Posted: 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
By Brian Favat
Following a 10-7 home loss to Washington State, USC, Boston College's week 3 opponent, is out of the latest USA Today Coaches poll. The Trojans threw for fewer yards (51 yards) than all three service academies in week 2, and gained fewer total yards (193) than RB Andre Williams gained against Wake Forest (204).
Coming off a win over a ranked Florida team, Miami (2-0) cracks this week's rankings at #15, giving the ACC its third ranked program (four if you include 7th ranked Louisville). Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and ... Boston College finished in the also receiving votes category. Wait, what?
The Eagles (2-0) finished with a single vote in this week's Coaches Poll, presumably based on the strength of their 24-10 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night.
Addazio doesn't vote in the Coaches poll, but a number of current ACC coaches do, including Frank Beamer, David Cutcliffe, Larry Fedora, Jimbo Fisher, Al Golden, Dabo Swinney and Wake's Jim Grobe. If I had to wager a guess, my guess is the Eagles' lone vote came from Grobe. A bit of a nod to BC's 24-10 Friday night victory over the Deacs perhaps?
Boston College hasn't been ranked in the weekly Coaches Poll since November 2008, where the Eagles went to their second consecutive ACC Championship Game as the 20th ranked team in the country. My guess is the program hasn't received even a single vote in the Coaches Poll since the 2009 (?) season.
I suppose we should take this news in stride, however, especially when you consider that BYU (1-1, lost to Virginia), USC (1-1, lost to Washington State), Kansas State (1-1, lost to I-AA North Dakota State), Utah State (1-1, lost to Utah) and Rutgers (1-1, lost to Fresno State) are also getting votes in the Coaches poll.
Still, for a program coming off a 2-10 campaign a season ago, we'll take any early season poll love we can get. Looking forward to this weekend's marquee matchup between ~39th ranked USC and ~T-47th ranked Boston College. See you in Cali.
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||1-0||1545||58||1|
|3||Ohio St. Buckeyes||2-0||1429||2||2|
|6||Texas A&M; Aggies||2-0||1242||1||7|
|9||Florida St. Seminoles||1-0||1040||0||10|
|11||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||2-0||866||0||14|
|14||South Carolina Gamecocks||1-1||788||0||6|
|21||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||1-1||348||0||13|
|24||TCU Horned Frogs||1-1||195||0||24|