Neither coaches nor reporters have the time to evaluate teams, and both groups, especially coaches, have far too many conflicts of interest.
The Associated Press removed its media poll from the
My favorite outrage came in 2007 when then-Florida Atlantic coach
Think Schnellenberger's ballot had anything to do with the unpleasant end of his OU coaching tenure 12 years earlier? Nah.
The poll's consensus, by the way, was Oklahoma No. 3 and Missouri No. 7, further exposing Schnellenberger.
For example, Beamer had
Also, Beamer ranked Texas Christian 16th. Had the
The only ballot the coaches make public is the one cast after the league title games in December, so we don’t know where Beamer voted his squad in this year’s preseason poll. Virginia Tech is 20th, three spots below its finish last season.
Tech fans should not fret over the Hokies' lowest preseason coaches ranking since 2004. As Clemson showed last year, winning takes care of everything.
The Tigers began the season unranked but after an 8-0 start were fifth in the BCS standings, sixth in the coaches poll.
So take any and all preseason polls for what they are: table scraps to tide us over until the meal (read: season) is served.
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