Top 3 Surprises From First USA Today Coaches College Football Rankings

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USA Today Coaches Poll Surprises

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The USA Today Coaches Poll was released on Thursday, so now we now have a legitimate set of college football rankings by which to judge the field vying for the BCS National Championship. Naturally, Alabama is No. 1, but that's not what we're here to discuss. How boring would that be?

Of course, we could always engage in the age-old argument about the validity of the rankings, but that wouldn't be nearly as fun as griping out the teams that got undeservedly favored and the ones who got slighted for no reason. It's also nice to see pleasant surprises for unheralded teams that got some love and we'll definitely elaborate on that shortly.

First and foremost, we have to remind you not to bash or praise the rankings too much because of where your team was placed, assuming it's in the top 25. If it's not, just enjoy the discussion with as little bias as possible...or just go all in with full-blown rants about how much you hate Ohio State if you're a Michigan fan.

Either way, dive into the discussion with us after you check out the top three surprises from the first set of official rankings for the 2013 college football season.

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Clemson Overhyped Again

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Why in the world is Clemson in the top 10? Every year the Tigers are hyped beyond belief and then disappoint everyone, so what reason is there to believe this year is going to be any different? Sorry, Tajh Boyd Heisman committee.

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Louisville Gets Well-Deserved Respect

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How about Louisville cracking the top 10 to kick things off? Teddy Bridgewater is the real deal, folks, and kudos to the coaches for recognizing that up front. Watch out for the Cardinals in the BCS race this year and Bridgewater as a dark horse Heisman candidate.

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Lack of Big Ten Representation

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Can you believe there are no Big Ten teams in the top 15 besides Ohio State at No. 2? Michigan is the next highest-ranked team in the conference at No. 17, along with Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin rounding out the rest of the rankings. Needless to say, the coaches were not impressed with this historically talented conference.

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