How the Preseason Coaches Poll Held Up
This is the next-to-last Season Recap Article. Thanks for Hanging in There.
- Storyline 10: The Return of Marcus Lattimore
- Storyline 9: Derek Dooley’s Hot Seat
- Storyline 8: Georgia’s Defense
- Storyline 7: Is Vanderbilt any good?
- Storyline 6: Picking on the New Kids – Texas A&M and Missouri
- Storyline 5: Divisional Powershift Courtesy of Auburn and Florida
- Storyline 4: The Decline of Arkansas and Mississippi State
- Storyline 3: The SEC’s Heisman Candidates
- Storyline 2: Alabama
- Storyline 1: Reviewing the Experts Picks
- How I did: Handicapping the SEC East
- How I did: Handicapping the SEC West
Remembering the Preseason Coaches Poll
Below is the Coaches Preseason Poll accompanied by where each team finished ranked (in the Coaches Poll) and a few brief thoughts.
- LSU (12) – I find it hard to criticize LSU’s 11-spot drop as I think they played to their potential this year. The loss of the Honey Badger left Les Miles and company with an anemic offense and a lack of play-making on defense and Special Teams. Frankly, I doubt the Tigers would have been ranked first had the votes taken Mathieu’s absence into consideration.
- Alabama (1) – While the merits were there for LSU, Alabama probably should have claimed this spot from the season’s onset. Naturally, the Tide rose in the end.
- Southern Cal (Unranked) – USC ended the season beyond unranked. The Trojans dropped completely out of the rankings and were not included among the thirteen teams that “also received votes.” So, at best USC dropped from third to 39th. Talent notwithstanding, that may be typical for a Lane Kiffin coached team.
- Oklahoma (15) – When you lose three games you aren’t going to finish in the top-5. That being said the Sooners three losses came to the third (Notre Dame), fifth (Texas A&M) and 11th (K-State) ranked teams.
- Oregon (2) – The Ducks were a late season loss to Stanford away from playing in the National Championship game. With Southern Cal’s fall from favor, fifth was about as low as the Ducks could have finished up given their talent, coaching and schedule. They eased up a bit.
- Georgia (4) – The Bulldogs quietly (at least on the national scale) overcame one of the season’s most embarrassing losses of the season to have one of the best season’s in the country. I’ve said a thing or two about this team.
- Florida State (8) – With the lone exception of the NC State loss, Florida State’s season went exactly how it should have. The Seminoles beat inferior opponents and lost to the one team they played that was better (Florida). I’m sure they regret the Wolfpack loss but they were still handed a cupcake BCS Bowl, which is one heck of a consolation prize.
- Michigan (NR) – The Wolverines bookended the season with losses to SEC teams (Aloabama to open, South Carolina to close) and dropped three games in the middle. If that doesn’t scream “Overrated Traditional Power” nothing does.
- South Carolina (7) – There was a point in the season at which South Carolina looked like the best team in the Country. The defense was dominant, Lattimore was getting it back and both QBs were clicking. Then they slipped up in back-to-back weeks against LSU and Florida and lost Lattimore. Yet through all of that the Cocks finished an impressive 11-2.
- Arkansas (Unranked) – Yeah. Petrino happened.
- West Virginia (Unranked) – This team also looked like a contender for a while behind a QB that seemed to throw for a mile a game without incompletions or turnovers. The wheels came off for him (to an extent) and the porous defense proved insurmountable.
- Wisconsin (Unranked) – We finally saw the Badger team we expected in the Big 10 Championship game. Prior to that the season was a real disappointment.
- Michigan State (Unranked) – The Spartans opened the season with a grueling victory over the Boise State Broncos, but the Spartans struggled to find a rhythm and one consecutive games just twice.
- Clemson (9) – The Tigers had an almost perfect season that was capped off with a win over LSU in the Chick-fil-A bowl. They return a lot of offensive firepower and should be a force in 2013.
- Texas (18) – A ho-hum 9-4 year left the Texas faithful disappointed in a year that was supposed to mark the return to elite-ness.
- Nebraska (23) – The Big 10 was weird this year. Penn State and Ohio State weren’t eligible for the Championship Game so it ended up being Nebraska taking on five-loss Wisconsin. Then somehow Wisconsin woke up in time to beat the twilight out of the Huskers. Point being: everyone expected the Huskers to punch a ticket to the Rose Bowl, but instead they ended up losing out and taking a loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
- TCU (Unranked) – Whatever.
- Stanford (6) – The Cardinal is back. Maybe this is a real thing. I was sure the loss of Harbaugh and then Luck would do the team in, but they’re rolling behind big, bad offensive lines.
- Oklahoma State (Unranked) – I’m so over the Big XII.
- Virginia Tech (Unranked) – Ironically this seemed entirely too low to me as the season opened. Has the talent dried up there? What’s the deal?
- Kansas State (11) – For a while the Wildcats were in the driver’s seat to the BCS National Championship. Thankfully the world restored equilibrium and sanity.
- Boise State (14) – Frankly, I don’t care where the Broncos are ranked. As long as I don’t have to hear about them. So this year was a perfect Boise State season as far as I’m concerned.
- Florida (10) – This ranking seemed way too low back in August and was part of why I felt the SEC East was underrated.
- Notre Dame (3) – SOOOOO GOOOOD!
- Auburn (Unranked) – HAHAHAHAHAHA!
That’s all I got/