College Football: Way Too Early Top 10, 1/23/10

Jack MCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Jeremy Shelley #94 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The college football season is sadly over. No more Saturday football. No more bowl games.

Yep, the season is officially over. Devastating. But hey, there's always one thing to look forward to: next season.

Now, is it too early to start talking about next year's Top 25? Yes.

But who really cares? Us college football freaks sure don't. It's time to start thinking about next year so here is my Way Too Early Top 10, January Edition:

1. Alabama

Isn't that surprising? The best team in the country remains on top. With the return of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and a defense that will continue to dominate, I can't see anyone catching up with the Rolling Tide.

2. Ohio State

It wasn't that long ago that Terrelle Pryor was the most wanted recruit in all of college football. It's time for him to prove himself. It's his junior season and if he steps up, with the help of his counterparts, Ohio State could have one of the best offenses in all of CFB next year.

3. Oregon

It is very hard to trust any Pac-10 team because they always seem to be over-hyped but it's hard to pass up this fact: They are losing only one of 11 offensive starters! Against Pac-10 defenses, they might put up 50 points a game!

4. Boise State

It's time we start giving this team some credit. They've won two major bowl games and have had three, yes, three undefeated seasons in the past four years. If they go undefeated again, they deserve to get to the championship.

5. Georgia Tech

This team is a Top 10 team in any conference, and being in the ACC shoots them all the way up to No. 5. No team in the nation is ever ready to face the triple option attack. This team is also helped by a defense that complements their rushing offense.

6. Virginia Tech

The second of the ACC's great running teams, VaTech is looking good going into the 2010 season. With two outstanding running backs, a talented defense, and the return of Tyrod Taylor, this team's only concern is replacing their top two offensive linemen.

7. Texas

The reigning Big XII Champs will miss Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley, but sophomore Garrett Gilbert showed promise in the national championship. This Longhorn team should have a pretty easy ride to the Big XII Championship where they will most likely be in a rematch with our No. 9 team.

8. Iowa

If this team's quarterback Ricky Stanzi wasn't injured midseason last year, who knows how far they would have made it. This team could dominate the Big Ten if they get past Ohio State in the big matchup on Nov. 22.

9. Nebraska

"Nebraska's back and we're here to stay!" -Bo Pelini following Nebraska's 33-0 win over Arizona in the Holiday Bowl         

Nebraska's dominating defense just annihilated opponents and will continue so. If the offense can hold their own, this could be one of the most dangerous teams in the country.

10. TCU

They had one of the best defenses in the country last year and now Texas Christian is returning 10 of 11 starters on that side of the ball. Their schedule is pretty tough but if they can beat some of their toughest opponents, they'll be a force to reckon with in a bowl game.

That's it? You're only going to 10? Sorry, but it is "Way too Early" to go any further.

It was hard enough to pick these 10. But even though this article is over, keep your head up. We can stop being upset that the season's over and start looking forward to next year.

Keep and eye out for my next Way too Early Top 10, or maybe even Top 15!