Masters Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, Game 7 of the World Series, and the first release of the college football coaches poll. It’s hard to differentiate these important days and events over the course of a calendar year. However, for college football, the day has come. USA Today has released the first Amway Coaches Poll for the 2020 season and it looks, well, about how you’d expect a coaches poll to look.
To start you have the usual big boys of Clemson, Ohio State, and Alabama. Following that you have Georgia, defending champion LSU, and another usual suspect in Oklahoma. Pretty much chalk to start.
Rounding out the top ten are teams that everyone expects to be really good but usually lose that one big game to keep them out of the conversation. Penn State leads the way as they do almost every year, then Florida, Oregon and the newest member of the ACC, Notre Dame.
Following the chalk that is the top ten, Auburn comes in ranked No. 11 followed by the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 12. I personally don’t love the spot, as the Badgers always do best when they come in that 14-18 range to start out. Anything is better than a top five ranking for Wisconsin as we all know how that goes, but 12 is still a little bit out of the Badger range for optimal success.
Following behind the Badgers are more usual suspects in Texas A&M and Texas, both coming off dominating 8-5 seasons like the powerhouses they are. State of Texas is back? We’ll revisit in November and confirm what we already know, no. Wait, where is USC? Oh yep, sitting at No. 17 after an 8-5 season as well.
Then comes the other Big Ten foes in Michigan at No. 15, Minnesota at No. 18, and Iowa at No. 23. Nebraska of course will claim they received votes and that this is the year but again we know how that story plays out.
As I recall the plan was you were supposed to be good, so that it'd be a marquee matchup every year. https://t.co/311z1l9UZ4— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 5, 2020
At the end of the day Wisconsin appears to be getting respect from the coaches poll after a strong and consistent 2019 season. Despite the departure of Jonathan Taylor and many other big names from last years team it appears the preseason polls buy into the model of consistency at Wisconsin. Does that matter? Not even a little bit, but hey its fun, and I’d rather talk about rankings that mean zilch than talk about our eventual doom of football being canceled.