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No Big Ten team in the coaches poll for the first time ever

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Thanks to Ohio State’s NCAA sanctions, there are no Big Ten teams in the USA Today coaches’ poll for the first time in history. The Buckeyes are undefeated and ranked at No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll, but because the coaches’ poll chooses not to rank teams serving punishments from the NCAA, they won’t be considered.

On to those who are in the poll, Alabama and Oregon stayed at the top two spots. The Tide had a bye week and the Ducks handled No. 23 Washington 52-21. South Carolina jumped up three spots to No. 3 following an impressive thrashing of then-No. 5 Georgia. West Virginia moved up to No. 4 thanks to a thrilling victory in Austin over Texas, and Kansas State rounded out the top five after beating in-state rival Kansas.

Florida moved up five spots to No. 6 because of a 14-6 win over then-No. 3 LSU; Notre Dame climbed three spots to No. 7 after dismantling Miami; USC and Oklahoma re-entered the top 10 with wins at Utah and Texas Tech, respectively.

A shocking 17-16 loss at unranked North Carolina State sent Florida State out of the top 10 and into the No. 11 spot and Georgia fell seven spots to No. 12. Clemson and Oregon State came in at No. 13 and No. 14 thanks to wins over Georgia Tech and Washington State, and Texas fell to No. 15 after losing to WVU. Three Big East teams find themselves in spots 16-20, with Louisville at No. 16, Rutgers at No. 19 and Cincinnati at No. 20. It’s no coincidence that those three appear to have the most realistic chance at competing for that conference title at the end of the year.

Texas A&M enters the coaches’ poll at No. 21 and Boise State comes in at No. 22 following a victory over winless Southern Miss. TCU falls 10 spots to No. 23 after losing at home to now-No. 25 Iowa State, and Louisiana Tech enters the latest coaches’ poll at No. 24. The Aggies and Bulldogs will face each other next Saturday.

Falling out of the USA Today poll are Texas Tech, Northwestern and Nebraska.

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42 Responses to “No Big Ten team in the coaches poll for the first time ever”
  1. barbeaux says: Oct 7, 2012 1:12 PM

    It’d be interesting to see how teams would be ranked if these were blind rankings…ie abstract names to take out team bias

  2. Deb says: Oct 7, 2012 1:17 PM

    Yes, barbeaux, that would be interesting. Because without their name bias, some of those teams would no longer be in the top 10.

  3. kansas525 says: Oct 7, 2012 1:27 PM

    I’d go for that LSU loses by 8 to a team ranked 6 notches below it and drops 6 spots. Texas loses by 2 to a team ranked 2 spots above it and drops 4 spots. No bias here.

  4. normtide says: Oct 7, 2012 1:36 PM

    I am the first to say the game has passed the B1G by, but in all fairness, OSU would be ranked and is playing pretty good ball. Besides that, I think the rankings are pretty spot on. I know Ohio prob deserves a spot, but who do you drop? The rankings reflect a moment in time, because there will be plenty of upsets and mayhem to come. Just hoping my Tide can avoid both.

  5. barbeaux says: Oct 7, 2012 2:36 PM

    Personally, I would drop LSU out of the top 10…such anemic performances against Auburn, Towson etc etc. the other poll has Florida at #3. I’m not so sure if that’s valid. Everyone below Alabama and Oregon has been a bit shaky at times.

  6. barbeaux says: Oct 7, 2012 2:41 PM

    Florida at #4. Maybe I misread that site earlier.

  7. kstatefan says: Oct 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    Re Deb’s comment–bias to remain in top 10.

    I wonder if bias is what got KState into the top 10!

    I am biased…I grew up in the days of watching Kansas State getting pounded by the best teams in the nation (back then OU, Neb, Colorado). It feels weird to see my alma mater ranked in the top 10.

    Pleased, but weird. As long as the wins keep coming they’ll stay up there because of the ranking of their coming opponents (WVU, Tex).

    If there is a bias aiding KState, it is the bias for the tremendous job done by Coach Snyder in the Little Apple.

  8. intergalacticbronco says: Oct 7, 2012 5:10 PM

    How can you be a Legend with no one to Lead?

  9. okieviacal says: Oct 7, 2012 6:55 PM

    Wait, the #3 team lost to the #11 team and only dropped to #8, staying in front of six other undefeated teams, including one from its own conference? Yes, the computer polls are the flawed ones… right.

  10. imaduffer says: Oct 7, 2012 7:19 PM

    This is what I love about the coaches poll, or should I say pole. Iowa State just beat TCU but TCU is still ranked above Iowa State.

  11. blitz4848 says: Oct 7, 2012 7:30 PM

    All this angst will go away next Sunday night when the first official “all knowing and all seeing”
    BCS poll is unveiled. *** NOT ***

    Forgot the drum roll……..lmao

  12. centexhorn says: Oct 7, 2012 8:28 PM

    The reason the Big Ten sucks right now is because the football culture in the Midwest SUCKS. I’m talking about high school and middle school. They don’t care about youth football. The New England/New York mindset has taken hold in the Midwest. They only care about the NFL now. They don’t care if the players are from Big Ten Country. They’re perfectly content with being entertained by a steady stream of professional players from THE SOUTH. They have no pride anymore. They’re lazy, apathetic, slothful. High school football doesn’t matter to them. It’s just a cutesy little game for the kiddies.


    IT IS NOT!


    IT’S A WAR!


    I’m from Texas. The Midwest won’t be back in college football until they get their pride and attitude back. Professional football is always secondary. Youth football is deep football culture. Youth football is the heart and soul and lifeblood of your community. It unites small towns. It unites individual neighborhoods and communities.

    Get your shit together, Midwest. I know it’s cold, but make that a chip on your shoulder. Turn it around into having a sense of toughness that Southerners are lacking.

    Copy and paste this to all your forums. Your region needs a reckoning.

  13. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 8:37 PM

    Alrighty then !??! centerhorn has spoken!

  14. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 7, 2012 8:37 PM

    I’m sorry that’s centexhorn

  15. pedagoguish says: Oct 7, 2012 8:38 PM

    The Midwest won’t be back in college football until they start paying their high school football coaches five times what they pay their school teachers, like they do in Texas. :-)

  16. deadeye says: Oct 7, 2012 9:27 PM

    Even the lowly ACC has two teams in the coaches top 25. My goodness, the B1G has sunk to all new lows.

  17. thraiderskin says: Oct 7, 2012 10:35 PM

    @centexhorn, your first point is very valid… Football is big in the midwest, but it isn’t what we find the most important. I will also agree that there is a major, i mean major, disconnect between all levels of the game, atleast in Western Wisconsin. The lowest levels aren’t asked and they don’t try to work as a path to the next level. The rest of what you said sounds crazy. War? Pride? It would be easy to say your priorities are off, but I’m going to go a different route with just one question… Other than the longhorns a several years back, what the hell has a college from texas done the past few years? I mean other than nearly destroying the Big 12 and running off A&M, Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri. If football is war, then Texas is little more than a battlefield graveyard for loosers. Perhaps if you-all “cowboy” up’d down there, the rest of the United States might not be dealing with the greatest influx of foreign criminals/crime this country has ever seen.

  18. thraiderskin says: Oct 7, 2012 10:38 PM

    – of course, while the cartels burn this country to the ground, atleast you’ll have your football and pride.

  19. Deb says: Oct 7, 2012 10:44 PM

    @kstatefan …

    KState deserves that ranking, but I understand what you mean about it being kind of weird. I was raised on Crimson Tide football, and that’s where my heart is. But as a Mizzou grad, I know what you mean about those Oklahoma and Nebraska powerhouse teams. It is odd to see KState so high in the polls. But good for them!!!

    I just dread this weekend. I’ll be rooting for the Tide, of course. But it will be sad to cheer against Mizzou. Glad that won’t be an annual event.

  20. stairwayto7 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:53 PM

    Why are the 2 best qb’s in the NFL are from Purdue (brees) and Michigan (brady)

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 7, 2012 10:54 PM

    @ centexhorn

    Right on Brother! Best post ever.

  22. normtide says: Oct 7, 2012 10:55 PM


    They are just unlucky I guess

  23. manchestermiracle says: Oct 7, 2012 10:56 PM

    Too bad we can’t have a mid-season #1/#2 game just for fun. Alabama’s defense against Oregon’s offense. That would be fun. In another month of course things may look quite different.

    South Carolina looks like the real deal. If West Virginia has a poor (for them anyway) offensive game they won’t stay at #4 without a defense. Kansas State at #5 seems shocking, but the rest of their conference games will show whether or not they deserve to be that high. Florida and Notre Dame have earned those spots, while LSU, USC, and Oklahoma still seemed over-ranked.

    Of the rest, Georgia still seems too high and seeing Oregon State at #14 is weird. Rutgers? I don’t know what to think of that. Iowa State getting some recognition for their upset win. Been quite a ride so far and it’s only about half over.

  24. Deb says: Oct 7, 2012 11:28 PM

    @stairwayto7 …

    I’m never going to understand your obsessive hatred of the South or a football conference other than your own. It’s demented. But Peyton Manning is a four-time MVP. Injuries aside, I think most people would consider him the equal of Brady and Brees.

    Personally, I wouldn’t trade anyone for the guy from Miami of Ohio.

  25. imaduffer says: Oct 8, 2012 12:12 AM

    If I lived in Texas, and I’m glad I don’t anymore, I’d be more concerned with fracking than high school football. Be careful, don’t drink the water, you might blow up real good.

  26. vincentbojackson says: Oct 8, 2012 4:35 AM

    I was with centexhorn right up until he directly compared football to war.

    You lose all credibility when you share the same ignorant perspective as Kellen Winslow Jr.

  27. centexhorn says: Oct 8, 2012 8:21 AM

    @stairwayto7: And where are those two players from? Drew Brees is from Texas. Tom Brady is from California. They didn’t come from the Midwest because the Midwest doesn’t develop good players.

    And you’re still using PROFESSIONAL football as a measuring stick. Get out of that NFL mindset. The NFL sucks. College football is superior. Who cares who is good in the NFL? This is a blog about COLLEGE football.

    @thraiderskin: All the state of Texas has done is fueled everyone’s success with out ~330 FBS recruits every year. Also, TCU won the Rose Bowl recently over a Big Ten team, if I remember correctly. And we went to the MNC game 3 years ago.

    Are drug cartels a big problem in America? I hadn’t heard anything on the news about it. I thought that was Mexico.

  28. centexhorn says: Oct 8, 2012 8:22 AM

    @vincentbojackson: It’s a g-damn metaphor, smart guy. It’s not meant to be literal.

  29. centexhorn says: Oct 8, 2012 8:26 AM

    @imaduffer: See, that’s the problem. That’s a false dichotomy. You’re trying to turn it around like it’s a one or the other situation. College football is huge in Austin. But, you know what? It’s ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for a Republican to get elected here, in my city. We take care of business, on and off the field. Maybe not in rural Texas, but rural places are red wherever you go in this country.

  30. buckeye94 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:37 AM

    Big Ten will be back. Are you all forgetting how in 2006 Ohio state played the number 1 team 3 times and went 2-1 that loss being to Florida. The big ten is slumping and if not for Ohio state bowl ban we’d be top ten. SEC came onto the big scene when all the other conferences started slumping just give it time the big ten will be back

  31. mountaineer50415 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:00 AM

    I saw on CFB Today that when they went on computers only Oregon State was number one. Are you all really sure that is what you want?

  32. polegojim says: Oct 8, 2012 10:10 AM

    Disappointing, but not a B1G deal.

    Ebb and Flow folks.

    I’m enjoying the awesome parity this year. Any given Saturday…. no telling what can happen.

  33. gmsalpha says: Oct 8, 2012 10:16 AM

    I think it’s great that when tragedy happens, communities can unite. However, be careful when your unity is directed against a neighboring town, team, or school. It may be a metaphor to say it’s war, but it can turn into acts of discrimination and violence pretty easily.

    Also, it’s great to be football mad and develop team spirit, community pride, and commraderie, but don’t lose sight of other aspects of growing up, including education and the arts. Otherwise you will not be a very well rounded person. That goes for anything, including those who grow up doing nothing but practicing an instrument or studying g math. You need balance.

  34. normtide says: Oct 8, 2012 10:29 AM

    Centex has a point early on there. The majority of the top recruits are from the south, and the rest from the far west. It all starts with HS ball. The issue about coaches pay here is simple, as soon as it stops being profitable, the salaries will go back to the same as teachers pay. And whether anyone likes or admits it, college football is the NFL’s minor league, with education secondary for many of it’s players. That has inevitably trickled down to the HS level. For anyone here that is disgusted by that, ask yourself this, did you watch the national spelling bee? Did you watch the super bowl? Are you prominent on scholastic blogs? Or just football blogs? B1G fans want to bring up education because their teams are mediocre, but like tex said, you root for these southern players when your team drafts them.

  35. bigbuckeye76 says: Oct 8, 2012 11:33 AM

    This is what happens when you go cheap on coaching…

    But remember even in its heyday, it was still “the Big2 and the little 8.”

  36. thraiderskin says: Oct 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    Normtide, some people might be using academics to cover for the mediocre football this year. However, these are student athletes, the B1G has ALWAYS taken pride in the education of these players. That has always been a major selling point. If you ever get the chance to see a BTN telecast, there are far more commercials about how almost all student athletes will go professional in something other than their sport. What I am trying to say is simple, academics is at the very core of the B1G. Do some of us sometimes use academics to cover our butts when we aren’t doing well on the field? Yes, but that isn’t the sole purpose of that argument, it is something we take pride in. While some of our schools aren’t the top ranked over-all educators, every single school is top-ranked in several areas of academia. What worries me more than making up excuses to why our football is bad this year, is how little some actually care what happens when they don’t make in the NFL. Your final argument is stupid, of course we root for any player, who comes from anywhere, once they are drafted to our favorite pro-teams, DUH.

  37. normtide says: Oct 8, 2012 11:50 AM

    You don’t find it ironic that the players you call bums and morons are transformed into your heroes, simply because of the order they are chosen? Also, believe it or not, but southern schools are serious about academics too. The fact is, anyone who sees big time college football as anything but a business are fooling themselves. The schools are in it for money. The top players are looking to get to the next level, and the money there. The coaches for the money and power. The fans are there for the sort. I have never seen a game day poster with a G.P.A. on it. I am not totally happy with the way things are, but you can’t change anything unless you see it for what it really is.

  38. thraiderskin says: Oct 8, 2012 1:19 PM

    Who said they were bums? or morons? I didn’t even say your athletes were uneducated, I simply said we take pride in the educational aspect of student athletes, after you claimed it was all a cover. If your institutions, where your athletes come from, were garbage, they wouldn’t have accredidation (sp?). Let us not forget that some people are designed for the roles they will someday take and that is not a bad thing. You always take these things personally and demand us to see the light of your argument, but its your own argument that you ignore. So you see it for what it is, on game days, fans are there for the games, but for the rest of the week, B1G fans expect our student athletes to compete in the classroom and do well. If we think your student athletes aren’t on par academically, what the hell do you care? Your student athletes, by your implications, aren’t there for academics, they are there for football. In the B1G, we expect both areas be covered and we are embarrassed when niether is being done. This isn’t personal unless you make it that way. You don’t care about academics from your “student” athletes(your own admission), so stop getting butt hurt. When your guys become pros, yeah, we aren’t worried about how “stupid” they are, because they didn’t go pro to talk about math and science.

  39. Bo Darville says: Oct 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    The Big Ten schools need to start spending more money on head coaches. Let the Danny Hopes and Jerry Kills coach in the MAC where they belong.

  40. clonefan says: Oct 8, 2012 5:29 PM

    @Bo Darville

    Let’s give Kill a chance before we condemn him. He has actually improved things here in MN in a short time and I for one support him. All of those “top” coaches came fom somewhere. I only hope the Gophers can hold onto him if he turns things around. Lets remember, things were pretty bad here in MN. The jury is still out.

  41. infrno says: Oct 8, 2012 11:22 PM

    Sorry, but if you’re really taking pride in the educational aspect of college sports, you’re the moron. Most of these kids aren’t rocket scientists. They would not be in college if it weren’t for sports (football in particular). I honestly don’t give two shakes of a rat’s ass if they can understand quantum physics, I want to watch them do what they can do, and do very well.

    I get so sick of the contrived argument from sucky football programs about “well, our athletes get a better education”, most of them will still be asking if you want to supersize that if they aren’t playing on Sundays.

    People need to realize that these players are entertainers, that’s why the money is so outrageous. Unfortunately for college kids, the NCAA has made it an unpaid farm system for the NFL. The coaches, administrators and universities make mega-millions, the kids get free schooling and maybe a shot at not flipping burgers. Unless you’re Devon Walker.

  42. florida727 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:37 AM

    Have to admit, I’m a little surprised that Florida is up at #6. Yep, nice win over LSU, but I’m not sure they should have leapfrogged Notre Dame. In the other poll, they were ranked ahead of West Virginia and Kansas State, which I think is just plain wrong and definitely shows bias. This poll, just my opinion, is much more accurate although, again, I think at least for right now, ND deserves to be a notch ahead of my Gators. It’ll all play out though. ND has Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC. Florida has South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State and if we’re fortunate enough to get there, the SEC championship game (probably Alabama). The list goes on. It really does look like, at least this season, it’ll all play out as it should… on the field.

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