That makes total sense. USF gets UT’s fired coach, both schools get more votes than end of last year. UH’s coach leaves for UT, both schools get more votes than end of last year. Without playing any games. Preseaon polls are such a crock.
Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun had the Cougars the highest of any ballot at No. 14. Kirk Bohls (Austin American-Statesman) and Matt Brown (Sports on Earth) had UH at No. 23 on their ballots, while ESPN’s Rece Davis listed the Cougars at No. 25.
UH is unranked in the initial poll, mentioned in the “others receiving votes” section with 19 points.
Over the past two decades, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas have fallen from their preseason ranking by season’s end with greater frequency than every other program in the nation. From the first AP poll to the last, each of the five teams has underperformed its preseason ranking in 14 of the past 20 seasons, or 70 percent of the time. LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State are right behind, having underperformed expectations 65 percent of the time.1