By Tony Castricone
August 20, 2018
The preseason AP Top 25 college football poll came out this morning, and the Huskies are ranked 6th in the country, their highest preseason ranking in the AP since starting the 1997 season at No. 4 in the nation.
Who likes the Dawgs and who doesn’t? Here’s a breakdown from collegepolltracker.com:
- The highest votes Washington received in the AP preseason poll was No. 3. Three voters tabbed the Huskies 3rd in the country, including ESPN College Gameday host Rece Davis.
- 11 voters put the Dawgs fourth on their ballots, including Seattle Times beat writer Adam Jude.
- Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News put UW at number 7 on his ballot, but also slotted Oregon in 9th, which is the highest in the nation anyone placed the Ducks. Of the 61 voters in the AP poll, 31 of them didn’t put Oregon in the Top 25.
- Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald went rogue, voting Washington 12th, their lowest placement on any of the ballots. McKewon has a tendency to break the mold with his picks. Eight of his 25 teams were considered “extreme picks,” or votes that were five or more spots removed from their actual placement in the poll. He’s clearly not big on the Pac-12, voting every conference school below their actual placement, except for Oregon, which he put eight spots higher at No. 16.
As for the rest of the poll, it shook out pretty much as expected. Auburn is ranked 9th in the country, making the season opener officially a Top 10 matchup in both of the major polls.
If you haven’t seen the Top 25 yet, here’s what we’re working with:
- Ohio State
- Miami (Fla.)
- Auburn (UW plays September 1 in Atlanta)
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Notre Dame
- Stanford (UW plays November 3 in Seattle)
- USC (UW does not play this season)
- West Virginia
- Mississippi State
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
- Boise State
- Oregon (UW plays October 13 in Eugene)
In other news:
- I had the chance to talk Huskies football last night with Aaron Levine from Q13 FOX. Check out our 6-minute conversation here.
- This is not new to this week, but CollegeFootballNews.com does a prediction of every college football game in America. Not sure how accurate they are, but Pete Fiutak has made a name for himself for his “Fearless Predictions” on his website. He has a lengthy write up on the matchup, one that is a tad outdated (he calls center Nick Harris a guard), but he likes the Dawgs to win in a nail-biter.
- If you haven’t had a chance to listen to my conversations with linebackers Ben Burr-Kirven and Tevis Bartlett yesterday, they are well worth a listen. Head on over to the Life on Montlake Podcast page and check them out. Bartlett discusses his move to inside linebacker, his expectations for the season, why he chose to major in education, and what it’s like to move from Wyoming to Seattle.