Nittany Lions Open at No. 8

Penn State and Ohio State are the only two Big Ten teams to crack the coaches' preseason top 10. But nine conference teams received votes for the Top 25.

The USA Today Coaches Football Poll is out. Defending Big Ten champion Penn State checks in at No. 8.

See the entire poll below.



2009 preseason poll


Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2008 record
Points
Final 2008 rank
1.
Florida (53)
13-1
1,466
1
2.
Texas (4)
12-1
1,386
3
3.
Oklahoma (1)
12-2
1,358
5
4.
Southern California (1)
12-1
1,321
2
5.
Alabama
12-2
1,134
6
6.
Ohio State
10-3
1,126
11
7.
Virginia Tech
10-4
1,020
14
8.
Penn State
11-2
988
8
9.
LSU
8-5
917
NR
10.
Mississippi
9-4
889
15
11.
Oklahoma State
9-4
861
18
12.
California
9-4
711
25
13.
Georgia
10-3
707
10
14.
Oregon
10-3
694
9
15.
Georgia Tech
9-4
559
22
16.
Boise State
12-1
542
13
17.
TCU
11-2
461
7
18.
Utah
13-0
404
4
19.
Florida State
9-4
371
23
20.
North Carolina
8-5
293
NR
21.
Iowa
9-4
257
20
22.
Nebraska
9-4
236
NR
23.
Notre Dame
7-6
194
NR
24.
Brigham Young
10-3
178
21
25.
Oregon State
9-4
165
19
  Others receiving votes (with 2008 records) Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.


The USA TODAY Board of Coaches is made up of 59 head coaches at Division I-A institutions. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2009 season: Robb Akey, Idaho; Gary Andersen, Utah State; David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Toledo; Bobby Bowden, Florida State; Tim Brewster, Minnesota; J.D. Brookhart, Akron; Rich Brooks, Kentucky; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Neil Callaway, UAB; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Mario Cristobal, Florida International; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, North Carolina; Todd Dodge, North Texas; Ron English, Eastern Michigan; Larry Fedora, Southern Miss; Al Golden, Temple; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Jim Harbaugh, Stanford; Dan Hawkins, Colorado; Brian Kelly, Cincinnati; Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville; Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Jim Leavitt, South Florida; Bill Lynch, Indiana; Les Miles, LSU; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Rick Neuheisel, UCLA; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Tom O'Brien, N.C. State; Stan Parrish, Ball State; Gary Patterson, TCU; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Michigan; Nick Saban, Alabama; Mike Sanford, UNLV; Greg Schiano, Rutgers; Mike Sherman, Texas A&M; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Kevin Sumlin, Houston; Jeff Tedford, California; Bob Toledo, Tulane; Jim Tressel, Ohio State; DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State; Charlie Weatherbie, Louisiana-Monroe; Charlie Weis, Notre Dame; Tommy West, Memphis; Paul Wulff, Washington State; Ron Zook, Illinois.

The AFCA prohibits coaches from voting for schools on major NCAA probation.


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