Kentucky Football: USA Today/Coach's College Football Poll - Initial Pre-Season 08/01/2013

#1 again - Andy Lyons

Check out the first official poll of the 2013 college football season.

Here we are with the first poll of the 2013 college football season. I'll have some comments on this shortly after it goes up.

Here we go (note: This list is sortable by clicking on the heading):

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (58) 13-1 1545 1
2 Ohio St. (3) 12-0 1427 NR
3 Oregon 12-1 1397 2
4 Stanford 12-2 1262 6
5 Georgia 12-2 1250 4
6 Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1215 5
7 South Carolina 11-2 1136 7
8 Clemson 11-2 1047 9
9 Louisville 11-2 1010 13
10 Florida 11-2 930 10
11 Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12 Florida St. 12-2 844 8
13 LSU 10-3 797 12
14 Oklahoma St. 8-5 726 NR
15 Texas 9-4 622 18
16 Oklahoma 10-3 620 15
17 Michigan 8-5 589 NR
18 Nebraska 10-4 426 23
19 Boise St. 11-2 420 14
20 TCU 7-6 400 NR
21 UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22 Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23 Wisconsin 8-0 172 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 NR
25 Oregon St. 9-4 135 19
Schools Dropped Out
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).
Others Receiving Votes
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.

Observations

  • I can't say that I have any argument at all with the top five.
  • Louisville at #9 galls me. Maybe they deserve it, though, so I suppose I'll just have to be galled.
  • Florida at #10 seems too high to me. I am not sold on Will Muschamp after last year, and seeing his current recruiting.
  • Oklahoma St., Texas, and Oklahoma have little to separate them. I actually think that Oklahoma probably deserves to be a spot or two higher.
  • Clemson and South Carolina right together. Oh, man, I can't wait for that game, I hope everybody's healthy.
  • Florida and FSU within a couple of spots. Mark Stoops' defensive legacy is still being felt.
  • Northwestern at #22 is interesting, but they had a great year last year.
  • Southern Cal fans are probably not too happy with their placement, but Lane Kiffin hasn't proven a thing.
  • Only 6 SEC teams in the poll this year. Makes sense, since Arkansas is on the decline and so is Auburn.
  • Is this the highest pre-season ranking for South Carolina in the Spurrier era? Seems to me like it might be.

Enter your comments below. More on this story as it develops.

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