OSU Is No. 30, Florida State No. 1 In Poll

OSU Is No. 30, Florida State No. 1 In Poll

The Amway USA Today College Football Coaches Poll was released Thursday and Oklahoma State gets the honor of opening the season against the top ranked team in the country and the defending national champion in Florida State. The Seminoles also return 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who will headline the Florida State offense at quarterback.

The Seminoles received 56 of the 62 first-place votes in the coaches poll. Oklahoma State received a few votes as well and would be 30th in the poll were extended that far.

In what we believe is a first, the three Division I coaches in the state of Oklahoma all have voting privileges as part of the panel of 62 coaches. Along with Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship, and OU head coach Bob Stoops are voters.

The Big 12 has five coaches on the panel in Gundy, Stoops, Charlie Strong of Texas, Gary Patterson of TCU, and Art Briles of Baylor. For comparison, the SEC had seven coaches voting on the panel.

A few observations, I have no problem with the Seminoles number one as it gives the Cowboys the maximum target to shoot at in the opening game. Remember Alabama has no returning starter at quarterback. For any other team that would push them down the poll but not the Tide.

Beware of Michigan State, South Carolina, and Baylor on the back half of the top 10 as all have the capability of passing the conference brethren ahead of them. South Carolina could end up ahead of Alabama and Auburn. Michigan State is better than Ohio State in my opinion. Baylor has to find a way to beat Oklahoma in Norman.

My most overrated teams: USC at 15, Notre Dame at 17, Texas A&M at 20, and Texas at 24.

My most underrated teams: Michigan State at 8, South Carolina at 9, Baylor at 10, and Clemson at 16.

Kansas State certainly deserves in the top 25, and I would rank Central Florida and Oklahoma State in the last five of the preseason poll. Those teams are likely to flip flop a lot.

Here is the complete poll and the first five schools that were receiving votes.

1. Florida State (14-0) 1,543 points (56 1st-place votes)
2. Alabama (11-2) 1,455 points
3. Oklahoma (11-2) 1,382 points (3 first-place votes)
4. Oregon (11-2) 1,314 points
5. Auburn (12-2) 1,271 points
6. Ohio State (12-2) 1,267 points (1 first-place vote)
7. UCLA (10-3) 1,085 points
8. Michigan State 1,050 points
9. South Carolina 1,009 points (1 first-place vote)
10. Baylor (11-2) 965 points
11. Stanford (11-3) 955 points
12. Georgia (8-5) 905 points
13. LSU (10-3) 833 points
14. Wisconsin (9-4) 654 points
15. USC (10-4) 627 points
16. Clemson (11-2) 535 points
17. Notre Dame (9-4) 509 points
18. Arizona State (10-4) 358 points
19. Mississippi (8-5) 346 points
20. Texas A&M (9-4) 266 points
21. Kansas State (8-5) 257 points
22. Nebraska (9-4) 228 points
23. North Carolina (7-6) 175 points
24. Texas (8-5) 143 points
25. Washington (9-4) 142 points

Also Receiving Votes:
26. Missouri (12-2) 126 points
27. Florida (4-8) 122 points
28. Central Florida (12-1) 102 points
29. Mississippi State (7-6) 74 points
30. Oklahoma State (10-3) 56 points
31. TCU (4-8) 54 points

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