The USA Today's college football coaches' poll was released Thursday morning, and defending national champion Florida State was voted No. 1.
Alabama was pegged No. 2 and in-state and SEC West rival Auburn was NO. 5 in the annual voting by selected college football coaches from around the country. It is believed to be the first time Auburn and Alabama have started the same season ranked in the top five of coaches poll.
Half of the 14 teams in the SEC cracked the top 25 with South Carolina (No. 9), Georgia (12), LSU (13), Ole Miss (19) and Texas A&M (21) making the poll.
The only three SEC teams not named on any of the ballots were Vandy, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Here's the complete poll (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1) FSU (56)
3) Oklahoma (3)
4) Oregon (1)
6) Ohio State (1)
8) Michigan State
9) South Carolina (1)
17) Notre Dame
18) Arizona State
19) Ole Miss
20) Texas A&M
21) Kansas State
That's excellent stuff. J.R. Ewing is far left for crying out loud and it's going to be tough to keep BA (stands for Bad Attitude) Baracus from the list.
If you add J.R. Richards, the former Astros fire-balling righty from the 1970s, that's a pretty salty Rushmore of J.R.s
No doubt about the time flying. Feels like we just stopped playing baseball for crying out loud and now football is here.
B.B. King is an inspired call. And O.J. too.
Hadn't thought about BJ and the Bear in a while. Combine those with Convoy and Smokey and the Bandit, man we romanticized the trucking industry back in the day didn't we?
Famous Jameis was squirrel hunting before he was leg lifting so yet again, it's the man trying to keep a fella down, you know?
Bonus points for the E.T. reference. Dude was U-G-L-Y with no alibi. He and Artis Gilmore may be the two ugliest sports stars of all-time. Well, and Dennis Johnson, too.
Great start gang.
Man, that is bad.
Me fail English... Unpossible.
Great stuff gang, and quickly as our day job has gotten in the way of doing our morning job which is not be confused with our afternoon or evening jobs. Good times.
Fair point about the collective bargaining agreement and we know the drugs (nice touch with career achievement award) are laid out in the deal. Maybe they should have a few more chapters in punishment part of the agreement. So it goes.
Stewwie, excellent point about how ESPN wants to have its cake and hear it too. Tough deal there... Corporate wants you to be edgy and move the meter and then you insult the Morality Majority on the interwebs and your sitting out a week without cheese.
Don;t self yourself short Judge, your a tremendous slouch.
Glad to see the folks at Alexian restored your computer privileges. Pudding for everyone.
FE to the C —
Thanks for the kind words and for the list. Well done.
Also, we got to the point where we enjoyed Harry... Sammy Sosa... Sosa, that's A-Sos backwards.
Understand the bar argument. But the life expectancy back in the day was like 42 years because we used leeches to treat blood diseases.
Why should we live with it when we know it to be wrong.
We think if Fulmer had been allowed to stay, the Vols would be decidedly better. Dude could always recruit, and the talent would be much better and would have stayed longer. The attrition has been every bit as damaging as Dooley.
Solid list, and MT's right in that everyone's list can be right.
Munson? Munson? Larry Munson, right?
Thanks for the scoop. That would make sense, but if the building project is going to take hold, it would seem prudent for Dobbs to get a shot, you know?
We're glad they are popping pads and sounds like the Eagles have some serious size. Should be a fun run.
Agreed. 100 million percent in fact. Dude should a zero to that lawsuit. At least.
Plus, not only was it 19 years — it was some kick tail 19 years. From 18-to-37... man, good times.
While the physics of that opinion are interesting, it feels more like picking nits. And if those allegations are true about the benefits in technique and power, then why are there not more of these things in use.
As for the safety factor, well, that's picking nits to the Nth degree.
Is Hank Aaron's 755 tainted by wearing a batting helmet compared to Ruth's total?
Great point about the union and the juxtaposition of what if the owners were asking the players to take these substances.
The media also has a hand in it. Good gracious Bob Costa almost made an O-face during the 1998 home run chase. You could look at those guys — Sosa and Bonds went from lead-off hitters to outside linebackers — and know something was up.
And everyone but you has forgotten AfterMASH. In fact, we're not sure you can prove it ever happened. (And from about season 8 on, we'll call that AfterMASH part I when Alan Alda decided he needed to be the moral compass of a country. Gross.)
Bartlett has a case to be sure.
We view the Hall of Fame as the best of the era — and Bonds was the best player of his era.
And while the definition of cheating is breaking the rules — and the back end of Bonds career (post-2002 when they adopted and enforced PED rules) is sketchy — here are two things to consider:
1) He never tested positive for PEDs and never admitted it. If baseball has proof (other than the obvious huge, Huge, HUGE increase in size, especially in the general head area) let's see.
2) Here's an ethics question on the matter: If 80 percent of a group is breaking a rule, is that still considered a valid rule of that job? Discuss.
Dude, Trapper John was fine — got his own spin-off even — and Radar was OK. Frank Burns was every bit as valuable as either one of those guys. And Henry Blake was close.
The first Newhart was in the same boat in regard to his friends and Suzanne P. and then his office folks and even his patients.
Concur on the breakdown. Expect the Mocs to be competitive in the opener, and you're spot-on about the litmus test that is JSU.
And yes, the SoCon today is a cakewalk compared to what it was.
The UTC Rushmore of all-time coaches as picked by the Press Row listeners and hosts:
Wes Moore, Murray Arnold, Jim Morgan and Mark Guhne
Thanks for everyone's help.