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Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:59 am
A drive-by reaction to the preseason coaches poll released Thursday. If nothing else, it is another sign that we are closer to actual football.

 Oklahoma is No. 1 in a preseason poll for only the second time in the BCS era (2003 was the other). The Sooners got 42 first-place votes. Alabama is a distant second with 13 first-place votes but is only 40 points away from No. 1 (1,454-1,414). That 1-2 slotting probably will last at least to Game 2. In Week 1, Alabama hosts Kent State. Tulsa goes to Oklahoma.

That also means the winner of No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU in the Jerry Dome isn't likely to jump into the top two.

 Speaking of which, still researching the last time two top five teams met on a neutral field in a season opener. Your input is welcome.

 At least seven of the 25 teams are on probation or are being investigated by the NCAA for major violations: Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Boise State, Auburn.

 Of the 11 teams to win championships in the BCS era, eight are in the preseason poll: Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State. Missing: Tennessee, Miami, USC (not eligible).

 You want an early opinion on the season? Ask Tulsa's rookie head coach. Bill Blankenship. His Hurricane play three teams in the top eight in the first month -- No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Boise State and No. 8 Oklahoma State.

 Four of the top five teams play each other in the first three weeks. (LSU-Oregon, FSU-Oklahoma).

 Boise State is the only school in the top eight not playing another school in that group. If the Broncos get into championship contention again, you can already hear the haters.

 The SEC has eight teams in the top 25. That's up from six to end last season. What are the odds that the Strength Everywhere Conference will claim a sixth consecutive national championship? Answer: Good. Very good.

 The SEC (eight), Big 12 and Big Ten (five each) account for 18 of the 25 teams.

 To the surprise of no one, 20 of the 25 teams who ended ranked in 2010 are ranked to begin 2011. Missing: Maryland, Utah, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Nevada.

 The dividing line comes at Arizona State. Penn State is No. 25, three points ahead of the Sun Devils, the first of "others receiving votes."

 The Big East was shut out of the top 25. The highest-ranked BE school is West Virginia at No. 27.

 Defending champion Auburn (No. 19) is by far the lowest-ranked defending champion in the preseason coaches poll in at least nine years. LSU was previously the lowest at No. 6 in 2008 during that period. Others: Alabama, 2010 (No. 1), Florida, 2009 (1), Florida, 2007 (3), Texas, 2006 (2), USC, 2004-2005 (1), Ohio State, 2003 (2), Miami, 2002 (1).

 Fifty teams, 42 percent of FBS, received votes.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:50 pm

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

alot (incorrect) fovorite (incorrect)! 

 Funny Stuff!

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:33 pm

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

I thought tOSU was a little poke at THE Ohio State University.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:31 pm

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

I prefer either,

Subpar Education Curriculum


Stolen Educational Credentials

The second one is fun because it references both the fact that these schools are a joke and that the players are criminals.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:10 pm

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

I definitely agree with your premise that teams like LSU etc. play tougher team week in and week out. Anybody who suggests otherwise is a moron and doesn't have a clue. My only complaint with the Boise State criticism is that most people use an apple to oranges comparison when bashing them. Yes, based on their overall schedule strength they don't really merit conversation in the National Championship. But compare the overall football budget that they have compared to say an LSU or Alabama. It's not even in the same universe. Secondly, and related to my first point, is the type of recruit Boise State is able to get as compared to the SEC powerhouses. The Floridas of the world are getting 4 and 5 star guess on a regular basis, while Boise State works with mostly 3 star and below talent. My point is that if you gave BSU the recruit money some of the bigtime teams have, the facilities (although Boise State's are getting much better) and the prestige of a BCS conference affiliation I believe they could begin to complete on a week in and week out basis. Even if you don't agree at least the comparison has more merit and validity.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:34 pm

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

I don't think it was a neutral site, but I'm pretty sure Florida State played Miami the first week (with Miami winning 31-0 or something like that) during Deion Sanders' senior year.  The only neutral site week one game that I can remember between highly ranked teams was back when Penn State played Nebraska in Giants Stadium whenever the heck that was.  I think Nebraska won handily that year.  They probably weren't ranked 1 and 2 though...

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:13 pm

I wasexpecting more, I guess...

This is a pretty sketchy "break down" of the top 25, don't you think?  You have alot about your fovorite conferences, and teams: but most of the 25 teams are not even mentioned?  I see no "breakdown."   I am an English teacher, and judging by the subject-vs-article; I have to give you a "D-", mainly for laziness. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 6:50 pm

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

The neutral site for Oregon vs. LSU is, of course, no ordinary site. The Cowboys Stadium holds over 100.000 people in state-of-the-art comfort with the largest flat screen in any arena in the country. I would suppose that LSU fans will predominate as they are much closer than Oregon. However there will be a bowl atmosphere to the game that makes it a must-see early in the season. The winner of this game is primed to step into the top two spots should either Oklahoma or Alabama falter. Alabama must also play LSU later in the season so LSU likely holds its national fate in its own hands. Oregon, winning this game, will also hold its fate in its hands as Oklahoma also faces its own fate by playing FSU and then may go undefeated in the Big XII. By Dodd's standards Alabama is not likely to in the SEC or else if the SEC is not so strong.

The plug for SEC by Dodd here is pretty typical of his writing and exposes his lack of impartiality towards college football. Why does CBSSports allow that? The answer is that Dodd is not a newsman or reporter. He is a columnist and as such he can express whatever opinions he has. It is reality that those opinions make more money for when they are controversial and draw ire. It is what we expect from him.

The Big XII has 5 members of this poll (out of 10). The teams facing investigation for major violations are those who have been charged with a major violation (not by the media but by the NCAA.) When the media stir the waters the NCAA does check it out but the broad sweep of this process is not a ding on the schools until there is some evidence of breaking the rules. Trashing reputations as Dodd has done before there is even any indication from the NCAA is irresponsible regardless of being a columnist.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 11:48 am

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Its not about haters if boise st gets into contention its about common sense. Boise plays 2 teams in the top 25 none in the top 10. LSU plays 6 in the top 25 , 2 in the top 3, both teams from last years nc game and the last 3 national champs. Yet at the end of the year when boise is undefeated and LSU has 1 or 2 losses we are going to hear the crying when boise gets jumped in the polls. Who you play week in and week out matters.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 8:03 am

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Dodd is a little, little man.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:59 am

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Boise deserves their ranking

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