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Washington Debuts at #25 In First Coaches Poll

USA Today released the first coaches poll of the season, and the list looks a lot like the one they published at the end of last season. Despite some high profile losses from last year's squad, the Huskies find themselves at #25 - roughly where they left off last year.

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Chris Petersen has a vote in this year's coaches poll
Chris Petersen has a vote in this year's coaches poll
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With Fall Camps about to start up all around college football, it's a reminder that the 2014 season is just around the corner.  One of the first major mileposts on the way to the season starting happened this morning when USA Today published the first coaches poll for the 2014 season.  Our own college football experts at SBN weighed in with their thoughts, and one important takeaway from that is the reminder that the coaches poll is now nothing more than cosmetic - it has no official connection to the playoff committee seedings.  It does however still determine who receives the "crystal ball" trophy.

It shouldn't be terribly surprising to see that this first poll for 2014 bears a strong resemblance to the final poll from 2013, with defending champs Florida State topping the list followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn.  Washington just cracks the list at #25.  They were unranked in the final USA Today poll for 2013, but they did finish #25 in the final AP poll and were likely somewhere near the top of the "Others receiving votes" category.

With the high-profile losses of Bishop Sankey, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Keith Price from the roster, it's not a big surprise that Washington just cracks this poll.  In fact, you could see this as an endorsement of Chris Petersen by his fellow coaches (note that Petersen himself has a vote in the poll this year), as typically teams don't lose players like that and then rise in the polls, if even just a small amount.

Here is the full poll.

1 Florida State Seminoles 14-0 1543 56 NR
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-2 1455 NR
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 1382 3 NR
4 Oregon Ducks 11-2 1314 1 NR
5 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1271 NR
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1267 1 NR
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1085 NR
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1050 NR
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1009 1 NR
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 965 NR
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 955 NR
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 905 NR
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 833 NR
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 654 NR
15 USC Trojans 10-4 627 NR
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 535 NR
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 509 NR
18 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 358 NR
19 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 346 NR
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 266 NR
21 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 257 NR
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 228 NR
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 175 NR
24 Texas Longhorns 8-5 143 NR
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 142 NR
Others Receiving Votes:
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.

Scanning the list, Washington comes in as the 6th Pac-12 team in the top-25, attesting to the respect the league has entering the season.  Only the SEC boasts more in the list with seven.  Besides Oregon at #4, there's UCLA riding the off-season hype wave at #7, Stanford at #11 despite heavy losses from their defense, USC at #15 and ASU at #18.

So what say you Husky fans - is #25 too low?  Too high?  Just right?  Tell us what you think...