Though it's downright silly to put too much credence into any preseason poll, I can't help but get worked up about some of the more notable discrepancies between the coach's perceptions and the reality of college football today.
After being flat-out humiliated in the BCS bowls last season, the Big Ten is once again back to its usual position of being the most overrated conference in college football. I mean, they look great when they're playing each other, but that's about it. Within our SEC, it's also interesting to see UGA and Auburn getting more love than Tennessee and Arkansas while South Carolina and Kentucky get virtually no attention. I truly wish that they would hold off on posting these polls until at least a couple of conference games are played.
What I see here going forward is that the heads of the major conferences are all within striking distance of the top. It's almost as if the coaches were hedging their bets as follows: "if USC stumbles, Cal would still be able to represent the Pac-10 on high" and so on, even though I don't think that the Golden Bears should even be in that conversation.
All in all, I think that things are getting better for the SEC in the polls, so I guess we should be thankful. In truth, I don't see something like Auburn's undefeated season failing to get them into the national championship game happening again in 2007, so that's a definite plus. All our Gators need to do is escape the season with one loss at the most and I think they'll be in the mix for a repeat when it's all said and done. That's easier said than done, however, since there are five ranked teams and two others receiving votes on that schedule. Thankfully it's the preseason and we don't yet have to worry.