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Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:59 am
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A drive-by reaction to the preseason coaches poll released Thursday. If nothing else, it is another sign that we are closer to actual football.

 Oklahoma is No. 1 in a preseason poll for only the second time in the BCS era (2003 was the other). The Sooners got 42 first-place votes. Alabama is a distant second with 13 first-place votes but is only 40 points away from No. 1 (1,454-1,414). That 1-2 slotting probably will last at least to Game 2. In Week 1, Alabama hosts Kent State. Tulsa goes to Oklahoma.

That also means the winner of No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU in the Jerry Dome isn't likely to jump into the top two.

 Speaking of which, still researching the last time two top five teams met on a neutral field in a season opener. Your input is welcome.

 At least seven of the 25 teams are on probation or are being investigated by the NCAA for major violations: Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Boise State, Auburn.

 Of the 11 teams to win championships in the BCS era, eight are in the preseason poll: Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State. Missing: Tennessee, Miami, USC (not eligible).

 You want an early opinion on the season? Ask Tulsa's rookie head coach. Bill Blankenship. His Hurricane play three teams in the top eight in the first month -- No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Boise State and No. 8 Oklahoma State.

 Four of the top five teams play each other in the first three weeks. (LSU-Oregon, FSU-Oklahoma).

 Boise State is the only school in the top eight not playing another school in that group. If the Broncos get into championship contention again, you can already hear the haters.

 The SEC has eight teams in the top 25. That's up from six to end last season. What are the odds that the Strength Everywhere Conference will claim a sixth consecutive national championship? Answer: Good. Very good.

 The SEC (eight), Big 12 and Big Ten (five each) account for 18 of the 25 teams.

 To the surprise of no one, 20 of the 25 teams who ended ranked in 2010 are ranked to begin 2011. Missing: Maryland, Utah, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Nevada.

 The dividing line comes at Arizona State. Penn State is No. 25, three points ahead of the Sun Devils, the first of "others receiving votes."

 The Big East was shut out of the top 25. The highest-ranked BE school is West Virginia at No. 27.

 Defending champion Auburn (No. 19) is by far the lowest-ranked defending champion in the preseason coaches poll in at least nine years. LSU was previously the lowest at No. 6 in 2008 during that period. Others: Alabama, 2010 (No. 1), Florida, 2009 (1), Florida, 2007 (3), Texas, 2006 (2), USC, 2004-2005 (1), Ohio State, 2003 (2), Miami, 2002 (1).

 Fifty teams, 42 percent of FBS, received votes.
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

dominance isLSU in 07 a farce?  The hardest schedule in the country, both losses in triple-overtime, and by far the highest computer (and human despite the anti-SEC bias) ranking - who could possibly have been the better choice than the team with the hardest schedule and least amount of losses?
Well how about Oklahoma or VT that LSU jumped in the CCG week, even though Oklahoma was playing the former #1 team in their CCG? How about Georgia for fewer losses? And I have no idea what anti-SEC bias you are talking about as there has only been pro-SEC bias in the media for a long time now.
I think by far the biggest sham to date is Auburn not being able to play for the BCS in 2005 and Ohio State being handed the game with the worst call in championship game history against Miami - and I am no Miami fan.
Well I've watched it many times and am sure that the officials got the right call in that game, unlike the officials who gave Florida the Arkansas game a couple years ago or LSU the Georgia game, eh?  Now those are contenders for the biggest sham to date, not to mention Auburn's paid QB last year....
Anyone who actually watches the games certainly knows better.
Obviously that precludes those like you with their SEC blinders on....
Well, Oklahoma and VT played lesser schedules, and their losses were more egregious.  Oklahoma lost to Colorado (yikes) and didn't even win it's bowl game!  LSU beat Virginia Tech head-to head!  Georgia didn't even win its division (and also had two losses).  LSU had the toughest schedule in the country that year, hands down.  So the argument you need to make is why one of the teams with the same amount, or more, losses should play in the title game even though they had an easier schedule and worse loses, and in one case lost to LSUS head-to-head.  LSU was an OBVIOUS number 1, especially after massacreing the pros from Ohio State.

Let's just say that no non-Ohio State fans thinks that was a penalty in the Miami game.  So....

Again, watch the games (and learn who played who).



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

Last year, the Alabama-Auburn game was the National Championship!  What game topped that last year?  Auburn-Oregon was good, but the game on the day after Thanksgving in Tuscaloosa was better.

LSU vs. Alabama was a better game.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:59 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

The SEC is the most dominant conference. PERIOD. National championships every year and no other conference can match the SEC's size, speed, or depth. The only reason it isn't a two SEC team national championship is because the SEC championship game ensures two SEC teams won't go undefeated. It should have been Alabama vs Auburn in last years championship game. LSU will destroy Oregon to start the SEC dominance in non- conference games.
Why would you put Alabama in the national championship game last year when they were only the 4th best team in their division?



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:57 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

I prefer either,

Subpar Education Curriculum

Or

Stolen Educational Credentials

The second one is fun because it references both the fact that these schools are a joke and that the players are criminals.

Sorry, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan State, and Michigan are all in the Big-10.  You seem a little confused.  The SEC makes Pearl go away but Izzo the cheat remains.  But thanks for playing.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:49 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

He is writing what is fact. The SEC kicks the crap out of every conference. The only way any other conference team sneaks in the national championship game is because it is impossible for two SEC teams to make it. Last year Alabama and Auburn were the two best teams. No conference in America can compete with the speed, size, and depth of a SEC roster. When is the last time a non SEC team has won a national championship?
Well LSU was better than Alabama last year.  Both the head-to-head game and the record said so.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

dominance isLSU in 07 a farce?  The hardest schedule in the country, both losses in triple-overtime, and by far the highest computer (and human despite the anti-SEC bias) ranking - who could possibly have been the better choice than the team with the hardest schedule and least amount of losses?
Well how about Oklahoma or VT that LSU jumped in the CCG week, even though Oklahoma was playing the former #1 team in their CCG? How about Georgia for fewer losses? And I have no idea what anti-SEC bias you are talking about as there has only been pro-SEC bias in the media for a long time now.
I think by far the biggest sham to date is Auburn not being able to play for the BCS in 2005 and Ohio State being handed the game with the worst call in championship game history against Miami - and I am no Miami fan.
Well I've watched it many times and am sure that the officials got the right call in that game, unlike the officials who gave Florida the Arkansas game a couple years ago or LSU the Georgia game, eh?  Now those are contenders for the biggest sham to date, not to mention Auburn's paid QB last year....
Anyone who actually watches the games certainly knows better.
Obviously that precludes those like you with their SEC blinders on....



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">dominance isLSU in 07 a farce?  The hardest schedule in the country, both losses in triple-overtime, and by far the highest computer (and human despite the anti-SEC bias) ranking - who could possibly have been the better choice than the team with the hardest schedule and least amount of losses?</blockquote>

Well how about Oklahoma or VT that LSU jumped in the CCG week, even though Oklahoma was playing the former #1 team in their CCG? How about Georgia for fewer losses? And I have no idea what anti-SEC bias you are talking about as there has only been pro-SEC bias in the media for a long time now.

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">I think by far the biggest sham to date is Auburn not being able to play for the BCS in 2005 and Ohio State being handed the game with the worst call in championship game history against Miami - and I am no Miami fan.</blockquote>

Well I've watched it many times and am sure that the officials got the right call in that game, unlike the officials who gave Florida the Arkansas game a couple years ago or LSU the Georgia game, eh?  Now those are contenders for the biggest sham to date, not to mention Auburn's paid QB last year....

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Anyone who actually watches the games certainly knows better.</blockquote>

Obviously that precludes those like you with their SEC blinders on....<br />




Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

dominance isLSU in 07 a farce?  The hardest schedule in the country, both losses in triple-overtime, and by far the highest computer (and human despite the anti-SEC bias) ranking - who could possibly have been the better choice than the team with the hardest schedule and least amount of losses?
Well how about Oklahoma or VT that LSU jumped in the CCG week, even though Oklahoma was playing the former #1 team in their CCG?  How about Georgia for fewer losses?  And I have no idea what anti-SEC bias you are talking about as there has only been pro-SEC bias in the media for a long time now.

I think by far the biggest sham to date is Auburn not being able to play for the BCS in 2005 and Ohio State being handed the game with the worst call in championship game history against Miami - and I am no Miami fan.
Well I've watched it many times and am sure that the officials got the right call in that game, unlike the officials who gave Florida the Arkansas game a couple years ago or LSU the Georgia game, eh?  Now those are contenders for the biggest sham to date, not to mention Auburn's paid QB last year....

Anyone who actually watches the games certainly knows better.
Obviously that precludes those like you with their SEC blinders on....
  

   

   

  

   

  



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:43 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

What part of the Bama-Auburn game was better than the Oregon-Auburn game?  The way Bama completely destroyed Auburn in the first half or the way they laid down and died for Auburn after the halftime call from Slive?  Please....that was not championship game anymore than half of the media arranged farces that have led to the SEC winning 5 mythical national championships:  LSU in 07-farce, FLA in 08-sham, Bama in 09-legit, but too bad McCoy's injury robbed the world of a great game, AUB-disgrace, still waiting for the NCAA to do their job and vacate the win for their professional QB.   What a joke all the supposed SEC dominance is
LSU in 07 a farce?  The hardest schedule in the country, both losses in triple-overtime, and by far the highest computer (and human despite the anti-SEC bias) ranking - who could possibly have been the better choice than the team with the hardest schedule and least amount of losses?  Granted playing and destroying Ohio State in the BCS championship game did bring down the Tigers strength of schedule down lol.  You are the farce ol' boy...bitter much?

I think by far the biggest sham to date is Auburn not being able to play for the BCS in 2005 and Ohio State being handed the game with the worst call in championship game history against Miami - and I am no Miami fan.

What a joke those who doubt the SEC are.  Anyone who actually watches the games certainly knows better.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:26 am
 

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

At least seven of the 25 teams are on probation or are being investigated by the NCAA for major violations: Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Boise State, Auburn.


According to the article by Dodd, Alabama is either currently being investigated for major violations or is on probation. Can anyone give me some info on what they are being investigated for?  I couldnt seem to find anything... Thanks for the help.  While I'm at NCAA = JOKE


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