Pre-season Coaches Poll

Harpo Marxist

I've posted how many times?
Sep 11, 2002
10,465
651
113
Not making comparisons about teams or years...but...Before the 93 game...just a few quips from Florida State players about ND:

"Rock Knutne"
"The Three Horsemen"
"What's the Gipper"?
And my favorite from Charlie Ward who said he "wasn't going to South Bend for a history lesson".

So far...we know about the OSU players..."We ain't come here to play school". So...what are they saying specifically about ND? It can't be good, and I hope its not.
 

NDDadx3

ND Expert
Dec 20, 2020
987
986
93
Oregon wasn't scared.
I have no idea, different team and a year ago. Like I said we will see if our vaunted defense is as good as advertised or if Ohio State plays pitch and catch like they did against Utah.
 

ftnfan62

Posts Like A Champion
Aug 1, 2010
4,513
1,715
113
IMO, there is a big drop off after the top 3 or 4. People might think ND is overrated at 5, but who would you put in that slot who is below? The next dozen or so teams after the top tier seem interchangeable.

Was thinking the same thing......Texas AM, Michigan? I'm not sure you can say those two are better. Seems ok to start with all we have returning....we were 11-1, lost to a final 4 team and had a coin flip game against the then number 5.

Seems "OK", would rather start like a 9 or 10....more exciting to climb...
 

4-4-3

Posts Like A Champion
Gold Member
Jan 29, 2003
3,504
1,211
113
That's too high IMO. I'd put us around #10, and move some of the teams with returning QBs ahead of us.
A 14.5 point spread would agree with you.

Though season predictions before opening games can be wildly off.

For ND, extremely overoptimistic in 1950, 1956 and 1981, while overly pessimistic in 1964 and 2012.
 
Last edited:

BM16

Irish Guard
Aug 8, 2006
494
248
43
A 14.5 point spread would agree with you.

Though season predictions before opening games can be wildly off.

For ND, extremely overoptimistic in 1950, 1956 and 1981, while overly pessimistic in 1964 and 2012.

I thought they would be outside the top 10. I had them pegged around #11 before the poll came out. Preseason rankings don't really mean much, but given the turnover of a new coach/staff and a new QB I feel #5 is high.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 4-4-3

mbd11

I've posted how many times?
Oct 14, 2008
10,982
955
113
A 14.5 point spread would agree with you.

Though season predictions before opening games can be wildly off.

For ND, extremely overoptimistic in 1950, 1956 and 1981, while overly pessimistic in 1964 and 2012.
Not necessarily. There's perceived to be a wide gap between the top 3 and everybody else.
 

4-4-3

Posts Like A Champion
Gold Member
Jan 29, 2003
3,504
1,211
113
Not necessarily. There's perceived to be a wide gap between the top 3 and everybody else.
That "perception" isn't NECESSARLY true either. OSU could simply be 2 TD's better than ND without being MILES AHEAD OF EVERYONE ELSE.
 

mbd11

I've posted how many times?
Oct 14, 2008
10,982
955
113
That "perception" isn't NECESSARLY true either. OSU could simply be 2 TD's better than ND without being MILES AHEAD OF EVERYONE ELSE.
I think they'd be big favorites against anybody else not named Alabama or Georgia. There's a huge gap right now. Even Clemson at #4 is perceived to be a distant 4th. They have QB issues and their offense struggled at times last year.
 

4-4-3

Posts Like A Champion
Gold Member
Jan 29, 2003
3,504
1,211
113
I think they'd be big favorites against anybody else not named Alabama or Georgia. There's a huge gap right now. Even Clemson at #4 is perceived to be a distant 4th. They have QB issues and their offense struggled at times last year.
My son agrees with you, and you're both probably right.

No argument.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mbd11