Initial 2012 USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 Released; Ohio State Absent

The inaugural 2012 USA Today Coaches Poll is upon us.

College football is starting to feel like it's almost, maybe, kind of, sort of here. Along with Urban Meyer's first Ohio State camps of the young season set to open up tomorrow, USA Today released the inaugural 2012 Coaches Poll Thursday. Of course, with Ohio State ineligible for post-season consideration, the Buckeyes are not permitted for inclusion in the poll (which ultimately awards it's final first place vote to the BCS Championship Game winner).

Now whether or not there should be preseason polls all together in the first place is a far lengthier philosophical discussion for another day, but this is the world we live in. In the interest of feeding the hype machine (and generating synthetic conversation), let's gander into what sports information directors across the country think of college football's 2012 landscape, shall we?

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Final 2011 rank
1.
LSU (18)
13-1
1,403
2
2.
Alabama (20)
12-1
1,399
1
3.
Southern California (19)
10-2
1,388
NR
4.
Oklahoma
10-3
1,276
15
5.
Oregon
12-2
1,258
4
6.
Georgia
10-4
1,061
20
7.
Florida State
9-4
1,055
23
8.
Michigan
11-2
1,023
9
9.
South Carolina
11-2
981
8
10.
Arkansas
11-2
948
5
11.
West Virginia
10-3
833
18
12.
Wisconsin
11-3
743
11
13.
Michigan State
11-3
717
10
14.
Clemson
10-4
598
22
15.
Texas
8-5
549
NR
16.
Nebraska
9-4
501
24
17.
TCU
11-2
499
13
18.
Stanford
11-2
497
7
19.
Oklahoma State
12-1
476
3
20.
Virginia Tech
11-3
461
17
21.
Kansas State
10-3
398
16
22.
Boise State
12-1
271
6
23.
Florida
7-6
250
NR
24.
Notre Dame
8-5
166
NR
25.
Auburn
8-5
66
NR

At number eight, Michigan is the highest Big Ten ranked team. Joining them are 12th ranked Wisconsin, 13th ranked Michigan State, and 16th ranked Nebraska. No other Big Ten teams received votes.

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