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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. 



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2009 12:57 am

Enjoy the Appalachian Trail ...

We were all pretty certain you weren't getting laid in Argentina.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2009 11:51 pm

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

pete carroll doesn't vote in the poll.  thanks, though.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2009 11:48 pm

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

having kansas state at 26 must be the biggest typo i have ever seen. Kstate wont even be close to being ranked this year. And why the hell isnt ku in the top 25, we have nebraska at home anyways and we are predicted to win the big 12 north. i guess coaches are idiots

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2009 11:07 pm

What the hell is a barbecue shack? Lived in the

South for 40-plus years and never heard of a barbecue shack. 

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 11:01 pm

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

I was sad to see carr go.  seeing that tressel owned him..   But rich rod sucks so bad that I find myself watching more michigan games.  Just enjoying how much they really suck.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2009 9:56 pm

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Kind of interesting that all the western teams start the season lower than they finished last usual.  Only Cal is higher than they finished, and USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State, Utah and BYU all are lower, mostly leapfrogged by SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 teams.  This will only be aggravated in September, when the PAC-10 teams play legit opponents and the teams from other leagues don't.  I guess the way to a high ranking is to play in a time zone other than the Pacific and play the worst non-league schedule possible.  All the New Year's bowls are SEC vs. Big Ten anyway, so have at it.  Just don't come out west too often, because you'll get your arse handed to usual. 

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 7:35 pm

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

Preseason polls are a joke....I guarantee a 1/4th of the teams ranked wont be at the end of the season....and half of those will be from the top 15.  Polls should be outlawed until all teams have played at least 2 conference 6...mid point of the season.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2009 7:08 pm

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

Rich Rod, b/c he's a D!ck! and he voted for Michigan to be #1.  LOL!

Grow up and quit your fucking crying about Rich Rob leaving your team.  *hands little bitch andyh80 a tissue*

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 7:06 pm

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It is tough too get too upset or too excited about the first poll.  Unless, of course, your team is highly ranked.  However, I think any of the top six teams in this poll can make a strong arguement to claiming to be number one.  I also believe that any of the top nine teams in this poll could end up with the national title. However, Florida is the obvious number one choice to start the season.
Some teams will be better than expected and some teams will not be as good as expected.  It happens every year and the pre-season is the time to dream. 
No Big East tean ranked?  Right now none of them have earned it. But someone will fight there way out of the pack and get into the poll and I wouldn't be surprised if one of them winds up in the top 12.  And if Virginia Tech falters, we could again see a Big East team finish ahead of all the ACC schools.
But all of this will be settled on the field. Everything, that is, except for the true national champion because college football at the highest level won't allow such a national playoff to occur.  As great as college football is there will still be a serious flaw in the sport until there is a national championship post-season tournament.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 6:13 pm

Reaction to the first coaches' poll

My first thought when I see a top 25 ranking is "Who is receiving votes?" Most of the time the same teams are ranked year after year. With that being said, I wonder who amongst the "receiving votes" crew makes a miracle run this year and vaults it's way into the top 25? Last year it was East Carolina and eventually Tulsa and even Ball State. Maybe they puttered out at the end, but it was a fun ride to watch as some of the lesser known programs had great years. So, without taking a safe pick and choosing Kansas, who makes it to the top 25 and can they  stay there?

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