College Football 2009 Preseason "Top" 10 Rankings

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College Football 2009 Preseason
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College football has a million preseason rankings. While they should not exist, they do. So, I will present to you the "top" 10 college football teams this season.

However, I have fooled you into reading this article with the headline, and you are probably wondering why the SMU Mustangs are on the front page. We are not talking about the top 10 best teams in the country.


We are talking about college football's top 10 teams you will not hear about and are lucky that you do not.

See, that title is much too long to be a headline. So trickery it was—like the Statue of Liberty play.

Without further adieu, college football's worst teams.


10. Syracuse Orange

This team is at No. 10 because, unfortunately, they will be on SportsCenter most every week. Thank you, Greg Paulus. However, when you see this team, change the channel. This season will be no better than last year's 3-9 team.


9. Western Kentucky

These guys went 2-10 last season in their opening year of FBS play. Both wins were over FCS teams from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Hilltoppers are sure to be left off the front page news across the country, and that is a good thing.


8. San Diego State

The Aztecs need more than cool helmets to make a good squad. How can you not recruit at least a few guys to San Diego? One of their wins last season was against the next team. These guys lost to Cal Poly! Seriously.

Maybe quarterback Ryan Lindley learned a thing or two in his freshman year. His talent alone is good enough to get the Aztecs off this list.


7. Idaho

Idaho was taken down 11 of 12 times last season, which makes them better than Washington, I guess! At least they are still better than Idaho State. Maybe Deonte Jackson can lift the Vandals to two wins this season.


6. Washington

This team became a little more credible when Steve Sarkisian became coach. Maybe no unsportsmanlike conducts will keep this team from winning a game or two, eh?


5. North Texas

The Mean Green/Eagles won't get much attention, and for good reason. With a 1-11 mark last season, North Texas is not exactly posting the best recruiting classes in the nation, and why should they in the Troy-dominated Sun Belt?


4. Miami (OH)

Well, it could be worse; they could be Miami (FL). The RedHawks have not had much to celebrate on the football field since Ben Roethlisberger left for Steelers stardom. Not like his follower, A.J. Hawk's big brother Ryan, did anything for the school. Daniel Raudabaugh is no Joe Montana.


3. Iowa State

Not that losing their coach really mattered, but Gene Chizik taking the Auburn job is not going to be good news for the Cyclones. The last Iowa State coach to leave for the SEC, Johnny Majors, ended up doing well.


2. Army

It's sad that this team is so bad. It upsets me to know that Army matters not until the last week of the season. The Black Knights need help. Maybe President Obama could bail them out and order a draft?


1. Southern Methodist University

You have not heard from them since the death penalty killed their football program; since then the Mustangs have been nonexistent. Don't expect to hear much out of them again. Even though in 2006 the team went 6-6, back-to-back 1-11 seasons isn't going to cut it.

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