Every year some poor souls have to gather and start forming Preseason rankings for the top 25 teams in all of NCAA Division Football (Out of 119 teams). So let us see who has been over-rated as well as under rated teams.
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However to be fair I will help make sense of why some of these predictions could possibly make sense other than that some teams really have a strong pull in the media.
#25 The Miami Hurricanes
(A.K.A. “The U”)
WHY IT IS LOGICAL:
The University of Miami is THE most talented college football team year in and year out. No matter how bad their record may be the Hurricanes will still put 8 or more players into the NFL. Also the hurricanes are in the ACC which lately is up for grabs as their is no dominate force in the ACC, although FSU fans would like to believe they are on their way you still must respect the ever talented “U”. When they want to win they are one of the top 10 teams in the nation, but the immaturity of these pure athletes is what keeps them at the very bottom of the Top 25.
Where an Argument Could be Made:
If one believes that their team should of broken into the top 25 this is why “The U” could be bumped down and out of the Preseason Top 25. Simply the aforementioned immaturity of the team, and a coach that does not have the presence required to keep players of this kind in line. Another concern for the Hurricanes is this, When you lose a QB who essentially carried your team as well as leading them as a captain the following season will be rocky. Miami has a Junior whom has had minimal playing time will struggle when faced with the challenge of replacing a dynamic starter.
My Biased Opinion:
I feel that Miami does belong somewhere in the Top 25, and that they will finish in the Top 25 when the music all stops. They will struggle early and often, but with an ACC schedule they will come out looking successful. They will not win the ACC Championship, but they will make it to a Bowl Game and have a winning season at the least.
Overall predicted record: 8-4
#24 West Virginia Mountaineers
Why It’s Logical:
Because of one simple reason, the Big East is awful the Mountaineers are simply the most stable team in the conference and with the schedule they have they can have a not impressive year as their only good opponent is LSU (who they will not beat). However at the end of the year they will be ranked due to the fact that they have few teams that should falter them on the way to being Big East Champions
While other teams with lesser records but tougher schedules may deserve a top 25 ranking the coaches and A.P. Polls will have to give the nod to West Virginia who will have 9 wins if they dont lose any games they shouldn’t. West virginia will be losing a lot of talent on defense in this upcoming year so maybe their lack of defense will knock them out of the Top 25.
West Virginia will win 9 of their games and claiming the Big East Championship they will finish in the bottom of the top 25 right where they start. They will shine early against LSU but the talent and depth will crush West Virginia thus ending West Virginia’s hopes at a real bowl game. (For some reason 10-2 sounds much better than 9-3)
#23 Auburn Tigers
(Defending National Champions)
The Logic Behind This:
This hurts me, honestly it does. The obvious reason that the Auburn Tigers (Defending Champions) are rated 23rd is simply this: Cam Newton the most electrifying player in 2010 has gone 1st overall in the draft to the Carolina Panthers (Bless their heart), and Nick Fairley a disruptive force on the defensive line. A defensive line that will co-star with Ndamakung Suh. But i digress Auburn is predicted to take a drop off without these stars, and with no definite starting QB the team seemingly has no direction. Also apparently Auburn is going to finish behind Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, and Miss State. The media loves Auburn… NOT
Why This Rating Sucks:
While losing Cam Newton seems like a bad thing the upside is that now Auburn can open its play book up 100% Since Barret Trotter, Clint Moseley, and Kiehl Frazier all know the playbook better than Cam did, simply because they have more experiance with it. Although the Qb may not play an important role in Auburns offense this season, with Michael Dyer breaking the legend Bo Jackson’s freshman rushing record, and Onterio McCalebb setting the yards per carry record there is no reason Auburn shouldn’t run the ball. Defensively Auburns pass defense can’t get any worse.
Auburn finishes 9-3 in this rebuilding year making them bowl elligible, and Auburn will show whatever opponent they have in their bowl game that the SEC is the superior confrence in all of college football. Just Sayin’
#22 Florida Gators
Why it Makes Sense:
Will Muschamp is a great coach especially on the defensive side of the ball and he will definitely improve a Gator team that is in need of a revival. Florida has some great athletes that will help them shine this year, although they will be using alot of their young talent that they garnered in this great recruiting class. For a Florida fan to argue this ranking they should simply appreciate this rating that is actually sort of optimistic.
With all due respect to Will Muschamp who was a great defensive coordinator at Auburn, as well as Texas, I am going to have to argue against this rating unfortunately the Gators even at #22 are overrated until proven otherwise. The Gators at this moment do not at this moment have a QB worth starting in the South Eastern Confrence, and this is in due part to the multi QB system that they tried to run this past season. Florida has to accept that they will not find another Tebow and need to take some rebuilding years to find out how to play without him. Luckily for them Urban Meyer is gone so they can move forward from the ‘Golden Years’.
The Florida Gators have THE most brutal schedule in college football this season that predicting them to go 7-5 is actually my optimistic guess as they come in without a good Qb and a brand new head coach Florida will struggle early but they have some easy warm up games in Florida Atlantic, UAB, and Tennessee. However from there they have Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and finally rounding it out with the SEC runner up last season South Carolina.
#21 Arkansas Razorbacks
Why it Makes Sense:
Losing Ryan Mallet could be the reason they think that Arkansas will have such a drop off this season, and maybe they also realized how the Wide Recievers seem to drop every pass that is somewhat difficult and or important (see the 2010 game against Alabama). However Arkansas is ranked in large part of their back up Quarter Back whom had an amazing showing against Auburn when Mallet when down this past season, and he appears to be poised to pick up where Mallet left off.
Why It is Not Quite Right:
Arkansas is seemingly underrated for a team that gave every other team in the SEC a run for their money as well as Ohio State in the bowl game. They will be succesfull as they will stick to their same offense that they have settled into in the past few seasons or so, and the defense would improve like Auburn’s their pass defense can not get worse.
It would not be outlandish to predict Arkansas to go 9-3 in this upcoming season they are perfectly capable of doing so, but I feel the Razorbacks will experience growing pains behind a inexperienced Quarter Back. So this season I would not take any bets on Arkansas they could either upset the Alabama Crimson Tide, or get embarrassed by the Ole Miss Rebels.
#20 Mississippi State Bulldog
Why It Makes Sense:
The Bulldogs have as much talent as any team in the nation and are on the verge of peaking instead of being on a rebuilding season like many other teams seem to be. Natural talent and a motivated head coach and should have some success in this following season.
Where This Seems Not Quite Right:
Well this ranking is adequate for the Bulldogs that do not have any one particularly special quality about their team. So an average rating like this may actually be a little bit higher then they will actually finish it is seemingly a actual rating that seems to fit just right.
The Bulldogs will challenge a few teams here and there but I dont see them having any sort of great season. I actually see the Bulldogs finishing 6-6 in this upcoming season barring any upsets that they may cause.
#19 The Missouri Tigers
Why it Makes Sense:
The Missouri Tigers are THE MOST consistent team in Division 1 College Football. Even with the departure of Blaine Gabbert the Tigers have a QB that is more then ready to step into his place. Also Missouri fans can relax this season knowing that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are no longer in the Big 12 which means Mizzou actually has a chance at winning their conference for once!
Where it Is Slightly Wrong:
Mizzou is a decent team that could finish with a respectable 8-4 record, but as we get into the higher rankings the 19th spot should not belong to a decent team that will not fair well against certain bigger teams. Oklahoma will crush the Tigers spirit early into the season unfortunately for Mizzou.
The Tigers will beat some ok teams, but they will be unable to compete with teams like Oklahoma, OK State, a resurging Texas, and Tommy Tubberville’s Teaxas Tech (That is a tongue twister). Ultimately the Tigers will finish outside of the top #25 and will enjoy some cheesy bowl game and a honarable mention.
#18 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Why this Fits:
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are a hard hitting Northern team that is moving to the Big 10 at a wrather oppertune time, and there will be some interesting games in this coming season. The Big 10 is very shaken at this moment, Ohio State for example is on the verge of being the next USC due to five players risking their college careers on getting some tattoo’s, Denard Robinson cant run Michigan by himself, Iowa is rebuilding. There is not a better time to enter a new conference then now and thats why Nebraska looks to be promissing.
Where It Doesn’t Add up:
The 18th spot on the top 25 list is actually underrating the Cornhuskers. There is not a team in the Big 10 that has their act together as well as Nebraska does, and while they will not take the confrence by storm they should be able to weather the storm in a sort of stingy confrence. (Still no SEC but respectible in itself)
Saying that the Cornhuskers could go 10-2 is not outlandish in any way, and that could land them much higher then 18th when the music stops playing. The Cornhuskers are easily one of the top 10 teams in the nation when they play to the best of their ability and they don’t have to play any speedy teams so they can out muscle any opponent. However losing Prince Amukamara will definitely show in the defense this season and assuming Ohio States star players ever play in college again they will pose as a big issue for Nebraska.
#17 Virginia Tech Hokies
The little sense This Makes:
These are the words of an ESPN Announcer not me: “The ‘A’ in ACC stands for Aweful” and that is why Virginia Tech is ranked at all. With an easy ACC schedule and some chip games here and there the Hokies could have a impressive record without much quality behind their wins.
And Time for Real Logic:
The Hokies have lost Tyrod Taylor (pictured above (also he carried the whole team last season)), Ryan Williams, and Darren Evans. Which leaves their offense in a complete rebuilding state, so maybe their defense can save them right? No, the defensive side of the ball looked simply abysimal last season and it shouldn’t be improving any time soon.
Virginia tech finishing 8-4 would slightly surprise me, and the Hokies finishing in the top 25 seems rather unlikely even with their current schedule. They have talent but no leadership or seemingly any motivation so they seem to be only good nothing more untill a new leader steps forward for the team.
#16 Penn State Nittany Lions
Why It Makes Sense:
Joe-Pa is simply a legend, however even legends have to fall eventually and Penn State may be on the verge of such a drop off. This past season was the first time in Joe-Pa’s career as a head coach that a true freshman would be his starting Qb, and while the young quarterback shows promise it also shows that Penn State may be rebuilding. Last season they did not have a great showing against some of the tougher teams. Penn State can beat all of the average teams and some of the slightly better teams but 16th is a good ranking for a team that is slightly better then most.
Where it Is Wrong:
Unfortunately for Penn State has a schedule that may lead them to a dissapointing record as they have to allow Alabama into their stadium just to get worn out by a team that’ll simply out athlete penn state. This early on loss with a young QB could lead to trouble with Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Nebraska all looming for their turn to defeat the NCAA’s winningest coach of all time.
With schedule looking the way it is the Nittany Lions may be in for a 5-7 season that could lead people to wondering if Joe-Pa is starting to become Bowden-esc. Although the Nittany Lions should not be overlooked by anyone (Looking at you Alabama) because they still have one of the best coaches of all time and sometimes a young QB can be reckless enough to win.
#15 Michigan State Spartans
(I couldn’t resist)
Why It Makes Sense:
The Spartans are the best at upsetting teams that show promise, and through a bunch of upsets the media as well as some coaches are starting to wonder if the team keeps beating other highly ranked teams maybe they are good? Well that is the logic that is taking place right now among voters, and that is essentially why the hard fighting spartans with heart are ranked 15th in the polls.
Where it is Slightly off:
While they consistently beat these highly ranked teams i still feel they are not quite on the level of some of the other teams in the NCAA, and like teams such as Boise State, and TCU they just wont get the respect they want until their depth improves. The spartans have a 1 in 5 chance of beating a team like Ohio State, they just also seem to be one of the luckiest teams.
In their current confrence the Spartans will shine but when they are forced to play a team from the SEC they will continue to get embarressed (ex. Alabama 49- Spartans 7, in the Capitol One Bowl Game).
#14 TCU Horned Frogs
Why It Makes Sense:
Like Boise State TCU is considered a very consistent program that finds a way to win season after season. Another team in a weak conference, and a weak schedule outside of their conference that looks simply too easy. With only Wyoming and Boise State proposing a challenge to the Horned frogs in the 2011 Football season they should finish with a respectable 10-2 record that would put them finishing in the top 25.
Andy Dalton (pictured above) is in the NFL leaving TCU to replace the best Quarter Back they have had in decades. That will not be easy, and their counterparts Boise State (who still have Kellen Moore whom finished 3rd in the Heisman race this past season) will make sure to make life difficult for the horned frogs.
The TCU Horned Frogs have been enjoying their 15 minutes of fame in the NCAA Football world, but the curtain is beginning to close on this small christian school from Texas. Look for this season to be the precurser to the descent of this team that will probably have to wait years before they are considered a top 15 talent again.
# 13 Florida State Seminoles
How It Makes Sense:
Florida State is on the upswing they seem to be improving with every game under Jimbo, however FSU fans have to understand that Jimbo has been running the team for the last few years. Bowden has been more of a figure head in his last few seasons with the Noles. But! With Urban Meyer scaring off top Florida talent to Tallahassee and Jimbo giving the appearance of young blood at Florida State players are excited to commit to the Noles. Look for this young talent to show in this coming up season.
Where I Have to Hurt Some Feelings:
Florida State’s hopes are too high too early into this new regime under Jimbo. The Seminoles, while becoming a more dominate force in the ACC still do not quite have the National Prowess that they wish they had. While FSU fans will argue that in the Chik-Fil-A-Bowl they beat South Carolina 26-17 so they must be as good as any SEC team. Sorry to say this but that is wrong, Auburn defeated South Carolina 56-17 leaving them unmotivated. That example aside Oklahoma embarassed FSU last season 47-17 and their rematch this season is likely to end in similar fashion.
FSU appears to be a 5 loss team this upcoming season, and i cant justify putting them any higher then they are currently ranked without their QB Christian Ponder. Oklahoma, Miami, Clemson, and Florida all look in position to give FSU more then they can handle and Virginia isn’t a chip game either.
#12 Ohio State
The Logic Behind It:
Ohio State has an insane amount of talent every season for some rea$on or another. So with a seemingly light schedule the Buck Eyes should finish with a fair record by the end of the season. However for a team that seemed positioned to have a run at the National Championship having a fair season is just dissapointing. Even with the suspension of Terrelle Pryor and the other 5 players that recieved improper benefits from a tattoo artist the Buck Eyes will finish in the top 15 since those players will be back after the first 5 games.
What Might Go Wrong:
Terrelle Pryor and others being gone for the first five games of the season does not look horrible considering Ohio State refuses to schedule tough opponents. However teams such as Miami and Michigan State could challenge a depleated Ohio State, and even Nebraska could take advantage of it being the banned players first game back to Football. Also people tend to forget the head coach is no longer just on temporary suspension, but is gone from college football probably forever.
Ohio State fans now is the time where the bandwagon fans will be weeded out from the true fans because this will be a very trying year for the Buckeyes and their fans. The hate will come towards Ohio State more then ever, players like Terelle will never be able to shake the bad reputation and chances are if Pryor were to put up 20,000 yards passing they would still only talk about him selling his jersey in exchange for a tattoo. What a evil, evil man… Trust me I just spent a year hearing the same about Cam Newton who was never found of any wrong doing, and bad mouthing of Auburn that was never under any sort of investigation.
#11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Why The Irish May Be Lucky:
Notre Dame has garnerd a desire to actually compete in college football. Their defense is brutal looking for the big hits on almost every play, and they seem to get better game by game under Coach Kelly. Also in the past few years they’ve put some offensive players into the NFL, and in general the fighting irish are climbing there way up (slowly mind you) the ladder of college football.
Why They May Finish Lower:
The Fighting Irish are simply young, both in the coaching staff as well as the players. With a managable schedule the Irish will not surprise anyone nor dissapoint. Teams like Michigan, Michigan State, and USC will probably prove too much for Notre Dame as they continue to develop and aquire young talent during the 2011 Season.
The fighting Irish will fight hard making their ancestors proud of them, but ultimately they wont quite reach the end of the rainbow, and will fall short. Look for Notre Dame to prove as a legitimate threat to anyone on their schedule in the 2011 football season.
#10 Wisconsin Badgers
The Logic of Badger Power:
The Wisconsin Badgers have the very best offensive line in the nation hands down. With Russell Wilson transfering to Wisconsin their chances of being a legitimate threat for a BCS title increased dramatically. Russell Wilson was highly recruited not only by Wisconsin but also by Auburn, Alabama, Texas, and various other power houses in the NCAA. The Badgers are an intimidating team this season and one heck of a team to begin the countdown of the Top 10 Teams.
While the Badgers can not argue being close to teams like Oregon, Oklahoma, or even Alabama they can disagree with some of the teams placed higher in the top 10. The Badgers probably feel that some of the more sketchy teams such as Boise State, Texas A&M, and even Oklahoma State may not be as proven as Wisconsin.
Looking at Wisconsin’s schedule it is quite possible that the Badgers could go undefeated with some tough wins here and there. Their big competitors are Oregon State (They have a solid chance here), Nebraska (They have a great chance here), Michigan State (should be easier then expected), and finally Ohio State which is a 50/50 shot. However if the badgers were to make it to the National Championship they will fall victim to a superior team (Maybe Oregon, or Oklahoma).
#9 Texas A&M Aggies
How It Makes Sense:
The Aggies have ten returning starters on offense as well as a experianced defense that returns quite a few starters as well. Von Miller leaving for the pro’s will hurt but the Aggies should be able to make up for it in a ever evolving 3-4 defense. The Aggies schedule has seven guarenteed wins, and have three games that they will stand a fair chance at winning however Texas A&M does not seem to have mutch of a chance against a team like Oklahoma.
Texas A&M while they have a lot of returning starters this coming season, which is a year of rebuilding for a ton of power house teams. The Aggies are not a top 10 team. While they played great against the other texas teams (Texas, and texas tech) this past season the Texas longhorns will be back to their usual self, and Tubberville is improving Texas Tech. The Aggies are talented but not that good.
Plain and simple i see the Aggies having a dissapointing season at 7-5 sending them to a bowl game but hurting their pride a little. The Aggies will continue to improve though, and hopefully they do not get discouraged by this season.
#8 South Carolina Gamecocks
Why it Makes Sense:
South Carolina is a very talented football team under coach Steve Spurrier they are a legitimate contender for both the SEC title, and possibly a national title this coming up season. With Alshon Jeffrey being one of the top Wide Receivers in the nation, and Marcus Lattimore being one of the most impressive freshman running backs in the nation the past season. Although they have a Quarter Back that Spurrier commented on him saying simply “You can’t fix stupids”.
Where It is Off:
The Gamecocks are a legitimate threat to take the SEC title so placing them 8th behind teams such as Oklahoma State and Boise State is hard to justify. However, South Carolina does have an issue in the fact that their QB resembles Tony Romo in the aspect that he plays poorly in big games (See SEC Championship, as well as Chick-Fil-A Bowl).
South Carolina can very easily go 11-1 in this upcoming season with their two toughest competitors being Auburn, Clemson, and Florida. Another team that could prove to be an interesting challenge is Mississippi State who has snuck up out of no where to impress tons of SEC teams and even coaches across the nation that see potential in a run heavy offense.
#7 Oklahoma State Cowboys
New Look, New Era?
The Cowboys of Oklahoma State have a new uniform this coming up season (not really a surprise they are a nike team) and they have a very innovative offense that utilizes a huge amount of talented wide receivers. Justin Blackmon is one of the top Wide Receivers that NCAA football has seen in years as far as pure talent goes he is simply astounding and amazing to watch. A player that helps with this Heisman hopefull is his 28 year old QB that had a small run in minor league baseball threw for over 4,000 yards.
Good, but Great?
The Cowboys will appear impressive early and often with the spotlight on them this coming up season being ranked 7th in the nation. This ranking may actually be lower then where the Cowboys will actually finish, not because of their talent but more so beacause of the cupcake schedule that they have before them. That is until their game against Oklahoma..
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will continue to improve this season as they will have a big number of upper classman in this upcoming season. This will be the best shot for the cowboys to impress the nation and finish with a respectable bowl win, maybe even a BCS bowl game.
#6 Boise State Broncos
Why It Makes Sense:
The reasoning behind this high ranking for the Broncos is that they have not fallen off at any point in the past few seasons. The Boise State Broncos are 60 wins to their 6 losses in the past five seasons, and 4 of those losses were in one season. Alot of this success has come due to the great play of Kellen Moore, the upcoming senior at Boise State whom was in the running for the Heisman in years past and could be a Heisman hopefull this upcoming season.
I dont think so…
The Broncos do not play a respectable team for some reason or another. Their best game this season is at the beginning of the season against Georgia at the Georgia Dome which, with georgia’s good recruiting class, may nock off the Broncos early on in the season with no oppurtunity to redeem themselve. That is other than TCU which may or may not even be ranked by the time the broncos play them in November.
I am going to have to lean towards the SEC side on the fact that Boise will stumble on their first game out of the block, where this is important is that when a team begins being ranked 6th in the nation and then they lose to an unranked Georgia bulldogs,or excuse me Georgia fans them Dawgs! Other then this game i do not see the Broncos faltering although nevada could be a interesting game.
#5 Stanford (Tree’s?)
Where it Makes Sense:
Here are five things that Stanford has going for them:
1: Andrew Luck is the best QB in NCAA Football
2:Andrew Luck is a great leader
3:Andrew Luck is basically a Pro-QB playing at the college level
4:They have a brutal dirty defense
5:Did i mention Andrew Luck?
The reason that i mention Andrew Luck so much is that with Jim Harbaugh moving on to the pro’s Luck is all that Stanford has left, and as soon as he leaves everyone will be back to saying “Wait, what? Stanford has a football team?”
Where it is wrong:
Jim Harbaugh was too huge of a part of Stanford’s success there is seemingly no way that Stanford will not experiance some sort of drop off in this upcoming season. While Andrew Luck will continue to impress his new coach will most likely not know as much as his own Quarter Back which on average (with the exception of Peyton Manning) ends not well.
USC, Oregon State, and Oregon all back-to-back is too much for the Stanford Trees to handle without their leader Harbaugh Oregon will confuse the new coach, and USC will outclass Stanford. So with a minimal of 3 losses Stanford will most likely not be able to hold on to the 5th ranking in the nation.
#4 Louisiana State University
Why It Makes Sense:
The LSU Tigers are returning a lot of starters although some key figures are gone. Their defense will be one of the most stingy this coming up season like LSU’s defense almost always is. As they get their Quarter Back situation under control and some players begin to mature their talents LSU seems to be peaking in a season where the SEC as a whole appears to be rebuilding.
Where it may be a little off:
Jordan Jefferson, the QB of LSU, is not a championship calibar football player although he plays a important part of the LSU offense. Between this issue Patrick Peterson being in the pro’s, and an open space at running back for any player to step up it seems like the LSU tigers have grown up but with gaps here and there that could prove to be crucial.
LSU even with their issues will win the SEC West and have a tough battle with South Carolina for the SEC Championship, and considering the last 5 years SEC Champ=National Champs the LSU Tigers under the Mad-man Les Miles may be the 6th in a long line of awesome teams and yet another championship for Les Miles.
(My Favorite Fumble EVER)
Where It Makes Sense:
Now that i got my diss out early i can go back to being unbiased against the Alabama Elephants. While a lot of people would look at Alabama and note that they lost Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Greg McElroy, and Marcell Dareus as well as some others they have some how or another already have suitable replacements
Mark Ingram ———>Trent Richardson(In my opinion better then Ingram) [Fun fact: he is from pensicola]
Julio Jones————> Darius Hanks/Marquis Maze (Who’s stats may go down with Jones gone)
Greg McElroy———>Honestly I cant make myself say AJ McCarron is a suitable replacement
However Alabama does not need a good Qb as Trent will be relied upon to carry the load for the team in 2011. Also with the defense that alabama will be returning the offense may just have to put up 2 touchdowns a game in order to win.
Where It Is Off:
Alabama will be good, there is no argument to that. However 3rd may be a little high of a prediction this early on into the season. Although they have plenty of talent the lack of QB could be a deciding factor and they do not have a Wide Receiver that has the stature of Julio so teams are not going to have to double cover any one receiver. Also there is some concern on whether or not Trent Richardson will be able to carry such a huge load of carries, and his back ups have been depleated with injuries. Finally Marcell Dareus was a huge impact so look for the D-Line to not be as impressive (still impressive mind you).
I will not be making much predictions about Alabama. What i will say is that LSU and Alabama will be a great game to watch, and if the Iron Bowl is anything like the past few it will be epic. Look for Alabma and LSU to duke it out for the SEC West though. That being said War Eagle.
#2 Oklahoma Sooners
Where It Makes Sense:
The Sooners not only return the most impressive class, but they also have a schedule that appears more than managable for a talented team such as Oklahoma. They have one of the most consistent passing attacks in college, and their defense is very solid from top to bottom. Not to mention they seem to be the only team up north that has their act together.
Where it Could Be Argued:
Oklahoma could be considered the Preseason #1 team in the nation in the fact that they are simply impressive at both a first glance as well as an in depth look. The Sooners will make a huge impression early on in the season when they go down to Tallahassee to embarass the FSU Noles’ that many people are really excited about being something this season.
I feel until proven otherwise the Oklahoma Sooners are the best team in NCAA Football with a sense of humility and direction the Sooners could do what the Auburn Tigers called, going from ‘Good to Great’.
#1 The Oregon Ducks
Where It Makes Sense:
They took the nation by storm last season and no one (or so it seemed) could stop the Oregon Ducks who ran a play every 4 seconds and put up more points then a mathematician can keep up with. So with Heisman runner-up LaMichael james returning, and Darron Thomas an impressive QB as a sophmore the Ducks look to be just as impressive as they were in this past season.
Where It Is Off:
LSU does not seem to have the as good of chances as Oklahoma does at going undefeated, which these days is a requirement to go to the National Championship game. Oregon’s biggest test and a sign of how their whole season will play out is how well they play against the impressive LSU, and if they can pull out a win against a bigger team with deeper depth. This could be the game of the year and it is one of the earliest games in the season.
Oregon this past season, similar to Auburn seemed to have a season where everything just came together, and every player was needed for their surprisingly good season that no one had seen coming. So with some players leaving and teams targeting the runner up team and scheming to defeat the impressive Ducks. After all when some put you at #1 everyone wants to nock the Duck off its purch…. Get it??
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