The 2020 college football season is scheduled to kick off later this month, and with its return, the inaugural AMWAY Coaches Poll has debuted.
Voting from 65 different FBS head coaches took place and saw eight different Pac-12 schools receive votes in the preseason poll. The Oregon Ducks came in first in the conference, accruing 1164 total points and landing at No. 9 overall.
The voting, as described on their website:
The Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.
Fellow Pac-12 schools Arizona State (88 points), Washington (65), Washington State (6), Cal (5) and Stanford (2) each received votes but fell out of the top 25.
Pac-12 coaches Clay Helton (USC), Jonathan Smith (Oregon State), Kevin Sumlin (Arizona) and Kyle Whittingham (Utah) are the conference’s lone representatives of the 65 head coaches that make up the ballot.
The top 25 saw 38 first-place votes go to the preseason No. 1 Clemson Tigers and the top five is rounded out by Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and LSU, respectively.
The Pac-12 season is scheduled to open on September 26.