The first major poll is out, the USA Today Coaches Poll, and the Zags come in at a very respectable #13. Some will be a tad disappointed it isn't higher, but I feel it's about right.
There has been a ton of preseason hype surrounding this year's team and I for one am happy that this poll has not simply handed the NCAA Crown over to the Zags. This will in most likelihood be a very good team but a pinch of sensibility might be in order folks. It may just be that some over zealous fans should stop guzzling the koolaid (myself included) and come up for air.
To be sure, Gonzaga has some pretty good pieces coming back in Pangos, Bell, and Karnowski. Plus, some elite transfers; Wiltjer, McClellan, Wesley, and Sabonis. Yes, this edition is loaded with talent but that does not always equate to winning. See: Kentucky. They have 9 All-Americans on their roster this year. They've had close to that number before as well, and yet with all of that talent they were bounced in the NIT.
Not saying the Zags will be NIT bound, as we have a pretty good coach, but lets get the season going before we buy the Nat'l Title shirts. A very early litmus test will come on the road vs Arizona, who is ranked #2.
It will be a difficult task to come away with a win down in the desert. If the Zags are undefeated after the 'Zona game, meaning they will have defeated SMU at home and won the NIT Preseason Tourney, we won't be needing anymore koolaid.