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Bama, LSU top coaches’ poll

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We — OK, I — were surprised that Alabama wasn’t a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press poll released earlier today.

Imagine my surprise, then, at how many football support staffers sports information directors head coaches deemed the Tide unworthy of its No. 1 vote.

In the USA Today coaches’ poll released a short time ago, the Tide and LSU were 1-2.  ‘Bama received 54 of the 59 first-place votes, while the Tigers received the other five.

The remainder of the coaches’ Top 10 shakes out as Oregon (No. 3), Florida State (No. 4), Oklahoma (No. 5), Georgia (No. 6), West Virginia (No. 7), South Carolina (No. 8), Clemson (No. 9) and Texas (No. 10).  The Seminoles, Tigers and Longhorns all jumped up two spots from a week ago, while the others inched ahead one spot apiece.

USC, which lost to new No. 11 Stanford (No. 16 last week), plummeted to No. 12.  Michigan State lost to now-No. 15 Notre Dame (No. 19 last week) and dropped from No. 10 to No. 20.

Outside of the Top 10, a pair of Pac-12 teams — UCLA and Arizona — took the biggest jumps of the week by moving up four spots apiece, with the former coming in at No. 19 and the latter at No. 21.  Florida moved up three from No. 17 to No. 14 courtesy of its road win over Tennessee.

On the strength of embarrassing beatdowns, No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 21 Arkansas were the only teams top tumble out of the Top 25.  The Hokies and Razorbacks were replaced by Mississippi State (No. 23) and Oklahoma State (No. 25).

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22 Responses to “Bama, LSU top coaches’ poll”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    Second verse, same… err similar as the first. The assistant coaches, or graduate assistants who fill out the coaches polls for the head coaches, almost mimic the AP.

    It will all even out in a few more weeks. Meanwhile, the rankings will remain volatile.

    Nothing is like college football, so let us enjoy the ride! Keep the good games coming!

    Please keep Devon Walker in your thoughts and prayers as his parents Booker and Inez request. He is scheduled to undergo further surgery and treatment but a prognosis is not yet available. We are all believing that he will walk again and be healthy.

  2. cranespy says: Sep 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    Poor Va Tech….all I can think about is how Hokie fans quickly slammed the BIG LEAST as they called it when they executed their move from the Big East to the ACC. For years now the CHOKIES as they have so affectionately become known have managed to win a lot of games but routinely end up embarrassing themselves in BCS games. This year however it will be different…..with this embarrassing loss and tumble from the rankings coupled with a visit to Vicksburg by Fla State and a trip to Clemson who beat VT TWICE last year ( remember the same Clemson that the BIG LEASTs WVU spanked in the Orange Bowl)….there will be NO BCS game to worry about. Face it Hokie fans….you are a mediocre team in a mediocre conference where basketball is KING and now with WV in the Big 12 they are not around to rescue you from the ACC like they did from the Metro or the A12…..yes Eer fans remember…guess what you are experiencing now is called Karma!!!!

  3. barbeaux says: Sep 16, 2012 1:50 PM

    These NBC writers or interns are so in love with Alabama….but why? They haven’t played any teams of substance yet. Nobody really has. These rankings are dumb, but hey I guess you people need something to do.

  4. imaduffer says: Sep 16, 2012 2:08 PM

    When San Jose State gets one vote you know there is something wrong with the coaches poll.


  5. bigdinla says: Sep 16, 2012 2:14 PM

    barbeaux says:
    Sep 16, 2012 1:50 PM
    These NBC writers or interns are so in love with Alabama….but why? They haven’t played any teams of substance yet. Nobody really has. These rankings are dumb, but hey I guess you people need something to do.

     Lol! Alabama has destroyed everyone they have played and their schedule is as tough as anyone in the country. An LSU fan saying that is even funnier. Tell us all about the powerhouses of North Texas and Idaho.

  6. blasterpastor says: Sep 16, 2012 3:56 PM

    FIVE coaches voted against Bama! Good gravy, did they even watch the games? And little ol’ Stanford taking USC to school and they get no respect and ranked just one above USC. These coaches are blind! I’ll be interested in seeing the AP poll…

  7. normtide says: Sep 16, 2012 4:08 PM

    Football is a harsh mistress. You can go from multi year elite to just another team in the span of two games. I TRY not to talk to much trash, based on that alone. Brag about what you have done, never what your going to do. These rankings do not mean much, but any recruiting help is much appreciated. I feel if bama plays their best, no one can best them. Then again, lsu fans can rightfully feel the same way. Much the same for Oregon, fsu, wvu,and Oklahoma, plus a few more. That’s the beauty of college ball. Just trying to enjoy the precious few months we have of it.

  8. pricecube says: Sep 16, 2012 6:01 PM

    60% of the Big 12 is ranked in the top 25… I am sure that will change once conference play really gets underway, but that is crazy.

  9. Deb says: Sep 16, 2012 9:16 PM

    The strangest thing for me this season is adjusting to the new additions to the SEC. For those of us who always support teams within the conference, it’s an odd feeling being able to root for Mizzou or A&M against other SEC teams. Although I’m a diehard Bama fan, I was still excited to see my alma mater, Mizzou, hang on for the win last night. Hope they’ll have a respectable debut season with the conference and wind up cracking the top 25.

  10. kozbee says: Sep 16, 2012 9:27 PM

    They got it right except that Stanford should be ranked #4 and dont worry about Clem they will selfdestruct on their own.

  11. Deb says: Sep 16, 2012 10:48 PM

    kozbee, didn’t you just say on the other thread that Stanford should be ranked #6? Which is it, #4 or #6? (I’d definitely rank them higher, too.)

  12. barbeaux says: Sep 17, 2012 12:38 AM

    @bigdinla: I am an LSU fan, but did I say LSU should be # 1? Nope. Did I say which team should be #1? Nope. I said we won’t know until teams play teams of better substance. Michigan and Arkanas aren’t really that good. Neither are UNT and Idaho. FSU has also been destroying teams…cupcake teams. These early rankings are a farce.

  13. barbeaux says: Sep 17, 2012 12:41 AM

    Reading for content is hard for some people.

  14. suprmous says: Sep 17, 2012 4:36 AM

    Southernpatriots, ever since he went down my prayers have been goin up for that young man. Somethin I found out bout him I’ve just gotta share. Seems that when the teams been rallyin aroun and sayin prayers for him he gets word back to em that he hears em loud and clear. Thing is none of the team has actually told him repeatedly what they’re doin. His reply comes from his unshakeable Faith that he indeed will walk again and come out of this a better person. That last part kinda sorta sounds familiar bout one of our own doesn’t it?

  15. suprmous says: Sep 17, 2012 4:39 AM

    You who voted southernpatriots post down, I do hope and pray that nothin bad ever happens to you and your’s. It’s cruelty to see somebody vote down hopin somebody overcomes challenge.

  16. florida727 says: Sep 17, 2012 8:35 AM

    “southerpatriots”, since it sounds as though you have a personal connection with Devon Walker’s family, please keep posting updates on his condition/progress whenever you post, even if on another story. And thanks for doing so.

    As far as the ranking go, I’m one who believes they’re pretty useless until you get to about week 6 or 7. That’s when the proverbial dust settles, and you’re into meaningful conference play. Face it, the media is simply doing their job by even having early season rankings. Their job? Generate discussion/interest in college football. And nothing get people talking/blogging like controversy. And what better way to (tactfully) generate controversy than to tell a fan their team is NOT as good as they think it is, or that someone else’s team is better?

    As a Gator fan, I think we’re pretty fairly ranked at #14. Nice, but not earth-shattering, wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee. Both were on the road, so that’s a plus. Two weeks off before LSU comes to Gainesville… Kentucky this week, then the actual bye week :) Just hoping we get healthy. Even at 100%, beating LSU will be a tall order.

  17. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:44 PM

    @Southernpatriots – hes on my prayer list and has been since it happened.

    Not sure what to say about this except that it’s pretty clear that Alabama is the best team in the country and I dont see any reason to have them play anymore games. Hand them the trophy now so we can all ignore them and and watch the rest of the country play in some entertaining football games.

    @Florida727, I agree with you I really didnt want us ranked much higher then 15th. There’s still a lot of work to do but we’ve definitely improved.

  18. southernpatriots says: Sep 17, 2012 12:45 PM


    The Gators are doing exactly what Muschamp would like them to do, in the best case scenario…improve from week to week, build on what they did the previous week. How can you bet against the Gators with their defense coming back the way it is like it was in the last NC year? Driskill? Whew. He has caught on fire.

    This will make me sound geographically biased, which is accurate, so it doesn’t matter…Florida should be ranked in the top 10. Like last season, a team can win and lose 4 or 5 places in ranking.

    No one in their right mind wants to go to The Swamp and play the Gators. I could spend a half hour describing the great rabid fans, the atmosphere. If you are an opposing team, you go if you have to go, not because you want to go.

    I know Coach Muschamp will not overlook Kentucky. Muschamp remembers…A few years ago LSU seemed to maybe take UK a little lightly and encountered a dog fight and pulled it out with a Bluegrass Miracle, Hail Mary Pass using play…Dash Right 93 Berlin (if I can remember 2002 well) but we can talk about 2001 and 2002 but not about 2007 at Commonwealth Stadium. Still pains me to remember that one.

    This SEC schedule any given game can take down even one of the better and best teams. Except for Bama and LSU this season, it may be a sign of the resurgence of the SEC East this yaar. Anyone with eyes can see that trend is going to continue. It is good for the SEC and good for college football.

    I am serving shrimp etouffee today with many sides. A shrimper brought me some fresh large shrimp early this morning and all the volunteers shelled and de-veined them and everything is being served, so I get a break finally and can sit down. I made a good bit extra to bring to some who can’t come to us, so I will do that in a few minutes. I mentioned yesterday to my wife while we were serving breakfast that ice would be nice to have. A man was in line and overheard us. This morning that man went to Baton Rouge real early for supplies to repair his house, brought back a pick up truck load of ice, so we have ice now….I am the coolest I have been in some time…ha. Now we have ice for everyone, and the shrimp, ice for the Southern Ice Tea, and ice for me…ha.

  19. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:52 PM

    If we beat LSU, then I would be ok with being in the top 10 but not until then. We have to prove we belong there on the field and we havent done that the last few seasons.

    Dont look now but LSU is being evacuated for a bomb threat. Someone better check the whereabouts of Harvey Updyke.

  20. southernpatriots says: Sep 17, 2012 4:22 PM


    Why would losing to the LSU Tigers prevent the Florida Gators from being in the top 10?

    If that were true, if the Alabama Crimson Tide lose to the LSU Tigers this year as they have 3 of the last 4 times at Death Valley, would that mean Alabama should fall out of the top 5 or 10? Absolutely not. It is the quality of the opponent, and with that being considered Florida will prove it belongs in the top 10 within the next few weeks, I just personally hope it does not prove it by beating my alma mater.

    The LSU bomb threat evacuation is turning out to be a demonstration of incompetence. Similar to the Keystone Kops. The academics who were supposed to have a plan of emergency evacuation proved they did not, or had a very poor one. This was a practice run and apparently they will need many more after a new plan is formulated.

    I received over a dozen calls from faculty there telling me of the fiasco all this turned out to be. Colleague at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans think their emergency evacuation plan is about 20 years old so they are redoing it immediately, which I recommended.

    We do know close family friends of the Walker family and we know their pastor and many fellow church members. From one or more of those we keep in touch. Specialists have been called in who are very concerned, though want to remain optimistic.

  21. gfj7000 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:17 AM

    Alabama #1 – that’s fine – but LSU #2 – OVERRATED via AP & Coaches poll – they’re just resting on their laurels of the 2011 team. But now they’re a different / weaker team – losing lots of seniors and many to the NFL. So time will tell, the ‘handwriting is on the wall’ – LSU will lose at least 2 game in the next 6-7 weeks. MARK MY WORDS!

  22. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    Man what you smoking?
    All those seniors? You are apparently just a hater, who has no idea of what you are speaking of.
    Stay away from whatever it is that you are inhaling and learn to appreciate good football regardless who it is.

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