Friday, August 6, 2010

No surprise: Bama starts season atop USAToday Coaches Poll

The USA Today's preseason coaches' poll is out, and it's no great shock to see the Alabama Crimson Tide picked to repeat as National Champions. Why Ohio State continues to get preseason love is beyond me, but at least Southern Cal is nowhere to be found.  Wait?  What?  No Men of Troy in the preseason Top 25?

Five other  teams from the SEC made the first poll: Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia and Auburn.  I frankly think LSU is overrated even at 16, and Auburn is completely dissed at 23. Gene Chizik has silenced his critics and is building an impressive program.  I'd have them somewhere between 11 and 15. 
 

Aug. 6
2010 preseason poll

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2009 record
Points
Final 2009 rank
1.
Alabama (55)
14-0
1,469
1
2.
Ohio State (4)
11-2
1,392
5
3.
Florida
13-1
1,245
3
4.
Texas
13-1
1,240
2
5.
Boise State
14-0
1,215
4
6.
Virginia Tech
10-3
1,052
10
7.
TCU
12-1
1,051
6
8.
Oklahoma
8-5
1,035
NR
9.
Nebraska
10-4
1,001
14
10.
Iowa
11-2
952
7
11.
Oregon
10-3
940
11
12.
Wisconsin
10-3
778
16
13.
Miami (Fla.)
9-4
728
19
14.
Penn State
11-2
508
8
15.
Pittsburgh
10-3
492
15
16.
LSU
9-4
476
17
17.
Georgia Tech
11-3
455
13
18.
North Carolina
8-5
445
NR
19.
Arkansas
8-5
438
NR
20.
Florida State
7-6
374
NR
21.
Georgia
8-5
312
NR
22.
Oregon State
8-5
263
NR
23.
Auburn
8-5
260
NR
24t.
Utah
10-3
169
18
24t.
West Virginia
9-4
169
22

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