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College Football Rankings: Preseason Coaches Poll

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Purdue gets five Preseason top 25 teams.

NCAA Football: Big Ten Conference Media Days Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

The college football preseason coaches poll is out and it is not a surprise that Purdue is unranked. The Boilers have a lot to prove, and it is hard to believe that it entered the Northwestern game last season just outside the top 25. This season marks 14 years since Purdue was last in the top 25, the longest active Power 5 streak, but there is definitely a chance as Purdue gets five preseason top 25 teams:

  1. Alabama (63) 1,621
  2. Clemson 1,508
  3. Oklahoma (2) 1,481
  4. Ohio State 1,435
  5. Georgia 1,386
  6. Texas A&M 1,286
  7. Notre Dame 1,139
  8. Iowa State 1,131
  9. North Carolina 999
  10. Cincinnati 979
  11. Florida 870
  12. Oregon 842
  13. LSU 664
  14. USC 655
  15. Wisconsin 654
  16. Miami (FL) 575
  17. Indiana 573
  18. Iowa 554
  19. Texas 427
  20. Penn State 422
  21. Washington 404
  22. Oklahoma State 216
  23. Louisiana-Lafayette 153
  24. Coastal Carolina 150
  25. Mississippi 149

Others Receiving Votes: Utah 145; Northwestern 120; Arizona State 90; Auburn 84; Liberty 68; Brigham Young 53; Texas Christian 48; Michigan 30; Central Florida 29; NC State 27; Boise State 27; Kentucky 20; San Jose State 18; Army 13; Virginia Tech 9; Missouri 8; UCLA 7; Tulsa 6; Pittsburgh 6; Boston College 6; Houston 5; Ball State 5; West Virginia 4; Southern Methodist 4; Appalachian State 4; UAB 3; Arkansas 3; Nevada 2; Mississippi State 2; Air Force 2; Stanford 1; Marshall 1; Florida State 1; California 1.

My bold prediction: Purdue beats one of the five ranked teams it faces, most likely Indiana or Iowa. I also think we win 7 games. There is a real chance to start 4-1, then Purdue needs three wins among Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Indiana. A Purdue good enough to start 4-1 is good enough to win three of those five.