Not much value in preseason picks, polls and all-conference teams
Posted July 19, 2013
Updated July 22, 2013
Preseason polls and all-conference teams are great to combat the hunger pangs we have for college football. They can also provide motivation for a team or player depending on how dissed they feel. This Sunday the media will cast their votes for a predicted finish in the ACC and it will create a conversation. But I wouldn't put any cash down based on a preseason poll.
Virginia Tech and Florida State were picked to play for the ACC championship last year. It wound up being the Seminoles opposite Georgia Tech with FSU taking the title. Last year the SEC media thought LSU and Georgia would play in the conference title game. The Tide topped Georgia to claim the title.
I agree with selecting teams in a preseason conference poll. I'm not a big fan of a Top 25 poll until after the 3rd week, but I understand the reason why there is a weekly poll and have even voted in it. But I don't give a hoot about a preseason all-conference team and I especially don't give a rip about a watch list of 35 players up for one of the national awards!
Individuals change from year to year and so do teams.
So just because your team isn't picked to win the league, that doesn't mean it won't happen. Some have a better chance than others and you know that, I don't care how big of a fan you are of your team.
This is the poll that I will turn in to the ACC on Sunday and boy does it seem odd to be adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the mix!
- Florida State
- NC State
- Wake Forest
- Boston College
- Georgia Tech
- North Carolina
- Virginia Tech