T he 2013 college football poll inches one step closer with the release of today’s USA Today preseason college football poll. Who’s #1? You guessed it: The Alabama Crimson Tide, but it wasn’t unanimous.
1. Alabama (58)
2. Ohio State (3)
6. Texas A&M (1)
7. South Carolina
11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
14. Oklahoma State
19. Boise State
25. Oregon State
Others receiving votes:
Kansas State, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Fresno State, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Utah State, Brigham Young, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Tulsa, Ohio, San Jose State, Arizona, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Kent State, Mississippi State, Washington, Central Florida, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Toledo.
Notice anybody missing? Sorry Auburn fan. Nobody believes in the magical, mystical Gus Malzahn Offense® but you. But don’t worry, it’s everybody else, not you. Right? You couldn’t even beat out Toledo or Tommy Tuberville’s Cincinnati in the “also ran” category. But they’re all wrong, not you.
Anyway, it’s interesting to note that Bama garnered 58 of the 62 first place votes, but Texas A&M, at #6, managed one…just one of two other teams other than Alabama to do so. As if the September 14th rematch could get any bigger.
Also of note, the poll features five SEC schools in the top ten, but you don’t brush up against a Big 12 team until Oklahoma State at #14. Listening Bob Stoops? Once again, it’s apparent that your mutterings about the SEC have fallen on deaf ears.
It’s also interesting of note that Alabama has never been ranked preseason #1 and run the table to win the title. But then, we were told Nick Saban would never come to Alabama…Nick Saban would never stay at Alabama…Alabama would never recover from the Shula years…they’d never win another title…they’d never win back-to-back titles… Shall I go on?