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What if, in January 2020, someone had told you that when the AP NCAA Top 25 poll was released in the fall, Ohio State would come in at No. 2 in the preseason poll but would drop out of the Top 25 altogether the next week?
It would have seemed more than far-fetched, but given the unusual way the college football season is unfolding during the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s exactly what will happen—not only to Ohio State, but to all programs from the Big Ten and Pac-12 currently ranked.
The Associated Press asked its panel of 62 voters to consider all Division I programs when filling out their ballots for the Week 1 poll, even those that play in conferences that have canceled their college football seasons. According to the NCAA, “67 out of 130 Bowl Subdivision teams, including those from the ACC, Big 12 and SEC,