Oregon powers the Pac on coaches first ballot

The USA Today preseason coaches’ poll is in, and as a result of NCAA sanctions, USC* is noticeably absent from the list.  Instead, the coaches casts their ballots and placed the power of the Pac 10 in the state of Oregon.

The defending conference champion Ducks prepare for a national title run, and they find themselves sitting in the 11th position of the first poll. As the favorite to repeat, it is the highest placement of all conference teams, with Oregon State (22) being the only other member to appear.

Arizona, Stanford, Washington, and Cal all received votes, but overall, it’s a poor start for a conference being penalized for a  poor finish.

USA Today Preseason coaches’ Poll

1.Alabama (55)
2.Ohio State (4)
5.Boise State
6.Virginia Tech
13.Miami (Fla.)
14.Penn State
17.Georgia Tech
18.North Carolina
20.Florida State
22.Oregon State
24t.West Virginia

Others receiving votes
Cincinnati (12-1) 135; Houston (10-4) 76; Brigham Young (11-2) 66; Arizona (8-5) 65; Mississippi (9-4) 48; Clemson (9-5) 44; Stanford (8-5) 41; Connecticut (8-5) 40; Notre Dame (6-6) 38; South Carolina (7-6) 38; Washington (5-7) 26; Missouri (8-5) 23; Navy (10-4) 12; Oklahoma State (9-4) 11; Boston College (8-5) 10; Michigan State (6-7) 10; Arizona State (4-8) 6; California (8-5) 6; Texas Tech (9-4) 5; South Florida (8-5) 4; Texas A&M (6-7) 3; Northwestern (8-5) 2; Temple (9-4) 2; Central Michigan (12-2) 1; Mississippi State (5-7) 1; Nevada (8-5) 1; Northern Illinois (7-6) 1; Southern Methodist (8-5) 1.

Source: USA Today

There really are no surprises at the top, with both Rose Bowl winners placing first and second.  Ohio State was impressive and spotlighted in its Rose Bowl victory over Oregon, and Alabama claimed a national title in the same stadium a week later with a victory over Texas.

When you look at some of the earliest games on the football schedule, this  poll will change dramatically in the opening weeks.  Alabama (1) has a date with Penn State (14).  Ohio State (2) will play Miami (13).  Oregon State (22) will play road games against both TCU (7) and Boise State (5).  Boise also has a make-or-break  game with Virginia Tech (6).

*Due to the postseason ban, coaches were not permitted to cast votes for USC.


~ by Anthony on August 6, 2010.

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