Spring Top 25: Gators No. 1, Tech 13, Dawgs 14

 

 

We did our RE (Ridiculously Early) Top 25 back in January, just hours after Florida had won the BCS national championship. Now we’re done with spring practice and June will be here before we know it. So let’s do our Spring Top 25, which should give us enough to argue about between now and two-a-days in August.

Last season’s record and the previously rank in our RE Top 25 are in parentheses. So who did I leave out that belongs on this list?

Have a good weekend. See you Monday.

 

1—Florida (13-1, 1): Tim Tebow is back. The entire defense is back. There are no apparent weaknesses on this team. The only real concern is an Oct. 10 trip to LSU.

2—Texas (12-1, 2): Colt McCoy and the Longhorns will be motivated after coming up one-point short of a shot at the national championship last season.  They meet Oklahoma in Dallas On Oct. 17 and travel to Oklahoma State on Oct. 31.

3—Oklahoma (12-2, 5): QB Sam Bradford, the Heisman Trophy winner, came back to school for another shot at the national championship.

4—Alabama (12-2, 4): Crimson Tide has to rebuild OL but defense should carry this team a long way.

5—Southern California (12-1, 3): QB Mark Sanchez left early and nine starters are gone on defense. So what? Trojans reload and win the Pac-10 again.

6—Virginia Tech (10-4, 8): The defending ACC champions came out of spring feeling good about defense, QB Tyrod Taylor.

7—Oklahoma State (9-4, 7): Georgia fans need to remember: QB Zac Robinson, RB Kendall Hunter, WR Dez Bryant. The Cowboys are very good.

8—Ohio State (10-3, 9):  RB Beanie Wells left but QB Terrelle Pryor returns with eight starters on defense.

9—LSU (8-5, 6): Tigers bounce back with John Chavis as new defensive coordinator and Jordan Jefferson at QB.

10—Ole Miss (9-4, 16): Not sure if I’m totally on the Ole Miss bandwagon yet because LT Michael Oher and DT Peria Jerry are gone. Rebels do have a very good QB in Jevan Snead and a good schedule.

11—Oregon (10-3, 18): Mike Bellotti stepped down as head coach but Chip Kelly was the genius behind that offense. Will challenge Southern Cal in Pac-10.

12—Penn State (11-2, 21): People are telling me that Joe Pa might win the Big Ten despite losing 14 starters. We’ll see.

13—Georgia Tech (9-4, 13): There are some big holes to fill on the defensive line, but Paul Johnson’s offense will be even better in year two.

14—Georgia (10-3, 15): Still concerned about the defense and the running back position. The Sept. 5 trip to Oklahoma State is scary.

15—Florida State (9-4, 12): If the Seminoles can find a couple of receivers they will win the ACC Atlantic.

16—North Carolina (8-5, 14): Tar Heels also need some wide receivers but the defense (19 INT last season) will be very good.

17—TCU (11-2, 17): The Horned Frogs lost seven starters from the nation’s No. 2 defense but these guys are always good under Gary Patterson.

18—Boise State (12-1, 24): Broncos return QB Kellen Moore but have a tough opener with Oregon.

19—Utah (13-0, 19): QB Brian Johnson is gone but nine starters on defense return.

20—Texas Tech (11-2, 20): QB Graham Harrell is gone but Mike Leach always finds another quarterback to plug into his offense.

21—Cincinnati (11-3, NR): Only one starter returns on defense but QB Tony Pike is back on offense. Bearcats are still good enough to repeat as Big East champs.

22—East Carolina (9-5, NR): Sixteen starters, including QB Patrick Pinkney, return from the C-USA champs.

23—California (9-4, 22): RB Jahvid Best is the nation’s leading returning rusher. Seven starters are back on defense.

24—Notre Dame (7-6, NR): I’m not convinced the Irish are that good but the schedule, other than Southern Cal on Oct. 17, is very manageable.

25—Kansas (8-5, NR): With quarterback Todd Reesing coming back, the Jayhawks will challenge Nebraska for the Big 12 North.

 

 

473 comments Add your comment

No BCS

May 15th, 2009
8:33 am

Not bad, but Alabama at number 4? Not only do they have to replace an OL, they also have a new quarterback. Bama loses first game to Virginia Tech and probably one or two more later in the season. Bama should be around 15. I’m not on the Ole Miss bandwagon yet either. I’d put them between 15 and 20. Penn State is ranked a little too high but agree with the “people” that they’ll beat Ohio State in Happy Valley and win the Big Ten again. Georgia has a lot of star power to replace…I’d put them between 20 and 25. It will be interesting to see where Florida State ends up with all the media attention surrounding the fate of Bobby Bowden’s wins. However they finish though I’d say this season is Bobby’s last. Lastly, Notre Dame should not be ranked at all. Southern Cal will clober them and I’d bet even Michigan hands them a 14 point loss this year. Like everyone else, you have Notre Dame on this list based on name alone.

Eric

May 15th, 2009
8:34 am

I think maybe UAT should be ranked just below Utah.

Eric

May 15th, 2009
8:39 am

Is Auburn still in the SEC?

Maddog

May 15th, 2009
8:40 am

I’m usually just interested in where UGA is ranked, and how the top 10 looks, but Ole Miss at #10? I think they’ll be good, but not top 10.

David

May 15th, 2009
8:44 am

I agree with most but Oklahoma St at #7? Yes they have a good offense with all the starters returning but they gave up a TON of points and there offense was playing against Big 12 defenses. See Ole Miss vs TT…

William

May 15th, 2009
8:45 am

Oklahoma lost all 5 starters on the OL. Bradford may be good, but if the OL is exceptional, it’ll be hard to complete passes laying on his back.

Steve

May 15th, 2009
8:46 am

How can you put F$U in the top 25, much less 15th in the country? Is this a going away gift for Bobby? At least you remember to put Oklahoma in your top 25 this year. I guess that is an improvement over last season.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
8:48 am

TONY BARNHART—-Just for fun, I posted three Youtube.com video links last night of “growling gators,” and 12 hours later that post is still awaiting “moderation,” whatever the heck that means:

“Atlanta Gator Your comment is awaiting moderation. May 14th, 2009. 8:17 pm.”

Given all the vile garbage that the AJC sees fit to permit some bloggers to post, this seems, well, a little bit inconsistent. Can you please explain what the AJC’s current “moderation” policy is, please, so everyone on your Mr. CFB blog understands? Did the Youtube video links, harmless though they clearly are, trigger some sort of automated censorship function?

F-Dawg

May 15th, 2009
8:48 am

Opening at Oklahoma State…not exactly a cupcake.

bank walker

May 15th, 2009
8:54 am

There is no way bama should be in at #4. Everything else looks peachy.

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
8:57 am

Ole Miss will sink like a rock and be out of the Top 25 by Mid-October. They have good skill position players on O and a decently stout D but their O line play will let them down. Snead is overrated and does not perform well when pressured. Sadly (or not!!) he will be severely pressured all season long.

hop

May 15th, 2009
8:58 am

okla state has no defense at all. they will not finish in the top 20 at season end,and alabama team destroyed by utah!

toney.. you have got to be kidding

the dawgs will defeat okla state just has ole miss beat texas tech.

this big 12 conference does not play any defense.

they will not score over 20points at most on the improved dawg defense.

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
9:00 am

Bama ain’t got no qwataback….another year of a twitchy houndstooth will be had 6 feet under the Bear’s tombstone.

stoopid

May 15th, 2009
9:01 am

USC is #5???!!!! They lose their whole team, including their starting veteran QB, they have no proven upcoming QB and more than 9 starters gone and they get put in at #5?? I call BULLSHI*!!

RD

May 15th, 2009
9:04 am

yaaaaawn….you’re really out on a limb there Tony. This is the most “safe-play” preseason poll I have seen yet. Obviously Florida should be #1, and a mix of USC, Texas, and Oklahoma should be at the top. Georgia Tech will not score 45 on Georgia again…Tech’s defense better fill the holes on the D line, or their higher ranking than UGA will look darn silly.

Ole Miss will surprise us all…don’t be surprised when they show up in Atlanta come December.

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
9:05 am

Good morning folks!!!

Did y’all miss me?

I think at some point last year there were about 15 Roswell Eds. Well this is the real me and I can tell you that AU doesn’t belong in the top 25——YET. Don’t forget that we were a QB away from being pretty good last year.

Enough of that. If you want to see what I’ve been up to and my daily musings please visit my website

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com

Started it a couple of weeks ago and I think y’all will luv it!!

Enjoy.

Danny

May 15th, 2009
9:06 am

Atlanta Gator

This is a football forum, not Animal Planet.

CharlotteGator

May 15th, 2009
9:07 am

Not sure LSU is the biggest concern. Tough game for sure, but it being pegged as their biggest game and the team’s desire to make up for the last visit to Baton Rouge will have them singularly focused. The bye week ahead of that game for us is HUGE as well.

I’m more concerned about the UGA game given that they have the bye week before and I could see our team not being as up for that game as they’d need to be. Ask Georgia if it’s possible to lose that game w/ the superior team. The Gators have won some games this decade they had no business being in (the Lito Sheppard return game, the Terrance Edwards drop, etc.).

The USCe game could be interesting as well. I remember that loss up there in Spurrier’s first year and I can see something stupid/crazy happening again.

I know we have a setup for great leadership and focus, but at the end of the day, they’re still college kids. Anyone remember how focused we were in college?

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:07 am

So a UGA team, with a bye the week before that is pretty much flying under the Radar, isn’t a “real concern”? Love it, keep it coming :)

By week

May 15th, 2009
9:09 am

UGA had a bye week before the Tech game and we know how that turned out….

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:10 am

P.S. I’m not usually overconfident about winning football games. However, we will stomp the cows out of the boys at OSU. Mark it down. The Big 12 is pretty soft as a football conference.

mightyKC

May 15th, 2009
9:10 am

he must have been joking…no Gator fans are worried about the pups.
All bark and no bite.

DawginLex

May 15th, 2009
9:11 am

Bama way too high. LSU too high. Okie state too high. Ole Miss about right but should be the highest ranked SEC west team by year end. SEC east is a 2 horse race with Fla/UGA.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
9:16 am

Yes, Danny, I know. I will try to restrict my use of Youtube video links to the two-legged variety of Gators in the future.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
9:16 am

Over ranked…Bama, Ohio St., ND.

Under ranked…Ole Missy, UNC, Utah.

NANCY PELOSI IS THE BIGGEST LIAR ON PLANET EARTH!!! (Tony you said Fridays were open for anything)

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:19 am

Atlanta Gator, It’s probably because it’s an outside link. On other forums and blogs, people will sometimes post up links to sites containing viruses and keyloggers. It can get pretty ugly in the wild wild west of the internet.

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
9:19 am

Roswell Ed—-Your blog posts will simply not be the same without your selective use of BOLD type in this new AJC blog environment. Glad you’re back—-it wasn’t the same around here without you.

JB

May 15th, 2009
9:19 am

Dawgs go 9-3 and finish 15 th or so….They will beat Tech..Book it…

stoopid

May 15th, 2009
9:20 am

dawgs had a bye week before the UF game in 07 and we all know how that turned out!!

I was hopin for a topic on Spurriers comments bout CUM… any UF trollers on here have an opinion on what the ol’ ball coach had to say bout urban lyer??

m

May 15th, 2009
9:20 am

Tony…you are the biggest sec homer gomer there has ever been. 4 sec teams in the top 10…what a crock. And how in the helle can alabammmer be ranked #4 and ahead of a Utah team that beat the crap out of them.

The sec is the most overhyped and overrated conference in history. Last year the sec top to bottom was the weakest in history…and it is not much better this year.

The sec is the chan gomer gailey of conferences….thank God and Greyhound he is gone.

JB

May 15th, 2009
9:21 am

Ramble on………WE AGREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Atlanta Gator

May 15th, 2009
9:21 am

RxDawg—-Weirdly, the blog filter would let me post the video links one at a time, but not all three in a single post. My original post at 8:17 last night is still awaiting “moderation.”

Bama Dawg

May 15th, 2009
9:23 am

Roswell Ed – Still and Idiot!

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
9:24 am

Well, maybe not. I see Ed’s post went up just fine. *shrugs*

JB

May 15th, 2009
9:24 am

speaking of Pelosi, how’s this “CHANGE” working out for everybody ? ( it is open line Friday)

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
9:30 am

BAMA DAWG—Still and idiot? What the f does that mean?

I agree– Nancy Pelosi is a big fat liar.

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com is virus free unlike your mother!!

CharlotteGator

May 15th, 2009
9:30 am

Ol’ ball coach’s comments are what they are. At this point I feel like anything that gets said about Urban or the Gators has to just go by the wayside. When you’re at the top, people are going to take shots and do what they can to come get you or at least bring you down. I feel like the Gators need to enjoy the current level of sustained success with a little class but also an honest assessment that it’s unrealistic for it to last forever (see basketball). Responding to every dig, criticism, etc while we’re trying to do some unprecedented stuff is a waste of time.

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
9:33 am

How many times did I here “puppies annihilate Tech last year. How did that work out? BOOK IT. UGA fans should never us the word “book”, no matter the definition.

azcat225

May 15th, 2009
9:33 am

Just to keep things in perspective, particularly given some of the juvenile and barely-literate comments posted already, let’s keep Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich in our thoughts and prayers. Throw all the bricks you want at me, folks, but it’s just a game.

dawg68

May 15th, 2009
9:35 am

Everybody knows defense wins or looses games (ask UGA), FLA. deserves to be #1 I hate to admit that, but to rate Tech #13 and UGA behind Tech is a joke. Their defensive line needs to be rebuilt and UGA has 3 defensive lineman back from injury will have a big impact, besides Willie’s job is on the line this year. Everybody will study the LSU game and design schemes similiar to stop this offense. Tech will probably lose 4 to 5 games this year and especially their last game of the year at thr “trade school field”

ThaMan

May 15th, 2009
9:36 am

How did those preseason rankings work out last year? It was all good until the “BAMA BLACKOUT”! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

bigdawg01

May 15th, 2009
9:36 am

I will keep my Freedom, Money, and Guns. All the rest can keep the “change”. Pelosi needs to burn.

M,
Will you please go away and take the LAMEST saying “God and Greyhound” BS with you. You are completely irrelevant and a total d-bag.

srr

May 15th, 2009
9:37 am

The SEC is like every other BCS conference — the teams don’t like to play other BCS schools on the road — and when they do, they lose more often than they win.

Oklahoma State at Stillwater will be a very difficult game for the Dawgs.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
9:41 am

Most ethical congress evah!!!

HAH!!!

Is a lie, really a lie, when everyone knows it’s a lie, and the person telling it knows everyone knows it’s a lie?

I never thought I’d say it, but to steal someone’s handle, “I’d rather be a dawg than a democrat”.

Admit it Tony, this is the first time evah, that you haven’t had a preseason ranking without UTenn and Awbarn in the top 25. You are making small strides on you bias.

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
9:41 am

What’s more uncomfortable?

Being waterboarded or listening to Pelosi’s excuses about what she knew about waterboarding?

The LOONEY LEFT????

http://www.BigEdsBlog.com

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:43 am

Roswell Ed, welcome back.

Bama Dawg, I really hate to say it, read your post. Proofread when possible, and I don’t obey that commandment nearly enough either.

Zombie Erk Russell

May 15th, 2009
9:46 am

There are no brains here. None. I need to eat… need to eat…

Must. Find. Brains.

Hey, does anyone have a link to Mensa’s home page?

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:46 am

For once, at least while sober, I will say something political. I would rather be waterboarded long enough to give up the Original Recipe at that KFC where me and my fellow dawg graduates work, than be stuck in a room with that woman for ten minutes. Why doesn’t she blink, creepy.

Sickened

May 15th, 2009
9:46 am

I’m sick of the left-wingers also. When are we gonna invade another country & start torturing again?

Huh?

May 15th, 2009
9:49 am

After getting my share of humble pie last year I make no predictions. I will only say that Oklahoma State is the least of my worries. Its out of conference, on the road, and against a top 10 team. As long as we make a respectable showing we could drop that game and it wouldn’t make or break the season. I don’t think we lose though. Mark Richt teams thrive in games like this. Plus, they are an overrated Big 12 patsy with no defense. Couldn’t resist.

No, as usual, I am more worried about the SEC slate for Georgia. If we beat OSU we could be poised for a letdown the next week against South Carolina. I’m sure LSU is a little tired of getting smacked around by us and will bring the A game. Tennessee is in Knoxville and only a week after LSU. And when was the last time we beat Auburn a mindboggling FOUR years in a row? It just doesn’t happen. As for the Gators: Foggettaboutit. It ain’t happening folks. The bye week will surely make it less painful than last year, but barring some catastrophic Gator injury a win is out of the question. I’m sorry.

We could be in for a rough year. Thank god and greyhound we’ve still got Tech to smack around. That will be fun. Can’t wait to see how they deal with that spotlight. I think they choke per the usual. Thanks.