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Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

Posted on: January 17, 2008 4:30 pm

Dennis Dodd unveiled his early, early Top 25 for next season earlier this week:

Now I know we are jumping the gun and anything can happen (just look at this past season), but for fun, I took all the early Top 25 polls from all the major sports websites and came up with a compiled list. Here is the Top 15:

1. Georgia (3) -- 85 points
2. Oklahoma (1) -- 79 points
3. Ohio State (2) -- 76 points
4. Southern Cal. -- 69 points
5t. Missouri -- 66 points
5t. Florida -- 66 points
7. LSU -- 56 points
8. Texas -- 30 points
9. Wisconsin -- 28 points
10. West Virginia -- 27 points
11. Kansas -- 25 points
12. Clemson -- 24 points
13. Texas Tech -- 21 points
14. Virginia Tech -- 22 points
15. Auburn -- 11 points

Others: Penn State, 10; Arizona State, 9; Tennessee, 8; Illinois, 6; BYU, 2.

So how would the bowls shape up? Good thing you asked....

BCS Title: Georgia vs. Oklahoma: If the poll holds to form, here are your No. 1 and No. 2 teams.

Orange: Clemson vs. BYU? Big Ten No. 2? With the last selection of the BCS eligible teams, the Orange Bowl is going to get stuck with whoever is left. A second Big Ten team -- Wisconsin or Illinois or the non-BCS party crasher. BYU will have the best chance to earn this slot. Now if Arizona State can work its way up the rankings, they could land here too, but they would more likely go to the Fiesta Bowl, allowing the Orange to get West Virginia.

Rose: Ohio State vs. USC: Easiest one to predict -- the Big Ten Champ vs. the Pac-10 Champ.

Sugar: Florida vs. Virginia Tech: The Sugar will almost certainly take the second-best SEC team and match them up with an ACC team or the Big East champion (West Virginia)

Fiesta: Missouri vs. West Virginia: If the Big 12 champion is in the title game, the Fiesta Bowl will probably replace them with another Big 12 team. It also gets first choice in the rest of the pecking order after the replacement teams. Looking at the above compiled rankings, West Virginia is the obvious choice. Now if Arizona State/Oregon or another Big Ten team is ranked high, they will grab them, allowing West Virginia to go Orange or Sugar.


Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, Bowls, Top 25

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2008 10:42 am

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

you know michigan was preseason #3 last year for a reaon they might make top 10 before seasons end

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2008 9:49 am

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

I think you all forgot about Michigan in the big ten.. What happen to florida when they played Michigan this year in the bowl game being from the big ten, Florida has not beat Michigan in two tries.You will see Michigan in the top ten before the year is out next year..Other wise i like you poll for next year,

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2008 9:42 am

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

  i think you are all wrong,when it comes to the big ten, how come i dont see a michigan in there,they will be in the top ten before the year is over with and will be ahead of ohio also.. and what happen to florida when they play michigan, they have not beat a michigan team yet.. other wise i like your poll for next year..

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2008 11:00 am

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

LSU is number 7? and ohio st is 3? they got that one backward! total lack of respect for lsu. ohio st does not even match up to any sec team! put them in the sec and they will lose 3-4 games each year i PROMISE you that!! the only reason that ohio state keeps winning the big 2 is because the rest of the conference is pushovers! the big 10 is a joke! if you want a real conference with real talent just take a look at the SEC!

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 3:57 pm

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

I agree -- getting through the SEC undefeated is almost impossible. Any team that gets through that conference undefeated deserves to be No. 1.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 2:22 pm

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

No no no I understand that completely. I just can't see Ga getting through unscathed (period) or Florida with their recent unsuccess with Auburn.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2008 7:02 pm

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

Remember two things:

1) It's based on the compiled poll -- not based on my predictions or anything.

2) Only two teams per conference -- so if Georgia and Florida are both ahead of LSU, there is no way LSU can get in over them. Sorry, it could be Georgia, Florida, LSU ranked 1-2-3 in the final poll and LSU isn't going to a BCS game.


Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2008 5:01 pm

Looking Ahead....Way Ahead

GA and Oklahoma Running the gauntlet and USC not?... hmmmm (really not understanding this one)

How does LSU not make a BCS game or Mizzou over Texas?

What about WVU running the table and winning the Big East?

I don't see Oregon getting anywhere near going to a BCS bowl next year unless they do some heavy recruiting on during the offseason.


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