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FIRST 2015 COACHES POLL RELEASED

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Illinois got 7 votes. Illinois!

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The first Coaches Poll for the 2015 season came out yesterday and it's probably not too surprising...

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR

Ohio State at #1?  Sure -- they won the national championship and return basically everyone of significance.  TCU and Baylor return several key players, so plugging them in at #2 and #4 is not too shocking.  Bama is at #3 because pollsters are contractually obligated to rank at least one SEC team in the top-3 and, hell, it might as well be Nick Saban's latest Death Star of a team.

Iowa is not ranked in the preseason top 25 -- nor is this any sort of surprise.  Iowa ended the season on a three-game losing streak and their very last impression was getting turned into a skid mark by Tennessee at the Gator Bowl.  They probably wouldn't get ranked in a preseason top 50.

The preseason top 25 contains further confirmation that Iowa's schedule in 2015 is expensive toilet paper-soft: just one team on their regular season slate is ranked in the top 25, Wisconsin at #18.  A few more teams on the schedule are lurking in the "Others Receiving Votes" category, including Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, and Maryland.

Wait, what?  Illinois?  Yes, Illinois.  Illinois didn't just show up with a goof vote, either -- they got 7 votes!  Illinois ended the year 6-7 after a decisive 35-18 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl... and yet there's more optimism about the prospects for Tim Beckman's merry band of malcontents than there is for Iowa. Welp.  Hopefully in a few months this preseason tidbit proves to be thoroughly ridiculous in reality as it seems now, but in the meantime it's another reminder of how low things have sunk right now.