Auburn caught just about everyone—fans (outside The Plains) and media alike—off guard last year. The Tigers came out of nowhere to win the SEC and nearly added another BCS national championship to their trophy case.
Not surprisingly, Auburn was not ranked in last year's USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. It's hard to call it a snub, even in hindsight, given that the program finished 3-9 and winless in the SEC the year before.
That speaks to the vulnerability of preseason polls. They're a lot of fun to dissect, but ultimately offer little more than that. They're an interesting mixture of the previous season's results with the upcoming season's expectations.
And with the upcoming College Football Playoff, the new Amway Coaches Poll will not determine the Top 25 like it did with the BCS. (However, it will be interesting to see if these polls rub off on the selection committee in any way.)
Still, 62 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches casted their votes for the preseason Top 25 teams. Not surprisingly, Florida State, the defending national champs, were No. 1. Who else made the cut? Which teams surprised? Which ones were snubbed? The answers are in the following slides.