Welcome to the Deadspin 25, a college football poll that strives to be more democratic and less useless than every other preseason poll. Leading up to the college football season kickoff, we will give you previews of the 25 teams that you, the readers, voted to be most worthy of writing about. Now, No. 8 South Alabama.
Sometimes, it’s okay to love a goal post.
South Alabama had one of the better opening weekends in college football, downing Mississippi State 21-20 after outscoring them 14-0 in the fourth quarter. Yes, I know: the Bulldogs and Dan Mullen, their coach, are trash. But Mississippi State is still a Power Five team; the fact it was an SEC program simply sweetens the pot. (The loss still does not rectify the school’s insultingly short one-game suspension of defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons.)