Last season, the preseason AP Poll had one team included that the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll was missing. That team was Southern Cal. The coaches' poll had Utah in the Trojans' place.
To tell the truth, I'm not sure if the coaches weren't allowed to include USC, as they were on sanctions. Obviously, the coaches have to pay more attention to NCAA sanctions, regardless of how random and ineffective they are.
At the very least, the coaches, who owe their livelihood to the NCAA in one way or another, have to at least pretend to respect the NCAA's rulings.
Meanwhile, the press, while just as biased as the coaches, make it a point to thumb their nose at the NCAA, as that sells newspapers.
Either way, the question here is which teams, if any, might be included in the 2011 preseason AP poll—to be released Saturday, August 20—that didn't find their way onto the coaches' top 25 ballots?