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2010 NCAA Football Preview: The Preseason 25

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17:  Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IAugust 17, 2010

Here it is, one of the most unofficial preseason college football polls you will ever see:

RANK TEAM 2009 RECORD 2009 RANK
1Alabama14-01
2Ohio State11-25
3Oklahoma8-5NR
4Florida13-13
5Texas13-13
6Virginia Tech10-32
7Wisconsin10-310
8Boise State14-04
9TCU12-16
10Oregon10-311
11Miami9-419
12Georgia8-5NR
13North Carolina8-5NR
14Florida State7-6NR
15Iowa11-27
16USC9-422
17Arkansas8-5NR
18Nebraska10-414
19Auburn8-5NR
20Penn State11-29
21Pittsburgh10-315
22LSU9-417
23Texas A&M6-7NR
24Michigan State6-7NR
25Boston College8-5NR

 

Prolouge: As usual, this poll is based on how good I believe the teams to be at this moment, not where they will finish.  Just like every year, I will strive to maintain this philosophy for the entire season.  

I will struggle against the perceived transitive properties of college football.  I will trust my subjective ability to evaluate teams that are rounding into shape while others are demonstrating a pronounced ability to come unglued. 

It is not entirely unusual for there to be teams with two losses that look much better than a handful of undefeated teams.

As the faithful reader(s) know, I rank the teams based on how well I believe them to be at this moment, not at the end of last season, and not how I think they will finish.

Schedules are not taken into consideration, but the natural off-season development is relied upon.  For me, the test is whether I believe a team would defeat the team immediately ahead of them on a neutral field this weekend.

Also, and this sounds obvious, someone has to be ranked in each spot. There are no ties.  Even though I have team X four spots ahead of team Y, the spread may be very narrow in my mind.  

I know there are vagaries that make it difficult to determine who is truly better than whom, but remember these rankings are subjective.

Finally, the rankings are always subject to change. Teams may jump five or ten spots in one week, or may drop even when they win. Likewise, teams may rise when they lose.

I take injuries and suspensions into consideration, so a team may win its game and lose its best player (see Oregon 2007) and drop in my poll.  This poll will not reward teams simply for winning.  Again, these rankings are subjective.

 

Sexy Outs: There are a lot of sexy squads out there that garner trendy votes. South Carolina, Arizona, Notre Dame and Washington immediately jump to mind.  Reasons exist to hit the "buy" button for those teams but honestly, the smart money has been on "sell" for a long time.  

I understand that 5-10 of the teams I have placed in my lineup will promptly plummet out within a matter of weeks.

Keep checking back throughout the season to see how my top 25 progresses.

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