The first edition of the Coaches poll is out and Notre Dame cracked the Top 25 at #23. The month of September will show if ND belongs in the Top 25, but at least it's nice ND gets the benefit of the doubt starting out. As pointed out below, ND and UNC are the only two teams in the Top 25 that ended the 2008 season without any Coaches poll votes.
Here is where our 2009 opponents stand:
4. Southern CalThe first thing that jumps out is Southern Cal is the only Notre Dame opponent in the Top 25 going into the season. MSU and Pitt are close, but overall the Coaches (or the assistants that filled out their ballots) don't think much of the teams facing ND in 2009. Another interesting note: when was the last time Navy (2 votes) received more pre-season votes than Michigan (1 vote)? Did Charlie vote for Navy? Did Charlie vote for Michigan?
27. Michigan State
49. Boston College
As usual, we took a look at the final Coaches poll from last year and compared it to this year's first to see the big gainers and the big losers in terms of votes received.
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