College Football 2011: Extremely Early Top 10
Spring practices are getting closer and closer every day and so are the preseason polls. I know that it is way too early to start ranking teams, but I will take a stab at it.
Spring practices are going to be crucial for some of these teams as they look to fill holes left by graduating seniors and/or the NFL draft.
10. Florida State
Jimbo Fisher started off well last year as head coach of the Seminoles, leading them to a 10-4 overall record. The Seminoles have a tough schedule next year that includes the Oklahoma Sooners the third week of the season.
They also close out the season against Boston College, Miami, Virginia and at Florida. It will not get any easier this year for the Seminoles, but Fisher has his Seminoles believing.
9. South Carolina
Steve Spurrier led the Gamecocks to the SEC East Championship and an overall record of 9-5. This might not seem very impressive, but let's remember that the SEC is a very tough conference.
It seems that Spurrier is finally getting the best out of his players at South Carolina, and he will need to do this in order to have a chance at repeating as SEC East Champions.
8. Oklahoma State
Mike Gundy led the Cowboys to an 11-2 record, and they can be even better this year. Their out-of- conference schedule includes Arizona and Tulsa.
The Cowboys will be a legit national title contender if they can get past Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners.
7. Boise State
Boise State will lose one of its brightest stars in Titus Young to the NFL. We will see exactly how well Boise State recruits this year.
6. Ohio State
Ohio State is always a contender, but will this year finally be the year? If it is, they better hope that the NCAA reduces the five-game ban on their star quarterback.
Jim Harbaugh is gone, but Andrew Luck is still at Stanford. Will they contend for the national title? Or will they falter under the new regime?
This Oregon offense is coming back with James as their running back, Their hole is at linebacker. Casey Matthews is gone, but expect Oregon to be fighting for another national title.
Les Miles gave the Tigers fans a scare with all the Michigan talk, but he will be back and his team is primed to make another run at a title.
The Crimson Tide trashed the Michigan State Spartans in the Capital One Bowl, showing the talent that this team has. The Tide are without a doubt a team that reloads, which it will have to do with the losses at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
A lot can change from today until the start of the season, but the Sooners look like they will be sitting at the top of the polls this coming August. Bob Stoops has shown that he can get to the big game, but can he win it?