Posted August 01, 2013

Coaches’ Poll: Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon top 2013 preseason rankings

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AJ McCarron

No surprise here: AJ McCarron and Alabama top the 2013 preseason Coaches’ Poll. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By Martin Rickman

Oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man.

The first Coaches’ Poll of the year was finally released on Thursday morning, so why am I even keeping you from it? The complete preseason rankings are listed below, with the number of first-place votes for each team included in parentheses. (Spoiler alert: Defending national champion Alabama received most of them.)

1. Alabama (58)
2. Ohio State (3)
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Georgia
6. Texas A&M (1)
7. South Carolina
8. Clemson
9. Louisville
10. Florida
11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma State
15. Texas
16. Oklahoma
17. Michigan
18. Nebraska
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State

Preseason polls are meaningless and probably shouldn’t exist  usually accurate and critically important, if only because they mean we’re that much closer to the season. But there are a few points of interest in our Aug. 1 look at which teams the coaches believe deserve to be ranked:

• The SEC reigns supreme once again, but not by much. The SEC has six teams in the initial poll — all ranked in the top 13 — while the Pac-12 and Big Ten each have five. The Big 12 is next with four ranked teams.

• There were just three teams outside the Power Five included in the preseason poll: Louisville, Notre Dame and Boise State. History tells us a few more teams from non-AQ conferences will break through, typically after the first few weeks of the season.

• Coaches don’t think very highly of the ACC (outside of Clemson, Florida State and soon-to-be member Louisville). Whether it’s artificial, accidental or not, this could be a good thing for the conference. The ACC generally falls flat in the first couple weeks of the season, and lesser expectations might actually lead to greater results (and a lack of losses to CAA teams). I thought UNC or Miami might have a chance to crack the rankings, but again, it’s Aug. 1 and I’m trying to seriously analyze a Top 25.

• I’m a little surprised by how low LSU and Oklahoma are ranked. The Tigers and Sooners each have reasons for coaches to be wary, but seeing neither in the top 10 is still a bit strange. The Jeremy Hill suspension hurts LSU offensively, but Miles always seems to replace talent, and it usually doesn’t make a difference. Stoops has a different offense in place with Landry Jones gone and Blake Bell taking over at quarterback, so the coaches could be accounting for a learning curve.

• Ohio State went undefeated last year and its 2013 schedule is extremely favorable, but I expected it to be ranked a bit lower than No. 2. Carlos Hyde’s suspension hurts the Buckeyes, and the status of Bradley Roby remains unknown in the wake of his misdemeanor battery charge.

• I’m not sure about putting Florida State as low as No. 12. That defense alone could be enough to keep the ‘Noles in the top 10.

• Shout out to Northwestern for its No. 22 ranking. I have high hopes for the Wildcats this year, and apparently so do our nation’s headset wearers.

• Expectations are out there for Johnny Football, Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies. At No. 6, Texas A&M has its highest preseason ranking since 1995, when it finished 9-3 with a trip to the Alamo Bowl.

Did the coaches do a good job? Who was snubbed? Who is ranked too high? Let’s talk about it in the comments. The first regular-season Coaches’ Poll drops on Sept. 3.

352 comments
MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

You have to look past the last two years. I just heard this stat on ESPN that the OSU  was right up there . I did not make this up. 

ItBurnsWheniScratch
ItBurnsWheniScratch

HAHAHA!!!Ohio State in front of Oregon and LSU behind Notre Dame. Riley Cooper made better judgement at the Kenny Chesney concert

bucknutz69
bucknutz69

Dont hate on Ohio State...even though they have lost in the BCS Championship game We still have won one (2003) and have been to 8 of the last 10 BCS Bowl games (and woudve been in another if not for probation) where we are a solid 6-4....Including 5 BCS Bowl wins...Only 3 other teams in college football can say they've done that....

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Ohio is a virtual lock to go undefeated given their out of conference schedule against the Little Sisters of the Poor and the fact that the Big Ten remains a terrible conference. It would be nice to see voters punish them by dropping them in the polls in favor teams that play meaningful games before October. Sorry, but I don't care how bad they beat Buffalo or San Diego.

BoTanaka
BoTanaka

No love for Fresno State?  I think they could be a legit top 25 team this year with Carr at QB and a favorable schedule with Boise St going to Fresno.

Ken40
Ken40

Fear the rooster! Watch out for the South Carolina Gamecocks this year. Even after losing Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks still have Mr. Clowney left to inflict pain on opposing quarterbacks, and an explosive backfield when on offense.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

'Tide and University of The will grab all headlines, but in their last 2 games they get crushed by the same team, UM!

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

OSU must have one of the softest schedules in the nation. They will look great until they get to the National Championship Game where they will be revealed as overrated just like the last 2 times they went to the NCG.

BuckeyesGoldenBoy
BuckeyesGoldenBoy

I'm a HUGE BUCKNUT, however, I would rather see my Buckeyes be either 4 or 5. Also, I know this sounds a little crazy but keep your eye out for Northwestern. They're going to creep up on the top 25 this year.

SECownsCFB
SECownsCFB

SEC will make it eight straight.

fry305
fry305

Miami will be in the top 25 by the end of the year. U can count on it....

easyas0123
easyas0123

Wow, are Bama fans always this classless? 

doghockey
doghockey

The college football screamers are in midseason form.

GT500456
GT500456

One more late season collapse, and FSU will be rewarded with a "Underachiever of the Decade" award.

bamalfano
bamalfano

All of the SEC hatred (envy?) amuses me.  People complain about scheduling and media bias, but just look at the NFL draft over the last 10 years.  How can anyone argue with that?  Just look at how many players are in the NFL from LSU and Alabama over the last two years?  Does that leave any doubt that who the two best teams were in 2011?  Those were practically two NFL teams, in terms of raw talent... not literally or in experience.  Sorry that you don't like defense, but the NFL owners wouldn't pay people that aren't legit.  

If you dont like it... then WIN and quit complaining.  

Of course, being born, raised and educated in the South, I am used to the usual comebacks of insults to my intelligence, education, heritage, race, perceived beliefs, imagined ethics, family tree, and other insults that usually follow.  Insults like that are always the last resort...


humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

just to make sure we're all back on message..

"Right Beau, (anecdotalevidenceofignorance)

"The Southeastern Conference has signed a 15-year deal with ESPN reportedly worth more than $2 billion to televise sporting events, including football and men's and women's basketball."


Y'all go ahead and act like deals like this one won't/haven't had an enormous  effect on the SECs ability to compete siphon players (legally/illegally), while destroying athletic conferences in all sports across the country for one unnecessary conference football title game, or pre-season rankings etc -- 

Tiny little things like billions of dollars, non-existent standards and rich old white men doing anything to game the system with decades of farcical scheduling..

 Which all materially effects an already uneven playing field where the p!mps and thieves in  the Southeast Conference have convinced presidents  and chancellors that fiefdoms run by belligerent narcissists are infinitely more important than educating a generation of ignorant students..



Too on the money? "



Anecdatum
Anecdatum

Why isn't Alabama ranked higher?

Dustin3
Dustin3

@bucknutz69 Well Actually Ohio State is 6-3 in BCS bowl games (yeah, 5-3 OFFICIALLY) . The BCS started in 1998. Maybe you're counting the 1997 Sugar Bowl loss? But heck, if that's the case, then also include the 1996 Rose Bowl win. So that makes OSU 7-4 in BCS games.

ItBurnsWheniScratch
ItBurnsWheniScratch

@bucknutz69  what team in their conference has been a worthy contender? I don't blame them for being in a bad league and they are a top 5 team this year but going undefeated this year (which they will do) should not qualify them to be in the BCS title game

Dustin3
Dustin3

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius No such thing as a virtual lock. Cal nearly beat OSu last year in Columbus. Anyway, by the same logic, the polls should drop Alabama and other SEC teams when they play FCS teams in November. Silly argument.

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@BoTanaka that FSU/BSU game should be a good one and I could easily see FSU getting into the rankings after a few weeks

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@Ken40 They should put Clowney in at RB /FB for a few plays just to see whats up. 

LogicalConsider
LogicalConsider

@Steve Moore Today is Friday, not Saturday.  And, the season hasn't even started.  Why are you so deeply into your tailgating liquids at this time of day?

BuckeyesGoldenBoy
BuckeyesGoldenBoy

@HarshRealities So you think they'll make it to the NCG? So do I.  Going to be fun, however, I think the outcome of 2013-2014 is going to be shocking and a lot of haters are going to have to swallow their pride. Bama will lose to Aggies and LSU at home this year...... I See OSU and Stanford in NCG

sportsrbust
sportsrbust

@bamalfano Fans don't play the games idiot!  You being a Bama fan though, I suppose you're probably suited up in front of the TV every Saturday..correct?

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@bamalfano 

Win = Football > education > ethics > fairness >athletics > progress > social issues > the future of 18 yr olds > the greater good.



it's easy to win, it's much harder to compete fairly and do so..

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@humdrumdrumhumming 

Maybe ESPN offered the SEC such a lucrative deal because the SEC was ALREADY getting top players and the football product that the SEC was/is fielding was/is seen as worth that money to ESPN.

College football and college sports in general bring in money. ESPN is in business to make money. ESPN felt that partnering with the SEC would be the option most beneficial to them. If the PAC 12, ACC, Big Ten, etc...were currently playing at the level of the SEC and offering a product that ESPN felt could earn them equal or more than that of what the SEC is offering, Im sure ESPN would have offered one of them a deal such as the one the SEC was offered. The fact is these other conferences aren't making the statement that the SEC currently is making and why they weren't offered a deal. 

The SEC won 7 consecutive championships prior to the ESPN deal and that large sum of money was giving to the conference. Could a current history of success maybe be why some of these top players chose to attend these schools? Maybe.

Do you think all of that Nike money has no play in why some of these recruits pick Oregon? What about the Bush-USC fiasco? Ohio State, Tressell, and tattoos? FSU, Free Shoes University? Do you really think that other schools and conferences out there don't break rules? If you don't think that is part of it then you are miss guided at best and naive at worse.

I have an SEC degree and I am doing very well for myself. I have plenty of friends and family members who have earned various degrees from different schools within the conference who all are doing very well off.

I hate it when people bring up graduation rates and academics when talking about college sports and trying to bash the SEC. I mean didn't UConn just go under sanctions and miss the NCAA tourney because of graduation rates. A few years ago Arizona St. baseball missed the post season because of the same issue dealing with graduation rates. Notre Dame's QB wasn't smart enough to pass his class, cheated and got caught and isn't on the team now.

I cannot speak personally for the education of the athletes within the SEC but at the same time I really don't care. I go to a football game to see athletes compete and enjoy I seeing a great athletic contest. Now when part of the football game or athletic contest involves a player having to break out a protractor or slide-rule and solve some intense math problem, then maybe ill start caring how smart these athletes are.


RCH
RCH

@Anecdatum What, you didn't check out Don Banks NFL Power Rankings?

Action
Action

@Anecdatum Assuming Johnny Football isn't in jail on September 14, they just might be ranked lower.

DavidandTracyAgee
DavidandTracyAgee

@MarkBlackford @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius I missed the memo where VATECH joined the SEC.  Give it a rest on the scheduling.  I will save you the trouble, if you look at end of year SOS for all teams you will find BAMA near the top every year.  However, if one team really deserves to brag about their schedule it is Stanford.  What I look at SOS I was shocked to see how high their schedules rates out most years.

ItBurnsWheniScratch
ItBurnsWheniScratch

@MarkBlackford @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 61-7 since 2008 in the best conference makes the 3 ranked teams they play this year ok in my book. Best team on OH ST schedule this year is MI or NW...AL plays the guy they named the "Football" after, LSU, and SEC East winner. beating 2 of those 3 deserves a place in the title game. OH ST eventual undefeated season deserves a shot in the Rose Bowl

OSUDeuce
OSUDeuce

@SECownsCFB @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius THey will get pummelled based on what?   Based on Tressels record?  Urban Meyer has two recruiting classes of his type of guys...from all over the country....his last two recruiting classes have been near the top, and the 2014 class looks to be filled with the same type of players.  While I understand that history is a good indicator of the future, I have to believe that they have more than just a chance in hell..... 

rodp236
rodp236

@LogicalConsider congrats to you..........I have no idea what Mr Moore is talking about---let me know!

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@BuckeyesGoldenBoy @HarshRealities yeah A&M who is returning 6 on offense and 6 on defense is going to beat the returning National Champions who return 8 on offense and 8 on defense.  Yes A&M won last year. Since when do last years results guarantee this years? Especially after Saban and crew breakdown the film on Manziel.  And LSU? what is this, wishful thinking? 7 returners on offense vs 3 returners on defense and playing Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  Can they win yes. Will they win, probably not. especially since 2007 they have only one once in Tuscaloosa in a 9-6 OT win.

bamalfano
bamalfano

@MarkBlackford  I'm sorry, but the numbers just dont back up your statement.

In this year's draft, OSU had 3 players selected.  Last year, four were drafted.

Alabama had 9 players drafted this year and 5 last year.  

What is really amazing is that, over the last 2 years, Alabama and LSU have combined for 27 draft picks.  That means that the 2011 BCS Championship game had at least 27 NFL players.  (not counting undrafted free agents and those that are still at the respective school)

I say all of this, not to come down on another team, just to make the point that it is not scheduling, media bias or anything else other than talented players on these SEC teams that make them so good.  

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@sportsrbust @bamalfano I didn't see any instance in his post where alluded to or claimed that the fans played the game or were the reason for successful programs, but thanks for playing!

bamalfano
bamalfano

@humdrumdrumhumming

Going by your list...

Football - we really like it down here.  It is a social event - 12-15 extra holidays each year.

Education - check some of the rankings.  Also, Alabama football had the 4th best graduation rate in the country last year.

Ethics - don't be so fast to cast the first stone, not matter which conference, party or religious affiliation you may have

Fairness - I am not sure what this means.  Is this where everyone gets a trophy?  To quote a great and funny movie... "if everyone is special, then nobody is..."

Athletics - hopefully it will keep is from being the fattest nation in the world

Progress - wow... not sure what you mean by that.  How are things in the Rust Belt?  or in TAx heavy California?  Check out the growth in the South?  Auto industry.. .Alabama.  Healthcare Technology... Atlanta.  Unemployment in general... look it up.  

Social Issues - Well, lets see, that is a pretty broad topic.  How about freedom of privacy, speech, religion, and other basic topics covered in the Bill of Rights?  I am thinking that the South doesn't have the market cornered on that.  It seems to be based in DC.

The "Future of 18 year olds" - now that is funny.... "What about the CHILDREN!?!?!"  if you are talking about the football players, you dont make it that far without doing what you love.  If you are talking about our future generations, I know of plenty that are doing great things, volunteering their time, talent and treasure for the good of others.

If you want to talk about football, fine... just dont talk down to people when you think you are better than they are, just because of where you were educated or where you were born. 

bamalfano
bamalfano

@humdrumdrumhumming @bamalfano I am doing quite well with my Alabama education.  You shouldn't be so prejudiced about people just because they talk a certain way or look a certain way.  

You don't know me, you only think you do.   

Wesley7
Wesley7

@Action Gonna be a hell of a game no matter what happens.

OSUDeuce
OSUDeuce

@rodp236 @LogicalConsider Mr. Moore thinks that Ohio State will lose to Michigan an Michigan will then get to the national championship....where they will thoroughly beat up an Alabama team...with a first year starting QB.....and a coach who doesn't wear a headset.....but wears tank tops in November.