We’ve already had several preseason publications come out and provide all the predictions and rankings for the 2019 college football season, but there’s always a few that come out just prior to the season.

One of those is Sports Illustrated’s annual College Football Preview. And while the popular sports magazine may not be what it once was, it’s still one that I like to pickup and leaf through cover-to-cover.

If you’re the same, then you are in luck because the latest edition just hit the newsstands — and as always — we were interested to see where this year’s magazine placed Ohio State in the national landscape.

And … drum roll please — SI has the Buckeyes ranked No. 6. Here’s what the preview says about the Scarlet and Gray:

The post-Urban Meyer era begins in Columbus, and former Offensive coordinator Ryan Day’s biggest task as head coach will be replacing the quarterback who rewrote the school record book. Stepping in for Dwayne Haskins is sophomore transfer Justin Fields, a former five-star recruit who was granted immediate eligibility despite playing 12 games at Georgia last year as Jake Fromm’s backup. Like Haskins, Fields not only has a big right arm, but he’s also more of a dual threat, averaging 6.3 yards per carry in 2018.

Yep, I’d say that sums up the biggest question mark for Ohio State this year. If Justin Fields can live up to the hype, he’s got enough talent around him to make a run at the Big Ten Championship again, get into the College Football Playoff, and have a shot at winning it all.

So where does the rest of the country and Big Ten stack up? Alabama is No. 1, followed by Clemson (2), Georgia (3), Oklahoma (4), and Texas(5). The rest of the top ten include Notre Dame (7), LSU (8), Oregon (9), and Florida (10.)

You may notice a lack of Big Ten teams there, and no mention at all of a team many other national experts have been high on, Michigan. Sports Illustrated has the Maize and Blue just outside of the top ten at No. 11.

Penn State shows up at No. 16, followed by Iowa (18), Wisconsin (19), Michigan State (21) and Nebraska (24) to round seven Big Ten teams in the SI’s top 25.