December 12, 2013

2014 Preseason Coaches Poll

The 2014 Coaches Poll is finally here. LINK

Overall, it's a bit of a letdown. I always look forward to its crazy choices, but this poll is completely realistic and makes a lot of sense. Maybe I just think that because these rankings are exceptionally similar to mine. Coaches, have you been copying again?

A few reflections:

-Minnesota is the only school I would say is clearly too low, but last year was the first time in quite a while that Minnesota fielded a contending team. It usually takes a few years of contending or a stronger historical legacy to make an impact in the poll. I think Minnesota has a stronger team than Arkansas this year (kiss of death, now we know that won't be the case), but Arkansas has contended more frequently over the last few years.

-The only other difference between these rankings and my own is Alabama at #2 and Oklahoma at #3, instead of the other way around, but that's completely sane and believable.

-Now let's talk about first-place votes. Utah got two of them. If you're going to do something weird like that, you should have to submit a public explanation of your decision. What's going on there, and are you enjoying all the drugs?

-Alabama got zero first-place votes, which is funny. Last year was the first time Alabama had ever been ranked #1 in the preseason poll (and by ever, I mean that I can think of) in spite of numerous championships and top teams over the years. The coaches historically have not favored the Tide, so it's not surprising, just very telling.

-UCLA, on the other hand, always gets a bunch of first-place votes just by being UCLA, so to see the Bruins receive just one and to see them almost passed up by LSU is interesting and goes against precedent a bit. But there are just so many question marks on that team this year.


  1. Haha, your comment about Utah is right on. I was thinking the exact same thing when I looked at the list.

  2. I don't know much about NCAA (just getting into it!) and nothing at all about this poll...can teams vote for themselves? How does it work?

    1. Yes, the coaches can vote for themselves as #1 when ranking the teams.