Notre Dame Ranked #17 in Pre-Season Coaches’ Poll

Now less than a month away from kickoff, another sign of the impending end of the long offseason arrives: the first official pre-season poll.

The Coaches’ Poll, now somehow sponsored by Amway, is out and your Notre Dame Fighting Irish come in ranked at #17. Here is the full poll:

Rank Team Points First Place Votes
1 Florida State 1543 56
2 Alabama 1455 0
3 Oklahoma 1382 3
4 Oregon 1314 1
5 Auburn 1271 0
6 Ohio State 1267 1
7 UCLA 1085 0
8 Michigan State 1050 0
9 South Carolina 1009 1
10 Baylor 965 0
11 Stanford 955 0
12 Georgia 905 0
13 LSU 833 0
14 Wisconsin 654 0
15 Southern Cal 627 0
16 Clemson 535 0
17 Notre Dame 509 0
18 Arizona State 358 0
19 Mississippi 346 0
20 Texas A&M 266 0
21 Kansas State 257 0
22 Nebraska 228 0
23 North Carolina 175 0
24 Texas 143 0
25 Washington 142 0

Some thoughts:

  • Perfectly fine with ND’s ranking. It’s basically in that pack of “teams that should be good” area which is fair.
  • Alabama got zero first place votes, yet Oregon, Ohio State, and South Carolina each got one. The coaches poll remains hilarious.
  • I knew OU had some preseason buzz, but three first place votes seems like overkill.
  • Huge drop-offs in points from 6 to 7, 13 to 14, and 17 to 18. If you want to section of packs of teams, start there.
  • Almost half of ND’s opponents are ranked: Florida State (1), Stanford (11), Southern Cal (15), Arizona State (18), and North Carolina (23).
  • Two more received votes: Michigan (53 points) and Northwestern (5 points).
  • Seeing Texas ranked only 24 makes me laugh. They are going to be deadly by the time they land on the Irish schedule though.
  • Washington has now replaced Boise State in coach and poll ranking.

We’re almost there folks!

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  • Tom B

    Louisville also received votes.