The first installment of the USA Today Coaches Poll has been released and the Buckeyes find themselves at #1. The national media articles I have read today all begin with a similar sentence: Despite having lost 9 starters on defense, the Buckeyes are #1 in the coaches poll. After reading all three parts of our defensive preview, in which we previewed the linebackers, secondary and D-line, it is apparent that we are not too worried about the defense stepping up this year. The coaches showed me that they agree by voting the Buckeyes #1. As the old saying goes, OSU does not rebuild — it reloads.
You don’t have to look very far down the poll to understand how big the game Sept. 9th in Austin, TX will be this year. In fact, you can stop at #2. Amongst ourselves here at MotSaG, we think Texas is slightly overrated, but we understand they are garnering respect for being the defending National Champs. Losing a star QB is huge (especially when your new QB has never played a game in college), and let’s face it, Vince Young single-handedly won Texas the championship.
Does it get any better than this?
With all do respect to Northern Illinois and North Texas, only in their wildest dreams are they going to upset the Buckeyes or the Longhorns in week one. We are going to see a showdown of #1 OSU vs. #2 UT on 9/9. The game, as it did last year in Columbus, will go a long way in deciding who plays in the national championship game this season.