schools in the top ten, but those are the only schools ranked from the conference. 

List of Voters
The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2017 season: Major Applewhite, Houston; David Bailiff, Rice; David Beaty, Kansas; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; John Bonamego, Central Michigan; Terry Bowden, Akron; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; DJ Durkin, Maryland; Shawn Elliott, Georgia State; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jeff Monken, Army; Philip Montgomery, Tulsa; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina; Jim Mora, UCLA; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Barry Odom, Missouri; Gary Patterson, TCU; Mike Riley, Nebraska; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Rolovich, Hawaii; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Mike Sanford Jr., Western Kentucky; Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Mark Stoops, Kentucky; Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Matt Wells, Utah State; Mark Whipple, Massachusetts; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion; Everett Withers, Texas State. 
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B1G Writers Favor Ohio State For 2017 
July 22, 2017

Big Ten Media days do not start until next week but the writer's have spoken and it appears that it is Ohio State and everyone. In the seventh annual Big Ten writers' preseason poll, run by cleveland.com, the Buckeyes were the overwhelming pick to win the East Division and the conference title game in 2017.

In votes from 38 members of the media, Penn State finished second in the East, and Wisconsin was picked to win the West Division.  The compete results were:

EAST

1. Ohio State 260 (34 first-place votes)
2. Penn State 231.5 (7 first-place votes)
3. Michigan 192 (1 first-place vote)
4. Michigan State 128
5. Indiana 114
6. Maryland 100.5
7. Rutgers 38
(first-place votes equal more than 38 because of some ties for first)

WEST

1. Wisconsin 259 (31 first-place votes)
2. Northwestern 219 (5 first-place votes)
3. Nebraska 176.5 (2 first-place votes)
4. Iowa 164.5
5. Minnesota 131
6. Purdue 57
6. Illinois 57

Big Ten championship game

Ohio State over Wisconsin (22)
Ohio State over Northwestern (5)
Ohio State over Nebraska (2)
Wisconsin over Ohio State (3)
Wisconsin over Penn State (1)
Penn State over Wisconsin (4)
Michigan over Wisconsin (1)

Big Ten champ

Ohio State (29)
Wisconsin (4)
Penn State (4)
Michigan (1)

College football playoff

26 voters said Ohio State will make playoff
4 said Wisconsin will make playoff
3 said Penn State will make playoff
1 said Michigan will make playoff
3 said both Ohio State and Penn State will make playoff
1 said both Ohio State and Wisconsin will make playoff
No voters said the Big Ten will have zero playoff teams

Offensive Player of the Year

Saquon Barkley, Penn State, 103 points (30 first-place votes)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, 59 points (5 first-place votes)
Trace McSorley, Penn State, 30 points (2 first-place votes)
Justin Jackson, Northwestern, 25 points, (1 first-place vote)
Mike Weber, Ohio State, 2 points
L.J. Scott, Michigan State, 2 points
Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin, 2 points 
Rodney Smith, Minnesota, 2 points
Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin, 1 point
Simmie Cobbs, Indiana, 1 point
Jamarco Jones, Ohio State, 1 point 


Defensive Player of the Year

Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State, 61 points (12 first-place votes)
Josey Jewell, Iowa, 59 points (11 first-place votes)
Rashan Gary, Michigan, 23 points (3 first-place votes)
Tegray Scales, Indiana, 19 points (4 first-place votes)
Jerome Baker, Ohio State, 12 points (2 first-place votes)
Sam Hubbard, Ohio State, 11 points (2 first-place votes)
Jack Cichy, Wisconsin, 10 points (1 first-place vote)
Maurice Hurst, Michigan, 9 points (1 first-place vote)
Marcus Allen, Penn State, 9 points
T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin, 7 points (1 first-place vote)
Nick Bosa, Ohio State, 4 points (1 first-place vote)
Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern, 2 points
Steven Richardson, Minnesota, 1 point
Blessuan Austin, Rutgers, 1 point