Snap judgments on preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

Thursday July 31st, 2014

USA Today released its preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday afternoon, where reigning champion Florida State garnered 56 of the 62 first-place votes to land atop the rankings. Here are a few thoughts on how the rankings shook out:

  • The SEC landed seven teams in the preseason Coaches Poll, followed by the Pac-12 with six, the Big 12 and Big Ten with four each, the ACC with three and Notre Dame.
  • It's easy to see why the Seminoles landed atop the preseason Coaches Poll. Thirteen starters return for the defending champs, including Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The 'Noles' schedule also presents a favorable path to a playoff berth. Florida State gets Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida in Tallahassee. Based on this poll, Florida State should cruise through the ACC -- only two other teams from that conference emerged in the poll: Clemson at No. 16 and North Carolina at No. 23.
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  • Remember, the Coaches Poll used to account for one-third of the BCS formula, but the poll will not be a required component of the upcoming College Football Playoff. Instead, the new 13-person selection committee will be free to use any criteria necessary when it selects the four playoff teams and the participants in the New Year's Day bowls.
  • Rank

    team

    Points

    First Place Votes

    1

    Florida State Seminoles

    1543

    56

    2

    Alabama Crimson Tide

    1455

    0

    3

    Oklahoma Sooners

    1382

    3

    4

    Oregon Ducks

    1314

    1

    5

    Auburn Tigers

    1271

    0

    6

    Ohio State Buckeyes

    1267

    1

    7

    UCLA Bruins

    1085

    0

    8

    Michigan State Spartans

    1050

    0

    9

    South Carolina Gamecocks

    1009

    1

    10

    Baylor Bears

    965

    0

    11

    Stanford Cardinal

    955

    0

    12

    Georgia Bulldogs

    905

    0

    13

    LSU Tigers

    833

    0

    14

    Wisconsin Badgers

    654

    0

    15

    USC Trojans

    627

    0

    16

    Clemson Tigers

    535

    0

    17

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    509

    0

    18

    Arizona State Sun Devils

    358

    0

    19

    Ole Miss Rebels

    346

    0

    20

    Texas A&M Aggies

    266

    0

    21

    Kansas State Wildcats

    257

    0

    22

    Nebraska Cornhuskers

    228

    0

    23

    North Carolina Tar Heels

    175

    0

    24

    Texas Longhorns

    143

    0

    25

    Washington Huskies

    142

    0

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