What will the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll look like when it comes out in August? Here’s the predicted best guess.
The preseason polls don’t mean what they used to – the College Football Playoff rankings took care of that – but they’re still a jumping off points when it comes to setting the expectations for what’s about to happen.
Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami … where will the coaches rank everyone?
Last season, the Crimson Tide started out on top, Clemson was fifth, Oklahoma eighth and Georgia was No. 15 – those were the four CFP reams.
Ohio State was second, Florida State was third, USC fourth, and Michigan ninth … oops.
Florida was 16th, Tennessee 24th, and UCF didn’t receive a single vote … double oops.
Based off historical precedent, what happened the year before, and momentum coming off the previous bowl season, the best guess when it comes to how the coaches are going to think is to assume that 1) they love the teams with the star starting players returning, and 2) they’ll rank high the teams they’re most afraid of.
We’ll break it all down when it comes out, but first, here’s the take-a-big-swing call on what the 2018 preseason USA Today Coaches Poll will be (number in parentheses is where team finished in final ranking).
Again, this is just a prediction and not the real thing, so don’t get mad or too happy quite yet.