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August 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

My Top 25

I overlooked this yesterday while concentrating on the scrimmage, but the pre-season AP Top 25 poll was released.
And this year, I happen to be one of the 60 voters who make up the poll. One media person in the state is selected to participate in the poll and this year it’s me. I’ve done it a few times before but not for four years or so.
Anyway, here’s a link to the poll with a top five of Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Alabama.
Here’s my ballot:
1, Florida
2, USC
3, Texas
4, Oklahoma
5, Virginia Tech
6, Ole Miss
7, Ohio State
8, Oklahoma State
9, LSU
10, Cal
11, Alabama
12, Penn State
13, Georgia
14, Boise State
15, Notre Dame
16, BYU
17, Georgia Tech
18, Oregon
19, TCU
20, Kansas
21, Michigan State
22, Utah
23, Texas Tech
24, Pitt
25, Oregon State
A couple of the bigger differences from my poll to the final version are Alabama (five in the final one, 11 in mine) and Notre Dame (23 in the final one, 15 in mine). As for Alabama, I have questions about its QB and O-line and maybe it was hard for me to get the Utah game out of my head. But other than Florida, it also seemed like that second tier of SEC teams all were pretty similar — any of LSU, Alabama. Georgia could probably make a run at a top five finish, and any could probably finish with four losses.
As for Notre Dame. I’m with everyone else in wondering just how good a coach Charlie Weis really is. But I don’t think there’s any question they have top 15 talent there, and a schedule that could easily lead to 10 wins if managed correctly. So I guess I’m counting on Weis to produce.
As for the Pac-10, I have USC a couple spots higher than the final poll. Guess I just think that O-line is going to be powerful enough to make up for some QB inexperience early and that the defense will simply reload (though I would note that if I did the poll today, I might move USC down a spot or two given some of the injuries they’ve had of late).
I’ve got Cal and Oregon pretty much where they ended up, as well as Oregon State (I had them 25th and they are essentially 26th).
The only other Pac-10 teams to get votes were Arizona (13) and UCLA (seven), making them essentially fifth and sixth in the conference among poll voters.
There won’t be another poll now until after the first week of games. But I will publish mine here on the blog each Sunday for your slings and arrows.
Though I’d publish my ballot anyway as I believe we all ought to be open about who we are voting for and why, another reason to publish my poll here and let you do with it what you will is that all of the ballots are now available in several different forms.
Doing the most exhaustive look at the polls is the web site Pollspeak.com which also breaks down the voting by school. As you can see, a voter from Wisconsin had Oregon as high as No. 6. And a voter from South Carolina had Arizona 16th, accounting for almost all of the points the Wildcats received. And here’s the four people who voted for UCLA.

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