The Stanford Cardinal received two votes from the 2020 AMWAY Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports. The inaugural 2020 poll saw the Clemson Tigers come in at No. 1 with Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia rounding out the top four spots.
Stanford, though finishing last year with a 4-8 record, still received two votes and finished 47th in the total count for their initial rankings.
The voting system, as it works, is explained like this:
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.
The Pac-12 was headlined by the Oregon Ducks, who checked in at No. 9 overall with 1164 points. USC and Utah were the only two to crack the top 25 as the Trojans ranked No. 17 and the Utes No. 20.
Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Cal each received more votes than Stanford while each fell outside of the top 25 in the final count.
Despite their lackluster 2019 campaign, the emergence of QB Davis Mills and David Shaw’s pedigree has at least two coaches wanting to believe in the Cardinal for 2020.
We’ll see how it shakes out, but it is rather nice to have at least a semblance of normalcy with these ratings being revealed.
Stanford is set to kick the season off against against Washington on September 26 in Seattle.