For the first time this college football season, we can finally let teams have bragging rights. Thanks to the 64 coaches who voted, we have our first look at a top 25 via the USA today poll. Here are the results.
1. Alabama (55 1st place votes)
2. Clemson (7 first place votes)
4. Florida State (1 first place vote)
5. Ohio State
6. Louisiana State
9. Notre Dame
10. Tennessee (1 first place vote)
11. Michigan State
14. Texas Christian
17. Southern California
19. Oklahoma State
20. North Carolina
Others Receiving Votes:
Miami (Fla.) 120; Wisconsin 82; Utah 73; Boise State 73; Washington State 47; Texas A&M 37; Texas 34; Arkansas 34; Northwestern 31; Navy 30; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Nebraska 17; Auburn 17; Western Kentucky 11; Pittsburgh 8; Brigham Young 6; Appalachian State 4; Duke 3; Arizona 2; Marshall 2; Toledo 2; South Florida 2; Memphis 1; Indiana 1; Northern Illinois 1.
Weird move to put Baylor at 21. Sure, they are in a little bit of legal trouble, but have you seen that offense? It’s still pretty deadly, and returns a Heisman candidate from last year at QB. Definitely should be ranked higher than teams like Georgia, Tennessee, USC, Washington, and North Carolina. Gotta think that vote is solely out of principle.
Speaking of Tennessee, let’s hear it for the Vols and their top 10 ranking (and even a first place vote from someone who was clearly on something when filling out their vote). Don’t get too used to it, though, Vols fans. We all know how this season is going to go.
I love preseason polls. It allows teams who had six losses the season before to be ranked in the top 20 because it’s all about that hype. Dan’s a little upset his upstart UCF Knights didn’t receive one vote, but he’ll be the first to tell you that they are winning at least nine games and upsetting Michigan in the Big House this season.
I’m sitting here typing this while watching ESPN show replays of last year’s NFL games. God, football can’t come soon enough..
[via USA today poll]
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