Stu Mandel takes the Coaches Poll to task in today’s mailbag.
Apparently the coaches have yet to get the message that there are top-25-caliber football teams outside the six BCS conferences. Last year five such teams appeared (Utah, Louisville, Boise State, Fresno State and Navy) in the final Coaches’ poll of the season, but going into this year, the voters have chosen to include just one, No. 19 Boise State (which, despite returning 16 starters, is apparently six spots worse than last year’s 11-1 team). No Bowling Green, though it boasts the nation’s most proficient returning quarterback, Omar Jacobs. No Fresno State, which to me looks a lot like Utah did going into last season. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, however. Last year’s preseason poll only included one non-BCS team (Utah).