Preseason poll quirks and notes

OK, a few observations about that preseason Coaches’ Poll:

1.
Georgia (22)
11-2
1,438
3
2.
Southern California (14)
11-2
1,430
2
3.
Ohio State (14)
11-2
1,392
4
4.
Oklahoma (3)
11-3
1,329
8
5.
Florida (5)
9-4
1,293
16
6.
LSU (3)
12-2
1,163
1
7.
Missouri
12-2
1,143
5
8.
West Virginia
11-2
1,008
6
9.
Clemson
9-4
999
22
10.
Texas
10-3
979
10
11.
Auburn
9-4
888
14t
12.
Wisconsin
9-4
747
21
13.
Kansas
12-1
714
7
14.
Texas Tech
9-4
644
23
15.
Virginia Tech
11-3
568
9
16.
Arizona State
10-3
560
13
17.
Brigham Young
11-2
547
14t
18.
Tennessee
10-4
506
12
19.
Illinois
9-4
422
18
20.
Oregon
9-4
399
24
21.
South Florida
9-4
350
NR
22.
Penn State
9-4
313
25
23.
Wake Forest
9-4
203
NR
24.
Michigan
9-4
112
19
25.
9-4
91
NR

First, here’s the breakdown by conference of the top 25:

  • SEC – 5 (3 in top 6; 4 in top 11)
  • Big Ten – 5
  • Big XII – 5 (all in top 14)
  • Pac 10 – 3
  • ACC – 3
  • Big East – 2
  • Mountain West – 1
  • WAC – 1

If that holds up to any extent, it’s a big help for Ohio State.  The coaches hold the Big Ten in higher esteem than the average SEC fan does, that’s for sure.

Along the same lines, Georgia plays five teams ranked on that list.  The only other top 25 5 school that does that is Ohio State.

Missing in action from last year’s preseason top 25?  Texas A & M, Hawaii, Boise State, TCU, Florida State, Arkansas, Nebraska, UCLA, Rutgers, California and Louisville.

When’s the last time that Notre Dame failed to crack the preseason top 25 two years running?

Things are very bunched at the top, which is probably a leftover from the craziness of last season.  For comparison’s sake, Southern Cal collected 45 of the coaches’ first place votes in ’07 and no other school was in double digits.

Neither Pete Carroll nor Bob Stoops are listed as members of the group of 61 coaches who cast votes.

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3 responses to “Preseason poll quirks and notes

  1. TomReagan

    Here’s an oddity that Feldman pointed out on his blog–would anyone have ever predicted that Wake would be ranked while FSU and Miami weren’t.

    Miami, in fact, received ZERO votes.

    P.S.
    Take note, USC, and give Pete Carroll whatever the hell he wants to stay in college.

  2. kckd

    Someone put NotreDame on their ballot evidently. If the guy who criticized Spurrier for the Duke vote doesn’t do the same to this guy, he’s a hypocrite. They ought to let everyone know who voted ND in their poll.

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