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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: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:18 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Pre-season ranking does not mean a lot. What counts is the ranking at the end of the season and who will play in the NC.  However, the pre-season ranking does give the team a leg up on the competitor since it is hard to knock a team off their number #1 position if they continue to win.
Oklahoma has a great quarterback but the offensive line is good, not great. If their defense can keep the other team from scoring too many points, they should win all of their games. Oklahoma will play FSU, Texas, Oklahoma State so they will have to prove that they can win.  Boise State on the other hand, have a very soft schedule and it will be tough for them to argue that they deserve to be up there with the big boy.  If Boise schedule Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon Ohio State on their schedule and win all of these games, then it deserves better ranking.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:03 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

And stop with the quote user...everyone knows who you are replying to. Just wasting space on the thread like you are in life!!!

We're in here to discuss the latest topics in college football-How does that stray to insults and accusations,and references as to the quality and uselessness of another persons life?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:29 am

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

I guess it is a compelling argument for those that don't dig deeper, but I think raiderforlife is wrong in most of his arguments.  I definitely agree about 2002 as Nebraska did not deserve to be in the NC game.  For whatever reason, he fails to bring up 2003 which is the biggest error or them all.  USC, and not OU should have been playing LSU for the NC.  Auburn did not deserve to play against USC for the NC in 2004 as the Auburn schedule was very weak that year, even playing in the SEC.  The take from 2007 is just idiotic and shows very little effort into finding out why the two teams that were there were the two most deserving.  LSU crushed VaTech that season, and yet raiderfan thinks they were just as deserving as LSU.  I think USC beat four or five teams all season with winning records, and he thinks they were deserving.  Not a chance.  The take on 2010 is just as ridiculous.  Cam was declared eligible for one reason, there was no rule on the books to make him ineligible.  There is absolutely no proof that he did anything against NCAA rules.  We can all have our opinions, but as written, he did nothing wrong. 

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:21 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

RaiderForLife: Compelling arguments.

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 7:49 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Here's an idea everyone: let's just watch some football and enjoy it!  If your team got a raw deal that's too bad, but we all know how screwed up this system is anyway.  I don't think any of us cares as much about random opinions as we do about the actual football, right?

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:42 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

2002 - Nebraska didn't even win its division in the Big XII that year, much less the conference.  Oregon would have been a better choice.  This one is by far the most blatant case of "the 2 bests teams did'nt play under BCS rules."

2004 - Auburn had just as legit a claim as either USC or Oklahoma.  However, I agree, my RED Raiders did not beat Oklahoma that year, so I'm not suggesting they would have belonged.

2007 - I actually have no problem with Ohio St being in that game, I always had a problem with LSU losing their next to last game to an average Arkansas game, and somehow still getting into the MNC game after beating an above-average Tennessee game.  Who was as deserving as LSU?  Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, and USC all were as deserving of the chance.  Oklahoma beat the then #1 team in the polls (Missouri) in their conference championship game, and got jumped by LSU in those same polls.

2010 - What is my problem?  Very simple, Cam Newton was declared eligible for one primary reason:  The NCAA and the BCS weren't going to take the chance that TCU would actually win the MNC.  I don't know if TCU would have beaten Oregon (no one does), but the various powers were not going to risk it.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:02 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Boise St. should be number 1. LOL<br />

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:44 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Raider 4 Life

Who would have been better than NU in 2002? Except Miami.

Who was better than OU in 2004? Except USC.

Who was better than OSU in 2007? Except LSU.

I assume those are the teams you are talking about?

Is it because they lost big you don't think they were deserving?

Your Raiders couldn't have beaten USC in 2004. Hell they probably couldn't beat OU.

LSU was down by 10 points to OSU until the tide turned.

What is your problem with the 2010 game?

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:18 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Gaytor talking about appropriate.
Well you semenhole fans make it easy.

And stop with the quote user...everyone knows who you are replying to. Just wasting space on the thread like you are in life!!!
How clever...clap clap clap.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:49 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Gaytor talking about appropriate. And stop with the quote user...everyone knows who you are replying to. Just wasting space on the thread like you are in life!!!

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