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Texas Debuts at #4 in the Coaches Poll

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Rank Team / (first-place votes) / 2009 record / Points / Final 2009 rank

1. Alabama (55) 14-0 1,469 1
2. Ohio State (4) 11-2 1,392 5
3. Florida 13-1 1,245 3
4. Texas 13-1 1,240 2
5. Boise State 14-0 1,215 4

6. Virginia Tech 10-3 1,052 10
7. TCU 12-1 1,051 6
8. Oklahoma 8-5 1,035 NR
9. Nebraska 10-4 1,001 14
10. Iowa 11-2 952 7
11. Oregon 10-3 940 11
12. Wisconsin 10-3 778 16
13. Miami (Fla.) 9-4 728 19
14. Penn State 11-2 508 8
15. Pittsburgh 10-3 492 15
16. LSU 9-4 476 17
17. Georgia Tech 11-3 455 13
18. North Carolina 8-5 445 NR
19. Arkansas 8-5 438 NR
20. Florida State 7-6 374 NR
21. Georgia 8-5 312 NR
22. Oregon State 8-5 263 NR
23. Auburn 8-5 260 NR
24t. Utah 10-3 169 18
24t. West Virginia 9-4 169 22

Others receiving votes
Cincinnati (12-1) 135; Houston (10-4) 76; Brigham Young (11-2) 66; Arizona (8-5) 65; Mississippi (9-4) 48; Clemson (9-5) 44; Stanford (8-5) 41; Connecticut (8-5) 40; Notre Dame (6-6) 38; South Carolina (7-6) 38; Washington (5-7) 26; Missouri (8-5) 23; Navy (10-4) 12; Oklahoma State (9-4) 11; Boston College (8-5) 10; Michigan State (6-7) 10; Arizona State (4-8) 6; California (8-5) 6; Texas Tech (9-4) 5; South Florida (8-5) 4; Texas A&M (6-7) 3; Northwestern (8-5) 2; Temple (9-4) 2; Central Michigan (12-2) 1; Mississippi State (5-7) 1; Nevada (8-5) 1; Northern Illinois (7-6) 1; Southern Methodist (8-5) 1.

I usually check in the Others Receiving Votes section just to see if A&M was ranked. 3 votes! Behind Okie State, Connecticut, Navy, and Cougar High. Sounds about right.

On Bama's #1 ranking, Saban declared that his defense could stop any team on this list with just three men in the box. Not enough statues of his likeness are being built fast enough in Tuscaloosa for his liking. This will be remedied promptly.

Texas comes in five spots higher than OU despite the Sooners getting most of the offseason love in the preseason mags. And somewhere in Norman, a dimple buried where a chin should be trembles with black rage, rictus agape.

Stoops seems maniacally focused on our game in October whereas Texas has its two biggest games back-to-back on the schedule, sandwiched around a crucial bye week. Texas should at least be match fit after the trip to Lubbock and home tilt against UCLA.

It's certainly better prep than the standard early season fare of U-La La, Florida Atlantic (that's our warmup for A&M at the end of the season), and New Mexico. Ocotber, get your ass here at once.

Ohio State's ranking is based on the return of a solid defense, an edgy 2010 collection of sweatervests to go in Tressel's new imported cedar-lined closet, the assumed progression of Terrell Pryor, and an average Big 10. Michigan is down and then you have a collection of good but not great teams in Penn St., Wisco, and Iowa. Ohio State has a favorable schedule so just book the Buckeyes in the BCS title game and burn couches later if things don't work out.

Virginia Tech is overrated as usual. Without even looking at their schedule, I can predict a 7-0 start followed by the standard mediocrity down the stretch at a .500 clip and twin towers of burning couches from Morgantown to Columbus.

Boise State is getting annoying.

Keep an eye on Arkansas.

Thoughts?