The USA Today preseason Coaches’ Poll has Oklahoma at number one followed by the Alabama Crimson Tide football team at number two, Oregon at number three, LSU is number four and Florida State is number five. Oklahoma had 42 first place votes, Alabama had 13 first place votes, Oregon garnered two first place votes and LSU nabbed two first place votes. There are 59 coaches voting in this year’s poll, according to USA Today’s official Coaches Poll website.
There are eight SEC teams in the poll led by #2 Alabama and #4 LSU. The other SEC schools in the poll include #12 South Carolina, #14 Arkansas, #19 Auburn, #20 Mississippi State, #22 Georgia and #23 Florida.
Alabama’s early season opponent Penn State (week 2 game) is ranked #25 in the preseason football poll.
CBS’ Dennis Dodd made one interesting observation about the poll via twitter. Dodd tweeted, “Six teams in top 25 either on probation or being investigated by NCAA for major violations.”