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The Coaches Poll is out … and I’m mostly OK with it

Michigan being picked fifth is a result that stands out in the preseason Coaches Poll. (US Presswire) Let me start by telling you that I don’t have any major issues with this Coaches Poll.

Seriously.

If you haven’t seen it, take a look:

  1. Indiana
  2. Louisville
  3. Kentucky
  4. Ohio State
  5. Michigan
  6. NC State
  7. Kansas
  8. Duke
  9. Syracuse
  10. Florida
  11. Arizona
  12. North Carolina
  13. UCLA
  14. Michigan State
  15. Creighton
  16. Memphis
  17. Missouri
  18. Baylor
  19. UNLV
  20. San Diego State
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Gonzaga
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Florida State
  25. Texas

Perhaps this is an obvious example of groupthink; I won’t deny that. But, in my opinion, nothing here is crazy because the top three schools in the Coaches Poll are the same three schools that’ll top our preseason Top 25 (and one), though they will not appear in the same order. And the first 23 schools in the Coaches Poll will also appear in our Top 25 (and one), meaning the only teams that poll has that our rankings won’t are Texas and Florida State.

Beyond that, I’ve spent the past few weeks on the radio explaining in great detail (or at least in rambling sentences) that while I think Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana belong at the top in some order, there’s not much difference among the schools that anybody would rank fourth through 18th. So it would be silly for me to now be outraged about the coaches voting Michigan State too low and Ohio State too high.

(But I do think Michigan State is too low and Ohio State is too high.)

Anyway …

I could probably write about NC State at No. 6.

That seems too high, too.

But I’ll skip that because I have no interest in arguing with Wolfpack fans. Plus, I really do believe — and I’m being serious here — they should enjoy this moment given the Sidney Lowe years that they had to endure. So I’m happy for them. And, more to the point, I already wrote about my NC State concerns earlier in the week.

So what can I tell you?

I guess we’re just gonna have to wait for the AP rankings to be released before I can actually attack somebody. The individual ballots are available with that poll. I’m confident I’ll have no problem finding some idiotic things then. So be patient. And I’ll get back to you.

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