The first 2014 Top 25 college football coaches poll was released today, and UGA was blanked out of the top 10 teams on the list.
According to the coaches around the nation, the defending champion Florida State Seminoles are still the number one team in college football, with Alabama close behind.
Georgia – who has been ranked as high as eight in other preseason publications – fell to 12th in the preseason coaches poll.
The Amway/USA Today Coaches poll will undoubtedly be a talking point this season, as the BCS is now a dinosaur, and the rankings within different polls will help the College Football Playoff selection committee make their decision as to the four teams who will play in the semifinals.
Preseason polls have always been a bad idea, particularly in the BCS era, where a team could be left out of the possible championship talk due to a slow climb up the polls, regardless of their performance during the season. On the same token, teams that were ranked highly in a preseason poll could make up ground quickly if they suffered an early loss.
The number 12 ranking for the Bulldogs may be slightly low, and some of that can probably be attributed to the offseason attrition on defense, with several players being dismissed or opting to leave the program on their own accord.
Regardless, Georgia is still in good position to make a case for being part of the first College Football Playoff if they take care of business and win their games. That number 12 ranking could increase greatly with game one and two wins over Clemson and South Carolina, respectively.
One interesting tid-bit is that none of the teams on this poll are outside of the “Big 5″ conferences (SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12, ACC) other than Independent, Notre Dame. The SEC leads all conferences with seven teams in the poll, the Pac-12 has six, the Big Ten and Big 12 bring four each, and the ACC enters the season with three teams in the poll.
Here’s the complete Amway/USA Today Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll
CFB Coaches Top 25 (Preseason)
First place votes
|6||Ohio State||Big Ten||1|
|8||Michigan State||Big Ten||0|
|21||Kansas State||Big 12||0|