Alabama is #1 in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll

Alabama will start the season just how they ended last season: At the top of the rankings

8/1/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

The USA Today has published their annual preseason Coaches' poll, and there's no surprises about who is on the top of the rankings.

Alabama won last year's BCS championship, and they're the runaway favorites this year as well, receiving 58 of 62 first place votes from the coaches. Here are the full rankings, courtesy of USA Today:

Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks to quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) prior to the start of the 2012 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports1. Alabama (13-1) | Points: 1,545 (58 first-place votes)
2. Ohio State (12-0) | Points: 1,427 (3)
3. Oregon (12-1) | Points: 1,397
4. Stanford (12-2) | Points: 1,262
5. Georgia (12-2) | Points: 1,250
6. Texas A&M (11-2) | Points: 1,215 (1)
7. South Carolina (11-2) | Points: 1,136
8. Clemson (11-2) | Points: 1,047
9. Louisville (11-2) | Points: 1,010
10. Florida (11-2) | Points: 930
11. Notre Dame (12-1) | Points: 872
12. Florida State (12-2) | Points: 844
13. LSU (10-3) | Points: 797
14. Oklahoma State (8-5) | Points: 726
15. Texas (9-4) | Points: 622
16. Oklahoma (10-3) | Points: 620
17. Michigan (8-5) | Points: 589
18. Nebraska (10-4) | Points: 426
19. Boise State (11-2) | Points: 420
20. TCU (7-6) | Points: 400
21. UCLA (9-5) | Points: 202
22. Northwestern (10-3) | Points: 186
23. Wisconsin (8-6) | Points: 172
24. Southern California (7-6) | Points: 165
25. Oregon State (9-4) | Points: 135

Last year's runner up, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, come into the season ranked only 11th, despite going undefeated last year in the regular season. Oklahoma State makes the biggest jump, going from unranked at the end of last season to #14 in the preseason poll.

Most people are predicting Alabama will face Ohio State in the championship game, now that Ohio State is once again eligible for bowl games. These rankings seem to echo that sentiment, placing the Buckeyes right behind Alabama.

Ohio State and Texas A&M were the only schools other than Alabama to receive any first place votes.

What's your take on these rankings? Which teams are too high, and which are too low? Let us know what you think.
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8/1/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
The Big Ten looks mediocre at best once again. It will be a travesty, as it would've been last year, if Ohio State plays in the National Championship game with that schedule. The argument will be made for a 1 loss SEC or even the Pac-12 conference getting into the title game over an unbeaten Ohio State team. How many times do we need to see these inferior schools getting manhandled in National Championship games by SEC schools?

I think the two best teams in the country have been SEC teams every year for the past half-decade (at least), but I have no interest in seeing a rematch in the title game unless it's the result of a playoff. I think that would be a travesty.

8/1/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

So it seems that the Alabama-Texas A&M and Oregon-Stanford games are the games of the year, at least by preseason standards, no?

8/1/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

The Big Ten looks mediocre at best once again. It will be a travesty, as it would've been last year, if Ohio State plays in the National Championship game with that schedule. The argument will be made for a 1 loss SEC or even the Pac-12 conference getting into the title game over an unbeaten Ohio State team. How many times do we need to see these inferior schools getting manhandled in National Championship games by SEC schools?