A Closer Look at the Coaches Poll – Week 3

On September 18, 2013 by Buckeye Empire

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#1 Alabama 

The Good: Alabama showed everyone why they are the number one team in the country this past Saturday. Their offense was questioned after week one but they came back and scored 49 points against the nation’s number six team. AJ McCarron threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns while TJ Yeldon rushed for 149 more and a touchdown of his own.

The Bad: Alabama’s defense was considered by most to be the top defensive unit in the nation. Johnny Manziel basically did whatever he wanted while the Aggies put 42 points on the board.

Did the coaches get it right?: Absolutely. Alabama is the best team in college football with the best resume thus far.


#2 Oregon

The Good: Oregon beat another BCS opponent by 40+ points. The Duck’s offense has actually improved from last season despite the loss of Chip Kelly. What’s most impressive is the fact that their defense is nearly as dominant as their offense. It’s starting to look as if Oregon will beat anyone they play by at least two touchdowns.

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The Bad: Absolutely nothing.

Did the coaches get it right?: No. I had Oregon at number five last week and refused to give in to the media but I am finally a believer. Although Tennessee is a bottom feeder in the SEC, I’m not sure that many other teams would have embarrassed them as badly as Oregon did. I still think Ohio State deserves to be ahead of Oregon but I have the Ducks at #3.


#3 Ohio State

The Good: The Buckeyes traveled nearly 3,000 miles across the country and absolutely dominated the California Golden Bears. Ohio State’s victory was every bit as impressive as Oregon’s being that Ohio State was playing on the road with a backup quarterback against a much better offense than Tennessee’s. In addition to playing without Braxton Miller, Ohio State played without Adolphus Washington and Carlos Hyde.

The Bad: Ohio State’s defense still has room to improve. They were exploited several times throughout the game and their star cornerback, Bradley Roby, did not look like a potential first round draft pick. Their team has been plagued by injuries which has only made things more difficult.

Did the coaches get it right?: No. Ohio State should be ranked ahead of Oregon at #2. Ohio State has a stronger team led by a more experienced head coach.



#4 Clemson (bye)

I am fine with Clemson at #4, despite having a bye week. Stanford did not look like the #4 team in the country against Army.


#5 Stanford

The Good: Stanford left West Point with a win. They continued to play like a well-disciplined team under David Shaw while only committing one penalty.

The Bad: They struggled to beat a team who is coming off of a 40-14 beat-down by Ball State. Although I still think Stanford is one of the top teams in the nation, they didn’t look like a top 10 team on Saturday.

Did the coaches get it right? Yes. I am fine with Stanford at #5 but their game against Arizona State this week will be the true test.


#6 Louisville

The Good: The Cardinals held strong despite being tested by their in-state rival, Kentucky. Louisville’s defense stepped up and forced three red-zone turnovers which turned out to be the difference in the game. The Cardinal’s defense held Kentucky to 0/13 third down conversions!

The Bad: Teddy Bridgewater struggled against a below-average defense. Louisville fails to play a team ranked inside the top 25 so they will have to pummel their opponents if they want a shot at a national title.

Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. I have no problem with Louisville ranked #6 right now knowing that they will be jumped by teams like LSU and FSU as the season progresses.


#7 LSU

The Good: Zach Mettenberger continued to roll by throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. LSU is playing like one of the most elite teams in the country and once again, they seem to be on a collision course with Alabama.

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The Bad: Aside from one of their top performers being Jeremy Hill, a criminal who should be in jail, not playing football, there aren’t many bad things to say about this LSU football team.

Did the coaches get it right?: No. I still feel that LSU should be ranked behind Florida State. The Tigers will continue to climb up the polls as they continue to win but for the time being, I think Florida State is the better football team. I have LSU at #8.


#8 Florida State (bye)

The Good: Florida State racked up over 600 yards of total offense while beating Nevada 62-7. This Florida State team has been a pleasant surprise for me so far this season.

The Bad: Florida State committed seven penalties for 80 yards. They will have to be more disciplined when they start playing better teams.

Did the coaches get it right?: No. Florida State should be ranked ahead of LSU. I have the Seminoles at #7.


#9 Texas A&M

The Good: Texas A&M put on a show despite losing by seven points to Alabama. This Aggies team, led by “Johnny Football”, is still a force to be reckoned with. There aren’t many teams that will be able to stop their high powered offense.

The Bad: Their defense looked terrible. Alabama’s offense had their way with A&M and was able to score nearly 50 points.

Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. Texas A&M still seems to be a top ten team so I am fine with them at #9 as long as there is the potential for other undefeated teams to jump them as the season progresses.


#10 Georgia (bye)

Georgia has played the two most difficult games this year. Although they lost the first game of the season to Clemson, they still appear to be a top ten team. I am fine with Georgia at #10 for the time being.