College football season is in the early stages of its extended downtime, an unfortunate fact that I'm sure many fans are still coming to grips with. All the random bowl games have ended, even the postseason all-star games have come and gone, and now we're faced with the seemingly long wait until spring practices start up and actual football starts getting played again.
Even though the 2011 college season is still many months away, it's still never too early to start trying to project who the top 25 teams in the nation will be come opening weekend in September.
We've passed National Signing Day, so the judgments of who won and who lost in recruiting has been laid out by all the recruiting pundits. All that's left now is to size up each of the programs vying for positioning in the top 25 prior to the start of the season.
So here I'll give you what I think the top 25 would look like, if it were released today, in the middle of February. Feel free to chime in with who you think should be where, or if you feel a team was unjustly left off this list.