Asmussen: Coaches swing and miss

Asmussen: Coaches swing and miss

We asked News-Gazette college football beat writer Bob Asmussen, who has a vote in the AP Top 25, about Thursday’s coaches’ poll:

Gentleman, can we please see your ballots? No offense, but this initial offering from the "coaches" who vote in the poll looks a bit on the goofy side. LSU, really? Sure, there is plenty of talent in Baton Rouge. But the last time we saw the Tigers on the field, they were icky. And that's being kind. Better to have Alabama No. 1 ahead of the Tigers. At least Nick Saban's guys are coming off of a good game. But we all know the defense got devastated by graduation/early departures. So, apparently, Alabama can't be No. 1. The ballot is a whole lot different than the one I'm going to turn in to The Associated Press (Aug. 18 release). My No. 1, Michigan, is listed only No. 8 by the coaches. It is as if they are already counting a loss for the Wolverines against Alabama on Sept. 1 in Texas. A better plan would be to see who actually wins the game. Got a feeling Denard Robinson and pals are going to earn the table-setting win. Southern Cal is a close No. 3 according to the coaches and will be No. 2 on my initial ballot. Silas Redd is going to help. Illinois didn't get any points in the initial poll despite Tim Beckman being one of voting members. Illinois is one of two teams from a BCS conference that is coming off a bowl win and didn't receive any votes. Purdue is the other. No respect for the Big Ten.

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CantHelpIt wrote on August 03, 2012 at 9:08 am

Bob, LSU has two top 10 picks on their defensive front; And neither of those two guys is their best player on defense. As far as preseason polls go, that is a pretty good start. LSU has lost three games over the past 3 years, while playing arguably the most challenging schedule in the nation. If LSU played Michigan every game this year, Michigan would probably finish the year 2-10.

The SEC has won 6 straight National Championship's and you want to rank a Big Ten team No. 1 to start the year? 

Moonpie wrote on August 03, 2012 at 11:08 am

Uh, Bob -- maybe a better plan would be not to be such a slave to the Big Ten and recognize that Bama is a football factory that re-loads with superstars and the game will be at Bama.

But, of course Sleepy Gazoo sports egos (er, writers) know more than coaches.