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College Football Preseason Coaches' Poll: Vanderbilt Conspicuously Absent

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The SEC was well represented in the 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll, but Vanderbilt - facing the loss of 12 starters and the most successful coach of the modern era - got no love from the voters.

Not even worried.
Not even worried.
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It wasn't surprising, but Vanderbilt did not make an appearance - or earn a single vote - in the 2014 USAToday Coaches' Preseason Poll. The Commodores will face an uphill battle this fall thanks to new personnel and potentially resurgent years from SEC East foes like Georgia and Florida. That was enough for the NCAA's coaches to leave the 'Dores off their ballots.

The rest of the SEC was well represented. Alabama (#2), Auburn (#5), and South Carolina (#9) all cracked the Coaches' top 10. Georgia (#12), LSU (#13), Ole Miss (#19), and Texas A&M (#20) made it seven teams in the top 20 for college football's toughest conference.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
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.


Some of the SEC's marquee out-of-conference opponents made an appearance as well. LSU will face off with #14 Wisconsin to kick off their season in Houston. Auburn will play #21 Kansas State in week three. Florida (#1 Florida State), Georgia & South Carolina (#16 Clemson), and Tennessee (#3 Oklahoma) will all face top 25 opponents in non-league play.

The Commodores had finished the 2013 season ranked 23rd in the Coaches' Poll thanks to a 9-4 record that included wins over Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. However, they'll have a major challenge in front of them this fall when head coach Derek Mason takes the sidelines for his first game as an SEC play caller. The former Stanford defensive coordinator will have to replace 12 of Vandy's 22 starters from that Compass Bowl winning team.

They'll have the opportunity to use this poll as bulletin board material as they gear up for another campaign as the #BrandNewVandy.