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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.
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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:37 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

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.

This comment here sums up Dudds credibility and impartiality.  How about Supposedly Elite Conference, Superficially Extraordinaire Conference? 



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Why should UGA be in the top 10 if they beat a team that is no better than top 20?




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

hahahahahahahahaha! Riiiiight! With a freshman rb and no receivers.....UGA will be lucky to win 7 games

I don't know about that.  I've never known a Richt team to be devoid of talented receivers, and I've seen lots of Freshman RBs kick butt.  RB is one position a Fr can pick up quickly and perform well.  Especially if he pays attention to his blocking assignments.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

The article originally said...

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


Yes, the article originally did say that.  Funny how CBS removed my response when I pointed out Dodd's error and suggested he should do a better job of proofreading.  You know, being a professional writer and all.  Dennis, thank you so much for deleting my post which sticks me with a -100 score on the post.  I was not rude in my post either, but I will be now you thin-skinned jackass.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Boise State at 7?! Lol, they deserve no higher than 20. Tell me, who do they play? With a schedule like theirs, there is no way to not go undefeated. They have 1 tough game that will make or break their season; Georgia the first week.

Now about my Dawgs, we have a really good chance at top 10 if we win against Boise St. and SCAR.

Nice bit of contradicting yourself, cheddahchad.  I guess we won't have to worry about your Dawgs cracking the top-10, since as you say "With a schedule like theirs [Boise St], there is no way to not go undefeated".  In that case, it is a very smart move by BSU to schedule UGA.



Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Georgia has plenty at the receiver position this season, true we have a freshman rb but Murray and Charles will be the stars on offense this year. I think we have 6 games that could go either way(Boise, Carolina, Miss St, @ Tenn, Florida, and Auburn), but I also see Florida having 7 games they could lose this season (Tenn, Bama, @LSU, @ Auburn, Georgia, @ Carolina, and FSU). My money is on Georgia finishing ahead of Florida in the East this year. I don't think Carolina is as strong as everyone thinks they are, so that means Georgia does have a chance to win the East based their conference schedule this year.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

hey guys think...

1st-  often when typing, people are thinking what they are going to type and get ahead of themselves, so it is a "TYPO" if he puts tOSU where he should have put NCAA, it is OBVIOUS tOSU is not investigating...

2nd- or is it obvious?  Maybe tOSU is looking for dirt to make their dirt look less dirty...

3rd- speaking of dirty-  I saw a rerun of a game from last year where a player was running out of bounds and the DB smacked him helmet to helmet.  As they were getting up the DB was seen mouthing "take that biitch!"  guess what no flag  and it wasnt an SEC game  so much for great officiating everywhere except down south...

4th- I posted yesterday on another site that the LSU OC news from yesterday could be interesting from a team perspective.  as for all the stories that leak, how did that not leak for the 3 weeks that LSU coaches knew about it.  hmmm!  makes you wonder sometimes about leaks, how many are intentional???

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Good Luck Coach Krag with your health!

Hope you many more good years!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

MORE RECENTLY #4 ARIZONA VS #3PENN STATE.  PSU UNDRESSED THE CATS IN HAPPY VALLEY.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:32 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

The article originally said...

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

Thus the comments calling out Dodd on it being deleted & his claim of 'typo' (which makes one wonder whether he understands what a typographical error actually is) & my follow up correction of 'freudian slip'. :)





Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:53 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Amen brother Amen

and how about Bevo and the other 9 for a league monicer?


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