Thoughts on the USA Today Coaches Poll
It took a few days but here are my thoughts on the preseason coaches poll.
- First of all, who the hell voted for Duke? I believe I heard that it was the good ole ball coach from South Carolina. Take this serious! Whoever voted for the Blue Devils should be punished, by coaching them for 2 years.
- Is this College Football season going to be great or what? You can legitimently make an argument for as many as 15 teams to play in the BCS Championship game. And I would not be surprised if the season ends with no undefeateds, and 3 or 4 teams with one loss all staking claim to play in the title game.
- Here is where I get a little critical of the voting. It is pretty obvious that Oklahoma is not worth of the #5 ranking after losing starting QB Rhett Bomar.
- Where should a team that loses 3 All American caliber linebackers, their entire secondary, and their #1 receiver be ranked? Well I guess #1 according to the coaches. Troy Smith must be this year's Vince Young.
- It is a shame that the SEC has so many good teams. Auburn, LSU, Florida, and Georgia could all win the SEC, but with 2 or 3 losses. It doesn't make it right that as of now it looks like in the Big East, West Virginia only has to get past Louisville on their way to a BCS (title) game.
- Staying with the Mountaineers, I am surprised no one gave them a first place vote. They have a great QB-RB tandem in White and Slaton to go along with one of the best offensive lines in the country. Rich Rod will have his defense confusing opposing offensive coordinators and I really believe it will be a huge surprise if they are not undefeated for their November 2nd meeting with Louisville.
- How can I talk about preseason polls without mentioning Notre Dame. Well the Irish have one heck of a schedule this season. They play Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Navy, USC, and Georgia Tech. If they get through that with only 1 loss, they will be playing for the title.
- Teams that are ranked too low: Auburn, West Virginia, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State
- Teams that are ranked too high: Ohio State, Miami (Fla), Oklahoma, and Tennessee.