The first NCAA Coaches Poll has been released, revealing the first look at the supposed top 25 teams in college football’s Bowl Championship Division.
1 Alabama (58)
2 Ohio St. (3)
6 Texas A&M
7 South Carolina
11 Notre Dame
12 Florida St.
14 Oklahoma St.
19 Boise St.
25 Oregon St.
There are no big surprises here. You could have bet your life, your girlfriend’s life, your girlfriend’s friend’s life and your car on Alabama claiming the top spot. The Crimson Tide scored an impressive 58 first place votes from fellow coaches.
Ohio State may be a bit of a surprise at No. 2, coming off an NCAA suspension, but the team ran the table in 2012, and the other coaches in the Big 10 are looking to get one of their squads into the early championship chatter. The Buckeyes scored 3 first place votes, all presumably from coaches in the Big 10.
There are a few slights in the mix, perhaps. It was a little shocking to see Texas A&M outside of the Top 5 considering the way they played out the last 10 games of the 2012 season , including the absolute beat down offered to Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
The Aggies were the lowest ranked team (No. 6) to score a single first place vote. This vote most likely came from Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, who believes he’s coaching the best team in the college ranks. The Johnny Manziel hate has become quite entertaining, but you can’t argue with the kid’s skill set. He’ll have a better receiving corps at his disposal this year, and the A&M defense has become quite accustomed to the SEC brand of football.
The most intriguing match-up of the regular season has to be Alabama visiting Texas A&M on September 14. It may not be as good a game as everyone is hoping, but it should offer the winner an inside track to the BCS Championship in January.
It’s time to bust out the team colors, folks, we’re less than 30 days away from the action!