Good news: this year’s preseason coaches poll provides the ideal mix of 80% “duh” and 20% “huh?” that we always hope for.
At the top, we have the duh. The first 5 exactly match their finishing positions from the 2018 season. This is normal, as most coaches just look at the rankings from last season and…do that. They’re not making charts about other team’s depth prospects and who has lost what routines or what freshmen are going to boost the early half of which lineups.
Still, even the top of the rankings is not devoid of interest.
|2019 Preseason Coaches Poll|
|1. UCLA (20 1st-place votes) – 1,961 points|
|2. Oklahoma (25) – 1,959 points|
|3. Florida (9) – 1,946 points|
|4. LSU (2) – 1,891 points|
|5. Utah – 1,783 points|
|6. Alabama – 1,672 points|
|7. Georgia (1) – 1,585 points|
|8. California – 1,526 points|
|9. Michigan – 1,517 points|
|10. Kentucky – 1,481 points|
|11. Nebraska – 1,361 points|
|12. Arkansas – 1,341 points|
|13. Denver – 1,286 points|
|14. Auburn – 1,281 points|
|15. Washington – 1,253 points|
|16. Boise State – 1,183 points|
|17. Oregon State – 1,005 points|
|18. Ohio State – 989 points|
|19. Missouri – 912 points|
|20. Arizona State – 862 points|
|21. Stanford – 831 points|
|22. Illinois – 809 points|
|23. Minnesota – 798 points|
|24. BYU – 749 points|
|25. NC State – 704 points|
|26. George Washington – 611 points|
|27. Penn State – 525 points|
|28. Iowa State – 517 points|
|29. Iowa – 442 points|
|30. Central Michigan – 403 points|
|30. Maryland – 403 points|
|32. Southern Utah – 364 points|
|33. Arizona – 314 points|
|34. New Hampshire – 280 points|
|35. West Virginia – 259 points|
|36. Pittsburgh – 247 points|
The first-place spot is typically (but certainly not always) reserved for last year’s champion, and that’s what happened here with UCLA at #1. Interestingly, Oklahoma still got more first-place votes than UCLA and verrrry nearly snatched #1, likely reflecting UCLA’s victory last season being an upset—with a plurality of coaches still viewing Oklahoma as the best team carrying over from 2018.
Speaking of first-place votes, we see you, that single vote for Georgia. Now, we don’t know that it was Suzanne (I mean Courtney). We don’t know that. It could just as easily be some other coach—that Suzanne simply blackmailed into voting for Georgia.
Now, Georgia is going to be really good this season. We’re expecting improvement over last year. But putting Georgia #1 is looney tunes. It’s not crazy at nearly the same level as my favorite thing ever, that time Boise State got a first-place vote, but sadly that coach has gone quiet the last three years. Shame. If the coaches got together next year and trolled the system by all voting for insane teams, I would be in heaven. Just saying. Start planning now so one one gets cold feet about the prank at the very last minute.
-The other team to make Super Six last year, Nebraska, is all the way down in 11th. No surprise there because, as noted in the team preview, Nebraska gets under-ranked in the coaches poll every single season.
-Alabama in 6th and Georgia in 7th both seem about right for where we stand right now. Cal in 8th marks the team’s best-ever preseason ranking. It’s worth noting that Washington is down in 15th once again this season despite making nationals each of the last two years.
-Michigan is in 9th, the team’s lowest preseason ranking since the 2013 season. Typically, Michigan ends up 7th in this poll, but with not making nationals last year, it looks like the normal benefit of the doubt was not afforded.
-Most of the other rankings are within a couple spots of last season’s finish, so not a ton of work was done there. Oregon State in 17th is interesting, quite a low ranking by Oregon State’s standards.
10 thoughts on “2019 Preseason Coaches Poll”
Coaches rank their own teams as part of the preseason poll? That doesn’t seem fair.
Yeah, OSU being in 17th is odd, but doesn’t surprise me. It’ll be interesting to see how we fare early in the season. By the way, thanks for calling us OSU and not Oregon. While Nike seems to own most uni’s, there’s your traditional uni being owned by Nike, and then there’s Oregon, which is on a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL of ownership by that horrible company. (Horrible, yes. Nike $ goes to republicans in Oregon.)
go beavers 😀
coaches shouldn’t allowed to be rank their own teams as they can’t in other ncaa sports
This poll is absolutely meaningless.
However, just like this poll shows, UCLA will repeat. 🙂
That’s not true. This how coaches polls work in every ncaa sport.
No real surprises in the Top 8 (teams expected to make Nationals).
If any of the top four teams (UCLA, OU, UF, LSU) fail to qualify for the final it would be an upset.
The five to seven ranked teams (Utah, Alabama, UGA) are subjective and could be ranked in a different order depending on the day, but as of now none of them are close to the Top 4 teams.
Cal is an interesting #8 pick – several teams could’ve been ranked there (at least any between 8-15), so it’ll be interesting if Cal rises or cracks under the pressure of being expected to make Nationals.
I think Kentucky might be ranked too low – this is probably their best chance to make some noise with a Top 4 finish given what routines they graduate after the season (LSU is another team that needs to take advantage of a strong senior class to finally breakthrough and win).
I’m really curious how Alabama will do after missing out on Super Six last year for the first time since 2007 and with only four teams making the final – the latter doesn’t bode well for them or Utah given results from the past few seasons… Apparently the Bama gymnasts are healthier then they’ve been in years and already in better shape then they were by post-season last year though, we’ll see…
I wish Denver had more depth and was a top ten consistent team.
Omg SAME. But DU is a private Catholic school which may affect recruitment. (Everyone else and their 4 spaniels seem to want to live in Denver right now so I’m still guessing it’s something about the school but I could be mistaken.)
Is it a lack of respect for Nebraska or did they lose too many routines?
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