Final coaches poll looks like AP poll

January, 8, 2010
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The USA Today Coaches Poll is the same as the AP poll in terms of the top 7, including Texas No. 2 and TCU No. 7.

1. Alabama

2. Texas

3. Florida

4. Boise State

5. Ohio State

6. TCU

7. Iowa

Some thoughts:

* Three Big 10 teams made the top 10 in both polls. The reason? Good bowl play. Ohio State's Rose Bowl win helped a two-loss Buckeyes team get ahead of 12-1 TCU. Penn State beat LSU to jump into the top 10. And Iowa's victory over Georgia Tech put the Hawkeyes at No. 7.

* Did Texas finish second because of how well they came back without Colt McCoy? Possibly. Florida had a chance to finsih second in a blowout, but I think the Longhorns deserved it.

* Nebraska, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State made the coaches poll top 25. OSU did not make the AP top 25.

* Boise State finished fourth, which didn't surprise me. Florida's impressive win over Cincinnati was the reason. But I can tell you from seeing the Broncos' live at the Fiesta Bowl that they are a great team. Again, if only we had a playoff.

* TCU has finished seventh or better two consecutive seasons. Gary Patterson has talked about establishing a reputation as a good program. Those kinds of high finishes are how you do it.

* Alabama has a ton of players coming back. There's little doubt they will be preseason No. 1 in 2010.

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