Now that the AP Poll is out, we can see that analysts across the country agree on, well, mostly everything.
Florida State deserves to be No. 1. Alabama is back to being the favorite to winning the SEC. Oregon and Ohio State are both better than the teams that beat them and kept them from winning their respective conferences last year. The national championship runner-up last year who returns lots of talent doesn’t belong in the Top 5, because the Auburn Tigers were simply a fluke last year. And the SEC and the Pac 12 are clearly the two best conferences in college football with 14 combined teams in the Top 25.
Through the Top 23 teams, there is never more than a one-spot difference for a team between the two polls. The Top 5 and Top 10 both include the same teams. The top 25 has a whole has 24 of the same teams in each poll.
The only difference is something the AP Poll nailed spot-on that the Coaches were dead wrong on: Texas vs. Missouri.
Thankfully, the AP Poll put the Missouri Tigers in the Top 25 in place of Texas at No. 24. Texas is out of the Top 25, where it belongs for now.
This doesn’t mean that Texas won’t be better than Missouri by the end of the year, but Missouri proved enough last year to deserve a spot in the rankings this year, even with so much talent leaving.
This was the most disrespectful part of the Coaches Poll that the AP Poll thankfully fixed. Everything else, well, is almost exactly the same, making the poll’s release incredibly boring.
One interesting point, though, is while the SEC and Pac 12 performed equally well in the Preseason Coaches Poll, the SEC has the edge in the Preseason AP Poll. This is because seven SEC teams and six Pac 12 teams meant exactly half of each conference was represented in the Coaches Poll Top 25.
But with the addition of Missouri, the SEC has eight teams, more than half of the conference, in the preseason AP Poll Top 25. The Pac 12 still only has six. That still means that those are by far expected to be the two best conferences going into the season. The Big 12 has three teams, the ACC has three teams, and the Big Ten has four teams.