An Early Look at College Football's 2009 Preseason Top 10

Chris GravelyContributor IDecember 28, 2008

The 2008 college football season isn't over just yet, but I thought I would go ahead and post my preseason Top 10 for 2009. I expect that there will be many changes that take place between now and September, but here is my list as of right now.


10) Virginia Tech Hokies

The defense loses Macho Harris but overall should be as good or better than this year's unit. The offense will be a year older, and I think a few freshmen will come on and be able to contribute right away. If, by some miracle, Bryan Stinespring is removed as the OC, the Hokies could move up a spot or two.


9) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

With most of the key offensive players coming back, Paul Johnson's offense will be a force to be reckoned with nationally.


8) LSU

With a tremendous recruiting class coming in and the defense growing up, expect LSU to be back in the thick of things once again.


7) Boise State

I realize I am going to catch a lot of flack with this pick, but the boys from the Potato State are loaded and will once again have a weak schedule to motor through.


6) TCU Horned Frogs

Though I think it will be short lived, TCU has the talent to be considered a Top 10 team, at least at the beginning of the year.


5) Texas Longhorns

With Colt McCoy coming back for his senior year, the Longhorns are poised to make a run at the National Championship.


4) Alabama Crimson Tide

Don't let the fact that they will be breaking in a new quarterback fool you. The Tide will be in contention in 2009.


3) Florida Gators

Even with both Harvin and Tebow gone, Florida will still be one of the best teams in the country next year.


2) Oklahoma Sooners

Bob Stoops will have his boys ready to compete for another title.


1) USC Trojans

Where is the weakness? The second teamers could probably be ranked in the Top 10.