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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.
Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Wow, a whole page without ripping Ohio State.  Impressive.



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Everybody is a Journalism professor, apparently.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Freudian slip.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Great point Nitro..  I just posted the same thing before I saw yours.  Terrible piece!  Maybe next week will be better.  Maybe next week he will talk about how the 51st best team in the country is shaping up.  CRAP



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

typo, eeeeeaaaasssy



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

typo



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