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Alabama, SEC Headline 2010 Preseason Coaches' Poll

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Alabama is officially the hunted in one third of the BCS formula as the Tide gained 55 out of 59 first place votes in the 2010 preseason coaches poll. The other four went to Ohio State, the No. 2 team in the poll.

The coaches are pretty sure about the top team, as Alabama is a healthy 77 points ahead of the Buckeyes. The Ohioans, in turn, are 147 points ahead of third place Florida. The next big gap comes after No. 5 Boise State, who slides in behind No. 4 Texas, as the Broncos are 163 points ahead of their first opponent, No. 6 Virginia Tech.

After the third-ranked Gators, there's a big drop to the next SEC team. LSU clocks in at No. 16, proving that the coaches have more faith in the Tigers than the SEC Media Days crowd that voted them fourth in the West division. Next up is Arkansas at No. 19, showing that even if the Razorbacks are "this year's Ole Miss," they don't have nearly as far to fall (the Rebels were preseason top 10 last year). Georgia makes an appearance at No. 21, and Auburn slides in at No. 23.

A few SEC teams got into the also receiving votes list as well. Ole Miss is lined up as No. 30 with 48 points, South Carolina is tied with Notre Dame for No. 34 with 38 points, and Mississippi State tied with four other teams for No. 49 with a single point. Yes, if you must know, Dan Mullen is a voter this year.

The SEC has the most overall teams with six, followed by the ACC with five. As a reminder, USC does not appear anywhere as the Trojans are not allowed in the poll this year.


SEC: Six teams

ACC: Five teams

Big Ten: Four teams

Big 12: Three teams

Pac-10: Two teams

Big East: Two teams

MWC: Two teams

WAC: One team


The voting coaches who have ties to the SEC.

David Cutcliffe, Duke (former Tennessee OC)

Larry Fedora, Southern Miss (former Florida OC)

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (former LSU OC)

Urban Meyer, Florida

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

Bo Pelini, Nebraska (former LSU DC)

Bobby Petrino, Arkansas

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State (former Auburn DC)

Mark Richt, Georgia

Nick Saban, Alabama

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

Charlie Strong, Louisville (former Florida DC)

Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech (former Auburn and Ole Miss head coach)

Ron Zook, Illinois (former Florida head coach)