Preseason Coaches Poll: throwing darts against the wall

It’s the usual grab bag that comes from lazy thinking and no real world results to base an analysis on:

2010 preseason poll
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2009 record
Points
Final 2009 rank
1.
Alabama (55)
14-0
1,469
1
2.
11-2
1,392
5
3.
13-1
1,245
3
4.
13-1
1,240
2
5.
14-0
1,215
4
6.
10-3
1,052
10
7.
12-1
1,051
6
8.
8-5
1,035
NR
9.
Nebraska
10-4
1,001
14
10.
11-2
952
7
11.
Oregon
10-3
940
11
12.
10-3
778
16
13.
9-4
728
19
14.
11-2
508
8
15.
10-3
492
15
16.
9-4
476
17
17.
Georgia Tech
11-3
455
13
18.
North Carolina
8-5
445
NR
19.
8-5
438
NR
20.
7-6
374
NR
21.
Georgia
8-5
312
NR
22.
Oregon State
8-5
263
NR
23.
8-5
260
NR
24t.
Utah
10-3
169
18
24t.
West Virginia
9-4
169
22
  • Post-Tebow Florida at number three jumps out a bit. So do three Big 12 teams in the top nine, particularly offensively challenged Nebraska at nine.
  • Boise State-Virginia Tech game is definitely the  first week heavyweight matchup.
  • Why is FSU at number 20?  I guess for the same reason Arkansas is at number 19.  (And wouldn’t those two have made for an entertaining early season pairing.)
  • I am shocked, shocked at the absence of Notre Dame.  Charlie Weis, you really damaged the brand.

All in all, count it as an endorsement for the Mumme Poll’s insistence on withholding a vote until after Week Six is in the books.

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UPDATE: For what it’s worth, USA Today provides thumbnail sketches for each of the top 25 teams here.

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “Preseason Coaches Poll: throwing darts against the wall

  1. Just a heads up Bama-PSU is week 2, same as tOSU-Miami.

    I really hate this pre-season poll stuff.

  2. Go Dawgs!

    Flarda at #3 and Georgia at #21 have more or less the same issues, save for the fact that we’re breaking in more than one new starter on offense. They’re 18 spots higher why? Oh yeah… because Brantley’s been Touched By Tebow. Laughable.

    In the meantime, seeing Boise State ranked at #5 is nothing… NOTHING… more than the consummation of the media-created storyline about them being a championship contender and the plight of the little guy in college football. GO. VIRGINIA. TECH. I hope they drill the ever-loving crap out of those punks just as badly as Georgia did in ’05. OKLAHOMA SUCKED, Y’ALL.

  3. kckd

    LOL, isn’t Urban supposed to be motivating his guys with all this disrespect they are getting this year with Tebow being gone?

    How is he gonna sell that here?

  4. TomReagan

    Preseason polls stink, but they aren’t going anywhere.

    TV has to have something to promote games with, right?

    And #16 LSU vs. #18 UNC sells a lot better than LSU v. UNC.

    Some poll will jump in to fill the vacuum if they are moved back, and that poll’s rankings would provide the framework for the later debuting poll anyway.

    That’s not to say I’m not a huge fan of the Mumme Poll, I am. But the voters are anything but similar.

  5. UFTimmy

    UF is over rated in this poll, imo. I like them more between 7 and 10.

    Seems the coaches aren’t buying the no respect thing like the media is.

  6. “count it as an endorsement for the Mumme Poll’s insistence on withholding a vote until after Week Six is in the books.”

    What he said….

  7. Lee

    If we signed up for the Mumme Poll last year, are we already good for this year? Or what’s the newest info on the mumme poll?

  8. Kevin

    Achilles Heel

    The secondary was torched by every quality QB they faced a year ago

    … yeah, and those guys are all gone. And the new guys are being coached to a completely different philosophy (look for the ball).

  9. JudgeDawg

    So, Tebow’s leadership was soooooo legendary but UF will finish in the same position without him?

  10. ugalaw

    From the Nole fan in your midst, while FSU isn’t playing Arkansas (per your request), we are facing off against Oklahoma in the second game of the year. We’ll see if we belong pretty quickly.

    Glad to see UGA well ahead of where Andrea had ya’ll ranked. I would still love to have an FSU-UGA bowl game come the end of the season.