Tuesday, August 7, 2007

USC Number 1 in Preseason Coaches Top 25

1. USC (45) 0-0 1,481
2. LSU (4) 0-0 1,372
3. Florida (9) 0-0 1,278
4. Texas 0-0 1,231
5. Michigan (2) 0-0 1,218
6. West Virginia 0-0 1,205
7. Wisconsin 0-0 1,114
8. Oklahoma 0-0 1,026
9. Virginia Tech 0-0 1,005
10. Ohio State 0-0 919
11. Louisville 0-0 836
12. California 0-0 763
13. Georgia 0-0 604
14. Auburn 0-0 595
15. Tennessee 0-0 583
16. Rutgers 0-0 466
17. UCLA 0-0 454
18. Penn State 0-0 440
19. Nebraska 0-0 388
20. Arkansas 0-0 360
21. Florida State 0-0 301
22. TCU 0-0 233
23. Boise State 0-0 222
24. Hawaii 0-0 214
25. Texas A&M 0-0 209
While I think that preseason polls are stupid, it does not surprise me to see USC on top of the preseason poll. The problem I have with preseason polls is that it makes it hard for people not in the top 25 or low in the top 25 to gain steam and get to the top. The first poll should be released in week 8 when the BCS poll comes out, but there is nothing I can do about that.
I agree that USC and LSU should be at the top of the list, but how is Florida number 3. You will not find a bigger Gator honk than me and I will tell you that the Gators at number three is absolutely ridiculous. While the Gators offense will be great, they lost nine of eleven starters on defense and they play in the SEC. The Gators should not be in the top five until they show that they can stop someone and won't have to play shoot outs. Oklahoma at number 8 is a little high for a team that doesn't know who there starting quarterback is going to be. Virgina Tech is a sleeper team in that Top 10 that I believe will win the ACC. VT has a strong team returning and they outside of a trip to LSU in the second week, there schedule sets up nicely with Miami and FSU having to come into Blacksburg.
Tennessee is too low and Auburn is too high. Auburn lost a lot of there team last year and they have some tough games this year in the SEC including a visit to the swamp. Tennessee will find out its fate very early in the season as they open at Cal and than visit the swamp in game 3. It was good to see that the voters finally did not put Notre Dame in the top 25 just because they are Notre Dame, but it was equally disturbing to see Miami not in the top 25. The only reason i can see Miami out of the top 25 is that the voters are not voting on talent of the football team, but how they feel about a program. Miami returns one of the best defenses in the country and have game changing running back in Moss. There quarterback may be up in the air, but so is FSU and they are in the top 25. I think someone was trying to make a point and it is pretty sad.

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