Preseason Poll: Sooners No. 1…8 SEC Teams

 

 

The USA Today Preseason Coaches poll has been released, meaning one thing; COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK! At the top of this years rankings are The Oklahoma Sooners. Rounding out the top 5 are Alabama, Oregon, LSU, and Florida State. Oklahoma received 42 of the 59 first place votes. The SEC conference had the most teams ranked with 8.

Oklahoma at Number One is no surprise. The Sooners only lost 2 games in last season’s campaign and have a large amount of that team returning, including star wide receiver Ryan Broyles and an outstanding quarterback in Landry Jones. Jones is believed by many to be a darkhorse to win the Heisman trophy. He’ll have to improve on the road though, going 4-5 as a starter with 15 interceptions.

LSU will open it’s season against Oregon in a battle of Top 5 teams. That game on September 3rd will no doubt have major championship implications.

Florida State at No.5 is intriguing to me. Jimbo Fisher has made numerous strides in restoring the Seminole program to national prominence. FSU picked up a commitment yesterday from the Number One ranked quarterback on ESPN U’s high school prospect rankings. Fisher is bringing in great recruit classes and his selling the storied program well. It will be fun to see what direction this program takes not only this season, but in the future.

Stanford, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin round out the Top 10. Here’s the full poll:

 

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The Southeastern Conference, which has dominated in recent years winning the last five Bowl Championship Series titles, leads all leagues with eight teams in the top 25. Auburn, the defending national champion, debuts at No. 19, the lowest for a defending national champion since USA Today began administering the coaches’ poll in 1991. That’s four spots higher than the Tigers debuted last year before their remarkable title run. While The SEC is good, I think 8 teams is overdoing it. I don’t think Florida and Georgia will be top 25 caliber teams this season.

Stanford seems a little overhyped at 6. If Andrew Luck wasn’t their quarterback, the Cardinal would be a 6-6, maybe 7-5 team at best. I don’t know if the heisman hopeful will be enough to push the team to a title.

Despite losing Terrelle Pryor and head Coach Jim Tressel in a tumultuous off-season, the Buckeyes were cut some slack, ranked at 16. The Big Ten conference had 5 ranked teams, but only one in the top 10 with Wisconsin. Conference newcomer Nebraska came out number 11.

The newly assembled Pac-12 had only two teams ranked in the poll, both in the top 10. The ACC had 2 as well. FBS Independent Notre Dame ranked No.18.

The Big East had no teams ranked in this season’s poll. West Virginia is ranked No.27.

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