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

Michael

May 15th, 2009
4:13 pm

Anonymous,

The short answer to your question is yes. But if you’re saying that he deserved to beat Colt because his numbers were slightly better in a couple of categories (yards, tds) then that’s an oversimplification. Colt did better than Sam in completion percentage (he set the all-time record) and was barely behind him in a lot of those other categories. Then you throw in his rushing stats, and he is completely on par based on stats alone. If the Heisman is an MVP award, then Colt was significantly more valuable to his team considering Texas had very little at RB and OU was overflowing with very good backs. Plus OU had arguably the best TE in the nation and Texas didn’t even have one. Seriously, Texas rarely used one. Not because they were doing the spread thing, or whatever, it’s because the 1st and 2nd string were injured for the year and 3rd and 4th were mainly blockers and horrible at catching. I think 3 of Colt’s INTs were because the TE couldn’t catch an easy pass.

rascal

May 15th, 2009
4:15 pm

I just want 10 wins for my dawgs. Who cares about beating FL or a National Championship? Just keep Martinez and Boobo and let’s consistently win 10 games. Yippee makes me sooo happy thinking about it.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
4:16 pm

Michael,

IMO OU had the best defense in the Big 12 and was likely the 2nd best team in the country. I hate to say that as a SEC fan I would like to have atleast the Top 2 or 3 teams in the country.

McCoy will most likely get the Heisman next year unless Tebow is winning by blow outs every week. However, Tebow’s stats are likely to fall without Mullens and Brantley taking more snaps. The award should be for the player that is the greatest help to their team, the MVP of CFB. The Heisman is a beauty contest not the MVP award it should be.

I am not convinced Texas will make it. Ohio St is starting to get my pick as they facing a rebuilding USC to get the media machine rolling early and then they can run the tables in the Big 10. Texas will be a front runner but will get tripped up somewhere. However now that I think about it UF will most likely drop a game somewhere and if UF and a Texas can run the tables they would be in the BCS Title game. A 1 loss UF should go over a 1 loss Texas. Mack Brown gets snubbed again and cries even more.

RxDawg

May 15th, 2009
4:17 pm

Mr. T, I saw the spring game. I’m just not putting a lot of emphasis into that. What I am putting a lot of emphasis into was how we fared agains Boise St, at Arizona St., and yes Ok St when all of those openers were supposed to give us problems. Somebody else said it best Mark Richt teams thrive off of these type of games. I also am more concerned about the travel fatigue affecting us the following week against USC.

Karl Childers

May 15th, 2009
4:19 pm

That North Ave Dude isn’t even half as smart as me…..

Now I just have to find some mustard for my biscuits….

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…….

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
4:20 pm

“Bradford won’t be in it because he really didn’t deserve it last year, people will try to right that wrong, . . .”
I was implying that Tebow should have won on intangibles AND stats (not, again, as you asserted on “Volume essentially”) and that if, as you asserted above, “people will try to right that wrong,” then I suggest Tim will take home his second.

Collijo

May 15th, 2009
4:22 pm

Tide-Rising,

I’ve got to disagree about Auburn’s secondary depth…they’ll return 3 starters from last year and have another starter from 07 back from injury in Savage. Now Linebacker, they are thin but the starters will be among the tops in the SEC with addition of Eltoro Freeman – you will see several freshman in this lineup near the end of the year.

Offensively they get Pierre-Louis back from injury, and bring in a good recruiting class that ranked 15th/16th depending what service you look at – which not bad for a group of coaches that is now starting to put together a solid class….especially with the top 3 running backs in the country solid with them in all of their top 2.

While McElroy might have some experience its still not a every down starter. Missing 3 o-lineman will be the biggest detriment to the team and to the new QB. LSU has a deep line (O-line) and their Dline should be improved, I do agree their schedule is tough but whose isn’t in the SEC. Speaking of schedule Auburn’s schedule actually works to their advantage early with the new staff – (5-1) is not out of the question…9-3 overall / or 8-4 is very attainable for that squad. I’d be shocked if Bama wasn’t at least 9-3 with the schedule.

In all, I think the West beats up on each other for 2 losses for most teams.

Honestly I still believe that it’s Bama, LSU, and Auburn to fight it out and one good year for Bama does not make them the favorite. Proof is over the past 6 years….that leans LSU or Auburn.

By the way, lot of rumors now flowing on the internet about NCAA sanctions on Bama that will come out in about a month – one lawyer on a board stated this:

OK – Bunker – Book-Gate Penalties to hit soon, so pay attention… Reply

to what is and is NOT going to happen. I don’t want to hear the whining and complaining from TT et. al.

First: Book-Gate and all of the other issues [GadsdenGate, HooverGate, Bump-rule violations, MobileGate] are different. BookGate is very limited in scope. It only deals with one small issue. It was NOT a recruiting violation and it was self-reported by uat. The penalty of Book-gate will be relatively small.

PENALTY: Rumor says 2 years probation and 2 scholarships per year for a total of 4. Really, bookgate itself is not that big of a deal, other than it occured in a repeat offender window status. So what’s the big deal you say?

BIG DEAL: uat committed these violations while they were under the probation for Albert Means and Memphis. This gives the bammers a new 5-year repeat offender window. This makes any violations for GadsdenGate/MobileGate/Bump-rule etc all within the repeat offender window and makes their crime and punishment much more severe.

After BookGate, another PLOI will hit uat about Gadsden. That will take awhile. Probably, before that PLOI happens, the news medial will hit discussing GadsdenGate. GadsdenGate is a really big deal.

Many violations of the bump rule by Nick Saban will also hit in that or another PLOI. Too many schools have turned slick nick in to the NCAA for those violations. Individually, bump rule violations are no big deal, but numerous knowing and willful violations will get uat in trouble the same way it got Colorado a few years ago.

Remember, BookGate isn’t that big of a deal in and of itself. The 4 scholarship loss will be tougher than some think because spuat oversigned it’s class this year.

This is just step one. The real key here, is keeping the repeat offender window status open.

Has anyone heard anything about this?

Michael

May 15th, 2009
4:23 pm

Anonymous,

You’re assuming Tebow is a better leader and has more intangibles than the other two. I guarantee you that Colt does all the same things Tebow does, just without the media fawning over him. Check it out, mission trips, speaking engagements, work outs, vocal leadership. In fact all three are very similar dudes, except that Sam isn’t very vocal on the field.

obvious

May 15th, 2009
4:24 pm

DaddyDawg – whats that saying? pot calling the kettle black?

Gen Neyland

May 15th, 2009
4:27 pm

The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota have chosen a new name. One they hope will not offend any four legged mammal (living or extinct), potholes, refuse dumps in the desert or galactic black holes (our universe or theirs). They will be known as The Green Apple Splatters. No offense to fruit, okay..? Next on the agenda will be the ‘Noles…

Trade School Junkie

May 15th, 2009
4:28 pm

GT went 9-4 with brand new coaching staff, new offense, new defense, and played the whole season with Freshmen starting at almost every position, except the D-Line. Each loss last year reflected that inexperience.

You see, you mutts HAVE NO EXCUSE. With 2 weeks to prepare, the 2008 UGA team even with 24 & 7 and a veteran squad could not beat an almost all freshmen GT squad.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
4:30 pm

Michael, I agree Colt is as you say a great guy and leader. Bradford appears to be as well. It would be nice if the Heisman could have been split between the 3 last year. IMO McCoy gets the trophy unless Texas is a major let down.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
4:30 pm

Looks like I have some homework over the weekend!

Good Luck to all this fall, and yes, that includes you too, Michael.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
4:31 pm

Trade School Junkie , 20 something injuries and GT won by 3.

Michael

May 15th, 2009
4:36 pm

Otto,

Statistically… oh and on the field against that very same team Texas had the best defense in the Big 12. But we all know that when it comes to the BCS what happens on the field doesn’t matter. But in all seriousness, neither team had an elite defense and Texas wasn’t head and shoulders above OU, so whatever.

Hmmm are you slighting Colt? Like I just said, check out their personalities. Colt and Tebow are the same, Colt just gets less pub. As for stats, let me get this straight, the guy who QBs the team with the best Defense in the country and who was inferior in virtually every single statistical category compared to the other 2 finalists (Tebow) is more valuable to his team than the guy who had a mediocre defense, poor running backs, NO TE, and who actually outrushed the previous guy who became famous as a great runner? Sounds like Colt was more valuable AND more “beautiful”.

I agree with your assessment of Texas’ chances, although I don’t know about all that OSU crap. I’m not sure I trust Pryor to pass for a whole season. Texas cannot afford a loss because our OOC strength of schedule is so bad (thank you Arkansas, Utah and Wisconsin for weaseling out). A one loss Florida should get in over a one loss Texas, even if the SEC is slightly down. Well…what’s Florida’s OOC schedule like. Our SOS in conference might be comparable to Florida’s.

I’m sick of everyone calling Mack a whiner. Stoops does the same thing, if not more, and he’s hailed a fair and true. Every coach lobbies, although some coaches do it more by running up the score (Meyer). I don’t mind lobbying, just leave Mack alone.

macrotech

May 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

DaddyDawg, your 3:24 statement is MOST laughable! You just DID what you accuse Tech fans of doing! I assure you, there are plenty of fans of EVERY team that spit out predictable garbage! This preseason polling is a joke…in the end, these teams are going to have to go out there and earn their spots each week! There are a number of teams that can celebrate an optimistic outlook on the upcoming season, but if they think that their opponents are going to lay down because of their ranking; THEY are in for an upset! GO TECH!!! (I feel VERY optimistic) ;0)

FL DAWG

May 15th, 2009
4:44 pm

Trade School Junkie and North Ave Dude, please go to sleep on the Dogs. I hope CPJ and the team goes to sleep on them as well, regardless of what UGA record is. I agree with all of your comments,and especially the idea UGA is the weaker program of the two. UGA shouldn’t even show up to play the game. Owens and Atkins should have gone pro, The O-line will be horrible with more experience returning. They will not be able to protect the QB or open running lanes. Keep drinking the Kool-aid.

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
4:54 pm

Michael:

“some coaches do it more by running up the score (Meyer). ”

With all the 60+ point scores in your conference last year, isn’t that a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

It Came From The Swamp

May 15th, 2009
4:54 pm

Michael, I would like to invite you over for dinner…yeh you…for dinner…

Michael

May 15th, 2009
5:00 pm

haha, i knew I’d get some grief from the Gators on that one. Sorry, it’s not a knock on UF, just on him. Admit it, that dude is a jerk. I often feel like you need a jerk to win now days, but he’s a jerk none the less. The recent thing about not allowing former players to criticize anyone was crazy!?!?! Like Wilbon said, this dude has a God complex. But whatever he does, it works, so just chill. You can admit he’s a little slimey and still keep your NC trophy.

I’m out! Good talking with you guys.
Hook’em.

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
5:03 pm

Disparage our coach then cut and run?
Talk about sleazy . . .

Urban Warfare

May 15th, 2009
5:09 pm

Hey Michael, you’re not related to that Jackson fella are you??

It Came From The Swamp

May 15th, 2009
5:12 pm

Gee, I invite him for dinner and suddenly he’s gotta run! He’ll be runnin’ all right! He’ll be runnin’ zig zag tryin’ to get away!!!

Otto

May 15th, 2009
5:14 pm

Michael, It isn’t really that I trust Pryor but that they are in the Big 10. They also get a media boost with the USC matchup.

I think Tebow is better on the field but by a narrow margin and I admit I am biased. I would rather have any of the 3 at QB than Stafford or Cox. As I said Colt is the great guy you say he is. I am rather surprised the media didn’t give Tebow the trophy last year after the Ole Miss speach and UF winning big after that. To clarify not that is fair, just what I expected the media to do. IMO all 3 played to their team’s strengths as well as anyone possibly could.

Stoops does use the media every bit as much as Mack However Stoops comes off better and Mack continued to argue after the decision had been made. IMO Stoops lost the RRS when he went for it on 4th down against Texas. Stoops knew if he won big he could get back in the title race and did. He played the system perfectly. Also I have called for the SEC to change their tie breaker to reflect the Big 12’s since the debate came up before the Big 12 title game. IMO Texas weeker running game would have them much easier for UF to stop, in the end the system worked.

Losers Lane

May 15th, 2009
5:15 pm

Hey, anybody seen my wifes new Teebows? Anybody seen my wife??

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
5:16 pm

A quick off-subject query:

If the University of North Dakota’s mascots, the “Fighting Sioux” are being challenged as offensive, can the “Seminoles” of FSU be far behind?

Gen Neyland

May 15th, 2009
5:16 pm

Oh, and a big Welcome Back Kotter goes out to Roswell Ed…Also, nice to see your on my side away from the games…carry on.

Bruce Pearl

May 15th, 2009
5:16 pm

Could have sworn I saw them…err…I mean her, yesterday…

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:18 pm

I was under the impression that the Seminole tribe had give “the OK” to use Chief O as their mascot. Not sure if that is true or not, though.

Criminole Nation

May 15th, 2009
5:20 pm

G8R GRAD…so what if it is???…so “Sioux” me…

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:21 pm

Forget it Otto.

He’s off to some bar in midtown (Blake’s/Backsreet, maybe?).

G8R GRAD

May 15th, 2009
5:23 pm

What, then, would the athletic program’s new mascot be, I wonder?

Feel free to chime in everybody!

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:25 pm

FSU’s new mascot should be the 99’s since that’s the last year they were relevant.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:28 pm

Hee, hee.

How ’bout The “We-Used-To-Be-A-Women’s-College-But-Now-We’re-Nots?”

Smokey Gets In Your Eyes

May 15th, 2009
5:30 pm

How about the VolBeaters?!? I’m sorry, forgot that names already been taken by Wyoming!

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:32 pm

Sorry, the “we-used-to-be-a-women’s-college-but-now-we’re-nuts?”

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:32 pm

Yeah, VolBeaters doesn’t work. Because of ‘98.

Cuz

May 15th, 2009
5:33 pm

The Seminole nation is fine with Chief Osceola being the mascot, but digging him up from Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island is just a bit much.

Georgia Gator

May 15th, 2009
5:33 pm

How about the “Academic All-Americans”

Urban Warfare

May 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

How ’bout the “Fighting Molecrickets”??? That way they could still call themselves the “Moles” (close enought).

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

Why are we talking about FSU again? Who the hell cares?

Georgia Gator

May 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

Or, “Tutors-R-Us”

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:35 pm

Haha the Moles. Love it.

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:36 pm

The “Free-Diploma-With-A-Bowl-Of-Soups?”

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:37 pm

The Kleptomaniacs

Anonymous

May 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Or, the “Couldn’t-Get-Into-UF’s?”

Bulldog

May 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Ok, this is the way it is. LSU showed everyone how to stop Tech’s Offense. If Georgia can’t do it this year, every Georgia Fan needs to take their hat off to Tech. It is plain and simple. I assume that CMR will make WM and the defense watch that game several times. You make the QB have to make the play. Tech does not have good enough QBs to beat Georgia. But, they have good enough backs to do it. Stop the backs and Georgia will win. Make boneheaded plays and don’t stop the backs and you lose again.

It Came From The Swamp

May 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Anybody seen Michael? I was gonna show him my mounted Portugese Water Dog.

Otto

May 15th, 2009
5:39 pm

We can always start it back up again monday.

Sanford Drive

May 15th, 2009
5:41 pm

FSU is the Auburn of the ACC. It’s everybody’s backup school.