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

Otto

May 15th, 2009
9:49 am

Preseason rankings working out…now it is on UF and Bama. It is way to early for rankings which I really loathe because if the preseason top 2 run the table then they’re a shoe in for the title even if someone else does as well.

OU’s OL really hurt I don’t understand why Bradford didn’t leave unless he really didn’t want to go to Detroit (can’t blame him there)

Any of the top 10 could go all the way. The reduced scholarships has really turned the seasons into a toss up.

IMO the NCAA needs to up the scholarships by 15 for the BCS schools and move these non BCS teams into their own division with a playoff.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:50 am

Pakistan looks like a nice fight. They even have nukes just to make it fair.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
9:51 am

What is the big deal about Chavis? Has anyone watched his prevent defense against the Cali teams the past 2 years. He makes CWM look aggressive.

azcat225

May 15th, 2009
9:52 am

Oh, and add my welcome back to your list, Roswell Ed.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
9:54 am

I think the Gators go all the way with the Pope conferring Sainthood to our blessed T-bow at halftime. That ought to boost the ratings.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
9:55 am

Sickened, when Obama gets caught with an intern and needs to deflect the the 15% of the media that’s not in his pocket.

gtforever

May 15th, 2009
9:57 am

GT is NO top 20 team….. They had NO defense last year when they had some players. Imagine what is going to happen this year, when they play a harder schedule… The offense can score, but they will not be able to carry the load every game. We only have ONE gimme game this year with JS. Coach will have a hard time trying to better the record from last year…. Time will tell.

Ken Keller

May 15th, 2009
9:59 am

DJ Fluker will fill in admirably at LT in place of Andre Smith. Trent Richardson will be as good as Glenn Coffee at RB and Greg McElroy will open up attack at QB with same blueprint as JPW last season: eliminate turnovers and put ball in Julio’s hands. Defense will be best in SEC. Bama over undefeated Florida in SEC championship. Meyer bolts to Notre Dame in 2010.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

RambleOn, it was no intern, it was a tele-prompter writer.

jabster

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

COFH will be good this year. Road to Tampa goes through the ATL when the Hokies visit. That FSU game in Tally is going to hurt. Paybacks to UNC and UVA. I predict 10-2 or 9-3, with one of those losses being to FSU. If we can beat VT we’re going to Tampa.

Dean

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

I’ll give this my vince Dooley impression. “We are just very honored to be considered worhty of the top 25. I can’t believe they actually think we may be good enough to finish as high as number 14. Golly, there are alot of tough teams on the schedule. Everyone overlooks Vandy and Kentucky but those teams are world beaters just like everyone else on the schedule. We will be very lucky to win half of our games, but maybe with a little luck and extra effort our boys can eak out an extra win here and there.”

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
10:00 am

Roswell Ed has been too busy building his Kodi Burns action figure collection to post on here.

Actually, maybe they should invent a new genre of toy specifically for Kodi called the “inaction figure”.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 15th, 2009
10:01 am

Cuz, how bout Darfar, they pose no threat to us and it will make George Clooney happy.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
10:05 am

Our agreeing on things is getting out of hand RambleOn, maybe I will come over to the Dark Side with you. I hear you can get a bowl of soup in downtown Atlanta with my UGA degree.

Spike

May 15th, 2009
10:05 am

I hate to say it, but the Gators deserve to be #1 preseason. But have you all seen that panty waist schedule they have?

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
10:06 am

Am sure George Clooney makes a lot of Vol fans happy.

I have actually heard that Ed Orgeron turns into Ed Margerine every time he sees George Clooney on the TV.

Stumpy's Bear

May 15th, 2009
10:08 am

Drop Georgia to #20, Ole Miss to to Georgia’s #14 spot, Tech to #10, and are Alabama and VT really going to be top 6 good?

Monte Kiffin

May 15th, 2009
10:09 am

Lane, didn’t I tell you to make your bed?!

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
10:09 am

Why wasn’t Charleston Southern ranked in the top 25?

Monte Kiffin

May 15th, 2009
10:11 am

Lane, if you don’t play nice with Ed. i’m going to have to call Mrs. Orgeron and tell her not to let him come over to the stadium any more.

FloridaManiac

May 15th, 2009
10:13 am

Charleston Southern is actually seriously underrated. They are a power int he making in the Eastern Coastal Tidewater Conference. Phil Steele say they could go to a bowl.

ThereIsADoddinHeaven

May 15th, 2009
10:15 am

Bama and Ole Miss in top 10…over rated. LSU under rated should be in top 10 around 8. Bama lost too much offensively and the D will be very good but they will lose several games because they will lack firepower. Ole Miss will score but they want be able to stop the run and will lose for the complete opposite reasons of Bama.

Most over rated team on your list OSU! No way the Cowboys are a top 10 team. In fact, probably not even top 20. Say 22nd… You only put them in the top 10 in the effort to motivate your Dawgs to prepare. They will have a good offense but they simply lack the defensive strength to win against UGA, UT, Okie, TT or for that matter Nebraska. Shoot even Kansas and Missouri are likely as good. Is four or five losses worthy of a top 10 team???

UGA at 14 is also way too optimistic. Losses to USC, UF, LSU, GT and potential losses to ASU, UT, AUB, Shoot even Vandy and Ark have the potential to beat this team. RB position looks very iffy…Only one quality WR unless another develops and then there still will be a lack of depth. The secondary with Allen leaving looks suspect…shall I continue? Special teams? Defensive Line especially with the illegal druggies dropping out? If this is a top 15 team it shows either media bias (nothing new) and/or the best coaching job of Richt’s tenure. Otherwise, even coaching is suspect. With his talented teams should he not be able to perform higher?

Dawg Fud

May 15th, 2009
10:17 am

Yes, Tony we realize OSU is very talented and very good. Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

Monte Kiffin

May 15th, 2009
10:17 am

Lane, I know it’s embarrasing but at some point you are going to have to take showers with the other boys after practice.

Roswell Ed

May 15th, 2009
10:18 am

I’ve been playing my Coleco Electronic Football game. Remember the vibrating one?

And Kodi Burns and Chris Todd are my QBs.

When Todd winds up the ball just falls there behind him and when Burns throws the ball it always hits the other team!!!

Trade School Junkie

May 15th, 2009
10:20 am

GT at 13 seems about right. UGA at 14 is laughable.
UGA with lose to OKst, Ark, and LSU, even before Urban lays another whooping on CMR. Thats 4 right there. And that doesnt count USC, KY or Auburn which UGA barely beat in 2008, even with 24 & 7. No, 2009 will look like a 7-5 or 6-6 season coming up for CMR. And for good measure, GT is going to D-E-S-T-R-O-Y UGA in Atlanta. GT won games in 2008 with an alomst all Freshmen and Sophmore roster. If you mutts couldnt do it with 24 & 7, what could possibly make you think you’ll do it in 2009?

No, 2009 is gonna be a thing of beauty: GT 56 UGA 18.

UGA bloggers will disappear after FL delivers loss #5 for the season. Its gonna be a great Fall, watching mutts crapping their pants, and throwing CMR under the bus.

JB

May 15th, 2009
10:22 am

Charleston Southern is a bunch of high school players that no one in Div 1 wanted. it’ll be a killing and that AD should be ashamed at UF, Hell, even my Dawgs are trying to upgrade their OOC games.
Even Tech has now helped out our strength of schedule…LOL Road kill to a game….

Miles

May 15th, 2009
10:23 am

Gators #1…Texas #2…not bad Mr. Banhart…not bad at all…pretty damn good!

Kiffinisatosser

May 15th, 2009
10:26 am

I would rather play Colleco than Madden 2009. Then again I wear a thin tie and my wife’s dress have shoulder pads too.

What you need is the Gus Malzahn Colleco upgrade package. The Burns blip runs for its life and then throws long incompletions every play.

JB

May 15th, 2009
10:27 am

Dodd in Heaven…….I’ve got a thousand now that say’s Dawgs don’t lose 7. I know you hate us, but speak with your mind and not out your ass….

GT

May 15th, 2009
10:29 am

I wonder after watching the draft how good those players Tech lost really were. I thought they were very good but obviously some pro scouts differ, which is why I am thinking the defense for Tech is coached very well and will do fine. Taylor is one of the best freshmen safeties Tech has ever had. Tech has a way of hiding good players. Dwyer should be paraded for national honors after being ACC offensive player of the year his sophomore year last year, but I am feeling nothing for him out there. This is bad for the individual but great for the team. Georgia suffers to much expectation and it cost them national championships.

Ok. State is showing the world that money is the answer to a great college football program. That team is financed by T. Boone and while a school like Tech is under constant rule violations that you would expect from a football factory OSU is floating in money and sailing through all inspection like a preacher on Sunday morning. That right there is why the NCAA is no friend to college football.

One last question why is Gary Patterson not working for someone on the east coast. He has taken some of the worst conditions, unlike an Ok State and turned it into a nation powerhouse with very little notice from the national press. With all the opening in the SEC especially Auburn’s what does this guy do in a interview that turns schools off on him?

Gator teeth man

May 15th, 2009
10:30 am

Charleston Southeren is full of some slobber nockers. Dont let their small name fool you. Maniac is correct.

North Ave Dude

May 15th, 2009
10:37 am

mutts:

please explain exactly how you expect to beat OKSt, Ark, LSU, FL, hell, even USC or KY without 24 & 7. Seriously. And forget the GT game. Jackets will crush mutts in 2009. Stafford’s passing game C-A-R-R-I-E-D that team last year. No, by Oct 1st you’ll be talking about 2009 as a “rebuliding year.” LOL

JB

May 15th, 2009
10:41 am

GT……I too am amazed at the ball players that turn up at Tech. It’s a credit to the coaching over there.
These guys come out of nowhere and become good players. Tech, I will admit, gets very little hype from the paper or the media in general, although after last year that is changing some. Trust me, all Dawg fans are aware of Paul Johnson……good year last year….
it’ll be interesting to see what year two brings.

Drew-G-A

May 15th, 2009
10:48 am

I agree with your list for the most part Tony, I do think it’s funny how you say your still not sure about some teams, but yet still have them a little higher than they probably should be, but for the most part good list. I AM NOT DRINKING THE OLE MISS KOOL-AID. I predict LSU will win the west, their defense is gonna be scary with Jon Chavis there. As a UGA fan I’m more scared of them on the schedule this year than if we had to play Bama again.

george

May 15th, 2009
10:48 am

Georgia at 14???????????????????? HA HA HA HA no good running backs,suspect at best QB, 1 good wr and after that NOTHING, and even mr. college football says he has worries about the defense. PLEASE give me a break. Losses at Ok st, at GT, and UF. Home losses to LSU, and either USC or AU. That all adds up to a 7-5 record and a trip to the music city bowl.

CG

May 15th, 2009
10:48 am

Ole Miss should be higher than #10. For the first time in over 35 years, they have the coaching to live up to the hype.

Nativebird

May 15th, 2009
10:52 am

I guess all the Mountain West hula-bulew was just that, huh. and Yes, definitley AGREE. Just static.

If Tebow can keep his team’s head out of the clouds, Gators repeat. Chomp, Chomp.

rss3166

May 15th, 2009
10:56 am

Everybody is jumping on the Ole Miss bandwagon. It reeks of Georgia a year ago. How did that turn out? They will be good but they don’t have the talent across the board to win the west. And Nutt always manages to lose a game or two he shouldn’t.

JB

May 15th, 2009
11:00 am

george, that’s how we want you to think of us bro…….The players on Georgia’s team were wanted by every SEC power house. I hope you bring that outlook to the game….I printed your post and mailing to my neighbor who’s son is a student trainer and told to to blow it up and post in the weight room the week of the game. i don’t think we will OVERLOOK you this year. Nothing you say……

Frozen_Gator

May 15th, 2009
11:00 am

A 15th preseason ranked f$u team with an average QB,no proven WR or Backs, predictable defense, and a coaching staff in turmoil should win the ACC Atlantic?????? Wow, that must a very weak conference this year.

jason

May 15th, 2009
11:02 am

Rosewell Ed,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

That was priceless. Dude I read the AJC blogs all the time. Good to see you back with your Zingers.

tidefan2

May 15th, 2009
11:02 am

I’m loving the way all the posters are saying Bama is over rated and have no quarterback. McElroy will be as good or better than JPW. With the defense Bama will have, they won’t have to score a lot of points to win anyway.

Mac

May 15th, 2009
11:03 am

Yes, they will. It’s because Meyer is the present day Bear Bryant and Tebow is the best player in all of college football.

Mikey

May 15th, 2009
11:05 am

Rumor has it that Charleston Southern is not drinking the kool aid. They fully intend to go into the swamp and score at least 3 points.
Troy will follow them the next week and score at least 3 more on the mighty invincible Teebo’s and Coarch Urban Meyers.

Afterward, ESPN will be slobbering all over the Points for(over 100) and points against(6)the mighty invincible Teebo’s and Coarch Urban Meyers team.
They will show the graphic over 100 times in the week leading up to the Lame Kitten massacre otherwise known as UT vs. UF on September 19.
I know I will be sitting like a zombie absorbing all the karma from ESPN as I can.
In closing I would like to gradulate the gator.
go gator.

rainman

May 15th, 2009
11:11 am

Poor UGay, they just can’t stand the fact that they are the inferior program in Ga. — maybe they could condense the playbook to match their intelligence. I laugh when they talk about GT’s defense being weaker. The D-line will have some new faces, but overall should be sound (Derrick Morgan was our best D-lineman last year). The linebackers and the secondary will absolutely be better. As to the offense — I think the over/under is 400 yds. rushing against the half-breeds.

Barry

May 15th, 2009
11:17 am

Hey Y’all:

The Gators will be something to deal with. Let’s be honest. They will be playing some real exciting football this year. And of course our Georgia Bullldogs will be in the hunt. But man the sleeper will be those Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket. If they get their defense upgraded where the likes of teams like LSU do not dominate them in bug games they are going to be a terror, especially iwth that exciting offense that they run. They are mre than a threat every game.

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Trade School Junkie

May 15th, 2009
11:19 am

Barnhart is worried about OKSt???????? As if that’s all there is to worry about???? ROTFLMAO. I guess he’s trying to kiss arse to all his uga readers. serioulsy, UGA is gonna get HAMMERED this year.
Losses to:
1. OKSt (LOss: OKSt is on a title run, and UGA is victim #1)
2. USC (UGA only won 14-7 at home even with 24 & 7)
3. Ark (Loss: Petrino Rising)
4. AzSt (Probably a win)
5. LSU (Loss: Beatdown at home)
6. TN (Possible win)
7. Vandy (Possible win)
8. FL (hahahahahahahahaha)
9. TennTech (Homecoming…lots of p**ed off fans show up)
10. Auburn (Possible win, but doubtful)
11. Kentucky (Loss)
12. GT (GT 500 yds rushing and 4 INTs: GT 56 UGA 18 in a laugher)

Reality Check

May 15th, 2009
11:20 am

Overall, the rankings are logical based on last year, but I think Alabama is rated high based on losing quarterback and #1 Offensive lineman in draft. How LSU manages to continue to be ranked so high every year after losing record in conference is still a mystery to me. They had as bad or worse defense than Georgia last year. Changing DC’s must mean an awlful lot. As a Georgia fan we should probably start out in the 20-25 range until we prove last years defensive let down is a fluke. I am not ready to throw in the towell based on meaningless scrimmage spring game, I do beleive we have some quality running backs to plug in and also Joe Cox is an upgrade over 2006 when we started Joe T. The talent base on paper is as good as it has ever been under CMR so everyone predicted a total collapse is way off base in my opinion. It sounds from some blogs we have the talent of North Dakota State so why should we show up. I have posted before and echo JB’s prediction of 9-3, but would not be surprised at 10-2 or 8-4.

GT is a little overrated based on chick bowl embarrassment, but overall year 2 for coaches show significant improvement especially on offensive side which tech has unconventional offense. As they recruit players more suited to the option based system their Offensive production should be more consistent. The DL for tech is a concern since they are now in NFL camps.

North Ave Dude

May 15th, 2009
11:23 am

Face it mutts, its already over befor eit begins.

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