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FSU, SEC top preseason coaches’ poll

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Unlike in years past, the Amway (nee USA Today) coaches’ poll will have no bearing, outside of possibly influencing the members of the College Football Playoff selection committee, on college football’s postseason. In fact, it’s turned into nothing more than what the Associated Press‘ version has been for years: an exercise to give the fans something to argue and/or whine about in between/before the start of games.

With that in mind… the first coaches’ poll of the year is here!!!

In the first-ever Amway coaches’ poll, and as expected, defending champion Florida State will enter the 2014 season ranked No. 1.  FSU was tapped first on 56 of the 62 coaches ballots.

Others receiving first-place votes were Oklahoma with three while Oregon, Ohio State and South Carolina took one each.  Interestingly, the No. 2 team wasn’t among them as Alabama, 88 points behind the Seminoles, wasn’t deemed worthy of a first-place nod, at least as of yet.

The Sooners and Ducks were right behind the Tide at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, with the Buckeyes at No. 6 and Gamecocks at No. 9.  The remainder of the Top 10 consists of BCS runner-up Auburn (No. 5), UCLA (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 8) and Baylor (No. 10).

Conference-wise, and just as expected, the SEC led all leagues with seven teams in the Top 25.  The were followed by the Pac-12’s six, four each from the Big Ten and Big 12 and three each from the ACC.  There were no non-Power Five conference teams in the initial mix, with Notre Dame and its ACC affiliation claiming the remaining spot.

Below are the full poll results.  Below that you bitch, whine or moan about your team’s placement in the comments section.

1. Florida State (56 first place votes)
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma (3)
4. Oregon (1)
5. Auburn
6. Ohio State (1)
7. UCLA
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina (1)
10. Baylor
11. Stanford
12. Georgia
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. USC
16. Clemson
17. Notre Dame
18. Arizona State
19. Ole Miss
20. Texas A&M
21. Kansas State
22. Nebraska
23. North Carolina
24. Texas
25. Washington

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25 Responses to “FSU, SEC top preseason coaches’ poll”
  1. thraiderskin says: Jul 31, 2014 12:31 PM

    Sort of feel like Ohio state and Michigan state should be flipped… both lost key contributors, but MSU got the last laugh.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 12:35 PM

    Below are the full poll results. Below that you bitch, whine or moan about your team’s placement in the comments section.
    ________________________

    Priceless….

    Let the bitching and moaning commence….

    Here, I’ll start.

    A&M has beaten Ole Miss in back to back years, on the road both times. How are they better than us?

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 12:41 PM

    I’ll answer my own question….

    A&M barely escaped out of Oxford both years with miracle comebacks led by one Johnny Football, who if I’m correct no longer parties in College Station.

    Meanwhile, Ole Miss returns numerous preseason watchlist candidates in Bo Wallace, the Nkemdiche brothers, and others I cant think of now. And A&M has had half their defense arrested this summer, so that defense looks to continue it’s porous ways. Without the magic of Johnny Football to save them, it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll be as good as last year, thus they drop 2 spots and below Ole Miss.

  4. dmarado says: Jul 31, 2014 12:45 PM

    Sun Belt team needs to be in there, also Cincinnati should probably be ranked.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:47 PM

    Bama ranked too highly.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 12:59 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 12:47 PM

    Bama ranked too highly.
    ____________________________

    Normally I think I would agree with you. They lose McCarron and have to go with a first year starter. On top of that, they get smacked by OU in their bowl game…

    But consider this…. the last time Saban was a game away from the National Title game, his team failed to show up for a bowl game and…

    The last two times Saban broke in a new QB…. they won the national title….

    So I’m not sure I would count the Tide out. Would be really surprised if they don’t make final 4.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:02 PM

    Oklahoma is ranked too highly also, come to think of it. But what do I know?

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:03 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Jul 31, 2014 12:59 PM
    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 12:47 PM

    Bama ranked too highly.
    ____________________________

    Normally I think I would agree with you. They lose McCarron and have to go with a first year starter. On top of that, they get smacked by OU in their bowl game…

    But consider this…. the last time Saban was a game away from the National Title game, his team failed to show up for a bowl game and…

    The last two times Saban broke in a new QB…. they won the national title….

    So I’m not sure I would count the Tide out. Would be really surprised if they don’t make final 4.
    ————–

    Oh I don’t doubt that they finish strong, just that they shouldn’t be #2. Auburn had guys waiting in the wings, and should be at worst, #4, after pushing FSU to the brink, Ohio State may have lost Shazier and Roby, but they shouldn’t be any lower than 4, either.

    Bama will be there in the end, but they shouldn’t be #2 right now.

  9. ancientcougar says: Jul 31, 2014 1:24 PM

    Can’t believe that UCF isn’t in the mix, especially after spanking Baylor the way they did. Made the AAC look like the power conference in that game over the Big 12(-2)

  10. blacknole08 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:34 PM

    What idiot wasted a #1 vote on South Carolina?

  11. classyjacklambert says: Jul 31, 2014 1:36 PM

    Probably spurrier Blacknole.

  12. cometkazie says: Jul 31, 2014 1:42 PM

    The season has started.

    There are complaints.

    I love it!

  13. manik56 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    It is beginning to appear the Ohio State series against VaTech is a repeat of the Ohio State-Cal series. We thought we were scheduling a top 10-20 team and get a team a shell of its former self.

  14. drummerhoff says: Jul 31, 2014 1:47 PM

    Here”s a good follow up question:

    How many in the pre season top 25 will not be there at the end of the season? I’ll predict 7 schools
    How many won’t be in the top 10? I say 3.

  15. oldforester says: Jul 31, 2014 2:44 PM

    Really, Ohio State? Look at their schedule and tell me how you could put them in the top 4 at the end of the year. With the exception of one, possibly two games against both teams from Michigan it is a cake walk. They should be in the Mid American Conference with this schedule? This is their schedule:
    Navy – Aug 30
    Virginia Tech – Sept 6
    Kent State – Sept 13
    Cincinnati – Sept 27 (two wks off to prepare)
    Maryland – Oct 4
    Rutgers – Oct 18 (another bye wk)
    Penn State – Oct 25
    Illinois – Nov 1
    Michigan State – Nov 8 (Urban Myer has to finally coach a game this week)
    @Minnesota – Nov 15 (Myer gets to Christmas shop this week at Mall of America)
    Indiana – Nov 22
    Michigan – November 29th

    THE Ohio State University schedule is THAT pathetic. Only Michigan State is ranked in today’s Coaches Poll. No one else in the top 25. Their furthest game away is to the Mall of America in Minnesota, they could practically walk to the remaining games. How could they possibly be voted into the top 4 at the end of the year?

  16. thefiesty1 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:15 PM

    Did anyone notice how many of these teams play a top 10 non-conference team on their schedule. Playing patsies doesn’t warrant a top 10 ranking. I only notice one real non-con game of these 25. That’d be Texas-UCLA. Hummmm!

  17. klownboy says: Jul 31, 2014 3:24 PM

    Go ‘Noles, and #GoACC! That’s all I’m going to say until after the season starts…

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 3:47 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 3:15 PM

    Did anyone notice how many of these teams play a top 10 non-conference team on their schedule. Playing patsies doesn’t warrant a top 10 ranking. I only notice one real non-con game of these 25. That’d be Texas-UCLA. Hummmm!
    ________________________

    OOC Matchups with a top 10 team:
    Clemson plays S. Carolina
    Michigan St. goes to Oregon
    Kansas St. plays Auburn
    and yes UCLA v Texas.

    Quite a few other OOC games pitting preseason ranked teams.

    For instance
    UGA v Clemson
    LSU v Wisc
    ND v USC
    Stanford v ND

    Maybe if you looked past Texas’ schedule you might see that….

  19. odojoe says: Jul 31, 2014 6:57 PM

    Let’s see here, UCf runs roughshod over Baylor and the Bears are ranked 10 while UCF does not crack the top 25. The folks in Waco are so glad the Knights are not in their conference.

  20. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jul 31, 2014 7:42 PM

    Surprised to see the Tar Heels in the top 25, they seem to be constantly finishing the regular season around 7-5. Hopefully in his 3rd year Larry Fedora can push them over the hump and into the ACC Championship game, if fricken Dook can do it the Heels have to be able to.

    Sadly (for the Heels) if Coach Fedora does that he’ll likely be poached by one of the teams in a marquee football conference.

    One more thing, they need to ditch the black and go back to navy or just go with Carolina blue and white.

    Go Heels go!

  21. timh1955 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:54 PM

    Oklahoma is rated WAY too high! They should be around 14th or 15th.

  22. longborer69 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:26 AM

    @8to80, LOL on your first post and the followup. Well done. Though the loss of the best receiver in college football, and the guy who threw it up in the air so he could catch it, probably means you end up completely unranked at the end of the year. Sorry.

    @odojoe, perhaps you didn’t notice, but UCF had one of the very best QBs in the country and he’s gone. Baylor had one of the very best QBs in the country and he’s back. Last year’s results are not necessarily indicative anyway, but that’s especially true in college football.

    Anyway, looking forward to this year. If the rankings are close to right, the biggest non-con game of the year will be in Eugene. The Ducks are lucky, we get MSU before their defense has a chance to gel with all the changeover from last year, and in Eugene. We’ll probably win, and we might win big — won’t take many breakdowns in their defense to put us well out of range of their offense, and I really like the prospect of them throwing into our secondary to try to catch up. If we get up a couple scores, things could snowball badly for them. It won’t really tell us how good the teams will be at the end of the year, but everyone will give us credit for beating them, anyway.

    At some point, we’ll derp away a conference game. We always do. Probably at UCLA. If that’s the only one, and we beat them in return for the conference championship, we’ll be in the playoff.

    Should be a fun season. Our O-Line is bigger and more experienced, anchored by an All-American center, and Mariota, Marshall, and Tyner make a devastating backfield.

  23. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 7:54 AM

    lol Ohio State received 1 first place vote. lol. they have no shame myopia in Columbus is alive and well. im sure Urb voted himself #1.

    they are overrated every year. they breeze through their crappy, weak schedule, brag all year how great they are, then they play a decent team, and get rolled.

    same story every year. they play no one then lose when they do. they should never be ranked higher than 15 every year. same with Joklahoma

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2014 9:51 AM

    @longborer69

    The Aggies have games against Bama, Auburn, S. Carolina, LSU, and Mizzou. All 10+ win teams from a year ago. That’s not even counting a game against an improving Ole Miss…

    I’m not worried about the offense though…. when was the last time a Sumlin offense struggled? Even when Sumlin lost his top 2 QBs in 2010 they were still a top 10 offense. The offense will get theirs.

    But can they survive another year of terrible defense? Having to win shootouts each and every week is mentally challenging. The offense feels it can’t make any mistakes because they just assume the defense will give up a score on every drive.

    Not expecting a lot this year…. Next year though… different story.

  25. musketmaniac says: Aug 1, 2014 3:21 PM

    The pre season poll is garbage. First poll should be after the second week.

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