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USA Today Preseason College Football Poll Released  
User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/usatpoll.htm

Not really surprised by the poll. I do think that OU is overrated, and I think that Fresno State should be in the top 25 (they're 26). I think Iowa should have been a little higher as well. But USC will fall to the FS Bulldogs in their November beating, so that kink should be worked out then.  Smile

-Copa

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Can someone explain to me how Duke (!) got a vote? Their football program, quite frankly, sucks...perpetual losers...

My Buffs are 34th, it appears, which is about where I expected us to be, and we also had the most votes of any B12 North team, which is always a good thing...

Greg



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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

How in the world can two numbskulls vote for Texas as #1? I bleed burnt orange, but Texas would get spanked like OU if they had to duke it out with USC today. I was pleasantly surprised that Texas was ranked #2, Vince Young allegedly learned how to pass more effectively in the spring, but he needs someone to throw the ball to, and with only 2 upperclassmen receivers the newbies better step up. Dare we say (for the 6th year) that this is the year OU goes down?

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

As long as :

8. Miami (Fla.) 9-3 1,080 11
Stays ahead of
11. Florida
and
12. Florida State

It will be an EXCELLENT year Big grin


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

Georgia belongs higher on the list.


We'll see.



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineCairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 2):
How in the world can two numbskulls vote for Texas as #1?

Presumably because it is a coaches poll and the UT coach gets a vote along with someone who benefits from possibly beating a high ranked UT, like the Baylor coach or A&M coach.

UT is always over rated and this always hurts them because they get too cocky. It's better to come up from the bottom than try to maintain the top.
I went to UT and I hate it. I'd rather be the preseason underdog than the favorite.

Cairo


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

I bet Utah would be on the Top 25 if Urban Meyer was still there.........

Georgia @ #13, I'm surprised they were rated that high. Shockley is not exactly a proven QB, the only thing he proven is that it's going to be hard to fill David Greene's shoes. I wouldn't be surprised to see Blake Barnes getting a decent amount of playing time (Joe Tereshinski hasn't exactly gotten the #2 slot sewn up, and seems to be better suited to playing on special teams.), and would not be surprised if a situation like what vaulted David Greene into the starter's role over Quincy Carter several seasons back occurs. I'm concerned about the kicking game as well since the kicking game last season wasn't too great (Of course it's hard to come in and replace the best kicker in school history. Billy Bennett was even better than Kevin Butler, whose records Bennett broke.). I also hope that the off the field problems sort themselves out. Several players have been suspended for the opener for various off the field infractions. It at times has seemed as though the stuff that happens @ FSU came to Athens with Coach Richt.

I'm very surprised Georgia Tech got as many votes as they got. Tech needs to have a decent season or else risk becoming an also-ran in the conference. This in my opinion is Gailey's make or break season at the North Avenue Trade School. 7-5 isn't going to cut it, Tech needs to finish with at least 8 wins, a decent bowl game, and most importantly a win over UGA for this season to be successful. If Tech finishes with less wins than the past season, Gailey may be gone.


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Ah, talking about REAL Football!  bigthumbsup 

One of the first big matchups of the year is on Sept 10th, when the Longhorns travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes in the 'Shoe. That should be a helluva game, sports fans.

My beloved Falcons at #32 to start. Not bad for a MAC team. Two huge early road games for Bowling Green-at Wisconsin and at Boise State. I expect both to be excellent games. And, if they can win both-and they can-they'll be a top 20 team by week 4.

And with Matt Leinert and Reggie Bush, I don't see anyone taking the title from USC.


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

So, Falcon, did you actually go to Ohio State, or are you just a fan?

User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 8):
So, Falcon, did you actually go to Ohio State, or are you just a fan?

Read my first reply, and you'll find out where I went to school. I am a lifelong fan of Buckeye football.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

I'm not a fan of preseason polls. Teams should have to start from zero, and after six weeks that is when I think the first poll should come out.

And yes, this is coming from a USC fan.



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

So you went to Bowling Green?

I'm not surprised that half of the SEC is in the top 25, but I'm not convinced about Alabama. Shula's still got a lot to prove. We lost to Maine last year and yet Alabama didn't beat us until the 4th quarter when we played them...


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

South Carolina got 16 votes - I can deal with that, given the troubles the program has gone through this off-season.


South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 12):
South Carolina got 16 votes - I can deal with that, given the troubles the program has gone through this off-season.

Will they be that good, GP? Or is that simply the "Spurrier factor"?  Smile


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

Ah Miami is on top of the Bucks....

I am so excited about OSU vs. UT. OSU is gonna learn how those southern schools play ball. It'll be a good game UT will win, it will be a brutal, physical victory for them.



Go big or go home
User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 13):
Will they be that good, GP? Or is that simply the "Spurrier factor"?

This season I think it'll be the Spurrier Factor. I predict my Gamecocks will go either 5-6 or 6-5 (I waffle because I can see the Clemson game going either way). After this season, however, I see Carolina on the road to being good enough to hang with the cream of the SEC East - Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

As long as th better team:
4. Michigan

is 5 ahead of
9. Ohio State

I am very happy

Buck ther Fuckeyes!

ANd as our tour director said at Michigan: And the library can borrow books from many other colleges to, even Ohio State, it's not like they know how to read or anything.

 airplane jetBlueAtJFK airplane 



When You Know jetBlue, You Know Better
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Oh, great, another Daize and Blue supporter.

Maybe I should get the unofficial OSU version of Hail to The Victors out here and paste it here.  Big grin


User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Moronic version for morons!!! Please post!  Silly  Silly

LOL
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User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 7):
Ah, talking about REAL Football!

No kidding. Fans are so much more dedicated, I like the competition better (mainly when it's two ranked teams playing each other) rather than watching a bunch of NFL teams that can't develop cohesion due to free agents floating around everywhere (not to mention fans can hardly keep up with who's gone where) and the game hasn't been spoiled like the pros with all the glitz - the style overshadowing the substance.

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 3):
As long as :

8. Miami (Fla.) 9-3 1,080 11
Stays ahead of
11. Florida
and
12. Florida State

It will be an EXCELLENT year

I hear that. I've loved Miami ever since they beat the daylights out of OU back in the Orange Bowl in '87. I like Bowden, though, and, someday, if Texas can survive the Red River Shootout, maybe they'll at least get a shot at a national title under Mack, which would be cool to see. But they have to survive on the road at OSU first. Doesn't look promising for them. I have to research more to see who I feel has the best shot at the national title.

-R


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 4):
Georgia belongs higher on the list

Not until they can demonstrate that they can consistently beat the Gators.

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 12):
South Carolina got 16 votes

The Gamecocks versus the Gators is going to be a hell of game this year. I wonder if the old ball coach will get choked up.


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Good article on Bowling Green's sensational Junior QB, Omar Jacobs, in ESPN Magazine this month.  bigthumbsup  Click on the cover, and go to the article.

http://mag.espn.go.com/ActiveMagazin.../2005/08/15&bookcollection=ESPN_AM


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

Falcon- I believe that BGSU is underrated, and will upset Boise State in their meeting this year on the smurf turf. Omar Jacobs is sensational, and I believe he is one of, if not the top QB in the nation. Also, I found it interesting that the Harmon Forecast has BGSU beating Wisconsin in the opening week. Time will tell I guess.
The poll should have had UTEP higher up (only 22 votes) and FS up higher than 26. We should at least be ranked ahead of Virginia, as we beat them at a neutral place, and they lost more starters than we did. BGSU should also be ranked.

-Copa


User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

#11 ain't too shabby, I assume that's the Meyer hype factor at work. I'm cautiously optimistic, there's a lot of talent packed into the Gator's lineup as always, but Meyer's public comments always fall short of being optimistic or positive. Of course putting his wonderful brain to work designing an offense around Chris Leak offers visions of championships. Saw some sparks at the Orange and Blue game that suggest the mediocrity of the Zook area is already long gone. Thankfully season tickets game through, so I'll be there painted orange and blue at the Swamp. Gonna be an exciting season.

User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 22):
Also, I found it interesting that the Harmon Forecast has BGSU beating Wisconsin in the opening week.

I think BG certainly can beat both UW and BSU, but I don't think they will beat both, and could easily lose both. Two quality opponents on the road, that's a tough first two games. I'd settle for a split, to be honest, and ecstatic for a sweep.  Smile

If Jacobs has anywhere near the season he had last year, he'll be a Heisman candidate his senior season, I'm convinced. He won't be this year, unless his numbers are just off the board. But then again, 41 TD's and only 4 picks his first year is pretty off-the-board stuff.  Silly

Btw, next year, Wisconsin comes to Cleveland to play the Falcons at Cleveland Browns Stadium. I think it's technically a "home game" for Wisconsin, but there will be a lot more BG fans than UW fans, me included, I guarantee you.


25 Copaair737 : AC- I think the Gators are overrated, but thats just me. I also think that VT is pretty overrated as well. The Gators will contend for the SEC title,
26 ContnlEliteCMH : Be careful! The lesson that Ohio State learns could be the same one with the last "southern school" they played. As I glance up at the memorabilia he
27 Post contains images Falcon84 : Wanna buy me one, dude?
28 ContnlEliteCMH : Ah yes. You can start ahead of us, like you do every year. Just as long as the number next to the Maize and Blow's name on the scoreboard is smaller
29 ContnlEliteCMH : BTW, are there any Texas fans coming to my fair city for that game? We have a rockin' good tailgate and you would be more than welcome. Grill, beer, a
30 Post contains images Falcon84 : You've got a Buckeye fan two hours away..if someone would like to donate that ticket.
31 ContnlEliteCMH : I'm doing well, but not THAT well... Man, I can hardly wait. Everybody on this board loves aviation. I love to fly. But compared to Buckeye football,
32 Post contains images Falcon84 : If you were talking maybe $100, I might be able to beg with my wife to let me go, and scrounge up the case, but $250 to $500? I'm 'po folk, man. Damn
33 ContnlEliteCMH : I know, especially with your pay cuts. Being po' folk is the reason I missed Penn State 1995. It was #3 against #5 that day, and tickets outside the
34 S12PPL : As usual the REAL OSU, Oregon State, gets no recognition. They will be a darkhorse team, mark my words. GO BEAVS!!!!!
35 USAFHummer : HAHA!!! You are funny man, really...no, I mean it, you are funny!!! Signed, Ohio State fans
36 Legend500 : some thoughts - Texas: Sure. #2 now. Let us not forget ye old algebra, however: October + Dallas + Cotton Bowl = Choke + Oklahoma. Tennessee: Dark hor
37 Garnetpalmetto : Maybe so, but both teams will, once again, be the property of that team that plays in Western PA, formerly at the confluence of Monongahela and Alleg
38 ContnlEliteCMH : Sadly, I see nothing that can force disagreement from me. I don't *want* it to be true, and I suppose it *might* not be true, but it probably will be
39 Post contains images Falcon84 : Lifelong Browns fan, my friend. And I do think the Browns are in for another sparse win year, but I think they have finally hired some competent peop
40 ContnlEliteCMH : OK, back to the college game. I'll weigh in on the Big Ten this year. As usual, scUM tops the preseason polls, and as usual, is vastly overrated. Ohio
41 UAXDXer : ???? If this is true, Les Miles career at LSU will end with that loss.
42 Homer71 : Probably Mac Brown and his brother, Watson Brown (head coach at Alabama-Birmingham), which might explain how UAB got a top 25 vote...
43 USAFHummer : Ok...here's my Big 12 take... Big 12 North (a bit varied from most other North predictions) 1. Colorado 2. Iowa State 3. Kansas 4. Nebraska 5. Missour
44 Johnboy : Welll I'm not surprised at Louisville being included on the preseason poll because they ranked highly at the end of last year. But I'd be less suspici
45 Senorcarnival : My Big 12: South 1. Texas 2. Oklahoma 3. Texas A&M 4. Texas Tech 5. Baylor 6. Oklahoma State North 1. Colorado 2. Nebraska 3. Iowa State 4. Kansas Sta
46 Srbmod : And Papa Joe further sullies his legacy. He's way past his prime as a coach, and hasn't been able to put together a decent team since the mid 1990s (
47 Skyway1 : ContnlEliteCMH..... Couldn't have said it better myself. My buddy is an OSU alum(I'm a Wright State alum....snooze) and we went to the OSU/Michigan ga
48 Delta767300ER : I'm glad to see Miami ranked higher than UF or FSU. We open our season at FSU and I hope we kick the shit outta them! I also hope UF goes unranked! Go
49 Post contains links USAFHummer : KROC, care to comment on Miami's #8 preseason ranking? I recall you saying from this thread http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.mai
50 Post contains links ContnlEliteCMH : That day was magical, to be sure. It was the biggest tailgate I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them. College Gameday was there, and Herbstrei
51 Senorcarnival : My brain is currently plotting evil schemes to go to Columbus on Sept. 10.
52 Skyway1 : Ooooooh...I might take you up on the tailgate offer. Have to keep my schedule open. That day was nuts....me and my buddy parked over by his old apartm
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