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Ohio State Players Are Not Happy About ESPN's Football Power Index Rankings

Ohio State football players leaving the locker room.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes run to the field before play against the USC Trojans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ESPN unveiled its new FPI top 25 preseason rankings earlier today. Ohio State did not crack the top 10, settling in at No. 13 between Big Ten foes Penn State and Michigan State.

Now, the FPI is calculated by computer, so you will have some different looking results than expected. However, as you'd imagine, many were surprised to see Ohio State so low. The Buckeyes are expected to be a preseason top-seven team at worst.

Several OSU players shared their thoughts on social media about not being in the top 10. They were not happy.

Of course, there are a few current and former Buckeyes who are using this slight as motivation.

Preseason rankings and lists mean very little in the grand scheme of things. Still, ESPN's formula feels flawed having the Buckeyes so low.

Don't count on them being ranked as low as 13th in the preseason AP and Coaches polls, or even in the FPI as the season rolls along.

For our take on the most overrated teams in ESPN's new FPI rankings, click here.