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2012 USA Today Coaches Poll Closely Resembles....

Does Michigan really deserve their high preseason ranking, or all we just worshipping Denard Robinson a little too much?
Does Michigan really deserve their high preseason ranking, or all we just worshipping Denard Robinson a little too much?

I know I'm late with this, but I thought I'd show you all a comparison between the first release of the 2012 USA Today Coaches Poll for college football, and another poll that's dear to my heart (because I get to vote in it).

On the left is the last preseason Blogpoll that was taken in May 2012. On the right is today's release of the 2012 preseason USA Today Coaches Poll.

Not a whole lot of difference, especially when you look at the top, oh, around 15. I'd be willing to bet that when the first AP poll is released you'll see the same resemblance. You realize this is all a giant racket, full of collusion and note passing. Either that, or doing ballots isn't as difficult as some might have you believe. Maybe it's a sign that rank amateurs like those of us who make up the blogpoll should be given the same consideration as the professionals, or maybe we should consider ourselves college football coaches.

In the interest of full disclosure, my ballot has some pretty decent discrepancies. I have TCU in the top ten, and I've ranked Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Utah. I figure there's always going to be someone who ends up being ranked that isn't ranked preseason by traditional media (for example, Notre Dame).

Our first real 2012 preseason blogpoll ballot is coming up soon. Take this as your cue to discuss preseason rankings. Who'd they miss? Who'd we miss? Who's going to surprise the country?

BlogPoll Rank School USA Today Rank School
1 LSU Tigers (13) 1 LSU Tigers
2 USC Trojans (14) 2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Alabama Crimson Tide (6) 3 USC Trojans
4 Oregon Ducks (1) 4 Oklahoma Sooners
5 Oklahoma Sooners 5 Oregon Ducks
6 Georgia Bulldogs 6 Georgia Bulldogs
7 Michigan Wolverines 7 Florida St. Seminoles
8 Florida St. Seminoles 8 Michigan Wolverines
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 9 South Carolina Gamecocks
10 Arkansas Razorbacks 10 Arkansas Razorbacks
11 West Virginia Mountaineers 11 West Virginia Mountaineers
12 Wisconsin Badgers 12 Wisconsin Badgers
13 Michigan St. Spartans 13 Michigan St. Spartans
14 TCU Horned Frogs 14 Clemson Tigers
15 Kansas St. Wildcats 15 Texas Longhorns
16 Clemson Tigers 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers
17 Virginia Tech Hokies 17 TCU Horned Frogs
18 Nebraska Cornhuskers 18 Stanford Cardinal
19 Stanford Cardinal 19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
20 Ohio St. Buckeyes 20 Virginia Tech Hokies
21 Texas Longhorns 21 Kansas St. WIldcats
22 Boise St. Broncos 22 Boise St. Broncos
23 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 23 Florida Gators
24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
25 Washington Huskies 25 Auburn Tigers
Blogpoll Updated: May 9, 2012 11:37 AM CDT