The preseason Amway USA Today Coaches Poll was released this morning, with your favorite college football team receiving some votes. Six, to be exact.
Minnesota is slotted to play three preseason Top 25 squads this season: #6 Ohio State, #14 Wisconsin and #22 Nebraska. Under teams receiving votes, the Gophers are scheduled against TCU (54), Michigan (53), Iowa (49) and Northwestern (5).
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Ohio State is joined in the Top Ten by Michigan State at #8.
While the validity of preseason rankings is up for debate (538 used preseason rankings from the AP and Coaches as a covariate in its 2014 NCAA Tournament predictor, mostly as a proxy for talent), I see this as a sign of respect from his fellow coaches -who already hold him in high esteem by all accounts- of where he's brought the program. This is the first time since 2009 Minnesota has received a preseason vote in the Coaches Poll.
Thoughts on the rankings, or about preseason rankings in general? Share them in the comments!
|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.