Preseason College Football Top 25

Gary LloydSenior Analyst IApril 25, 2008

It's been over two months since National Signing Day and the NFL Draft is this weekend. Now is as good a time as any to predict the top 25 teams for the 2008 college football season then, right? I think so.


1. Ohio State: The Buckeyes luckily got All-America linebacker James Laurinaitis back for at least one more season, and Chris "Beanie" Wells will finish as a top-two candidate for the Heisman Trophy. On Sept. 13, OSU will go on the road to face USC. In other words, potentially OSU's only loss.


2. Oklahoma: The Sooners lost some key players to the NFL, but DeMarco Murray will be poised for a 1,000-yard rushing season and Sam Bradford for another 30+ touchdown passing season. A plus is that the Sooners will not be facing Missouri in the regular season in 2008.


3. Georgia: Georgia should be a top-10 team all season, despite the difficult schedule. The Bulldogs have to play at LSU and Auburn in the conference, as well as at Arizona State in non-conference play. Knowshon Moreno should come close to a 1,500-yard rushing season.


4. USC: USC lost a lot of talent to the NFL, but this program does not rebuild. It reloads. Quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Trojan defense should have big years as long as the injury bug stays away from the USC campus.


5. Missouri: Chase Daniel will once again be a Heisman Trophy candidate for the Tigers. Missouri lost just one starter on defense and does not face Oklahoma, Texas A&M or Texas Tech in the regular season.


6. Florida: The Gators will put up tons of points yet again in 2008, and they'll have to because of yet another questionable defense. The running game should be improved with the addition of USC transfer Emmanuel Moody.


7. Clemson: Tommy Bowden will lead his Tigers to the ACC Championship in 2008. Quarterback Cullen Harper has two great backs in James Davis and C.J. Spiller and a solid receiver in Aaron Kelly to throw to down the field.


8. Arizona State: Knowing the status of this squad's offensive line, this ranking could be a stretch. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw 25 touchdown passes last year, but was sacked an astounding 54 times. The Sun Devils do bring in some freshman offensive linemen, so only time will tell for this team.


9. Texas: Jamaal Charles going pro certainly hurts the Longhorns run game, but five running back signees should come in and provide some depth. Colt McCoy's touchdown pass total must increase, while his interception total must decrease significantly.


10. Virginia Tech: Some consistency at the quarterback position will be needed, as well as a running back will have to emerge to fill Branden Ore's shoes. Maybe a 1,000 yard, 15+ touchdown season like he had in 2006. The defense won't be as solid as this past season, so the offense cannot sputter like last season.

11. LSU

12. Kansas

13. Texas Tech

14. West Virginia

15. Wisconsin

16. Penn State

17. Pittsburgh

18. Auburn

19. BYU

20. Tennessee

21. Illinois

22. Virginia

23. Fresno State

24. South Carolina

25. Wake Forest