USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week One: Clemson Makes The Big Leap

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USA Today Coaches’ Poll – September 3

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1545 .997
2 Ohio State Buckeyes 1444 .932
3 Oregon Ducks 1420 .916
4 Stanford Cardinal 1292 .834
5 Clemson Tigers 1275 .823
6 South Carolina Gamecocks 1220 .787
7 Texas A&M Aggies 1181 .762
8 Louisville Cardinals 1051 .678
9 Florida Gators 974 .628
10 Florida State Seminoles 946 .610
11 LSU Tigers 926 .597
12 Georgia Bulldogs 875 .565

Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll: Alabama Favored to Repeat Again

The longest standing, largely unchanged vestige of the Bowl Championship Series, the USA Today Coaches’ Poll crowned Alabama as the preseason favorite to capture the final BCS title.

In the final season of the BCS the Crimson Tide will begin the season as the prohibitive favorites to ride the Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive Poll and computers into the final BCS title game before the system shuts down one last time.

Ohio State comes in at No. 2, taking three first-place votes to Alabama’s 58, while No. 6 Texas A&M grabs the last first-place tally. Oregon, Stanford and Georgia round out the top five.

Here we investigate the preseason poll by vote share, the statistic that the BCS will use to calculate the nation’s top teams during the last eight weeks of the college football year.

Preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll – August 1

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1545 .996
2 Ohio State Buckeyes 1427 .921
3 Oregon Ducks 1397 .901
4 Stanford Cardinal 1262 .814
5 Georgia Bulldogs 1250 .806
6 Texas A&M Aggies 1215 .784
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 1136 .733
8 Clemson Tigers 1047 .675
9 Louisville Cardinals 1010 .652
10 Florida Gators 930 .600
11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 872 .563
12 Florida State Seminoles 844 .545

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 14: Notre Dame finishes on top, Northern Illinois at No. 16

The tension is building.

Northern Illinois lands at No. 16 in the final regular season Coaches’ Poll, while key members of the BCS pack, UCLA (No. 19), Nebraska (No. 21) and Boise State (No. 15) pile around them.

Will it be enough? Stay tuned.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – December 2

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1470 .997
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1417 .961
3 Oregon Ducks 1313 .890
4 Florida Gators 1287 .872
5 Georgia Bulldogs 1216 .824
6 Kansas State Wildcats 1190 .807
7 LSU Tigers 1111 .753
8 Stanford Cardinal 1047 .710
9 Texas A&M Aggies 1039 .704
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 947 .642
11 Oklahoma Sooners 890 .603
12 Florida State Seminoles 853 .578

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 13: Notre Dame leading, but BCS busters looming

Notre Dame still rides high atop the Coaches’ Poll but the intrigue starts much lower.

Northern Illinois leads the charge of non-AQ schools looking to crack the BCS buster discussion at No. 18. Just behind them is No. 19 Kent State and No. 25 Boise State.

All teams will be aiming to grab that elusive non-AQ position in front of a AQ conference champion — in this case the Big East’s — for a bid to one of the five BCS bowls.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – November 25

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1469 .996
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1398 .948
3 Georgia Bulldogs 1341 .909
4 Oregon Ducks 1277 .866
5 Florida Gators 1265 .858
6 LSU Tigers 1124 .762
7 Kansas State Wildcats 1114 .755
8 Texas A&M Aggies 1076 .729
9 Stanford Cardinal 1008 .683
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 972 .659
11 Oklahoma Sooners 878 .595
12 Florida State Seminoles 829 .562

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 12: Notre Dame overwhelmingly No. 1 after weekend of upheaval

Not surprisingly, Notre Dame lands at the top of Sunday’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll, after Kansas State and Oregon move out of the way for the Irish. The Irish collected 56 first-place votes.

Alabama grabs that all-important No. 2 spot from the 59 coaches, two of which gave the No. 1 ranking back to the Crimson Tide a week after they were left without one.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – November 18

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1469 .996
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1386 .940
3 Georgia Bulldogs 1348 .914
4 Oregon Ducks 1227 .832
5 Florida State Seminoles 1199 .813
6 Florida Gators 1166 .791
7 LSU Tigers 1062 .720
8 Kansas State Wildcats 1056 .716
9 Clemson Tigers 1029 .698
10 Texas A&M Aggies 994 .674
11 Stanford Cardinal 934 .633
12 South Carolina Gamecocks 798 .541

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 11: Oregon grabs top spot, Kansas State in at No. 2

Oregon returns to the top spot on the USA Today Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2010, replacing Alabama after the Crimson Tide suffered their first loss of the year to Texas A&M.

For their victory, the Aggies blast into the No. 10 spot, while Kansas State, Notre Dame and Georgia each move up one spot. Alabama lands at No. 5.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – November 11

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Oregon Ducks 1460 .990
2 Kansas State Wildcats 1427 .967
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1346 .913
4 Georgia Bulldogs 1260 .854
5 Alabama Crimson Tide 1243 .843
6 Florida State Seminoles 1143 .775
7 Florida Gators 1079 .732
8 LSU Tigers 1040 .705
9 Clemson Tigers 1033 .700
10 Texas A&M Aggies 976 .662
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 903 .612
12 Oklahoma Sooners 799 .542

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 10: Florida State, Florida, Clemson climb up

While LSU’s loss sends the Tigers down a few spots, with Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia grabbing the free spots, the really interesting development of the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll is Oregon’s eight-point gain on Alabama and a widening of the gap between the Ducks and the teams it chases in the BCS.

Most notably, the distance Oregon made up on Alabama gives it a boost on the BCS No. 2 Kansas State and BCS No. 3 Notre Dame. Kansas State gained four points, while Notre Dame lost support after a tough victory over Pittsburgh in overtime on Saturday.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – November 4

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1475 1.000
2 Oregon Ducks 1399 .948
3 Kansas State Wildcats 1370 .929
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1289 .874
5 Georgia Bulldogs 1218 .826
6 Florida State Seminoles 1147 .778
7 Florida Gators 1091 .740
8 Clemson Tigers 1013 .687
9 LSU Tigers 998 .677
10 Louisville Cardinals 940 .637
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 880 .597
12 Oregon State Beavers 807 .547

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Nine: Notre Dame, Kansas State see big gains

A Florida loss mixed with impressive victories from Kansas State and Notre Dame once again shrunk Oregon’s hold on No. 2, but the Ducks remain 25 points ahead of No. 3 Kansas State this weekend. Notre Dame lands at No. 4 after their victory over Oklahoma, which falls just to No. 12 with the loss.

Georgia climbs to No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll on the strength of their upset victory over Florida, but has plenty of work left to do in the coming weeks if they hope to climb into the national title discussion.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – October 28

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1475 1.000
2 Oregon Ducks 1391 .943
3 Kansas State Wildcats 1366 .926
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1307 .886
5 LSU Tigers 1225 .831
6 Georgia Bulldogs 1149 .779
7 Florida State Seminoles 1121 .760
8 Florida Gators 1024 .694
9 Clemson Tigers 976 .662
10 Louisville Cardinals 888 .602
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 838 .568
12 Oklahoma Sooners 758 .514

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Eight: Florida, Kansas State edge closer to Oregon

As expected, Oregon’s Thursday night victory over Arizona State is not enough to hold off both Florida and Kansas State from gaining on the Ducks in the latest Coaches’ Poll.

Kansas State actually slips to No. 4, but gains votes across the board. Not much in terms of surprises here, and though Florida’s slight advantage on the Wildcats might be a shock to some, the slight difference (two votes or .002 share) is a negligible difference.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – October 21

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1475 1.000
2 Oregon Ducks 1403 .951
3 Florida Gators 1329 .901
4 Kansas State Wildcats 1326 .899
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1221 .828
6 LSU Tigers 1164 .789
7 Oklahoma Sooners 1084 .735
8 USC Trojans 1014 .687
9 Oregon State Beavers 974 .660
10 Florida State Seminoles 948 .643
11 Georgia Bulldogs 850 .576
12 Mississippi State Bulldogs 800 .542

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week Seven: Kansas State, Florida make big jumps

With West Virginia and South Carolina out of the way, Kansas State rises to No. 3  in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25.

With the BCS rankings just around the corner, the time could not be better for teams to make big moves, and the Wildcats, along with Florida and Notre Dame, have done just that. Florida lands at No. 4, while Notre Dame is in at No. 5 in the latest coaches’ poll.

LSU is back in the thick of things at No. 6 after topping South Carolina over the weekend. West Virginia, on the other hand, is tumbled way out of the top-10, all the way to No. 15.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – October 14

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1475 1.000
2 Oregon Ducks 1414 .959
3 Kansas State Wildcats 1307 .886
4 Florida Gators 1297 .879
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1251 .848
6 LSU Tigers 1179 .799
7 Oklahoma Sooners 1021 .692
8 South Carolina Gamecocks 1012 .686
9 USC Trojans 995 .675
10 Florida State Seminoles 919 .623
11 Oregon State Beavers 839 .569
12 Georgia Bulldogs 806 .546