Poll Questions

By Adam Caparell - August 03, 2007

A quick look at the first poll of the season, the Coaches' version that was released Friday, wasn't without its surprises.

The top two teams, USC and LSU, were as expected. Florida, Texas and Michigan followed finishing out the top 5 and there are no complaints until we get to No. 10 - Ohio State.

The Buckeyes lost their top four play makers from last season - Troy Smith, Atonio Pittman, Anthony Gonzalez and Ted Ginn - and will insert a quarterback with virtually no experience with some stalwarts on the offensive line gone as well. The offense is going to take a step back - there's no way they're going to put 35 points per game on the board like last year. They're a top 20 team, maybe a top 15, but not top 10 material right now.

Penn State at No. 18 is a stretch as well. Joe Paterno just said the other day this is the youngest Nittany Lions team he's every coached. Tony Hunt is gone at tailback and in comes Austin Scott who hasn't been able to stay healthy during his days in Happy Valley. Anthony Morelli has to improve that completion percentage and their defensive line is in rebuilding mode. Just like last season, Penn State should be good, but not great as some would lead you to believe.

Boise State should be on the outside looking in. Instead, they're sitting at No. 23. The Broncos have talent - and Ian Johnson - but they're also bringing in a new quarterback and will feature a young defense.

The teams that got snubbed: Boston College and Georgia Tech. Two teams that will be very good, especially on defense. The ACC's relatively down year in 2006 hurt these two. The Yellow Jackets and Eagles are Top 20 teams.

Kentucky was a team that deserved more than the one vote it got. The Wildcats are definitely a better team than Kansas State, Memphis, Houston and Arizona, teams who all got more votes.

Notre Dame is getting way too much respect, as usual. That preseason No. 2 ranking the Irish had last year was an awful choice by the coaches and media alike and it seems like things haven't changed in 2007. Notre Dame picked up 90 points, ahead of teams like South Carolina and Oregon State - teams that will be signicantly better, against better competition, than the Irish.

One thing to keep in mind with this poll, so frequently these things are based on last season's results - just look at where Ohio State is slotted despite all it's losses as well as Boise State. And reputation plays a huge role (Kentucky).

Here's the breakdown of the coaches who will be voting this year: Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Mike Bellotti, Oregon; Bret Bielema, Wisconsin; Larry Blakeney, Troy; Bobby Bowden, Florida State; Tommy Bowden, Clemson; Jeff Bower, Southern Mississippi; Art Briles, Houston; Mack Brown, Texas; Bill Callahan, Nebraska; Neil Callaway, UAB; Lloyd Carr, Michigan; Mario Cristobal, Florida International; Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State; Bill Cubit, Western Michigan; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, North Carolina; Bill Doba, Washington State; Randy Edsall, Connecticut; Dennis Franchione, Texas A&M; Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee; Jeff Genyk, Eastern Michigan; Joe Glenn, Wyoming; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Dan Hawkins, Colorado; Pat Hill, Fresno State; Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville; Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Rocky Long, New Mexico; Sonny Lubick, Colorado State; Bill Lynch, Indiana; Doug Martin, Kent State; Les Miles, LSU; Shane Montgomery, Miami (Ohio); Hal Mumme, New Mexico State; Joe Novak, Northern Illinois; Houston Nutt, Arkansas; Tom O'Brien, North Carolina State; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Gary Patterson, TCU; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia; Greg Schiano, Rutgers; Howard Schnellenberger, Florida Atlantic; Mark Snyder, Marshall; Frank Solich, Ohio; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Jeff Tedford, California; Joe Tiller, Purdue; Bob Toledo, Tulane; Dick Tomey, San Jose State; Jim Tressel, Ohio State; Tommy Tuberville, Auburn; Charlie Weis, Notre Dame; Tyrone Willingham, Washington; Ron Zook, Illinois.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:43 PM on August 03, 2007
Comments (3)


The irish getting too much respect? Stop talking about last year. They're not on the board yet so stop counting votes. Also, about the better competition part, have you even looked at their schedule?

I would usually be the first to agree the Irish get too much respect and are over rated. But citing last years preseason poll just doesn't make any sense to say they are over rated. USC and Texas both lost a lot of key players in 2005 while Ohio State and Notre Dame both finished the season well but didn't lose much talent giving them the top two slots. Pre season polls really don't mean much other than how you did last year and the proposed impact of players leaving will have on your season this year.

BSU should be on the outside looking in? Why? They've finished ranked 4 out of the last 5 years including a top 15 finish the last time they replaced their QB. Isn't it about time the pollsters started EXPECTING BSU to be good?

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