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Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:41 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Just as predicted by numbers guru Phil Steele back in February, Oklahoma will begin the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Sooners grabbed 42 of a possible 59 first-place votes in the coaches' preseason ballot, released Thursday morning, but still hold just a 40-point lead over second-place Alabama. The Tide took 13 first-place votes, with the remaining four split evenly between No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU (who just so happen to be playing in Dallas on the season's opening Saturday). Florida State rounds out the top five, further cementing Jimbo Fisher's program as the new ACC favorites. (Virginia Tech is the next-highest ACC team at No. 13.)

Conference-by-conference, the poll features eight teams from the SEC, five from the Big Ten, five from the Big 12, two each from the Pac-12, ACC and Mountain West, and one independent in Notre Dame. The Big East went unrepresented in the top 25, with West Virginia finishing "No. 27" as part of the "Also Receiving Votes" category.

Some immediate reaction:
  • When it comes to getting the benefit of the doubt, it still pays to be the biggest-name program possible. Georgia, Florida, Texas and Penn State combined for a whopping 25 losses last year, but all four still find their way into the preseason ballot as teams Nos. 21-25.
  • Despite the SEC's lofty reputation, it's the Big 12 with the top billing in the top 10. In addition to Oklahoma edging the Tide for top spot, both Oklahoma State and Texas A&M squeeze into the top 10 while only LSU joins Alabama from the SEC. The Cowboys and Aggies will have a lot to prove, as recent Big 12 dark horses like Nebraska last season and the '09 Cowboys have failed to live up to their preseason ranking.
  • Ohio State's off-season turmoil has left Wisconsin and those same Cornhuskers as the only Big Ten teams in the top 15 of the poll. Given the league's apparent parity -- the Huskers were recently named the league favorite despite coaching turnover and major losses on defense -- even that may be generous.
  • The top two teams in the final poll of 2010 slid a combined 31 spots, with national champion Auburn coming in No. 19 and No. 2 TCU checking in at No. 15. Auburn may be ranked entirely too low if you subscribe to the "champions until they lose" doctrine, and entirely too high if you believe the combination of a brutal schedule and extremely young roster will result in a struggle to even make the top 25. Which means they're probably ranked about right for a poll like this.
  • With USC ineligible and Arizona State and Utah each finishing in the "Also Receiving Votes" category, no team from the new Pac-12 South was included. Guess the "Sun Devils = divisional favorite" offseason chatter didn't mean a whole lot to the voters, just as West Virginia's status as the presumptive Big East favorite didn't. But should it really have meant less than Penn State's expected running-in-place season after a 7-6 season a year ago?
  • For that reason, this blogger will go with the Nittany Lions as the poll's most overrated team, and a tie between Nos. 13 and 14 -- Virginia Tech and loaded Arkansas -- as the poll's most underrated.

Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Tongue out90% of Oklahomans know of our "Sooner" nickname,it's in all school histories(social studies). We also know that most of the people thatleft early had lived and proved their land for years when it was a territory. That being said since WWll OU is the winningest Football program in the nation. While I'm not particullary enaporied of Stoops he is not afraid to kick an all american off of His team for off field violations. Some failed to ever come back, others refused to let their name be remembered that way,worked hard to be reinstated, received a second chance. He has not always made the right on field decisions,sometimes exicution was at fault yet he is an excellent coach.
Do the Sooners deserve to be #1,who knows. Somebody has to be #1 aparently Is it exciting to be #1 shure if you like to have a bullseye on your back(Even appalation state can "get up"for#1).
If you want to see a program with ETHICS look to see what other teams have done about inelligble players.
    Will OU beat Texas, I hope so. That will be decided on the field not in chat rooms. It's hard to play your best every week but with a bullseye on your back ,receiving the best from EVERY OPPOSING TEAM they will have to.
Will Oklahoma State be as good as last year or better? That will be up to their players, I as a Sooner wish that their only loss be to OU, and that they have a great year!



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

For all of you that sit here and put stock in this poll...chew on this.  In the BCS era, not once has a Coaches Poll preseason number 1 finished the season number 1. 

For you to contemplate-The Sooners have done it a lot more often than anybody else has.(Not in bcs era)



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

LSUdabest1, I saw some smoke and some fire last year.  It was coming from Newton's feet as he trucked Patrick Peterson (talk about questionable eligibility) like a gimp in the end zone.  24-17, Boss...see ya October 22nd.
LSU was just happy to get out of that game with its defenseive lineman still walking (see: Glenn Dorsey aka cheapest shot ever).  Whenevr you play at Auburn expect bad calls and cheap shots - its just the way it is.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

For all of you that sit here and put stock in this poll...chew on this.  In the BCS era, not once has a Coaches Poll preseason number 1 finished the season number 1. 
That's because thet refuse to rank SEC teams #1 pre-season unless they are named Alabama.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Oklahoma will choke. Oklahoma will always choke.  It's odd that the team with the most decisive bowl victory was Stanford, and they were dropped to 6 (Preseason) from 3 (Final Postseason).  H\
I think the most decisive bowl victory would belong to LSU, who crushed Texas A&M in its own backyard.



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:15 am
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

Champ- You should wipe your arse with your socks AFTER you take them off, not before you put them on, then you might not walk around all day feeling so nasty. 



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

For whatever reason, he fails to bring up 2003 which is the biggest error or them all.

 

I'd forgotten about that one, but you're right, OU had no business in that game either.




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

pWALKER05...IF YOU LIVE IN OKLAHOMA AND YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GO WATCH HERITAGE HALL PLAY THIS SEASON, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO. HE IS AN AMAZING ATHELETE....OH AND THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE VERY FEW NON-IGNORANT ou FANS AND RECOGNIZING A COWBOY SUPERSTAR



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:40 am
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

I am an OU fan and I find it seriously hard to believe he is better than his Dad



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Oklahoma tops preseason Coaches Poll

weekender8... u wanted to make it about the two schools. sorry i simply stated a few facts and made u upset. but u know what yeah Owho owns the rivalry 82-16-7. thats pretty easy to do when you are able to recruit the way that the sooners do. I tell you what though, choklahoma better watch out when sanders jr. comes to stillwater. i know his daddy didnt beat ou but hes a lil better than his dad


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