The University of Washington football team turns up 21st in the USA Today preseason coaches poll and, whether or not they agree with this, Husky fans learned long ago not to question this ranking and the men behind it.
After all, it was 30 years ago when the coaches voted for the UW as college football's national champion while the Associated Press poll, compiled from media member ballot, chose Miami.
With the season roughly three weeks away, 65 coaches selected Alabama No. 1 and the usual suspects through the first seven teams before choosing unlikely Iowa State, North Carolina and Cincinnati to fill out the top 10.
The Huskies, who have appeared in nearly every top 25 poll since the end of last season, came in two slots lower lower than Texas, which is now coached by former UW and USC leader Steve Sarkisian.
JImmy Lake's team ranks just ahead of Oklahoma State, Louisiana, Coastal Carolina and Lane Kiffin's Mississippi Rebels.
The Huskies are one of three Pac-12 entries in the coaches' poll, trailing No. 12 Oregon and No. 14 USC. Other conference teams receiving votes were Utah, which was the first team outside of the top 25; Arizona State, the third-highest vote-getter among the also-rans; and UCLA, Stanford and California.
Full Preseason Coaches Poll
4. Ohio State
6. Texas A&M
7. Notre Dame
8. Iowa State
9. North Carolina
20. Penn State
22. Oklahoma State
24. Coastal Carolina
25. Ole Miss
Others receiving votes: Utah 145; Northwestern 120; Arizona State 90; Auburn 84; Liberty 68; Brigham Young 53; Texas Christian 48; Michigan 30; Central Florida 29; NC State 27; Boise State 27; Kentucky 20; San Jose State 18; Army 13; Virginia Tech 9; Missouri 8; UCLA 7; Tulsa 6; Pittsburgh 6; Boston College 6; Houston 5; Ball State 5; West Virginia 4; Southern Methodist 4; Appalachian State 4; UAB 3; Arkansas 3; Nevada 2; Mississippi State 2; Air Force 2; Stanford 1; Marshall 1; Florida State 1; California 1.