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Coaches Poll Came Out Today!

We now have the preseason Top-25 from the coaches! Here it is with a little analysis by yours truly. I’m feeling a little salty today!

#1 Alabama

No surprise here. They are the defending national champions and would anyone really be surprised if they repeat?

#2 Ohio St.

Basically the entire team is back after an 11-2 season that saw Ohio St. win both the Rose Bowl and the Big 10. They are #1 if Nick Saban wasn’t coaching Roll Tide.

#3 Florida

It’s amazing to see Florida lose potentially the greatest college football player ever, who also was a QB, and still remain in the top-3. Frankly, can’t disagree!

#4 Texas

Texas is getting A LOT of love in the preseason. Everyone doesn’t think there will be much drop off when Garrett Gilbert goes under center.

#5 Boise St.

Tough call for Boise St. Ranked #5 doesn’t help them if Alabama/Florida & Ohio St. run the table. They’d be on the outside looking in.

#6 Virginia Tech

Whoa! The Hokies at #6? I think Virginia Tech will beat Boise St., but I don’t think they get out of the ACC alive. Tyrod Taylor will have to be amazing. I don’t think he is.

#7 TCU

Solid for TCU although I have them a touch higher. They lost to Boise St. last year in the Fiesta & don’t have as many returning starters.

#8 Oklahoma

Too low. The coaches are reading too much into the ’09 season with the Sooners. Remember that they didn’t really lose Sam Bradford.

#9 Nebraska

Solid ranking to start although could have gone higher. Cornhuskers have favorable schedule and they can’t be that bad on offense again right?

#10 Iowa

The only thing stopping Iowa is their ability to handle success. If Iowa takes care of business at home they’ll be playing for a BCS Championship.

#11 Oregon

Team is utterly loaded even with losing Masoli. Won’t matter. If Chip Kelly can take Oregon to a Rose Bowl after the start last season, he can do it this season.

#12 Wisconsin

I’m not a Badgers homer, but this is too low. No holes offensively and DE JJ Watt becomes an NFL 1st Round Draft pick this season.

#13 Miami-FL

The only thing keeping the Hurricanes from a great season is the consistency of QB Jacory Harris. He plays like a Heisman hopeful and “THE U” comes out of Columbus with a “W”.

#14 Penn St.

Too high for the Nittany Lions. Penn St. should be good, but new QB situation is odd and no matter their track record of success on defense, they took massive losses on that side of the ball.

#15 Pittsburgh

RB Dion Lewis & WR Jon Baldwin come back along with a defense that will have 10 guys with starting experience. If Pitt starts 5-0 they should be a top-6 or top-7 team.

#16 LSU

Seat is warm for Les Miles. QB Jordan Jefferson apparently feels a lot better coming into this season than he has in recent years. No reason LSU isn’t 10-2 on talent alone.

#17 Georgia Tech

Jackets have 8 back on a veteran defense. If the triple option works as well this season as it did last season then this is too low.

#18 North Carolina

If QB Tyler Yates is even halfway decent the Tar Heels should have best season since 1997 with that defense. On the other hand, the NCAA investigations can’t possibly be helping.

#19 Arkansas

Petrino in his 3rd year will have a ridiculous offense. If you are looking for a dark horse national champion, then look to the Razorbacks. The schedule sets up wonderfully for them.

#20 Florida St.

FSU is getting good and the talent level is rising. If Christian Ponder plays like he can, Seminoles should easily win ACC Atlantic.

#21 Georgia

Massive talent and everyone is back on offense except QB Joe Cox who wasn’t spectacular anyway. If defense can make the 3-4 transition, Georgia could surprise some people.

#22 Oregon St.

Lots of talent back from a team whose “best case” record was 11-1 last season & who was 4 points away from the Rose Bowl. Replacing QB Sean Canfield is a big question mark.

#23 Auburn

Let’s face it, if QB Cam Newton comes in and dominates then this is WAY TOO low for War Eagle. The SEC West is simply a division you don’t want to be in.

#24 (tie) Utah

Utah has a shot to really move up. They get Pittsburgh, BYU & TCU at home, but have road games against Notre Dame, Iowa St., & Air Force. They beat Pitt in the opener & look out.

#24 (tie) West Virginia

Noel Devine is a serious Heisman threat, but losing QB Jarrett Brown is a big big deal. Tons of talent coming back, but like with UNC, NCAA investigations can’t possibly be helping.

SURPRISE MISSES

This is just off the top of my head, but I think out of the SEC the coaches missed on South Carolina. The Gamecocks seem to tease us quite a bit, but if QB Stephen Garcia plays well then SC could threaten Florida for the SEC East.

Michigan St., out of the Big 10, deserves a little more consideration if Penn St. is going to be ranked that high. I completely get why the Spartans aren’t in the Top-25, but if you are putting LSU & Penn St. fairly high, then MSU should at least be close.

The Big XII could have a couple of oversights. Texas A&M has a ridiculous amount of talent back along with QB Jerrod Johnson & 9 starters on defense. Their schedule isn’t exactly easy but A&M could win 9-10 games. Missouri could easily be 11-1 by the end of the season. Gary Pinkel is an outstanding HC and Mizzou has a ton of talent coming back including QB Blaine Gabbert.

The obvious omission here from the Pac 10 is USC. Sure they can’t play in a bowl game, but don’t fool yourself. USC has the talent to go 12-0. They get Oregon, California, Washington & Notre Dame at home. If Lane Kiffin really can sell the “us against the world” mentality then USC could be dominant and easily worthy of a top-10 ranking.

Notre Dame could find itself in the Top-15. A lot of people think the Irish are going to have some type of transition year, but if you go by Brian Kelly’s track record and the ridiculous amount of talent the Irish have, Kelly could easily have ND at 11-0 heading to the Coliseum to face USC.

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August 6, 2010 - Posted by | Power 15, Previews

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