NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers pose with The Coaches' Trophy during the Allstate BCS Championship Press Conference on January 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The 2012 preseason Coaches' Poll is out, yielding the first Top 25 of the year that actually affects things. We're so close to football! Follow @SBNationCFB
The USA Today Coaches' Poll will matter in college football for only two more seasons. After that, it'll no longer play a role in determining which teams make which postseason, as the entire BCS formula will more or less be replaced by a selection committee. Pretty happy thought, huh?
However, for the time being it still plays into the BCS, and is thus the most important poll, disregarding the obvious reasons (IT'S A COACHES POLL) why it shouldn't be. Still, its release signifies we're even closer to the season than we thought we were, so let the warm vibes continue.
To some surprise, USC is ranked behind both LSU and Alabama to start the year, despite entering the year with quite a bit of preseason No. 1 talk. The rest of it is SEC-heavy as well, with half the top 10 coming from the SEC.
The complete Coaches' Poll Top 25 heading into the 2012 season:
|Rank||Team (first-place votes)||Record||Points||Final 2011 rank|
|3.||Southern California (19)||10-2||1,388||NR|
|Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)|
|Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.|
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