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Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:41 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Just as predicted by numbers guru Phil Steele back in February, Oklahoma will begin the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Sooners grabbed 42 of a possible 59 first-place votes in the coaches' preseason ballot, released Thursday morning, but still hold just a 40-point lead over second-place Alabama. The Tide took 13 first-place votes, with the remaining four split evenly between No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU (who just so happen to be playing in Dallas on the season's opening Saturday). Florida State rounds out the top five, further cementing Jimbo Fisher's program as the new ACC favorites. (Virginia Tech is the next-highest ACC team at No. 13.)

Conference-by-conference, the poll features eight teams from the SEC, five from the Big Ten, five from the Big 12, two each from the Pac-12, ACC and Mountain West, and one independent in Notre Dame. The Big East went unrepresented in the top 25, with West Virginia finishing "No. 27" as part of the "Also Receiving Votes" category.

Some immediate reaction:
  • When it comes to getting the benefit of the doubt, it still pays to be the biggest-name program possible. Georgia, Florida, Texas and Penn State combined for a whopping 25 losses last year, but all four still find their way into the preseason ballot as teams Nos. 21-25.
  • Despite the SEC's lofty reputation, it's the Big 12 with the top billing in the top 10. In addition to Oklahoma edging the Tide for top spot, both Oklahoma State and Texas A&M squeeze into the top 10 while only LSU joins Alabama from the SEC. The Cowboys and Aggies will have a lot to prove, as recent Big 12 dark horses like Nebraska last season and the '09 Cowboys have failed to live up to their preseason ranking.
  • Ohio State's off-season turmoil has left Wisconsin and those same Cornhuskers as the only Big Ten teams in the top 15 of the poll. Given the league's apparent parity -- the Huskers were recently named the league favorite despite coaching turnover and major losses on defense -- even that may be generous.
  • The top two teams in the final poll of 2010 slid a combined 31 spots, with national champion Auburn coming in No. 19 and No. 2 TCU checking in at No. 15. Auburn may be ranked entirely too low if you subscribe to the "champions until they lose" doctrine, and entirely too high if you believe the combination of a brutal schedule and extremely young roster will result in a struggle to even make the top 25. Which means they're probably ranked about right for a poll like this.
  • With USC ineligible and Arizona State and Utah each finishing in the "Also Receiving Votes" category, no team from the new Pac-12 South was included. Guess the "Sun Devils = divisional favorite" offseason chatter didn't mean a whole lot to the voters, just as West Virginia's status as the presumptive Big East favorite didn't. But should it really have meant less than Penn State's expected running-in-place season after a 7-6 season a year ago?
  • For that reason, this blogger will go with the Nittany Lions as the poll's most overrated team, and a tie between Nos. 13 and 14 -- Virginia Tech and loaded Arkansas -- as the poll's most underrated.


Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:41 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

So where the hell is the poll????

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:23 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

being a huge ou sooner fan it's great to be rated  no1 in preseason but we all know this poll is a joke,get a play off system so we all can fuss about who got in and who got left out

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:09 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

I like it when sports writers read me polls instead of just publishing them. "Look at me! My job means something! Sure I work in a crappy building across from the cavalry church on cypress creek rd in ft lauderdale, and not some real building in new york or los angeles, and am essentially a glorified blogger, but I have real opinions on things!" is what they shout from behind their laptops. "I bet if I work hard enough, one day I'll manage to take that vacation in cancun and not just stare at the wallpaper that came with my computer" is also probably one of the last things that runs through their minds right before they pull the car in the garage, close the door and leave the engine running.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:03 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Excellent statement point exactly. Look forward to playing you guys in Tally 9/17. I will be there to watch and should be a great game. Winner is in driver's seat (oh yeah we have UF and you have the Horns) lol

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:58 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Dear God sixer give it up. You Gators have had some of the best recruiting classes in recent years and your defensive depth was supposed to be second to none. Let's not get into who knows what about football because I will school you rube. Don't hand me this we get deflated garbage because if you play to win you play to win. So the UF defense is a bunch of pansy quitters because the OC called horrible plays (execeuted by overrated players) and their backs were against the wall. Take a stand and make them kick...I may chat like an 8 year old but I will try to go to your KG mindset - 3 points is less than 7 points...Get it....Now here's your pacifier and a blanket and go take a nap.

As for KC...please. You are exhibiting to everybody why you need to shut your profile down. Weiss did not lead KC to the playoffs and do not hand me this bs about his offense and his calls. Cassell came into his own and Charles had a great thrid year..was inevitable. They will both do the same and KC will be good agian without Weiss...just like NE was. Weiss didn't develop anything except a charge account at Big and Tall! If he is so good we will see with the Gators this year...don't hand me give hime time because he did it in one year at KC..right. Your words correlated to college football...and do not hand me semantics of "I did not say that". You did ignoramus I am just smart enough to read between the lines.  And you hand me Super Bowl Rings...yes the NFL and Super Bowl is the HIGHEST LEVEl...but when you are a failure you go become an OC somehwere at a lower level. Who takes 3 steps back in a career path. A FAILURE! And I don't know football. Take your head out of the sand and the blinders off the Gator colored glasses and join the adults.

Have a nice warm glass of milk and nitey nite!

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:45 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Good point, BenjaminWhisky.... show the top 25 in a numerical format. Not editoralizing it in story-like form.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:00 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Yes, the usual cop-out. Yeah UF was SOO serious about football back then.  It's a rivalry, you don't think the FSU fans and players took it serious when they played a team within the state? Get real dude, those two teams wanted to beat each other just as bad back then.
It's a "cop-out", is it? UF actually had a "coaching staff" before FSU had a field. So by comparison, you moron, yes they several orders of magnitude more serious than FSU, who was barely a college at the time. Learn context or shut up.

Well, you've reached the epitome of ignorace with your last post; but I would expect nothing less from nole.
As evidenced by what, exactly? Again, you don't get to define the parameters based on whatever makes you look good. And that makes the next quote even more interesting.

Nobody can follow that, because i's ridiculous and stupid.  You start the rivalry when the rivalry started moron.  That's like saying that since UF has owned UGA for the last 25 years, we should start counting the rivalry there.  You don't do that, because that's a cop-out in an attempt to try and make your team look better.  You start the record when the rivalry started.  I know that when UGA had a bunch of wins vs. UF when the rivalry first started, that those UF players and fans wanted to beat those UGAly dawgs as bad then, as they do now.  But that ok, you stick with your "oh well lets start the rivalry when we cared about football" philosophy, I would expect nothing less.
So says the master of edited timelines and hypocritical "cop-out" accusations (more on that to come). I never said anything of the sort, but as per usual the idiot UF meth-head will consistently say that because it was preordained in the delusional psyche of an idiot. Let me give you something you sorely lack. Perspective (and logic?). FSU owns the series against VT. However, (pay close attention, because this is where idiots get lost) it wasn't a rivalry until VT joined the ACC. That's is when VT became more competitive. I do not credit FSU for wins against VT in the 1980's. It wasn't a rivalry then. Neither was FSU and UF before the acronym 'FSU' was even used. A rivalry starts when the meetings actually become competitive. That is why it is called a rivalry in the first place. It's is sort of the defining characteristic. Or did you not understand that? If FSU suddenly starts losing to VT every year, it will cease to be a rivalry.

For a bit more perspective, Michigan can claim the "winningest program in history" title, but it means nothing today. Understand? Of course not, meth has rotted that brain.

Hey idiot, if you would actually go back and read one of my posts, i said that Meyer was also to blame for not having the nuts to fire Addazio.  How bout you read everything first before you make false accusations.
That's not blaming Meyer for the losses, that is still blaming Addazio. And there is your "cop-out." Admonishing Meyer for not firing Addazio does not place the blame of losses on Meyer. It is not giving credit to Addazio for UF's earlier successes either. So how about you actually have a point before demanding someone bear YOUR burden of proof?

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:32 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

GOOD GOD! Do you think that you could possibly actually put a chart listing the top 25 teams in your article?!?!? Or at least a link to one! CBS doen't even have an updated list on their Rankings section.  I don't care about your musings on the top 25, and I don't care about your stupid tweet that you linked to this article. I just want to see the darn list!

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:14 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

The reason for preseason polls is to try to set the table for who gets into the BCS.  Waiting until October to release the first poll and having it based on quality of competition would be more fair.  In the end winning every game makes it difficult for a team to be excluded, losses cause most of the controversy.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:09 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

There will always be college preseason polls, period.  Even if the official polls do not come out until October, it will mean nothing as other polls will be out weekly and then the voters will simply copy them.  The voters are basically a bunch of sheep and simply follow suit for the most part.  How in the world can a coach that is preparing for a big game possibly have the time to do a well thought out poll? Not going to happen, and that is where the "as long as you don't lose you don't drop philosophy comes from.  That way, the coaches do not have to think. 

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