Preseason polls are exactly that – preseason. They're opinion based, lacking results and evidence. They're nice when they go your way, easily ignored when they don't.
But no matter what, coaches rarely give them much thought.
That was Toledo coach Tim Beckman and NIU coach Dave Doeren's message after the Rockets were picked to win the Mid-American Conference West, getting three more first place votes (8-5) and two more overall points (83-81).
"It's not pre, it's post. You want to be there in the postseason poll," Backman said. "With the expectation of this football team, I think our kids will feel comfortable about it and proud that they have this honor. Now they have to hold it, and they have to withstand (the pressure), and make sure they finish Dec. 2 on this field."
Doeren sounded more pleased to be ranked high than dissatisfied with the Huskies being picked second.
"If you're ranked top two in peoples' eyes, and they haven't seen me coach a game, and we lost eight starters or so on defense, that says a lot about what I think people believe about this football team," Doeren said.