The 2013 Coaches Poll was released on Thursday to relatively little fanfare. The sports world’s unanimous ho-hum reaction can be probably attributed to a.) the fact that there is a lot of other interesting stuff going on today, and b.) the fact that preseason rankings are worthless.
That said, it’s good to have these things just as a general barometer for later. It helps determine who overachieved and who underachieved come year’s end – particularly if there are no squabbles with the original breakdown. (Which there shouldn't be.)
A few thoughts: the top three looks about right, though some might suggest that Kentucky belongs above Louisville. Ohio State, North Carolina State, Duke and Michigan State seem a bit high; Kansas, Syracuse, Florida and UCLA seem a bit low. Though it’s all open to interpretation, I suppose. We'll find out who belongs where soon enough.
4. Ohio State
6. North Carolina State
12. North Carolina
14. Michigan State
20. San Diego State
23. Notre Dame
24. Florida State
Buckle up, folks – it’s going to be an interesting year.
(Kudos USA Today)