This edition of the REAL Coaches’ poll will have a different look.
For the first time this season, a record five coaches have fallen from the ranks, the top 10 has been shuffled around a bit, two coaches took a major tumble, and one coach went from being “on the fence” to No. 11!
By now, most of you know what the poll is all about. But for those of you who are new to the REAL Coaches’ Poll “experience,” this is how it works.
Much like the other college football polls, the coaches are ranked according to their performance for the current season. No consideration is given to previous seasons.
A coach moves up the poll by beating other ranked coaches or ranked opponents and the strength of the win is considered. A coach moves down in the poll by losing, more consideration is given to a loss to another ranked coach or a ranked opponent.
Every week the reader comments left from the previous poll are also considered. So tell me if you agree or disagree. I listen!
So there you have it. Enjoy the new and improved REAL Coaches’ Poll (Week Six).
1. Nick Saban, Alabama: beat Kentucky 17-14 (last week: 1)
The Crimson Tide looked mortal against the Wildcats, but great teams will find a way to win. Bama is looking like a great team and Nick Saban’s coaching is a major reason why this team is still cranking out wins.
2. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: beat Baylor 49-17 (last week: 2)
The Sooners just keep rolling and have yet to face an opponent that has even been in the same stratosphere. Bob Stoops has his team focused every week and has not allowed them to become complacent.
3. Pete Carroll, USC: beat No. 23 Oregon 44-10 (last week: 5)
The Men of Troy faced major adversity last week in a loss to Oregon State and dealt with an injury to their top defensive player Rey Maualuga. The Trojans got back on track with a decisive victory over No. 23 Oregon.
4. Jim Tressel, Ohio State: beat No. 18 Wisconsin 20-17 (last week: 6)
The Buckeyes may not always win pretty, but when it comes to big games in the Big Ten, Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes seem to always come up with the plays to win. Tressel’s decision to start freshman Terrelle Pryor over sixth-year senior Todd Boeckman may have drawn some criticism, but it seems as though he was right.