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DBD 8.10.09 Is Cal Ranked Properly by the Coaches?

I don't like media polls, and I really hate the coach's poll. Nevertheless, the barometer has been set. The Bears are believed to be the 12th best team in the country according to the coaches poll, their best preseason ranking since 2006.

 

2009 preseason poll

Rank Team (first-place votes) 2008 record Points Final 2008 rank
1. Florida (53) 13-1 1,466 1
2. Texas (4) 12-1 1,386 3
3. Oklahoma (1) 12-2 1,358 5
4. Southern California (1) 12-1 1,321 2
5. Alabama 12-2 1,134 6
6. Ohio State 10-3 1,126 11
7. Virginia Tech 10-4 1,020 14
8. Penn State 11-2 988 8
9. LSU 8-5 917 NR
10. Mississippi 9-4 889 15
11. Oklahoma State 9-4 861 18
12. California 9-4 711 25
13. Georgia 10-3 707 10
14. Oregon 10-3 694 9
15. Georgia Tech 9-4 559 22
16. Boise State 12-1 542 13
17. TCU 11-2 461 7
18. Utah 13-0 404 4
19. Florida State 9-4 371 23
20. North Carolina 8-5 293 NR
21. Iowa 9-4 257 20
22. Nebraska 9-4 236 NR
23. Notre Dame 7-6 194 NR
24. Brigham Young 10-3 178 21
25. Oregon State 9-4 165 19
 
Others receiving votes (with 2008 records)
Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.

 

Based on your knowledge of college football teams, do you feel Cal is ranked properly? If not, should they be higher or lower, and which teams should be ranked ahead/bumped in favor of them?

Also, what teams stick out to you in the poll in terms of being 'out of place'? Which teams do you feel the coaches are missing the boat on?

Joy Fawcett's getting into at least one Hall of Fame this year.

Former California women's soccer star and three-time All-American Joy Fawcett was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Aug. 2. Fawcett and co-inductee Jeff Agoos received red jackets as members of the Hall of Fame in the induction ceremony in Oneonta, N.Y.

"What an amazing honor," Fawcett said at the ceremony. "For the voters to believe that I belong in this select group is truly humbling. I'd like to recognize my teammates and coaches. The bond between us brought meaning to the journey. The experiences that we shared and the challenges we overcame forged many amazing relationships."

In her years at Cal, Fawcett, under her maiden name, Joy Biefeld, was named a three-time All-American from 1987-89 and helped her team to third-place finishes at the NCAA Tournament in 1987 and 1988. She also set a Cal record for goals scored in a season with 23 in 1987, a record that fellow former Golden Bear Laura Schott tied in 2000. She was named the national player of the year for the 1987-88 season.

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