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AP Top 25: Florida #1

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DanOregon, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'm always curious, are voters voting on who they think will be there at the end of the season, or who the top teams are going into the season? It always seems that most voters just count the returning starters and rank them that way - but I still don't understand the love for Notre Dame. And given the history of preseason polls I can't decide whether it will be Oklahoma State or Ole Miss that loses early.

    AP TOP 25
    1. Florida (58) 0-0 1,498
    2. Texas (2) 0-0 1,424
    3. Oklahoma 0-0 1,370
    4. USC 0-0 1,313
    5. Alabama 0-0 1,156
    6. Ohio State 0-0 1,113
    7. Virginia Tech 0-0 1,054
    8. Mississippi 0-0 1,047
    9. Oklahoma State 0-0 989
    9. Penn State 0-0 989
    11. LSU 0-0 914
    12. California 0-0 746
    13. Georgia 0-0 714
    14. Boise State 0-0 659
    15. Georgia Tech 0-0 593
    16. Oregon 0-0 587
    17. TCU 0-0 521
    18. Florida State 0-0 307
    19. Utah 0-0 289
    20. Brigham Young 0-0 267
    21. North Carolina 0-0 261
    22. Iowa 0-0 229
    23. Notre Dame 0-0 225
    24. Nebraska 0-0 207
    25. Kansas 0-0 134

    And the rest: Others Receiving Votes
    Oregon State 122, Illinois 105, Pittsburgh 103, Michigan State 100, Rutgers 83, Texas Tech 76, West Virginia 57, Cincinnati 44, Clemson 42, Miami (FL) 40, East Carolina 30, Tennessee 15, Arizona 13, North Carolina State 10, Boston College 9, CENTRL MICHIGAN 7, Auburn 7, UCLA 7, Northwestern 5, South Florida 3, Southern Miss 3, Vanderbilt 3, Missouri 3, South Carolina 2, Nevada 1, Arkansas 1, Houston 1, TROY 1, Tulsa 1.
  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Three votes for Missouri. :'(
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  4. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    I see the writers were feeling generous.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    If Gabbert's for real, the Tigers could surprise. But for the record, I didn't rank them in my mock poll, either
  6. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    But Lou Holtz picked Notre Dame to play Florida in the title game.
  7. CarltonBanks

    CarltonBanks New Member

    Notre Dame has a cakewalk schedule with its 7-4-1 plan (seven big home games, four road, one neutral), it's toughest game is USC in South Bend, there are over 100 returning starts on the offensive line, skill positions loaded and a decent defense. I seriously would not be surprised to see 11 wins. They should beat Michigan. Only losses I see on their schedule are Mich State in South Bend (Sparty always gives the Irish fits) and USC. Seriously, look at this:
    Sept. 5 NEVADA
    Sept. 12 at Michigan
    Sept. 26 at Purdue
    Oct. 10 Open Date
    Oct. 17 USC
    Oct. 31 vs. Washington State (at San Antonio, Texas)
    Nov. 7 NAVY
    Nov. 14 at Pittsburgh
    Nov. 28 at Stanford

    They will end up in the top 10 and play in a BCS bowl.
  8. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    At Pitt isn't a gimme. And at Purdue could be a slip up. Maybe BC.

    Your overall point that they'll be better than people might expect...I agree. nine or 10 wins probably.
  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'll be surprised if Notre Dame enters the USC game without a loss. Notre Dame is a middle of the road team. And if they do enter the SC game 3-2 - they'll be talking about Weis needing a USC win to avoid getting the heave.
  10. CarltonBanks

    CarltonBanks New Member

    Dan, I'll take that action if you want to bet. The team I don't see is Penn State. Sure, Royster and Clark are back but they lost their offensive line and all three receivers. And the defense is decent, but not a defense that will win games. No way they are a top ten team. ND would roll the Nittany Lions.
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Ha! Wrong again! :D You're seriously overestimating ND's defense.

    Five losses, maybe six. At least three of those at home. Weis is toast.
  12. mb

    mb Active Member

    Please ... PLEASE ... let ND cruise through that bullshit schedule. Because they will get positively skullfucked if they run into anybody worth a damn in a BCS game.
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