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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: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

NoleCav Sixer is not worth it. His arguments are all flawed. At one point he even siad Notre Dame always had a top offense under Weiss....WTF. Notre Dame was 119 out of 119 in 2007. 65th in 2008...please bring that kind of success to Gainseville. I guess his Notre Dame guys were so blinded by those four Super Bowl rings they forget how to play football. LOL


I have some free time today, so no worries.  It's fun jabbing back and forth...especially with someone who takes this stuff so seriously.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

NoleCav Sixer is not worth it. His arguments are all flawed. At one point he even siad Notre Dame always had a top offense under Weiss....WTF. Notre Dame was 119 out of 119 in 2007. 65th in 2008...please bring that kind of success to Gainseville. I guess his Notre Dame guys were so blinded by those four Super Bowl rings they forget how to play football. LOL


My bad, I should've said Weiss HAD good offensive years...go look at he 2 years before that.  Your argumens are flawed too...especially Weiss at KC, "duurrr players came into their own." What a bunch of crap...they came into their own because Weiss's offense played to their strengths, and more opportunities to show their abilities.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

No, what's funny is how you perceive things; but thanks for the laugh.



How exactly do I perceive things?  It's plain as day that you've worked yourself into a tizzy.




Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

For all of you that sit here and put stock in this poll...chew on this.  In the BCS era, not once has a Coaches Poll preseason number 1 finished the season number 1.  This poll like all others, means absolutely nothing.  I don't think during the year, one will see as many stupid posts over the most worthless story, as when the Coaches Poll is released. 

Just one more tip. When you think someone elses' team is not up to par, come back with an argument that backs it up.  Things like you suck, rose colored glasses, etc. are arguments best saved for unintelligent amatuers.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Go Cougs!  Were getting back on track this year!



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

I certainly don't....I just think it's hilarious that you are calling others every name in the book, but are incapable of using proper spelling/grammar.

I suppose the irony is lost on you.

Sweet dig at the end.  Your insecurity is really showing through
No, what's funny is how you perceive things; but thanks for the laugh.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:54 am
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

@ INtoHI...if you do not want to read the longer posts then go right by them. Easy. Who is picking an argument...not I. Maybe you with comments like HS and lazy. Must be a liberal because sounds like a hypocrite!



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:52 am
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

NoleCav Sixer is not worth it. His arguments are all flawed. At one point he even siad Notre Dame always had a top offense under Weiss....WTF. Notre Dame was 119 out of 119 in 2007. 65th in 2008...please bring that kind of success to Gainseville. I guess his Notre Dame guys were so blinded by those four Super Bowl rings they forget how to play football. LOL

 




Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:43 am
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Who cares about spell and grammar check dude, it's a friggin message board.  The dumb part comes from point of views and improper facts about a subject, not grammar and spelling.  Also, I know you might be used to one page books since that's probably all your mind can handle, but typing a couple paragrahs does not constitute a book. 


I certainly don't....I just think it's hilarious that you are calling others every name in the book, but are incapable of using proper spelling/grammar.

I suppose the irony is lost on you.

Sweet dig at the end.  Your insecurity is really showing through.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:42 am
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

The Chump 22...really??? A fan of T-Boone State talking trash about the Sooners??? That's like Browns fans talking crap about the Steelers!!! We hear this almost every year. The problem with Okie St is whenever they are the HUNTER they do pretty good, about half the time, when they are the HUNTED they stink. The problem this year lies in the schedule and a horrendous defense with gaping holes in it. They have three maybe four good players on Defense but that is it. The Boyz of Poke have Games AT Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri. They have OU at home. I predict 8-4 or maybe 7-5 season, then its back-to-the-future for the Pokes as they descend to their more familiar position of also-ran in the the Big XII. We have seen this act before and we will see it again. The only difference is this time it is brought to you by T-Boone, Nike, and Gundy, not Johnson and Jones.  


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