LSU (AP No. 7)
LSU may be the defending champs, but toward the end of last season, they weren't even the best in the SEC. They snuck into the title game and beat an Ohio State team that had a very weak schedule last year.
This year, LSU loses Glen Dorsey and Matt Flynn to the NFL, and LSU quarterback-of-the-future Ryan Perrilloux has been kicked off the team. It's rebuilding, not reloading this year as LSU goes to Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina while hosting Georgia and Alabama. Look for LSU to drop at least three of these match ups.
Ohio State (AP No. 2)
Ohio State may be able to dominate the Big 10, but the last couple of seasons the Big 10 hasn't lived up to it's tradition.
Over the last two regular seasons, Ohio State has only played TWO teams from a BCS conference other than the Big 10. One of those teams? 4-9 Washington. In their last two bowl games, both national championships, they were destroyed. This year, they travel to the Colosseum to take on the USC Trojans.
Texas Tech (AP No. 12)
Texas Tech doesn't play a ranked team until Oct. 25 when they play Kansas, followed by Texas, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders Have an outstanding passing offense and Michael Crabtree is an amazing wide out. But the name of the game is defense. Texas Tech should drop four games this season. With their weak schedule, that isn't exactly noteworthy.
Tennessee (AP No. 18)
As usual, Tennessee's schedule is tough from the get go. This has helped them in recent years as they have had no late season losses.
This year? Many new starters, including Jonathan Crompton at QB and a difficult early schedule will leave no time to gain experience. In the first eight games they have to handle (AP No. 5)Florida, at (AP No. 10)Auburn, at (AP No. 1)Georgia, and (AP No. 24) Alabama.
In the SEC you don't have time to rebuild. Tennessee will feel that this year.
Oregon (AP No. 21)
Last season, Dennis Dixon went down with a knee injury. Oregon's record with Dixon? 8-1. Oregon's record without Dixon? 1-3.
Look for a mediocre season this year in Eugene with Nate Costa (the Duck's starting QB through training camp) out for eight weeks.