1. Final Overall Thoughts, Observations
– Just remember, the AP and USA TODAY Amway Coaches polls are exercises. They’re interesting in terms of perception and a jumping off point, and they’re a great historical marker, but they don’t count – and aren’t allowed to be discussed in the room – in the College Football Playoff decisions.
– So where does the AP poll differ from the Coaches? It doesn’t. The top ten are the exact freaking same, meaning the AP types didn’t really do a whole lot of critical thinking after the Coaches Poll planted their flag first. Making things worse is that all of the same teams are in the top 20 in some way, and the APers have 24 of the 25 teams – swap out Northwestern for Nebraska – ranked by the coaches.
– What do these rankings mean in the real world? The pressure is ALL on Florida in the Week 0 matchup against Miami. The Gators ranked No. 8 in both polls, and Miami gets the dreaded ARV (Also Receiving Votes) tag. If you believe in the idea that disrespect plays a motivating role in college football, here you go.
– Florida vs. Miami Preview, Prediction
– Minnesota continues to be the most overlooked team in the preseason. It got one measly vote in the Coaches Poll and just seven by the AP types. Don’t be stunned if the Gophers turn out to be that big surprise team in the Big Ten West this season.
– 5 (Potentially) Stupid Big Ten Predictions
– Going back to the whole motivational thing, USC got one vote. USC. One. It starts out the season at home against Fresno State, who received eight votes. By the way, USC is a 13.5 point favorite in the opener against the Bulldogs.
– Fresno State vs. USC Preview, Prediction
– Not Receiving Votes … Houston.
– It’s the always fun sports radio question … give the unranked team that’s going to finish the season ranked. Going only with teams that didn’t receive any votes whatsoever, the top best guesses are 1) Houston, 2) Florida State, 3) Tennessee, 4) UCLA.
– Kentucky received 79 votes in the Coaches Poll. It didn’t get a single one from the AP types.
– UAB received three votes. That’s two more than USC and Arizona, and three more than UCLA, Florida State, Tennessee, NC State and Kentucky.