College Football: Never-Too-Early 2010 Preseason Top 25 and Questions
It has only been a few days before the season concluded, but college football predictions for the 2010-11 season are already all over the web. Preseason rankings are something you can never trust. Nevertheless, enjoy my Extra-Early CFB 2010 Preseason Rankings.
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1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Can the SEC win the national title once again?
News around Tuscaloosa includes a statue of Nick Saban (already) and the BCS Championship trophy will be on display at two Wal-Marts—really. Alabama is a very solid football team.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State has a good shot at the championship game after an impressive Rose Bowl victory, but could get slaughtered by Alabama in the Preseason National Championship.
3. Boise State Broncos
We will never know how good (or bad) the Broncos are until they have a shot to play in the national championship game. This year's preseason ranking is so high they might just get that chance.
4 . Iowa Hawkeyes
5. Oregon Ducks
6. Florida Gators
Will Urban Meyer be back to coach the Gators? John Brantley will have some big shoes to fill but he will be a great quarterback.
7. Virginia Tech Hokies
VT, Georgia Tech will be the class of the ACC.
8. LSU Tigers
Can LSU topple Alabama for 10' SEC Crown?
9. Texas Longhorns
Will the Horns duplicate a Big 12 title? The debate begins.
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Huskers are looking to improve on an amazing 10-win season. Can Nebraska, Texas Tech, or Oklahoma topple Texas for the Big 12 throne?
11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
2009 ACC Champions hungry for Sweet Repeat
12. Cincinnati Bearcats
The Bearcats will contend for a third-straight Big East Championship.
13. Penn State Nittany Lions
How long will Joe Pa keep coaching football? Just saying.
14 . Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma will improve on its 8-5 record of 09' season.
15. Wisconsin Badgers
If John Clay returns, a special season for him and the Badgers could be in place.
16. UCONN Huskies
The UCONN Huskies will surprise many people next season. You could see that in the Papa John's Bowl, were the Huskies surprised my Gamecocks 20-7. Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman will provide a great Running Back tandem.
17. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Is "The U" back?
18. Arkansas Razorbacks
Ryan Mallet and the Razorbacks will field a talented team next year. Pigs will surprise many in 2010.
19. Oregon State Beavers
Mike Riley always fields a great team in Corvallis. A Las Vegas Bowl loss dampened the 2009 season. Will Riley bolt to Southern Cal?
20. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Tommy Tuberville is expected to take the job as the Raiders head coach and will have a good team prepared to play in the Big 12 in 2010.
21. TCU Frogs
The Frogs and Mountain West Conference will be loaded next year but the mid-major must again work up in the rankings and prove itself is a BCS contender.
22. Georgia Bulldogs
Dawgs will be ready to contend for 2010 after shocking 8-5 season.
23. Stanford Cardinal
Jim Harbaraugh led the Stanford to an 8-5 season in 2009. The expectations only get higher for the Cardinal.
24. North Carolina Tar Heels
Hard to count out the Heels with the whole defense returning and Greg Little, but the Tar Heels have seemed to find a way to lose the past few years.
25. Utah Utes
The Utes finished the season in fashion in the Poinsettia Bowl by destroying Cal 37-27, but it did not compare to the 2009 Sugar Bowl trouncing of Alabama. The Utes will be a sleeper team this year.
Teams to Watch:
Navy Midshipmen —Ten-win season and an unstoppable triple option set the tone for the 2010 season in which the Navy could make a run at the Top 20.
BYU Cougars —The Mountain West is always a good conference and BYU is always a consistent winner. Will the Cougars go anywhere besides the Las Vegas Bowl?
Others: Boston College Eagles, Auburn Tigers, Tennessee Vols, Ole Miss Rebels, South Carolina Gamecocks, Arizona Wildcats, Clemson Tigers, UCLA Bruins, Iowa State Cyclones, Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, West Virgina Mountaineers, Florida State Seminoles, Southern Cal Trojans and the Washington Huskies
Top Questions for Teams in 2010
Boise State Broncos
What you need to look for: Can the Broncos get a shot at the BCS Championship as a Mid-Major with such a high preseason ranking to begin with?
My Answer: It depends on how many BCS teams are undefeated.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
What you need to look for: Will the Irish put together a successful season with new man Brian Kelly in South Bend?
Answer: It will be a rebuilding year for Brian Kelly and the Irish, but improvement signs will be around.
North Carolina Tar Heels
What you need to look for: Can Butch Davis build a true winner at Chapel Hill this year with a full starting defense returning along with WR Greg Little?
Answer: It will be tough for the Tar Heels in the ACC Coastal with Georgia Tech and Virgina Tech. It can be done for the Tar Heels.
What you need to look for: John Brantley will have big shoes to fill for Tebow. The Gators are a young team. Will Urban be back? Will the Gators be unseated in the SEC East?
Answer: John Brantley should be a great Quarterback at Florida. I think Urban will be back. Georgia, Tennessee, or South Carolina may have a shot at unseating the Gators from the driver's seat.
Florida State Seminoles
What you need to look for: Bobby Bowden has retired. Will Jimbo Fisher see improvements in under his watch in Tallahassee?
Answer: I think that Florida State will take strides strides in year one of Jimbo Fisher Football.
South Carolina Gamecocks
What you need to look for: Steve Spurrier has found some big-time recruits at South Carolina the past two years. He also has seen improved QB play in Stephen Garcia. The Defense is always good. Will the Gamecocks be a winner or at least a better team in 2010?
Answer: The Gamecocks are always an interesting team to watch. If Spurrier gets more consistency in 2010, it could be a fun year. If not, it may once again be a frustrating year for The Ole' Ball Coach and the Gamecocks.
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