>>Ohio State Unanimous No. 1 in Preseason Polls
The Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 on Sunday, and though no one was wondering whether Ohio State would be ranked No. 1, it is nevertheless impressive how many first-place votes were cast for the Buckeyes.
In the end, the answer was: all of them. Urban Meyer's team became the first-ever unanimous preseason AP No. 1, with all 61 voters placing the Buckeyes first on their ballots. In 66 years of the AP's preseason balloting dating back to 1950, no team had ever received more than 97 percent of the first-place votes.
TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State rounded out the top five. Those rankings mark the highest-ever preseason ranking for the Horned Frogs and Bears and the highest for the Spartans since 1967.
Oregon, last year's playoff runner up, came into the poll at No. 7 with Auburn at No. 6.
USC, Georgia and Florida State round out the top 10.
As with the preseason Coaches Poll, the SEC saw more teams included than any other conference, with six members in the top 18, eight in the poll overall, and 11 of the league's 14 teams receiving at least one vote. The Pac-12 placed six teams in the Top 25, with no other conference having more than three teams included.
>>Police Called To Oregon Practice
We now know the depths of Oregon football's paranoia.
The program has long been known for hiding its “secrets” even to those supposedly friendly to the cause.
Local police were called last week when a Pac-12 Network crew was able to glimpse portions of practice, two sources told CBS Sports. A conflict developed when a security guard approached analyst Curtis Conway about moving away from an angle that allowed him to see the practice field.
According to the sources, Conway and other Pac-12 on-air talent were merely ascending a stairway to a production truck. What was described as “a standoff” with Conway escalated until someone called the police. Multiple cars with multiple officers showed up minutes later, one source said.
The conflict was quickly diffused, however.
Conway later declined to comment, through a Pac-12 spokesman. What boggles the mind is the Pac-12 Network is assumed to be the promotional arm of the Pac-12. It is owned by the conference.
Unlike many programs, Oregon did not host a single college staff during spring practice, according to coach Mark Helfrich.