Preseason College Football Power Rankings
The next college football season is finally just one day away, so it seems to be the right time to rank the top 25 teams with all injuries and other factors taken in note. Don't forget that the teams with a lot of hype usually don't always turn out for the best.
The preseason polls of last year didn't even have Texas in the top 10, and also had Georgia at the top spot when Georgia didn't make a BCS Bowl last year. So make sure to trust the preseason polls and power rankings at your own risk, but I'll give them my best shot.
1. Florida Gators
Who didn't see this one coming as the Gators return all of their starters from one of the top defenses in the nation along with Heisman candidate, Tim Tebow. Another important part that will help lead them to a national title is their easy schedule. The Gators don't have to play Alabama or Ole Miss from the SEC West in the 2009-2010 season.
2. USC Trojans
Every year USC is always the big hyped up team, but this year that is not the case. I've bought into the fact that instead of USC sleeping on teams, they will know that they have something to prove in every game, and get it done. If they can get past Ohio State on September 12, they should have a great shot at a national championship.
3. Texas Longhorns
Texas should still be hungry from missing out on their national title shot that they thought they deserved over Oklahoma. They're losing two big contributors in Brian Orakpo and Quan Cosby, but defensive end Sergio Kindle, and wide receiver Jordan Shipley will do their best to make up for those losses.
4. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners and Sam Bradford got shown up by Tebow and the Gators in the national championship and have more to prove in this upcoming season. I don't think Bradford will win the Heisman again this year, but I'm sure he'd enjoy a BCS Title much more.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama had a disappointing finish to last year after starting 12-0 then losing the SEC Championship to Florida then the Sugar Bowl to Utah. The offense only returns four starters and will be tested early against a tough Virginia Tech defense during week one.
6. Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech will be a dark horse for the BCS Title this year especially if they're able to knock off Alabama in their first game of the year. They return 15 starters from a team that won the Orange Bowl last year.
Running back Darren Evans went down earlier in preseason practice, but redshirt freshman Ryan Williams provides great depth at running back to compliment star quarterback Tyrod Taylor in a very promising Hokie squad.
7. Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State sophomore quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, is looking to take part of the Heisman race this year and should make a run for the prestigious award. Despite the talent at quarterback for the Buckeyes, the defense is where they'll win most of their games this year. They return seven of their defensive starters and allowed less than 14 points per game last season.
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys
If Oklahoma State can get their defense together this year, they will be a very feared team in college football. The Cowboys allowed over 28 points per game last year, and only put up 15 sacks throughout all of last year. On a positive note, Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant are back once again to show off they high-powered passing attack once again.
9. Ole Miss Rebels
The Rebels were the only team last year to take down the BCS Champions in the Florida Gators which showed the potential they have coming into this year. Jevan Snead will have one more year of experience under his belt and could possibly lead Ole Miss to an SEC Championship appearance and possibly more.
10. Georgia Tech
This is an underrated Georgia Tech squad that will return all players from last year's team, but five. Running back Jonathan Dwyer ran for almost 1,400 yards who is a sleeper for a Heisman and he's complimented by quarterback, Josh Nesbitt who is one of the more mobile quarterbacks in college football, piling up seven rushing touchdowns and almost 700 rushing yards last season.
The Best of the Rest
11. LSU Tigers
12. California Golden Bears
13. Penn State Nittany Lions
14. Boise State Broncos
16. Oregon Ducks
17. Oregon State Beavers
18. Utah Utes
19. TCU Horned Frogs
20. North Carolina Tar Heels
21. Florida State Seminoles
22. BYU Cougars
23. Iowa Hawkeyes
24. Nebraska Cornhuskers
25. Illinois Fighting Illini
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