Interesting piece in USA Today. The USA Today board of coaches has come out with their Top 25 preseason poll. The board is the real deal of coaches consisting of 59 head coaches including Urban Myer, Chris Peterson (Boise State), Jim Harbaugh and the like.
Alabama is ranked # 1 but the biggest takeaway I got from the article is how utterly implacably tough our schedule is. The Top 25 list include Texas (# 4), Oregon (# 11), and Oregon State (# 22); all of whom we play. But the sidebar is that other teams who got votes to be in the Top 25 include Houston (76 votes), Arizona (65 votes), Stanford (41) votes, Washington (26 votes), and Arizona and Cal (6 votes).
Thanks to Karl Dorrell, we got no votes.
This means in our 12 scheduled games, we are playing 9 teams which were either ranked or got votes from serious college football coaches to be in the Top 25. And the bad news is southern cal, who has owned us for the past decade, except for 13-9, can’t be in the Top 25 rankings because they were bad thanks to (oh, I can’t even start to list the malefactors—there were just too many members of the conspiracy).
If you toss in southern cal, which you have to, our 12 game schedule includes 10 opponents, who have owned us or are ranked by serious coaches as being better than us.
Gonna be tough. Just don't give up!