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We're officially within a month of college football starting! I searched all over for a thread and couldn't believe there wasn't one made yet. In fact, I'm still not sure there isn't one out there so if there is, feel free to discard this one.

The first preseason coaches poll has been released:

1. Florida State (56 first place votes)

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma (3)

4. Oregon (1)

5. Auburn

6. Ohio State (1)

7. UCLA

8. Michigan State

9. South Carolina (1)

10. Baylor

11. Stanford

12. Georgia

13. LSU

14. Wisconsin

15. USC

16. Clemson

17. Notre Dame

18. Arizona State

19. Ole Miss

20. Texas A&M

21. Kansas State

22. Nebraska

23. North Carolina

24. Texas

25. Washington

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24644709/florida-state-no-1-in-preseason-coaches-poll

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In about a week I'll bust out the ACC Wheel of Destiny avatar I've been holding onto for months, so that's good.

UNC seems a bit too high, even at 23. While they have talent, it has the potential to crash and burn like how two years ago, everyone said how NC State was going to "take the next step." Florida State and Clemson (which my brother will be enrolled in this fall) seem to be in the right spots.

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UCLA is so insanely overrated it's making my head spin. They'll end up finishing third or fourth in the PAC 12 South, mark my words.

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Since the polls really won't matter at the end, here's a reminder for all parties of what they're playing for this time:

1405452111000-USP-NCAA-FOOTBALL-NATIONAL

It's the "College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, presented by Dr. Pepper, Revlon, Popcornopolis and Bud Light."

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UCLA is so insanely overrated it's making my head spin. They'll end up finishing third or fourth in the PAC 12 South, mark my words.

I was just gonna say... I can't believe they're that high.

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UCLA is so insanely overrated it's making my head spin. They'll end up finishing third or fourth in the PAC 12 South, mark my words.

I was just gonna say... I can't believe they're that high.

Consider who's coaching that team, it doesn't shock me that the media has a hard-on for the Bruins.

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UCLA and Oklahoma are entirely too high.

Bowl performances shouldn't weigh that much into pre-season rankings, just because UCLA killed an offensively-challenged Tech team in the Sun Bowl doesn't translate to being the 7th best team in the country. Especially when they lost one of the best pass rushers in college football.

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I haven't been this pumped up about Louisville football since 2006 from the move to the ACC to Bobby Petrino returning to light up defenses this year. I think Louisville might surprise people and win 8-10 games this season depending on Will Gardner's performance (Unlike WVU, they have something called a defense :P ) . Yes, they lose Teddy Bridgewater, Calvin Pryor, and Marcus Smith; but they return WR DeVante Parker, TE Gerald Christian, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, and CB Charles Gaines. I believe Petrino will do wonders for Parker and put up stats worthy of the Blinkoff Award. Also, I believe that Todd Grantham will do better than experts believe and the D could be in the Top 25 in the end of the season.

Looking at the schedule, here are my predictions.

  1. Miami (FL)- Win: I believe this will be close and go either way, but I see that Petrino will carve Miami's defense for the win. 45-34 Cards
  2. Murray State- Win: Blowout win, nuff said 63-0
  3. @ Virginia- Win: Virginia will give them a scare in the 1st quarter, but Louisville just has too much firepower and overwhelms UVA. 42-14 Cards
  4. @ FIU- Win: Easy win (beat them 72-0 last year) 56-7 Cards
  5. Wake Forest- Win: Another scare in 1st quarter, but dominates late. 35-7 Cards
  6. @ Syracuse- Win: A close game to the end, but Louisville's defense comes up big to seal the win. 34-31 Cards
  7. @ Clemson- Loss: The first meeting between the two teams and unfortunately for the Cards, the crowd at "Death Valley" gets to them and loses. 35-14 Tigers
  8. NC State- Win: A scare from the Wolfpack and Louisville survives with a late TD. 24-19 Cards
  9. Florida State- Loss: In the biggest home game since 2006, Louisville fights FSU to the death and leads late with 2 minutes left. Then Jameis Winston unleashes his "Crab Leg Fu" :P skills and leads the Seminoles in an epic drive to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat. 35-31 'Noles
  10. @ Boston College- Loss: Louisville takes their anger out on BC and dominates them easily. 38-3 Cards
  11. @ Notre Dame- Win: Just like vs Clemson, this is the first time they met the Irish. Unlike the Clemson game though, Petrino unleashes his bag of tricks and shocks the crowd at South Bend with a convincing win. 24-10
  12. Kentucky- Win: Petrino loves to rub it on Kentucky and will beat them like he did his first tenure at Louisville. 56-10

Record: 10-2 and 3rd in the Atlantic. Notes: Could they go 8-4 or 9-3?; Yes they could. It was just my predictions.

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You predict them

I haven't been this pumped up about Louisville football since 2006 from the move to the ACC to Bobby Petrino returning to light up defenses this year. I think Louisville might surprise people and win 8-10 games this season depending on Will Gardner's performance (Unlike WVU, they have something called a defense :P ) . Yes, they lose Teddy Bridgewater, Calvin Pryor, and Marcus Smith; but they return WR DeVante Parker, TE Gerald Christian, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, and CB Charles Gaines. I believe Petrino will do wonders for Parker and put up stats worthy of the Blinkoff Award. Also, I believe that Todd Grantham will do better than experts believe and the D could be in the Top 25 in the end of the season.

Looking at the schedule, here are my predictions.

  1. Miami (FL)- Win: I believe this will be close and go either way, but I see that Petrino will carve Miami's defense for the win. 45-34 Cards
  2. Murray State- Win: Blowout win, nuff said 63-0
  3. @ Virginia- Win: Virginia will give them a scare in the 1st quarter, but Louisville just has too much firepower and overwhelms UVA. 42-14 Cards
  4. @ FIU- Win: Easy win (beat them 72-0 last year) 56-7 Cards
  5. Wake Forest- Win: Another scare in 1st quarter, but dominates late. 35-7 Cards
  6. @ Syracuse- Win: A close game to the end, but Louisville's defense comes up big to seal the win. 34-31 Cards
  7. @ Clemson- Loss: The first meeting between the two teams and unfortunately for the Cards, the crowd at "Death Valley" gets to them and loses. 35-14 Tigers
  8. NC State- Win: A scare from the Wolfpack and Louisville survives with a late TD. 24-19 Cards
  9. Florida State- Loss: In the biggest home game since 2006, Louisville fights FSU to the death and leads late with 2 minutes left. Then Jameis Winston unleashes his "Crab Leg Fu" :P skills and leads the Seminoles in an epic drive to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat. 35-31 'Noles
  10. @ Boston College- Loss: Louisville takes their anger out on BC and dominates them easily. 38-3 Cards
  11. @ Notre Dame- Win: Just like vs Clemson, this is the first time they met the Irish. Unlike the Clemson game though, Petrino unleashes his bag of tricks and shocks the crowd at South Bend with a convincing win. 24-10
  12. Kentucky- Win: Petrino loves to rub it on Kentucky and will beat them like he did his first tenure at Louisville. 56-10

Record: 10-2 and 3rd in the Atlantic. Notes: Could they go 8-4 or 9-3?; Yes they could. It was just my predictions.

I was trying to figure out how you had them losing three games but going 10-2 and then realized you messed up on this game.

Like the optimism but losing their starting quarterback, head coach, and moving to a better conference is gonna hurt. I would say expecting them to lose to FSU and Clemson is a given, I'd also expect them to lose to the Irish. I expect them to have atleast one slip-up game as well.

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You predict them

I haven't been this pumped up about Louisville football since 2006 from the move to the ACC to Bobby Petrino returning to light up defenses this year. I think Louisville might surprise people and win 8-10 games this season depending on Will Gardner's performance (Unlike WVU, they have something called a defense :P ) . Yes, they lose Teddy Bridgewater, Calvin Pryor, and Marcus Smith; but they return WR DeVante Parker, TE Gerald Christian, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, and CB Charles Gaines. I believe Petrino will do wonders for Parker and put up stats worthy of the Blinkoff Award. Also, I believe that Todd Grantham will do better than experts believe and the D could be in the Top 25 in the end of the season.

Looking at the schedule, here are my predictions.

  1. Miami (FL)- Win: I believe this will be close and go either way, but I see that Petrino will carve Miami's defense for the win. 45-34 Cards
  2. Murray State- Win: Blowout win, nuff said 63-0
  3. @ Virginia- Win: Virginia will give them a scare in the 1st quarter, but Louisville just has too much firepower and overwhelms UVA. 42-14 Cards
  4. @ FIU- Win: Easy win (beat them 72-0 last year) 56-7 Cards
  5. Wake Forest- Win: Another scare in 1st quarter, but dominates late. 35-7 Cards
  6. @ Syracuse- Win: A close game to the end, but Louisville's defense comes up big to seal the win. 34-31 Cards
  7. @ Clemson- Loss: The first meeting between the two teams and unfortunately for the Cards, the crowd at "Death Valley" gets to them and loses. 35-14 Tigers
  8. NC State- Win: A scare from the Wolfpack and Louisville survives with a late TD. 24-19 Cards
  9. Florida State- Loss: In the biggest home game since 2006, Louisville fights FSU to the death and leads late with 2 minutes left. Then Jameis Winston unleashes his "Crab Leg Fu" :P skills and leads the Seminoles in an epic drive to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat. 35-31 'Noles
  10. @ Boston College- Loss: Louisville takes their anger out on BC and dominates them easily. 38-3 Cards
  11. @ Notre Dame- Win: Just like vs Clemson, this is the first time they met the Irish. Unlike the Clemson game though, Petrino unleashes his bag of tricks and shocks the crowd at South Bend with a convincing win. 24-10
  12. Kentucky- Win: Petrino loves to rub it on Kentucky and will beat them like he did his first tenure at Louisville. 56-10

Record: 10-2 and 3rd in the Atlantic. Notes: Could they go 8-4 or 9-3?; Yes they could. It was just my predictions.

I was trying to figure out how you had them losing three games but going 10-2 and then realized you messed up on this game.

Like the optimism but losing their starting quarterback, head coach, and moving to a better conference is gonna hurt. I would say expecting them to lose to FSU and Clemson is a given, I'd also expect them to lose to the Irish. I expect them to have at least one slip-up game as well.

My prediction was 10-2 (which is a bit optimistic in my part), but generally 8-10 wins was guaranteed for the most part. For what you said, I definitely agree on these points especially with a new QB and conference. I do have faith in Petrino however in turning Will Gardner into a force in the passing game like other qb's he coached (Brian Brohm, Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson) and he could pull off an unexpected win against Clemson, FSU, and ND (not guaranteed though). Most likely though, they will be 8-4 or 9-3 depending on how well the coaching staff will perform.

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I don't think I've ever heard of a team getting a scare in the first quarter.

Must be a Louisville thing.....

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For those who believe in the "hope business" for their favorite teams, please start a separate NCAA football prediction thread.

Over the next 30 days, I would prefer not to see pages of game analysis for games yet to be played.

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UCLA is so insanely overrated it's making my head spin. They'll end up finishing third or fourth in the PAC 12 South, mark my words.

I was just gonna say... I can't believe they're that high.

Consider who's coaching that team, it doesn't shock me that the media has a hard-on for the Bruins.

Seriously. How much of UCLA's ranking is just on their Sun Bowl performance against an underachieving Hokies team?

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But, but, but, guyz! Brett Hundley came back for hiz senior year! Hez a demigod! And UCLAz gonna rally the school after the flood!

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Since the polls really won't matter at the end, here's a reminder for all parties of what they're playing for this time:

1405452111000-USP-NCAA-FOOTBALL-NATIONAL

It's the "College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, presented by Dr. Pepper, Revlon, Popcornopolis and Bud Light."

So they're playing for the worlds largest beer tap?

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Yeah, UCLA's ranking is dumb. They're not better than South Carolina, Baylor, Stanford, Georgia, or LSU. They should be around 14 or 15, but definitely not 7.

But hey, they're preseason rankings. They're always dumb, and they mean even less this year than before. Sooooo, I don't care. (Especially because they'll drop down when they lose to Texas or Arizona State or hell, maybe even at Virginia in Week 1.)

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@ Notre Dame- Win: Just like vs Clemson, this is the first time they met the Irish. Unlike the Clemson game though, Petrino unleashes his bag of tricks and shocks the crowd at South Bend with a convincing win. 24-10

I sense a sig bet coming...

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But hey, they're preseason rankings. They're always dumb, and they mean even less this year than before. Sooooo, I don't care. (Especially because they'll drop down when they lose to Texas or Arizona State or hell, maybe even at Virginia in Week 1.)

I think this article sums up the Preseason Top 25 perfectly: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/7/28/5944805/the-internets-top-25

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