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Pre-Season Top 25

Posted on: July 18, 2009 5:34 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2009 7:29 pm

OK, everyone this is my first blog. So go easy. I will be posting my top 25 here every week of the season. I will also post the results from the TBDPITL. I may even include other tidbits in my blog if they let me. I posted my pre-season top 25 in a thread earlier this week. From now on you will only find it here. Unless I change my mind.

If you feel that you have ligitimate concerns about my poll I'd love to hear it. If you just want to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about because I'm from the left coast or am a fan of a PAC-10 team, then go away. I don't care what you think.

So without further ado here is my pre-season top-25.

1. Florida - Anything I say here would be redundant.

2. Texas - 2 words Colt McCoy. Oh and there is the small detail of being a better balanced team than OK.

3. Alabama - How is Saban going to overcome the loss of key players? To borrow a computer term: Plug & Play. He's good at that. But it won't quite be enough to get to NC game. Bummer!

4. USC -  If Saban knows how to Plug & Play then Pete Carroll is the master. Anyone that thinks that USC is going to lose to ND needs a CAT scan.

5. Oklahoma - Can they overcome the embarrasment of last years NC game performance. We shall see.

6. Ohio St. - The best team in the BIG-10. For now.

7. Penn St. - Clipping at tOSU's heals.

8. Virginia Tech - Everyone says that this team is the real deal. I'll buy it for now. But I might want my money back later.
9. Oregon -  Lost some starters but historically does very well when a solid QB returns. Masoli reached the top of the spread offense learning curve in the middle of last season. Last years 2nd string RB LeGarrette Blount had 1000 yard season and 17 TD's as a back up. He will keep the running game going. Ever see a tank that can leap. It is a beautiful sight. This may be a homer pick but others have ranked them higher.
10. LSU - See #8
11. Ole Miss - Rebs seem poised on the edge of greatness. The is somewhat unfamiliar territory for them as of the last couple decades. Do they have what it takes to take the next step? Bama and LSU may have something to say about that. The rest of their schedule is cannon fodder.
12. Boise St. - Your a great team year in and year out. Too bad your conference is so anemic.
13. Georgia Tech - Could just be GT instead of VT that wins the ACC. You see?
14. Oklahoma St. - Great offense. No way they get past Texas or Oklahoma with that defense.
15. TCU - Has the defense Okie St. needs.
16. Georgia - First game vs Okie St. will show whether or not this ranking is justified.

17. California - Javid is best but what about the rest. Tedford will have them ready.

18. Oregon St. - If Quizz and his bro can go: then in the wins will flow.
19. BYU -  Could win their conference.
20. Iowa - Third best team in Big-10
21. North Carolina - I see them losing to GT & VT and beating FSU.
22. Illinois - Time for the Fighting Zookers to meet expectations.
23. Utah - People don't give the MWC to much credit. But I think it's something that Utah is only the 3rd best team in their conference.
24. Kansas - I think that the Jay Hawks have an excellent chance of sucking less than the rest of Big 12 north.
25. Florida St. - Will have the distinct pleasure of being beaten by whoever they play in the ACC chanmpionship game.

Thinking happy thoughts about: West Virgina, Cinncinnati, Rutgers, S. Florida, Tulsa, Mizzou & tolerating the very presence of Notre Dame. Really I almost put them at 25. Beat Nevada and you'll be there...or something like that.

Yes I know that I don't have any Big East teams in my poll. Honestly one or two need to break out of the pack and show us they belong on the poll. Cincy is the most likely one. And I could have just as easily replaced one of the teams listed 21-25 with them and that would have been OK.

And now the pre-season top-25 from The Best D@mn Poll In The Land. Sorry for the cuss word in the title, they're a bunch of potty mouths over there.

109 voted on this poll.

1. Florida 3262 points (102 1st place votes)

2. Texas 3109 points (2 1st place votes)

3. Oklahoma 3032 points (4 1st place votes)

4. Southern California 2926 points (1 1st place vote)

5. Alabama 2571 points

6. Ohio State 2566 points

7. Virginia Tech 2557 points

8. Penn State 2398 points

9. Mississippi 2286 points

10. Oklahoma State 2206 points

11. Louisiana State 2214 points

12. Oregon 1951 points

13. Boise State 1684 points

14. California 1665 points

15. Georgia Tech 1640 points

16. Georgia 1578 points

17. TCU 1236 points

18. Florida State 1175 points

19. Utah 1068 points

20. Iowa 1007 points
21. Nebraska 826 points

22. Oregon State 783 points

23. North Carolina 725 points

24. BYU 713 points

25. Kansas 597 points

Other receiving votes include: Notre Dame 504 points, Cinncinnati 405 points, West Virginia 331points, Illinois 275 points, Michigan State 229 points, South Florida 207 Points, and Pittsburgh 201.

I'm not going to list all teams that received points as there were 63 in all.

Remember people these are only pre-season polls. As in nobody has played yet. I welcome your comments.



Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 8:59 pm

Pre-Season Top 25

So many thoughts.... but the one that stands out is about the comment that USC may lose to ND.  Too bad USC does not play in a division where anyone has a realistic shot to win.  We all would LOVE to see USC in the Big 10 or SEC.  What a hoot THAT would be!

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2009 1:21 pm

Pre-Season Top 25

I would switch Ole Miss and Alabama. I also think Georgia Tech will win the Acc. Osu also plays PS in Happy Valley right.Thats a tough one. White out! I think Osu will beat Usc. That game is in the shoe. I think the suprise teams are in ACC. The Big 12? I dont think they should be in the the polls! They wont send the best team anyway, so what does it matter. What about the Big East? Good Job!

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2009 9:10 pm

Pre-Season Top 25

Seriously Ohio Stat is ranked in the top ten. They lose so many players; James Laurinitus, Chris Wells, Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Robiski and so on. I kow they recruit very well but these shoes are to big to fill this year. I just think that this will be more of a down year for the Buckeyes.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 1:34 am

Pre-Season Top 25

I admit I did struggle with what to do with Bama. But I think USC has had to do more reloading than Alabama. Oklahoma may very well lose to Texas, and OKie St. while droping one more to either BYU, @Nebraska, or @Kansas. I said may. If Alabama can get past VT and LSU they may go into the SEC CCG undefeated. That's why I put them at #3.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 8:49 pm

Pre-Season Top 25

I like the Iowa vote of confidence. The Hawks will have 3 losses this season at most (@OSU for sure, then a toss up between @PSU, @WI, and @MSU, one of 3 which will be a victory). Iowa SHOULD NOT lose to Wisconsin.  If they do, it'll be worse than losing to NW.  If you're going to saddle them with two losses out of those three, it'd HAVE to be PSU and MSU.  I think Iowa can upset one of those two.  Wisconsin will not be good this year.  They're .500 fodder material.  Good job with your poll, Duck.  I think you have Bama a little over rated.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 1:20 pm

Pre-Season Top 25

I like the Iowa vote of confidence. The Hawks will have 3 losses this season at most (@OSU for sure, then a toss up between @PSU, @WI, and @MSU, one of 3 which will be a victory). IA will NOT lose another heartbreaker against NW even though they are loaded this season. Watch out for the nerds in purple this season.

Unfortunately the Big 10 still cannot compete against the top PAC-10 or SEC.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2009 9:01 am

Pre-Season Top 25

Replace Michigan State with Iowa and West Virginia with North Carolina and you have something...

At least your not a ND slurper...

Iowa's road schedule in the Big Ten will be there downfall...I don't think they will win a single road game in the Big Ten regular season.
I think people are underestimating the Mountaineers...I expect the passing game to improve, they still have Devine and their defense will get even better than last year if Reed Williams returns to form from injury two years ago...

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