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Preseason AP poll analysis

Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:12 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 3:24 pm

His name is Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News and Observer.

In 10 keystrokes of brilliance he made himself and his newspaper more relevant. That's not a swipe, that's a salute to the only AP voter to award a No. 1 vote to Boise State. In a year when the whole seems to have turned Crimson, Giglio hopefully made us aware of the obvious.

Boise State can win the national championship. Not just because it is ranked No. 5 in the coaches' poll and No. 3 in AP. True, it is positioned well to make a run -- Virginia Tech, Oregon State and the bye known as the WAC schedule.

But you have to see these guys play. I don't mean reading a preseason mag, I mean really see them play. For some not-fully-explained reason, every time Boise plays "up" it seems to win. (4-1 vs. BCS schools since 2006) I already wrote that coach Chris Petersen is upset that the Broncos aren't the cuddly underdog anymore.

Now we have to admit they are a powerhouse. What other proof do you need? They're not good because of who they don't play. You can only play the teams in your conference. You certainly can't criticize them for playing a weak non-conference schedule.

If Boise State gets to the championship game, it will have earned it. Giglio is like me. His eyes have been opened.

Other observations about the AP preseason poll ...

This is the first time since 1978, Alabama has been the AP preseason No 1. In the wire service era, Alabama is 72-8-3 in years after national championships.

The highest-ranked Big East team is Pittsburgh at No. 15. This important only because of the Panthers' schedule which has them playing Utah and Miami in the first four weeks.

To no one's surprise, the SEC has six teams in the top 25.

At No. 14, USC has its lowest preseason rank since 2002, Pete Carroll's second year.

At No. 23, Georgia has its lowest preseason AP rank since 2001.

The farthest back a team has come to win a championship in the BCS era is LSU in 2003. It was No. 12 in the first BCS rankings.


Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2010 7:30 pm

Preseason AP poll analysis

"a bye know as the WAC schedule."

Man, that's rough....

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2010 6:37 pm
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Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:54 pm

Preseason AP poll analysis

As a Alabama fan, I know Alabama shouldn't be No. 1.  Not in the preseason anyways.  They may grow into it.  But the defense is a big concern, Saban would be the first to admit it.  That is why he did NOT vote Alabama No.1 in the Coach's Poll.  In addition, with the SEC scheduling bias against Alabama, we face too many good teams coming off a bye.  Mike Slive should be embarrassed to show his face after the jam job he has done against Alabama with the schedule.  Boise State is as worthy as anyone else of a preseason No. 1 ranking.  They certainly return enough stars.  Who cares who's the preseason favorite?  When was the last time the writers or coaches have gotten it right?

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:34 pm

Preseason AP poll analysis

4-1 against BCS schools since 2006...which, not coincidentally, was Petersen's first year as head coach.
And people worried the program would drop off when Hawkins left...or Koetter...

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:43 pm

Preseason AP poll analysis

If he truly believes that Boise is the best team in the country, then yes good for him for having the stones to rank them in the top spot. 

However, if he is doing it for a stunt, then he should lose his vote.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:40 pm

Preseason AP poll analysis

Well... To be precise it was 11 keystrokes if you count the 'space' between Boise and State.
Gotta stay on top of these things, Dennis!

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