It’s always fun to think about what your team will do next year and 247Sports is trying to help. It released a way-too-early top 25 for the 2023 college football season, and when you look at the top of the rankings, some very familiar teams are there.
For Ohio State, the expectation is the program doesn’t rebuild, it reloads. Will that be the case once again in 2023? It very much looks to be. 247Sports has the Buckeyes as a top-five team once again, but how high were they ranked? Find out below where the Buckeyes landed along with the rest of the early top 25.
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No. 25 Tulane
Nov. 12, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana; Tulane Green Wave tight end Reggie Brown (89) catches a pass against the UCF Knights during the fourth quarter at Yulman Stadium. Rebecca Warren-USA TODAY Sports
No. 24 Ole Miss
Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral (2) during a football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.
Dec. 28, 2022; Houston, Texas; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) runs with the ball as Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Dadrion Taylor-Demerson (25) attempts to make a tackle during the fourth quarter in the 2022 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
No. 23 Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel (8) before during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the UTEP Miners at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Oklahoma won 45-13.
No. 22 Texas A&M
No. 21 South Carolina
Nov. 19, 2022; Columbia; South Carolina Gamecocks tight end Jaheim Bell (0) runs the ball against Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Christian Charles (14) in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Jeff Blake-USA TODAY
No. 20 Texas Tech
Oct. 9, 2021; Lubbock; Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive lineman Nelson Mbanasor (91) between plays in the first half in the game against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Jones AT&T Stadium. Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Tech’s wide receiver Myles Price (1) cheers along the sidelines after the team’s win against Ole Miss in the Texas Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at NRG Stadium in Houston.
No. 19 UCLA
Sept. 3, 2022; Pasadena, California; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) celebrates his touchdown scored against Bowling Green Falcons with offensive lineman Raiqwon O’Neal (71) during the second half at Rose Bowl. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
No. 18 Oregon State
Nov. 19, 2022; Tempe, Arizona; Oregon State Beavers running back Damien Martinez (6) runs for a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the second half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
No. 17 Kansas State
Nov. 19, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia; Kansas State Wildcats safety Josh Hayes (1) celebrates after a defensive stop during the third quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
No. 16 Utah
Nov. 12, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) leads the team in singing the Utah Fight Song after a win over the Stanford Cardinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
No. 15 TCU
Nov. 26, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) points at his receiver after thrown a touchdown pass against the Iowa State Cyclones during second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports
No. 14 Texas
Texas Longhorns running back Roschon Johnson (2) runs the ball forward during the Texas Longhorns football game against Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
No. 13 Notre Dame
Sept. 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tyler Buchner (12) dives forward as he is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
No. 12 Tennessee
Nov. 5, 2022; Athens, Georgia; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Josh Heupel leaves the field after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
No. 11 Clemson
Oct. 15, 2022; Tallahassee, Florida; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts during the second half against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
No. 10 Oregon
Oregon players celebrate a touchdown by running back Jordan James, center, as the Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
No. 9 Washington
Nov. 19, 2022; Seattle; Washington Huskies running back Richard Newton (6) celebrates with offensive lineman Henry Bainivalu (66, right) after rushing for a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes during the third quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
No. 8 USC
Nov. 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) scrambles against California Golden Bears linebacker Henry Ikahihifo (16) during the second quarter at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
No. 7 LSU
Head coach Brian Kelly of the LSU Tigers talks to the officials in the first half of a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Nov. 12, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
No. 6 Florida State
Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
No. 5 Penn State
Oct. 29, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Tanner McCalister (15), safety Ronnie Hickman (14) and linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) tackle Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) during the first half of the NCAA Division I football game at Beaver Stadium. Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch
No. 4 Ohio State
The Ohio State Buckeyes practice at Mercedes Benz Stadium for the 2022 CFP Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at on Dec. 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jason Parkhurst/Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 3 Michigan
Dec. 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona; Michigan Wolverines defensive back Rod Moore (19) intercepts a TCU Horned Frogs pass in the first half of the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
No. 2 Alabama
Sept. 17, 2022; Tuscaloosa; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks to quarterback Bryce Young (9) during the second half against the UL Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
No. 1 Georgia
Nov. 5, 2022; Athens, Georgia; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart (red visor) reacts as time runs out during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports