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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
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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: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:35 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

I take a whiskey drink, I take a chocolate drink. And when I have to pee, I use the kitchen sink.




Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:31 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Now about my Dawgs, we have a really good chance at top 10 if we win against Boise St. and SCAR. If we get past these 2, we have a really good chance to go undefeated up to the SEC Championship. B




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



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:40 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

It doesn't matter where Boise is ranked to start the year; if they get past Georgia they play no one but cupcakes the rest of the way.  I can already here the Boise fans blubbering, "but we play TCU and Nevada!"  TCU is down, and Nevada is... what?  Another garbage team.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

"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." 

Here's your answer: The 1983 Kickoff Classic (remember those?) pitted #1 ranked Nebraska vs. #4 ranked Penn State in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NU pounded Penn State 44-6, a payback pummeling for the 1981 'Mike McCloskey out-of-bounds catch' Penn State victory at State College (2nd worst refs ever behind last year's NU - Texas A & M crew). 

Yep, Dennis, another Husker fan that just won't let it go.  Good luck to your Mizzou Tigers in the Bevo 12.





Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Pretty good article, but to set the record straight, LSU was the defending BCS champion as determined by the Coaches poll in 2004, not USC.  USC was only #1 in the AP poll at the end of 2003.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:41 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. If we get past these 2, we have a really good chance to go undefeated up to the SEC Championship. But, Florida and Miss. St. scare me. I think Miss State would be a great Dark Horse. And winner of Alabama-LSU decides who goes to the National Championship.


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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:55 pm
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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

#5 Alabama played #7 Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta. That is kinda close.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

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Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

If only there was a better system to decide a national champion then using the polls.

Here is my idea: they could have some sort of tournament at the end of the season where the best teams play each other and they decide who the national champion is on the field.

I even have a name for it: they can call it a "play-off"


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