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Top 25 Review
So here’s the Coaches Poll for the 2017 Season, which is still a crock as this is all based on speculation and assumption. I’m a firm believer that there shouldn’t be a poll until after 5 weeks of games have been played. Not saying it’d change much of anything…just sayin’!!!
Let’s start with the teams that made it in that shouldn’t probably be there or shouldn’t be ranked as high as they are. The real question marks start from 6 on down:
I know PSU is bringing nearly everyone back, but #6 just seems a little high to me. Let’s talk reality, shall we? They only gained 11 first downs and 191 yards in Ann Arbor a year ago. When the Lions went on their run after that game, it was against the middle of the B1G and they were lucky to upset the suckeyes. Yes, they won the B1G, and that’s worth something. But I would have PSU right above (or right below!) Michigan at #8 or #10 and slide everyone else up one notch…
I can see the angst with Michigan being a single digit team at #9. I would have personally had them (objectively) around #12. (In my slappy fan head they’re a solid 3 or 4 at the END of the season!!) But everyone respects the Harbaugh and when you look at Michigan’s schedule, it’s manageable.
Auburn finished with an 8-5 record and Malzhan hasn’t done crap in the last two seasons. A #13 ranking is kind of nuts… I’m not sure why they’re getting this much love, but hey…SEC. Auburn is my odds on favorite to NOT be in the Top 25 come January…
Georgia at #15 is a bit high. I’m not saying they’re not a top 25 team, but what have they done lately? Kirby Smart hasn’t really shown me anything and it’s the SEC East for crap’s sake. And to have Georgia above #16 Florida? Seriously? Cumon’ coaches….what are you thinking?
Speaking of Florida, I might have had the two-season’s SEC East champ a little higher than #16! I mean, they could be better than last year and if McElwain can find an offense…look out!
The First – “What Were You Thinking?????” I personally think the Miami Hurricanes even making the Top 25 at #18 is a bit of a reach. Their schedule is manageable, but I just haven’t seen the proof in the product yet out of Mark Richt. Win a big game and we’ll talk. Like Beat FSU…or Clemson.
Texas @ #24 went 5-7 last year and we’re supposed to believe they’re gonna’ right the ship and fix everything under 1st year Hermann? 8 wins is manageable, but Texas seems to find ways to lose to teams they shouldn’t…and they’re schedule doesn’t do them any favors with Maryland, USC and Oklahoma in the first half of the season.
The Biggest Snubs?
The Domers not getting the honorary 25th spot was kind of a big surprise for this fan. I guess everyone thinks that last season’s 4-8 campaign wasn’t a fluke and is more like what we can expect from the Domers? I still say that the Domers could have won 7 (3 more than they did win) if not for Kelly’s stupid game management decisions….
Colorado, after being in the Pac 12 Title hunt right up to the last game in 2016 and bringing a pretty good contingent of talent back is also a surprise…
Nebraska not getting any love from the coaches? That’s usually a perennial name that makes it in, sort of like Oklahoma, and the Cornsuckers just aren’t cutting it with the other coaches, I guess…But they could certainly be in the Top 25 before the end of September and if they can squeak by Oregon @ Oregon, maybe even 5-0 before they play Wiscy and the suckeyes in back to back HOME games. Win one of those and they’re cracking the top 25 at 6-1 (or 7-0?), easy...
NC State returns 17 starters and nearly beat Clemson as everyone may recall... Another surprise that could easily be in the top 25 or higher by the end of the season…
Northwestern will be good this season. If I was a gambler, I’d lay pretty close to even money that they crack the Top 25 at some point…
Iowa is another team that has a fairly manageable schedule with crossover games Penn State and Ohio State at home. But they have to earn it, for sure.
HOT SEAT UPDATE
While this is interesting, I keep wondering when schools are going to start realizing that not everyone can go undefeated every season…Even Bama can’t seem to figure that one out.
Sports Betting Dime odds that certain coaches will be fired this season:
Here is the full list:
Jim Mora (UCLA): 9/1
Todd Graham (Arizona State): 15/1
Rich Rodriguez (Arizona): 15/1
Bret Bielema (Arkansas): 16/1
Gus Malzahn (Auburn): 17/1
Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M): 18/1
Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech): 18/1
Lane Kiffin (FAU): 25/1
Butch Jones (Tennessee): 30/1
Brian Kelly (Notre Dame): 30/1
Steve Addazio (Boston College): 30/1
Mark Dantonio (Michigan State): 30/1
Dave Doeren (N.C. State): 35/1
Lovie Smith (Illinois): 35/1
Willie Taggart (Oregon): 35/1
Pretty much agree with all of this except Dantonio (No way he gets canned for at least another season), Taggart – they just hired the guy fergodsakes!, and Lovie. I think Lovie has a job at Illinois for as long as he’d like to have it.
Everyone might be thinking Chip Kelly is available to come back and coach Oregon which is why the odds on Taggart, probably. But Chip will get lots of offers once people in the SEC start canning coaches…Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Auburn will get in a bidding war for him. And the 49er’s will love that as they still owe Chip $6M annually for three more years.
Thankfully, Jed York is a boob… or Michigan would have never had a shot at Harbaugh, either!
QB’s And Centers Butts
I’d normally have a field day with this…But there are no words!
Apparently Ole Miss and Louisville will be playing in the Chick Fil A Kick-Off Classic in Atlanta on 2021. So, who’s going to bring the strippers and who’s supplying the hookers?
An oldie but a goody:
What’s the difference between a stripper and a hooker?
Well, it depends, but usually anywhere between $1 and a $100…..