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.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2764 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?
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.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17269 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2750 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.
Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2738 times:
Ah, talking about REAL Football!
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.
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8473 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2726 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...
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5313 posts, RR: 53 Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2687 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.
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.
8. Miami (Fla.) 9-3 1,080 11
Stays ahead of
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.
Copaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2626 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.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2621 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.
Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2618 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.
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.
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