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Ohio State has finished in the top 5 in four of Urban Meyer's six seasons with the Buckeyes

Ohio State football: Buckeyes finish fifth in AP poll; assistant coach hits paydirt

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Ohio State finishes fifth in AP poll

The final AP poll for the 2017 season was released Tuesday, and the Buckeyes came in at No. 5. Ohio State finished behind national champion Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson. The program was one of five Big Ten teams to finish in the Top 25, as No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 8 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 17 Northwestern joined the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has finished in the top 12 of the AP poll in all six of Urban Meyer seasons, and this was the fourth finish among the top 5. Here are the Buckeyes’ final rankings in the Meyer era:

  • 2012: No. 3
  • 2013: No. 12
  • 2014: No. 1
  • 2015: No. 4
  • 2016: No. 6
  • 2017: No. 5

Alex Grinch will make $800K in 2018

The Buckeyes made a big splash with their 10th assistant coach, hiring Alex Grinch away from Washington State. The Buckeyes also will be writing big checks. Grinch, who will be a defensive assistant with the Buckeyes, will make $800,000 for the 2018 season.

It’s a large salary for an assistant, but adding Grinch to the staff was a huge move for Meyer. Land of 10’s Austin Ward explains:

If there is anybody out there worried that Meyer is on the back half of his career or losing his edge, put those doubts aside. He’s as competitive as ever, and now he’s got Alex Grinch on board — the latest piece of evidence that he has no interest in letting the Buckeyes slip after solidifying their spot among the game’s elite programs.

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Buckeyes top Land of 10’s way-too-early power poll

Yes, we’re already thinking about the 2018 season. Land of 10’s Sean Keeler put together a way-too-early Big Ten power poll this week, and the defending conference champs are at the top. Ohio State leads the poll, followed by Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan.

Ohio State target Rasheed Walker sets commitment date

Rasheed Walker, a 4-star offensive tackle, is one of the biggest targets Ohio State has left in the 2018 recruiting cycle. And now he has set a date to announce his college choice. Walker, who is also highly coveted by Penn State, will commit on Feb. 7, the traditional signing day for the 2018 class.

Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly has more on Walker’s upcoming decision.

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