Arkansas Gets One Vote In USA Today Coaches Poll; Will Play 5 of Top 13 Teams

Wesley Hitt

This was expected but now it's official.

We've been talking all offseason about how brutal Arkansas' schedule is, and here's the first official poll of the year to drive the point home.

Arkansas will play 5 of the top 13 teams in the rankings:

  • Alabama is ranked #1
  • Texas A&M is ranked #6
  • South Carolina is ranked #7
  • Florida is ranked #10
  • LSU is ranked #13

But the real surprise? Arkansas received a vote in the poll! The Razorbacks are firmly included in the "other's receiving votes" list. Woo! Respect! Also of note, Bret Bielema is a voter in the poll. I'm sure this is not connected.

Some of Arkansas' opponents are in that list as well, including Ole Miss (32 votes), Mississippi State (3 votes), and Rutgers (1 vote). Georgia is ranked #5 but the Hogs avoided the Bulldogs this season. Other SEC teams getting votes: Vanderbilt (29 votes) and Tennessee (1 vote).

And by law, we must include this note: preseason polls mean nothing.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (58) 13-1 1545 1
2 Ohio St. (3) 12-0 1427 NR
3 Oregon 12-1 1397 2
4 Stanford 12-2 1262 6
5 Georgia 12-2 1250 4
6 Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1215 5
7 South Carolina 11-2 1136 7
8 Clemson 11-2 1047 9
9 Louisville 11-2 1010 13
10 Florida 11-2 930 10
11 Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12 Florida St. 12-2 844 8
13 LSU 10-3 797 12
14 Oklahoma St. 8-5 726 NR
15 Texas 9-4 622 18
16 Oklahoma 10-3 620 15
17 Michigan 8-5 589 NR
18 Nebraska 10-4 426 23
19 Boise St. 11-2 420 14
20 TCU 7-6 400 NR
21 UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22 Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23 Wisconsin 8-0 172 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 NR
25 Oregon St. 9-4 135 19
Schools Dropped Out
No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).
Others Receiving Votes
Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.
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