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:[table “” not found /]
- 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!