Friday, August 19, 2011

The Sooners Take The Pole Position

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Well folks, we are less than 2 weeks away from the start of another college football season. My how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers were hoisting the national championship trophy and the Oregon Ducks were left wondering-- what happened?!

As I was looking at the preseason polls which are already available (still waiting on the AP), I noticed a few interesting things--

The Oklahoma Sooners were overwhelmingly ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll with 42 first place votes. This, however, hasn't always worked out too well for the Sooners. If memory serves me correct, more often than not, whenever the Sooners take the pole position and are considered heavy favorites, something always seems to go wrong for them down the road. Remember Kansas State and LSU in 2003?

Here are the Top 10 in the USA Today preseason poll:
  1. Oklahoma
  2. Alabama
  3. Oregon
  4. LSU
  5. Florida State
  6. Stanford
  7. Boise State
  8. Oklahoma St.
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Wisconsin
The No. 3 Oregon Ducks and the No. 4 LSU Tigers will immediately put a dent on the polls as these two powerhouses will collide in Week 1. Personally, I believe the winner of this game should take over the No. 1 ranking in Week 2.  The No. 1 Sooners and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide both play at home against two softies (Tulsa and Kent State, respectively) in Week 1, so the strength of schedule component should propel the winner of the Oregon/LSU game to the No. 1 ranking, in my opinion.

The No. 7 Boise State Broncos play a tough road game in Week 1 at the No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs. For Boise State this is a huge and I mean, huge, game. As history has taught them, being a "second-class" citizen in the BCS standings is a tough gig. The Broncos know, all too well, that in order for them to get any consideration for a BCS bowl game, they must have a perfect season. In the world of the so-called "mid-majors" one loss is unacceptable to the BCS. Fair or unfair, that's just the way it is. So a win at Georgia will definitely set up the Bronco's season nicely. If they beat Georgia, they should go into their big clash with TCU undefeated. The Broncos and the Horned Frogs are scheduled to do battle on Nov. 12.

Also, it's nice to see the Texas A&M Aggies in the Top 10 for the first time in a long time. College Station should be an exciting place to be this season.

The bottom of the Top-25 looks like what the top used to look like in yesteryear with Florida at No. 23, Texas at No. 24 and Penn State at No. 25. Who would've thought that these once-powerhouses would be looking up at schools like Boise State and TCU?

Finally, can anyone explain to me why the Big East is a Power-6 conference? No teams in the Top-25, again.

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Anyway, other than that, there wasn't much else I found eye-catching about the preseason polls. As we all know, these polls will change a gazillion times from week to week. It'll be interesting to see how long the Sooners hang on to the top spot because, after all, they do run into a brick wall in Week 2 at No. 5 Florida State. There we shall see what the Sooners are made of.

To be continued....

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