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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.

Comments

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

@ Sixer...you are the one calling everyone idiots.
Well, if the shoe fits....

 I will not crawl back in my hole because I am always right.
First sign of a tool...saying you are "always right."



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Give me an example, when the 2 bests teams did'nt play under BCS rules?  and don't say Boise St.!


You're kidding right?!?

2002 - Miami vs Nebraska
2004 - USC vs Oklahoma
2008 - LSU vs Ohio St

And that doesn't even get into the 2010 farce.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

@ Sixer...you are the one calling everyone idiots. I will not crawl back in my hole because I am always right. I do not attack when I am called out because I haven't been yet. I have backed up everything and showed your flawed arguments with concrete facts. Now go get my shine box!



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Well, two of your fellow fans are on here doing the same thing with their team, yet you perceive me as being the only one.  I'm stubborn, and i'll debate things people throw at me.  Could I be the bigger person and not call them morons, sure I could, but I choose not to.

I do not see you as the only one, it's just that I choose not to engage fellow FSU fans in that regard.

The whole 'moron' thing really takes away from your argument, as it does when my fellow Noles do it. 



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Nole Cav...recurring theme here. Every time he is called out he states he shouldn't have said this or should have said that....Why post if you are not 100% sure of what you write. Then after he knows you called him out he attacks...Typical. 

Not really, I've left out some words in sentences or had a wrong date, but I own up to i at least.  You act like I'm the only one that "attacks" when I debate something you write...yet you do the exact same thing. 

 Most of the posters here know their football but some should crawl back into their holes.
I would agree....please do us all that favor.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

It has nothing to do with you being a Gator fan.  It has everything to do with the dissertations you write in defense of UF all the while calling everyone who disagrees with you an idiot dozens of times.

Relax.

Now, how do you think I perceive things?



Well, two of your fellow fans are on here doing the same thing with their team, yet you perceive me as being the only one.  I'm stubborn, and i'll debate things people throw at me.  Could I be the bigger person and not call them morons, sure I could, but I choose not to.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Nole Cav...recurring theme here. Every time he is called out he states he shouldn't have said this or should have said that....Why post if you are not 100% sure of what you write. Then after he knows you called him out he attacks...Typical. Most of the posters here know their football but some should crawl back into their holes.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

@billybobjr65...thanks for the unintelligent amateur comment as you fit the bill...1999...FSU BCS season...wire to wire..as in from start to finish #1. That good enough for you. I have backed everything up with facts so stay off the post!!!



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Really? how's that? because I see it the other way around.

It has nothing to do with you being a Gator fan.  It has everything to do with the dissertations you write in defense of UF all the while calling everyone who disagrees with you an idiot dozens of times.

Relax.

Now, how do you think I perceive things?



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

How exactly do I perceive things?  It's plain as day that you've worked yourself into a tizzy.
Really? how's that? because I see it the other way around.


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