The first Coaches Poll for college football came out yesterday, and you can find it here in it’s entirety. Kentucky is ranked, of course — Just kidding! This is football. Not this season. #1 and #2 are no surprise, but there are a few surprises in there.
Here it is, in all it’s glorv, via the Mothership:
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK|
|1||Florida State Seminoles||14-0||1543||56||NR|
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||11-2||1455||NR|
|6||Ohio State Buckeyes||12-2||1267||1||NR|
|8||Michigan State Spartans||13-1||1050||NR|
|9||South Carolina Gamecocks||11-2||1009||1||NR|
|17||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||9-4||509||NR|
|18||Arizona State Sun Devils||10-4||358||NR|
|20||Texas A&M Aggies||9-4||266||NR|
|21||Kansas State Wildcats||8-5||257||NR|
|23||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-6||175||NR|
Others Receiving Votes:
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.
Tweet of the Day
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Mark Stoops was among the least talkative at SEC Media Days. I guess when you go 2-10, there’s not that much to talk about. Maybe next year …
Can we please just stop with the “but for a great team, Calipari would have left for Cleveland” crap? Thank you. The money wasn’t that incredible, and it isn’t as if Calipari needs more to finance his life.
Well, well, well. We knew it could happen, and now comes Kyle Tucker with a report that Coach Cal will hire his protégé Tony Barbee as an assistant. That’s good news, I always liked Barbee. It’s just that Auburn is the armpit of the SEC when it comes to basketball, and I am skeptical if even Bruce Pearl can make a difference there.
I suppose if anybody can, it’s him, and all he’ll have to do is dye his revolting orange blazer just a slightly different shade.
Apparently, Barbee will replace the recently departed Rod Strickland in a non-coaching role. John Clay has more.
Other Kentucky sports
New UK Hoops promotional video. I like the look of this team, and girls pumping iron is kind of sexy.
Kentucky plays three teams currently in the top 25 of the first Coaches poll
In theory, the expansion of the national title race from two to four teams with the inaugural College Football Playoff this season would offer more access to outsider conferences. But with the looming vote to give the Power Five leagues autonomy, the gap between the sport’s haves and have-nots is expected to increase exponentially. That has raised concern that one of college football’s defining storylines of the last decade – the plucky underdog attempting to crash the national championship picture – may disappear entirely.
The sky is falling.
- Bruins Nation (UCLA) is under new management, and I welcome them heartily, but tinged with sadness at seeing one of my oldest blog-friends, Nestor, pass the torch. So here’s a link for posterity. I’m sure the new guys will be awesome as well. We’ll be watching.
Other sports news
Long-term team building, a.k.a. “suck now, win later,” is under some fire from NBA top management. The 76ers look poised to take the brunt, but somebody has to, right? Hat tip: Real Clear Sports
Uh oh. Golfer Dustin Johnson failed a whiz quiz, is taking a “leave of absence” to deal with “personal challenges.” What is it about long hitters and substances (remember “Long John” Daly’s famous struggles?)
Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy. Looks like fun to me!
Hubble locates a galaxy 9.6 billion (with a “b”) light years from us. That means the light from that galaxy left before the Earth was an itch in the Milky Way’s galactic pants.
Ice cream that changes color when licked. Well, that’s just what we need!
Faster, please. Researchers achieve the “holy grail” of battery design — a stable lithium anode. Anything that makes batteries smaller, cheaper, and more efficient is good.