Looking At The USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

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Here she is, hot off the press:

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Georgia
6. Texas A&M
7. South Carolina
8. Clemson
9. Louisville
10. Florida
11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma State
15. Texas
16. Oklahoma
17. Michigan
18. Nebraska
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State

A few brief thoughts:

1. Blah blah blah Alabama blah blah Roll Tide.

2. Ohio State deserves the number 2 spot, regardless of what the SEC blowhards might think. They will be a tough squad this year, offseason distractions be damned.

3. Pac 12 coming in strong at 3 and 4. We’ll see how Oregon performs with a new head coach and those swanky new digs.

4. Can’t wait for A&M vs. Bama in College Station. The whole country agrees.

5. SEC with 5 of the top 10 spots. No surprise.

6. I’d flip-flop OU and Texas. I don’t care how many players Texas has coming back, OU has embarrassed them on the field as of late. It’s not right having them ranked in the current order.

7. Big 10 and Pac 12 close strong near the bottom of the list.

And finally, preseason lists don’t mean shit. We’ll see how good these teams are when they strap ‘em up in less than a month.

[via USA Today]

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  1. 85
    OXinyourBox

    Don’t really care that much about the top 25 rankings (they don’t really mean that much unless you’re a mid-major that needs help getting into the NC if you run the table). However, the rankings coming out means we’re a month away from beautiful weather, hot girls in sundresses, expensive bourbon, cheap beer and joining tens of thousands of people acting like belligerent assholes for six saturdays (hopefully more) in the fall.

    Doesn’t matter what team you root for, we can all agree that it’s going to be difficult waiting for the start of college football.

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      OXinyourBox

      I do but it’s usually in the comfort of the house or at a nearby bar. My school is in the ACC so outside of Clemson and maybe a couple of other campuses, road trips aren’t worthwhile.

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        Goodolboy1869

        Guessing CH NC state or Duke? If your at Chapel Hill the cocks are going to show who the true Carolina is! I can’t wait for that game it’s going to be the best atmosphere at the Bryce outside of the clemsux game.

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      OXinyourBox

      ^^^Duke Football? Bahaha. I would never roadtrip to watch Duke football. NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, FSU and maybe UNC are the only schools with legit gameday experiences. VT, Clemson and FSU are the only schools that treat football like a religion (which is what I love) so that would be the only three schools I’d want to go for football games.

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      EQK

      When Stanford and Oregon decide to let their balls drops and play a real schedule and not the push-over powderpuff-left coast schedule then maybe they can earn those spots in a few years.

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      B1GoverSEC

      I see LSU losing 4 games this year. TCU, Bama, UGA, and A&M. USCs schedule is easy as fuck, UGA is the only tough opponent they’ve got.

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    • 0
      TomFratMoore

      I mean nebraska held on with UGA for 3 quarters. i honestly think standford and Oregon could beat UGA and USC, just this year. probably not LSU

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      • 0
        Goodolboy1869

        Clowney alone would prison rape Mariotta and the rest of the Ducks offense. Do you guys even play defense? I ask because I know with the Cocks Offensive line and Mike Davis in the backfield with Shaw we would bull doze you guys. Stanford is the only PAC-12 team worth anything because they still play grown men football.

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        Goodolboy1869

        The only thing Oregon goes deep in, are those ugly cows you west coast, hippie, liberal trash are stuck with. We men of the south are blessed with the most beautiful women, best food, and best football. Fuck the rest.

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    • 0
      B1GoverSEC

      Oregon would trash all of those teams but UGA. And don’t even fucking try to call anybody mentally retarded when you go to an SEC school, you probably need a 16 on your ACT to get in to half of those schools. And the most beautiful women is a myth… a straight myth. There are hot girls everywhere. Location does not correlate to attractiveness. For the record Chicago has better food and hotter girls than every southern location I’ve visited

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      Ryle Dup

      Oregon is the most over-rated team in college football, and I hate it when Oregon fans complain that the SEC only plays in-conference games. Oregon only played one good team last year, and they lost.

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      SEC Gameday Drunk

      Yeah there’s a lot of dumb mother fuckers that go to a SEC school, I’m not denying that. But you are fucking stupid if you don’t think 4 of the 6 best teams in the nation are in the SEC.

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      Old Dirt Hill

      ^ Is that the same LSU that lost 6 defensive starters early,still has Zach Mettenberger as their QB and doesn’t know if Jeremy Hill will be on the team this year? lol you don’t know dick about football.

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      Ryle Dup

      Oregon lost the only defense they had with Dion Jordan, also both Oregon and Stanford play only one real game this year and that’s against each other. And I know when Oregon beats Tennessee all these Pac-12 kids are gonna act like they just won a national championship even though Tennessee finished 10th in the SEC last year.

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      Jon M Fratsman

      ^ It’s a trap game for Oregon. I guarantee they’re already counting it as a win. But Tennessee gave them a hell of a first half last time and we’ll be even better this time. If you’re a betting man, absolutely take Tennessee to beat the spread. It’s like 27 points or some fucking ridiculous number and there’s no way it happens.

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      GamecockPride

      ^^^^ Really South Carolina’s schedule is easy as fuck?? Oregon plays two teams ranked in the top 25 and Oregon State barely even counts. South Carolina plays three teams that are ranked top 10

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      TheConsigliere

      ^ This year’s schedule at USC is certainly more forgiving than it has been in recent years, however I would never say that it’s going to be a walk in the park. But that is a ridiculous spread for that Tennessee-Oregon game and I will definitely have some money on Rocky Top to take that spread down. Oregon will definitely win that game, but no chance will they best that squad by 27.

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      SEC Gameday Drunk

      I dont know dick? LSU will go 10-2 this year only loosing to UGA and Bama. You put oregon in LSU’s place and they’d lose 4 and another 3 would be close.

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      B1GoverSEC

      Maybe, but I think Oregon is also ranked correctly. And my argument was that Oregon could beat LSU, USC or UGA… which I still firmly stand by

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    CapstoneRager

    Wow Dorn, thanks for the really informative and educational article about the preseason poll. I realize now how unprepared I was for the season before reading that.

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    BornOnTheBayou

    I feel like this trend has gone on for way too long. Once again, Ohio state will buckle when they play an actually challenging opponent, and les miles will ride a wave of “nobody believes in us!” to the top 5.

    Also, I’m putting down in predictions Bama dismantles A&M, but the bulldogs get their revenge as well for the championship last year. LSU-Bama will not relinquish its place as the pivotal game of the year. I have no predictions outside the SEC because I only worry myself with contenders

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      TheConsigliere

      ^ This is a hard argument to make. USC beat Michigan in a way that no one will claim was easy, yet spanked the Dawgs 35-7. Bama is the only team that dominated everyone they faced last year (looking past A&M here). Northwestern would legitimately have no earthly chance of taking down Bama, UGA, USC, or A&M. I wouldn’t say Nebraska or Michigan would beat them either. OSU has a great squad, and Braxton is a freak, but when you look at the battles on the offensive and defensive lines, the Big 10 has trouble matching up.

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      J Parks

      ^ Struggled against UofM, sure (just like another good coach Lloyd Carr lost his job for coming up short in the rivalry) but he had a stretch of like 8 years where the lowest the Buckeyes finished in the Big Ten was third. Granted, the days of Big 2 + Little 8 are long gone, but Cooper took over an average team from Earle Bruce and built a national power in Columbus.

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      Beowolf

      OSU still has one of the easiest schedules in the country. Don’t see how that warrants a NC bid. I’m curious to see how they play against Cal after last year, especially without Hyde.

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      B1GoverSEC

      An SEC team won’t take the title this year. I’m sick of that cocky piece of shit conference. OSU, Michigan, Nebraska and possibly Northwestern would give all SEC teams a great shot. Maybe OSU is the only one I listed that can take down Bama but last year Nebraska manhandled Georgia for 3 quarters and almost won. If they can do it then Michigan sure as hell can too. But I am laughing my ass off at the folks who are saying OSU has an easy schedule… I will agree that they do but have you seen bamas schedule? They play A&M then nobody else. And don’t even try to argue that LSU is good

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      Bucknuts

      ^ Respect. But it doesn’t matter. The shitty teams in the SEC love to flaunt that their conference is the best in the nation and have SEC circle jerks. So the majority of them deny that Ohio State is good so that they can maintain their fantasy that there is no cream at the top of the milk bucket. They want to believe that just because the SEC’s top three teams are better than any other conferences’ top three, that makes their sad excuse of a team somehow great by default just by being in the same conference.

      The SEC can say what they want about Ohio State, because if we crumble then it will only be expected. But if OSU somehow pulls off a win against the Tide in the NC, no one will let the entire SEC forget it.

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      BlackedoutBilly

      John Cooper was awful. If you’re talking about someone who couldn’t coach against a good team, then look at his 2-10 record against Michigan.
      With that being said, OSU’s record last season was certainly helped by the weak strength of schedule, however, they are a much better team this year.

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