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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.

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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:26 am

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

IMAGINE THAT....(Choklahoma) is number 1 in a preseason poll!!!! really guys? we gotta do this every year, or in some instances, everyother year. what will it take for all of you to get off of that wagon? i mean seriously, 9-3 last year or was it 10-2/ i dont really care. all i know is that every year there are undefeated teams and far better teams than (Owho) but it never fails....those damn guys in norman always get preseason love....its ok, expect them to choke like they do every year, end up with 2 possibly even 3 losses and still get invited to a BCS bowl.....GO POKES!

true fan signing off!

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:56 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Oklahoma should be no. 1. FSU in top 5 is sweet. Been waiting along time for FSU to be good again. So i'm feeling all the fsu love. check it out and comment please.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:54 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Who cares!! College football/BCS is nonsense, without a playoff its the same old BS.. with typical homers who have no life outside of their college teams claiming that their teams/conferences are this and that.. Bottom line is that the fans are just sheep following a sport that truly never crowns a true champion and the sheep put up with it...

As far as Oklahoma.. same old over rated sooners who haven't won Jack.. last time they played anybody good was against USC and that was close:)...

And I can't wait to hear all the SEC morons who have IQ's in the mid teens and sleep with their cousins saying "bama rules" , "go tigers" BS .. but we do need workers for Walmart so I shouldn't get on their case.


Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:27 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Polls are a farce and a hinderance to fair competition to begin with. Bring on a playoff ...Id much rather watch a meaningful playoff game against Alabama and Ohio State in the shoe or any multitude of games that would have a great back drop story. Or we could get more of games like Oklahoma vs juggernaut Big East champ ....

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:46 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Preseason polls are a farce and a hinderance to fair competition.  No polls until October 1st.  Who's with me?  Geaux Tigers!!!!

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:46 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

As a Oklahoma fan I am happy to see the Sooners as number one this was expected with the team they have and the proven players they have returning. On another note Wisconsin is VERY underrated with Russel Wilson the Badgers are a really scary team this year with the rest of the Big Ten looking at Nebraska do not over look the Badgers You may see a Wisconsin vs Oklahoma NC game baised on possible undefeated teams at the end of the season. Of course if the SEC has no undefeated team while I see the SEC as very strong they will not have an undefeated team

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:43 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

I'm happy to see that Auburn was ranked No. 19; they were ranked lower this time last year.  I don't see any significant JUCO tranfers on their roster this season, but I do see a lot of talented youngsters in the Tiger line-up.  They probably won't repeat as National Champs, but they will definitely finish better than 19 and they will Beat Bama again!!!!
Here's the link to the poll for all of you that want to see the teams and numbers without the garbage analysis: 


Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:06 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Oklahoma will choke. Oklahoma will always choke.  It's odd that the team with the most decisive bowl victory was Stanford, and they were dropped to 6 (Preseason) from 3 (Final Postseason).  H\

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:46 pm

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Here is the poll:

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