2010 USA Today Coaches Poll Out Today

USA Today published their preseason coaches poll today (the entire poll can be seen after the jump), and revealed were the highest preseason rankings ever for a non-AQ team with Boise State at #5 and TCU at #7.  Utah also made it, tied for #24 with West Virginia, and BYU is just trailing behind in the "others receiving votes" category at #28.  Almost as important as starting ranked for a non-AQ is the ability to play (and beat) another highly ranked team in out of conference play, thus proving your wares.  With teams like Pittsburgh (15), Oregon State (22), Florida State (20), and Virgina Tech (5), ranked where they are it puts Utah, TCU, BYU, and Boise State in a position to make big statements on a national scale.

Other Notes:  Find it ridiculous that Florida and Texas are ranked as high as they are after both lost their long-time starters at quarterback.  Same goes to Oregon with Masoli and Nebraska with Suh.

Aug. 6
2010 preseason poll

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2009 record
Points
Final 2009 rank
1.
Alabama (55)
14-0
1,469
1
2.
Ohio State (4)
11-2
1,392
5
3.
Florida
13-1
1,245
3
4.
Texas
13-1
1,240
2
5.
Boise State
14-0
1,215
4
6.
Virginia Tech
10-3
1,052
10
7.
TCU
12-1
1,051
6
8.
Oklahoma
8-5
1,035
NR
9.
Nebraska
10-4
1,001
14
10.
Iowa
11-2
952
7
11.
Oregon
10-3
940
11
12.
Wisconsin
10-3
778
16
13.
Miami (Fla.)
9-4
728
19
14.
Penn State
11-2
508
8
15.
Pittsburgh
10-3
492
15
16.
LSU
9-4
476
17
17.
Georgia Tech
11-3
455
13
18.
North Carolina
8-5
445
NR
19.
Arkansas
8-5
438
NR
20.
Florida State
7-6
374
NR
21.
Georgia
8-5
312
NR
22.
Oregon State
8-5
263
NR
23.
Auburn
8-5
260
NR
24t.
Utah
10-3
169
18
24t.
West Virginia
9-4
169
22

 

Others receiving votes
Cincinnati (12-1) 135; Houston (10-4) 76; Brigham Young (11-2) 66; Arizona (8-5) 65; Mississippi (9-4) 48; Clemson (9-5) 44; Stanford (8-5) 41; Connecticut (8-5) 40; Notre Dame (6-6) 38; South Carolina (7-6) 38; Washington (5-7) 26; Missouri (8-5) 23; Navy (10-4) 12; Oklahoma State (9-4) 11; Boston College (8-5) 10; Michigan State (6-7) 10; Arizona State (4-8) 6; California (8-5) 6; Texas Tech (9-4) 5; South Florida (8-5) 4; Texas A&M (6-7) 3; Northwestern (8-5) 2; Temple (9-4) 2; Central Michigan (12-2) 1; Mississippi State (5-7) 1; Nevada (8-5) 1; Northern Illinois (7-6) 1; Southern Methodist (8-5) 1.
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