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Reaction to the first coaches' poll

Posted on: August 7, 2009 1:06 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2009 1:21 pm
 

The first People’s Republic of Coaches secret ballot is out. What we're supposed to learn from it:

1. SEC fan must be throwing himself off various barbeque shacks in the South after learning the crushing news: The world’s best conference has only five teams in the first poll. Condolences, the world is gaining on you SEC. The Big 12, ACC and Pac-10 are tied for second with four teams each.

2. First you have to be ranked. That’s another way of saying Boise State is the early favorite to grab its second BCS bowl. The Broncos go in as the highest-ranked non-BCS school (No. 16) followed by No. 17 TCU, No. 18 Utah and No. 24 BYU.

There is hope. Utah was unranked at the beginning of 2008 before going undefeated.

3. The Big East got skunked. Not only did the Big East not have a ranked team, you have to look all the way down to the team with the 29th-most votes to find the league. Cincinnati is followed, in order, by Pittsburgh (30), West Virginia (31) and Rutgers (32).

How embarrassing is this? In the last three years, the Big East has had a team ranked in the top 10 in the preseason. West Virginia started there in 2006 (No. 7), 2007 (No. 6) and 2008 (No. 8). Two teams were ranked last season (South Florida and West Virginia) and three teams were ranked in 2007 (West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers).

4. The SEC West is strong. Ole Miss is No. 10 which means, according to the poll, it is only the third-best team in the West. Alabama is No. 4 and LSU is No. 9.

5. I’m a little bit surprised that Kansas isn’t ranked.  The Jayhawks are favored by many to win the Big 12 North. The Jayhawks get No. 22 Nebraska at home and return the best pair of returning receivers in the country – Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier. KU started just out of the top 25 with the 26th-most votes.

6. Only in the coaches’ poll. Voters can vote for themselves No. 1 before they’ve played a game, but they can’t (or are encouraged not to) vote for their teams No. 1 in the final poll unless their team wins the BCS title game.

7. It’s murkier and more secret next year. In 2010, coaches will go back to keeping secret their final ballots. As I’ve written, BCS commissioners are going to try to convince the coaches to change their stance – or possibly be kicked out of the BCS.

Would love to know who didn't vote Florida No. 1 (the Gators got 53 of the 59 first-place votes), but it's a secret. 

 

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beefer231
Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2009 1:19 am
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 9:08 pm
 

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

How about Bob Stoops' brother Mike?



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2009 3:05 pm
 

Condolences, the world is gaining on you SEC

Now if only they could beat us once they catch up to us.....You're a social retard Dodd.  Go blow Pete @ USC (AGAIN). 



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 11:37 am
 

Support for Duckstat

Yes, the SEC is the best conference, but as an SEC fan it is very frustrating to live down here and listen to homers make foolish comments. The PAC 1 and Big 2 little 10 statements reflect a total disregard of the facts.
In this decade the SEC is:
-- 87-88 vs non conference BCS opponents.
-- 6-16 in regular season non conference games played west of the Mississippi
-- 15-14 vs the Big 12 , but has been outscored 731-672. Those mighty SEC defenses have given up 25 points per game.

The SEC is best ? Slightly --- total dominance ? The facts are a stubborn thing.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 6:16 am
 

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

3rd of all i would like to know why know one is takkin about the Duke blue devils.  Them crazy fans will just rock any one the cums in there way.  I foresee Miami, FSU, and many other goin down.....could a NC be on the horizon against Florida Atlantic?....



Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2009 11:11 pm
 

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

I didn't say the SEC sucked, although they do have a losing record vs. the PAC-10 in this decade.  It's just that they play no tough out of conference games and then draw mostly soft Big 10 teams in bowls.  The Big 10 has lost six straight BCS games and went 1-6 in bowls last year.  Their last impressive bowl win was probably two years ago when Michigan beat Florida....perhaps you don't recall that that Michigan team was beaten 39-7 by Oregon, and the Ducks beat them in Michigan while the Gator bowl loss came in Florida. 

SEC football is great, but why do the teams go up from final ranking to preseason ranking the next year while all the western schools go down?  Isn't that an indication of bias?  I'd love to see more PAC-10-SEC games but the SEC schools don't come out often and the leagues aren't matched in bowls.



Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2009 11:10 pm
 

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

I didn't say the SEC sucked, although they do have a losing record vs. the PAC-10 in this decade.  It's just that they play no tough out of conference games and then draw mostly soft Big 10 teams in bowls.  The Big 10 has lost six straight BCS games and went 1-6 in bowls last year.  Their last impressive bowl win was probably two years ago when Michigan beat Florida....perhaps you don't recall that that Michigan team was beaten 39-7 by Oregon, and the Ducks beat them in Michigan while the Gator bowl loss came in Florida. 

SEC football is great, but why do the teams go up from final ranking to preseason ranking the next year while all the western schools go down?  Isn't that an indication of bias?  I'd love to see more PAC-10-SEC games but the SEC schools don't come out often and the leagues aren't matched in bowls.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2009 9:12 pm
 

Oregon Irrelevant ?

Bama/SEC homer ---- your comment about Oregon renders you irrelevant.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2009 8:54 pm
 

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

Your comment about Oregon renders you irrelevant.




Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2009 7:39 pm
 

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

Ohio State will never beat USC


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