By now, it’s almost old news that the AP preseason poll has come out, with Georgia at the top for the first time in its history. Of course, in and of itself, that’s no guarantee of ultimate success, as only ten teams starting out in that position have gone on to win a MNC. An SEC team hasn’t accomplished it in thirty years. So we’ll see.
What caught my eye about the AP poll was something that Matt Hinton went to the trouble to verify: how similar the AP rankings are to those in the coaches poll. Take a look at this chart:
You have to go down to #25 to find your first major discrepancy. That’s pretty strange, considering how chaotic the previous season turned out to be. And the preseason polls were in fair agreement last year, too. Wishful thinking or lack of imagination? We’ll see.