It seems like just yesterday that Cam Newton was ignoring Gene Chizik’s call to take a knee and ran a sneak in the waning seconds of Auburn's BCS Championship game win over Oregon.
Nonetheless, spring practices are now upon us, bringing with them the sweet sounds of quarterback cadences, coaches whistles and shoulder pads popping.
Another tradition of the spring is the release of preseason Top 25 lists all across the Internet. Devised from a combination of past performance and future indicators, these lists attempt to give an insight into how the upcoming season should—but never does—transpire.
This season is no exception. Taking a look across many of these Top 25s, one can begin to build a consensus as to which teams will be among the ranked come August. With a close inspection however, it's entirely possible to go ahead and start knocking the pretenders from their lofty and undeserved perches in the rankings right now.