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2013 College Football Preseason Coaches Poll

Texas #15

Tom Pennington

The USA Today's Coach's Poll:

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<th align="center">RANK</th> <th align="center">TEAM</th> <th align="center">RECORD</th> <th align="center">POINTS</th> <th align="center">PREVIOUS RANK</th>
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<td align="center">1</td>
<td align="center">Alabama (58)</td>
<td align="center">13-1</td>
<td align="center">1545</td>
<td align="center">1</td>
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<td align="center">2</td>
<td align="center">Ohio St. (3)</td>
<td align="center">12-0</td>
<td align="center">1427</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">3</td>
<td align="center">Oregon</td>
<td align="center">12-1</td>
<td align="center">1397</td>
<td align="center">2</td>
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<td align="center">4</td>
<td align="center">Stanford</td>
<td align="center">12-2</td>
<td align="center">1262</td>
<td align="center">6</td>
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<td align="center">5</td>
<td align="center">Georgia</td>
<td align="center">12-2</td>
<td align="center">1250</td>
<td align="center">4</td>
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<td align="center">6</td>
<td align="center">Texas A&amp;M (1)</td>
<td align="center">11-2</td>
<td align="center">1215</td>
<td align="center">5</td>
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<td align="center">7</td>
<td align="center">South Carolina</td>
<td align="center">11-2</td>
<td align="center">1136</td>
<td align="center">7</td>
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<td align="center">8</td>
<td align="center">Clemson</td>
<td align="center">11-2</td>
<td align="center">1047</td>
<td align="center">9</td>
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<td align="center">9</td>
<td align="center">Louisville</td>
<td align="center">11-2</td>
<td align="center">1010</td>
<td align="center">13</td>
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<td align="center">10</td>
<td align="center">Florida</td>
<td align="center">11-2</td>
<td align="center">930</td>
<td align="center">10</td>
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<td align="center">11</td>
<td align="center">Notre Dame</td>
<td align="center">12-1</td>
<td align="center">872</td>
<td align="center">3</td>
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<td align="center">12</td>
<td align="center">Florida St.</td>
<td align="center">12-2</td>
<td align="center">844</td>
<td align="center">8</td>
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<td align="center">13</td>
<td align="center">LSU</td>
<td align="center">10-3</td>
<td align="center">797</td>
<td align="center">12</td>
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<td align="center">14</td>
<td align="center">Oklahoma St.</td>
<td align="center">8-5</td>
<td align="center">726</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">15</td>
<td align="center">Texas</td>
<td align="center">9-4</td>
<td align="center">622</td>
<td align="center">18</td>
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<td align="center">16</td>
<td align="center">Oklahoma</td>
<td align="center">10-3</td>
<td align="center">620</td>
<td align="center">15</td>
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<td align="center">17</td>
<td align="center">Michigan</td>
<td align="center">8-5</td>
<td align="center">589</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">18</td>
<td align="center">Nebraska</td>
<td align="center">10-4</td>
<td align="center">426</td>
<td align="center">23</td>
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<td align="center">19</td>
<td align="center">Boise St.</td>
<td align="center">11-2</td>
<td align="center">420</td>
<td align="center">14</td>
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<td align="center">20</td>
<td align="center">TCU</td>
<td align="center">7-6</td>
<td align="center">400</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">21</td>
<td align="center">UCLA</td>
<td align="center">9-5</td>
<td align="center">202</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">22</td>
<td align="center">Northwestern</td>
<td align="center">10-3</td>
<td align="center">186</td>
<td align="center">16</td>
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<td align="center">23</td>
<td align="center">Wisconsin</td>
<td align="center">8-0</td>
<td align="center">172</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">24</td>
<td align="center">USC</td>
<td align="center">7-6</td>
<td align="center">165</td>
<td align="center">NR</td>
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<td align="center">25</td>
<td align="center">Oregon St.</td>
<td align="center">9-4</td>
<td align="center">135</td>
<td align="center">19</td>
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<td align="center" colspan="5">Schools Dropped Out</td>
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<td align="center" colspan="5">No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).</td>
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<td colspan="6" align="center">Others Receiving Votes</td>
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<td colspan="5" align="center">Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.</td>
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And by Coach's Poll, of course, I mean the ballot was filled out hastily by a graduate assistant or SID. Mack Brown doesn't have a vote this year - it's limited to 62 coaches and it rotates around. And his (virtual) peers don't seem to have a lot of regard for the situation in Austin given that a team that finished ranked 18th last year returning 19 starter got a bump all of the way to...#15?
Kansas State dropped out. They're decimated by graduation (read: eligibility expiration).
The Big 12 has teams ranked at 14, 15, 16 and 20. Though I agree that the league probably doesn't have an elite MNC contender, if you pushed a power poll out to 40 spots, I think you'd see 7 Big 12 teams listed. This will be a wild conference race.
Alabama, Ohio State, and Stanford make plenty of sense to me in the Top 5.
Curious as to your thoughts.