The USA Today college football coaches poll was released on Thursday afternoon. It's our first indication of how opposing coaches feel about their peers.
The poll provides a framework for the season at hand, but it shouldn't be read or regarded as scripture. Arkansas was ranked No. 8 in last year's preseason version but finished the year 4-8. Notre Dame, meanwhile, began at No. 25 before ascending to No. 1 late in the season.
These teams deserve to be ranked so highly, but the season ahead is a long one. The only thing we know about the next few months is that we don't know anything about the next few months.
...And also that this poll will be covered in red ink.