Could Bama Jump LSU in the polls?

SI.com’s Stewart Mandel presents a reasonable scenario:

No records will be set unless the Tigers lose 31-0, like preseason No. 1 Florida State did against Miami in 1988, but the scenario John describes is certainly realistic. Alabama-Michigan will be the most watched game in the country that opening Saturday, and USC-Hawaii, which gets the honor of being Fox’s first primetime regular season game, will also draw eyeballs. LSU-North Texas, on the other hand, is on ESPNU, and for most people will probably be little more than a score on the ticker. Even though we have spent eight months under the general consensus that LSU or USC are the teams to beat this season, impressions can change in a hurry once teams actually start playing games.

Most are expecting Alabama to handle Michigan fairly easily. If the Tide beat the Wolverines 24-13, say, while USC destroys Hawaii and LSU drubs North Texas, then all three will have basically played to expectations. But what if Alabama puts on a clinic? What if the Tide show little drop-off from last year’s dominant defense, sack Denard Robinson nine times, roll up 250 yards on the ground and win 34-9? Voters are easily swayed, and in fact there is recent precedent for just such a thing. In 2008, the preseason Coaches’ Poll went 1. Georgia (22 first place votes), 2. USC (14), 3. Ohio State (14). While the Dawgs beat Georgia Southern 45-21, and the Buckeyes blanked Youngstown State 43-30, the Trojans went to Virginia, a 9-4 team the year before, and rolled 52-7. USC promptly rose to No. 1.

Me?  Though this is a reasonable scenario, if all three teams win, I don’t see a change coming.  Most voters would realize the two teams play later in the year and would probably let things shake out then.

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2 thoughts on “Could Bama Jump LSU in the polls?

  1. I’ll tell you like I told my son last year: If we win our games, the polls will work out in our favor. Let’s don’t get wrapped up in trying to score style points. Just win and the rest will take care of itself. It is a long season.

    • Amen to that. Interesting that the discussion is already started about that.

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