Alabama, Ohio State to meet for BCS title

There is a reason why nobody has repeated as college football’s national champions since Nebraska in 1994-95. It’s hard. Just look at a few examples:

1996: Florida won its first national championship with Danny Wuerffel, the Heisman Trophy winner. The following year the Gators were ranked No. 1 until they went to Baton Rouge and were knocked off by LSU (28-21). Florida didn’t go to the national championship game, but they did knock No. 2 Florida State out of it with a 32-29 win in Gainesville.

2001: Miami looked like a virtual lock to repeat as national champions after destroying Nebraska in the Rose Bowl (37-14) and bringing almost all of that team back in 2002. The Hurricanes went undefeated in the regular season but lost to Ohio State (31-24 2 OT) in the national championship game at the Fiesta Bowl.

2004: With two future Heisman Trophy winners (Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush), USC rolled to the 2004 national title by beating Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. But the Trojans’ chance at immortality ended with a brilliant performance by Texas quarterback Vince Young, who scored with seconds left beat USC 41-38 for the national title at the Rose Bowl.

2008: Behind quarterback Tim Tebow, Florida won the 2008 national championship and had everybody coming back in 2009. The Gators were number No. 1 for the entire regular season and did not lose. But they had to beat No. 2 Alabama in the SEC championship game to earn a return trip to earn another shot at the BCS title. The Crimson Tide won the game 32-13 and went on to beat Texas for the national title.

So it’s safe to say that Alabama knows that it is—pardon the pun—swimming against the Tide as it tries to repeat as national champions in 2010.

Coach Nick Saban has been in this position before. His 2003 LSU team won the national championship. But on Sept. 18 in 2004 his No. 5 Tigers lost 10-9 at Auburn, which went on to go undefeated and win the SEC championship.

“We have stressed to our guys the importance of looking at this team and making it the very best it can be and that it is a daily process. That has to be your focus—not what you did last year,” said Saban. “They understand that it is more difficult to repeat something than to do it the first time. There is a reason for that.”

But the consensus coming out of spring practice is that if anybody can repeat as national champions, Saban and this Alabama team can do it. Alabama, like Florida in 2009, will be one of the most compelling stories of the 2010 season.

On that note, let’s celebrate the end of Spring practice with our early top 25 for 2010. I left a lot of good teams out. Feel free to tell me which ones you believe should have been included:

1. Alabama: Talent is not an issue at Alabama. Mark Ingram (the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner) and Trent Richardson are the best running back duo in the country. LB Dont’a Hightower and DE Marcell Dareus will be All-Americans. A Sept. 11 home game with Penn State will be an early indicator if this Alabama team has the right stuff.

2. Ohio State: In its 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes showed us what is possible when QB Terrelle Pryor plays well (23 of 37, 266 yards). But the Buckeyes will run the table because of defense. DE Cameron Heyward (from Atlanta) will have an All-America season. Road games at Wisconsin (Oct. 16) and Iowa (Nov. 20) are the key. A Sept. 11 visit from Miami is also intriguing.

3. Texas: Yes, quarterback Colt McCoy, college football’s all-time winner (45 victories), is gone. So are big-time defenders Sergio Kindle and Earl Thomas. But don’t kid yourself, the Longhorns are still loaded. Garrett Gilbert, who subbed for an injured McCoy in the BCS championship game with Alabama, is now ready to take over. Texas will win the Big 12 again.

4. Florida: Ditto for the Gators, who lost the most decorated player in school history (Tim Tebow) and five NFL Draft choices off what may have been the best Florida defense ever. But Urban Meyer and the gang have recruited well. The offense won’t miss a beat with John Brantley at quarterback because he has a great arm and a bunch of guys who can run fast. I can’t see the Gators winning at Alabama on Oct. 2 but other than the Tide, who is going to beat them?

5. Boise State: The Broncos return 21 of 22 starters from a 14-0 team that beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. One of those returning is quarterback Kellen Moore, (39 TD, 3 INT) who should be in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy. Boise State flies all the way across the country to open with Virginia Tech on Sept. 6.  On Sept. 25 they host Oregon State, a dark horse in the Pac-10. Win them both and Chris Peterson’s team will be in the hunt for a trip back to Glendale, Ariz. This time, however, the BCS championship will be on the line.

6. TCU: A total of 16 starters return from what I thought was one of the top five teams in the country last season. The defense will miss Jerry Hughes, the pass rusher extraordinaire, and linebacker Darryl Washington. But Andy Dalton (3,268 total offense), the Mountain West offensive player of the year, is back and with his first victory this season (No. 30 in his career) will become TCU’s all-time winningest quarterback, replacing the great Sammy Baugh. The Horned Frogs open with Oregon State, which should be a good one.

7. Iowa: Here is all you need to know about the Hawkeyes. Eight starters are back on a defense that finished No. 10 in the nation. The offense returns QB Ricky Stanzi (18-4 as a starter) and splendid running back Jewel Hampton, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Iowa has some work to do on the offensive line but when has Kirk Ferentz not had a good offensive line? Ohio State comes to Iowa City on Nov. 20.

8. Oregon: If quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was back (he was suspended for the entire season in March), we’d be talking about the Ducks as a national championship contender. But with 19 other starters coming back from a Rose Bowl team, the Ducks are still the favorite to win the Pac-10. Oregon goes to Tennessee on Sept. 11. That should be interesting.

9. Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were one tick of the clock away from winning the Big 12 championship a couple of years ahead of schedule. And I’ll be surprised if Nebraska doesn’t win the Big 12 North again. Of course, Nebraska will be great on defense, even without No. 2 pick Ndamukong Suh. The concern once more is on offense where the Cornhuskers must get more production out of the quarterback position. 2009 starter Zac Lee played with a torn tendon in his right arm, which was repaired in the spring.

10. North Carolina: The Tar Heels had the No. 1 defense in the ACC last season and with nine starters returning should finish there again. The issue is at quarterback were T.J. Yates needs to have a good senior season if North Carolina is going to win its first ACC championship since 1980. Butch Davis has been building for four years. This is the year his recruiting should pay off.

11. Wisconsin: Running back John Clay, who led the Big Ten in rushing with 1,517 yards, sat out the spring while recovering from ankle surgery. He doesn’t need the practice. He’ll combine with returning QB Scott Tolzien (2,705 passing) to give the Badgers a very good offense. Ten starters on offense and six on defense return.

12. Oklahoma: The Sooners saw a lot of talent walk out the door in the NFL Draft (three of the first six picks played at Oklahoma, which had four first-round picks). So why did Oklahoma go 8-5? Simple:  No. 1 pick, QB Sam Bradford, barely got on the field due to a shoulder injury in the first game. Tight end Jermaine Gresham missed the whole season and OT Trent Williams had to play out of position due to injuries. Now Landry Jones takes over quarterback and RB DeMarco Murray, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2008, is set to have monster season in 2010.

13. Pittsburgh: No mystery here. The Panthers will give the ball to sophomore RB Dion Lewis, who ran for 1,799 yards on 325 carries (only Stanford’s Toby Gerhart had more with 345). Lewis is the nation’s leading returning rusher and will get into the mix for the Heisman. There are a lot of starters to replace (six on offense, seven on defense) but I’m picking Pittsburgh to win the Big East.

14. Florida State: For the first time since 1975 somebody other than Bobby Bowden will walk the sidelines as head coach in Tallahassee. That job now falls to Jimbo Fisher and with a veteran offensive line and a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback (Christian Ponder), I’m picking Florida State to win ACC Atlantic. The key to success will be the ability of new DC Mark Stoops to rebuild a defense that finished last in the ACC in 2009.

15. Georgia Tech: The defending ACC champions had four players drafted (RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Demaryius Thomas, DE Derrick Morgan, S Morgan Burnett) but should contend for another conference title  if Al Groh’s 3-4 defense rounds into shape. The schedule, however, includes trips to Kansas, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Georgia.

16. Arkansas: Quarterback Ryan Mallett had a very good first year (3,624 passing, 30 TD) in his first year in Bobby Petrino’s offensive system. He had no contact in the spring as he recovered from foot surgery. If the Hogs can improve just a little on defense (they finished last in the SEC in 2009) then they have a chance to give Alabama a run in the SEC West. The Crimson Tide goes to Fayetteville on Sept. 25.

17. Virginia Tech: With the last two ACC rookies of the year (Darren Evans, Ryan Williams) at tailback and with senior Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, this will be Virginia Tech’s best offense since Michael Vick led the Hokies to the 1999 national championship game. A lot of people have the Hokies winning the ACC and in the mix for the BCS championship. I think there are too many holes on defense and a back loaded schedule. Let’s visit again about Virginia Tech after a Sept. 6 game with Boise State.

18. Oregon State: When is Mike Riley going to get the credit for being a really good coach? The Beavers return 15 starters from an 8-5 team including TB Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10’s leading rusher (1,440 yards) and wide receiver James Rodgers, who led the conference in receiving yards (1,034). Sophomore Ryan Katz has to replace QB Sean Canfield. Oregon comes to Oregon State on Dec. 4 for the annual Civil War, and the Pac-10 title could be on the line.

19. Stanford: The Cardinal will certainly miss Toby Gerhart, who led the nation in rushing yards (1,871 in 13 games). But sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck (2,595 yards, 13 TD) is more than ready to take a larger role in the offense. The key is the improvement of a defense that returns seven starters from a unit that finished ninth in the Pac-10 (402.69 ypg). The Cardinal switched to a 3-4 scheme looking for better results.

20. Miami: I love the number of athletes on this team and the way that QB Jacory Harris leads the Hurricanes when he’s healthy.  That’s one of the keys. The offensive line, which gave up 35 quarterback sacks last season, has to protect Harris better. The defense, coach Randy Shannon said, has to get nastier and force more turnovers than the 21 it got last season. Some people tell me that Miami is set for a breakout season in the fourth year under Shannon. We’ll see.

21. Georgia: If a veteran offensive line can be good from Day 1, then Georgia has a chance to improve on its 8-5 record from a year ago. The key is Georgia’s ability to run the ball with Caleb King and Washaun Ealey and thus keep the pressure off redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. If Murray is put in too many third and long situations, then Georgia will have problems. The defense must, must be better than the unit that recovered only two fumbles and gave up 25 touchdown passes last season.

22. Clemson: The Tigers got to ACC championship game last season and if quarterback Kyle Parker passes on minor league baseball and returns, Clemson should challenge Florida State in the ACC Atlantic. Clemson will certainly miss RB/KR C.J. Spiller but there is still a lot of talent on offense with running backs like Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington. The defense is deeper and more athletic than a year ago.

23. Penn State: The Nittany Lions ended Spring practice still unsure who was going to replace Daryll Clark at quarterback. It could be freshman Paul Jones. There is much work to do on the offensive line but the real concerns should be on defense, where NFL draft choices DT Jared Odrick and linebackers Navarro Bowman and Sean Lee are gone. After spring ball Coach Joe Paterno called his team “average.” That means I probably should have Penn State ranked higher.

24. Oklahoma State: I made this pick because of my “Talkin’ Football” buddy Brady Ackerman. There is no way the Cowboys should be ranked after losing WR Dez Bryant and QB Zac Robinson. Only four starters return on each side of the ball. But one of the starters returning on offense is RB Kendall Hunter, who ran for 1,555 yards as a sophomore but was limited to only 89 carries last season due to injury. But new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen comes over from Houston, where Case Keenum lit up the scoreboard last season (5,671 yards, 44 TD). Will Weeden becomes the QB and will get a chance to put up some big numbers.

25. Navy: I have a soft spot in my heart for the Middies because you have to be impressed that the program that Paul Johnson built has just kept on trucking under his successor, Ken Niumatalolo. I also have a soft spot in my heart for quarterback Ricky Dobbs (Douglasville, Ga.) who is now a senior. Last season Dobbs rushed for 1,192 yards (plus an NCAA record 27 touchdowns) despite playing with a broken kneecap the last six games. He also threw for 1,031 yards. Navy was 10-4 last season and won its seventh straight Commander-in-Chief’s trophy.

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889 comments Add your comment

Dawg Fan80

May 7th, 2010
8:43 am

GT #15 bwaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Good one Tony.

Jake

May 7th, 2010
8:44 am

It’s Friday, so anything goes.

Rew

May 7th, 2010
8:47 am

SecIsFootball

May 7th, 2010
8:47 am

As a die hard BAMA fan, I like the idea of repeating but dont know that we will do it. The offense could be the best we have had in Tuscaloosa and the D will be solid but an early game against ARK (in Fayetteville) against our somewhat inexperienced secondary worries me. I still think BAMA will win the west and play Florida in Atlanta but think 2 losses is a possibility. Hope I am wrong!

Dawgforlife

May 7th, 2010
8:49 am

I agree the season is going to be determined by how well Murray plays; but, I think the offensive line is going to be one of the best in the country, and we will lead the SEC in rushing. Also, the defense will be better. I am not sure what the eventual record will be; but, given our schedule, and the other things I mentioned, this will be a much better season.

Alphare

May 7th, 2010
8:50 am

We will see if your liking of UGA can hold any water. I think that’s the biggest question mark for me with your ranking.

CRIMINOLE

May 7th, 2010
8:50 am

You may have my noleys a touch high but I hope you’re right!

Jeff

May 7th, 2010
8:51 am

UNC no O, Arkansas no D = both overrated!

Dawgforlife

May 7th, 2010
8:55 am

yeah how is Tech 15…the cubbard is bare. The four best player are gone…This proves Tech bias….If our four star players left in one year, no one in the ajc would even have us in the top 25. Its true. Tech plays in Atlanta, and the ajc is Atlanta’s paper.

s5

May 7th, 2010
8:57 am

GO NOLES!!!!!

Ormewood

May 7th, 2010
9:00 am

Dawgforlife, it’s not cubbard, it’s cupboard. Most people figured that one out in their teens.

SaintsLSU

May 7th, 2010
9:00 am

TB, LSU not ranked? 9-4 last year. This will be Jefferson’s 2nd full year as a starter. He will look much better this year. Tons of talented playmakers, and an improving O-line. And on D, two 1st rounders in Pat Peterson and Kelvin Shepard, and plenty of solid players. UGA, Clemson, OK State, and Navy ahead of LSU, really? Come on TB, I love your articles, but this is crazy. Don’t worry, the Tigers will prove you wrong over the course of the season, and to start, we will take down your #10 UNC in the GA Dome. Geaux Tigers!

elcubismo

May 7th, 2010
9:02 am

Alabama’s running backs are supremely gifted, but . . .

Their quarterback is far from convincing. He played well in a few games last year, and great against Florida. But he was mediocre to poor against Texas and a few of the other SEC teams.

So it seems a little presumptuous to say this could be the best Bama offense ever. Then again, Saban does know a thing or two about his team.

Alphare

May 7th, 2010
9:03 am

Dawgforlife,

UGA is 8-4 or 7-5 or whatever record you had last year. Now you have a big question mark QB, brand new defense, Caleb King hasn’t shown much, while some of the good ones are gone. The only thing left you can count on as I know of is AJ Green.

Don’t you think #21 is a little too high for UGA?

JB

May 7th, 2010
9:05 am

My Dawgs at 21 sounds about right. Lot’s to prove. If Murray and Grantham deliver and with a “lighter” schedule, could finish top 10. Lose To Carolina early, we will scratch for every win, probably 8 of them.

T-Bone

May 7th, 2010
9:07 am

6 from the ACC and how many from the mighty SEC?

Mike

May 7th, 2010
9:07 am

Notre Dame’s last 2 head coaches won 10 and 9 games in their first seasons and they have a better coach now in Brian Kelly than they had in Ty and Weis. Don’t be surprised to see the Irish win 9 or 10 again this year with a schedule that has only 3 true road games. Charlie didn’t leave the cupboard bare in South Bend. What day you, TB?

Dan

May 7th, 2010
9:10 am

I’m a Tech fan, but I think 15 may be a bit too high. I would say high teens to low twenties to start the season. UGA should be ranked in a similar position.

Tech’s season will be based on how much the defense improves. UGA’s will be based on how well they run the ball. If they run it well, the chances for mistakes by Murray go down (not to mention the time of possession and the beating running the ball inflicts on other teams). If the line can’t pave the way then they better hope the new defense hold teams to 12 points a game.

ACC 2010 Preseason Champs

May 7th, 2010
9:10 am

Keep bragging chumps!

JOHN BON GRAVY

May 7th, 2010
9:11 am

Boise>Ohio State

WonderDawg

May 7th, 2010
9:12 am

Ohio State should make the BCS title game, Tony. All they have to do is breeze through the Little 10, then sit on the butts as the combatants in the SEC and Big 12 championship games hang losses on two of the teams in play.

Kirk Herbstreit and ESPN will then make their push by gushing on and on ad nauseum how the Little 10 champ with one loss HAS to get invited to the big game.

Maybe Prior will continue his erratic play and OSU will lose a couple.

XpatHeel

May 7th, 2010
9:13 am

I love it!!! TB puts 6 ACC teams in his Top 25; only 4 from the sec.

Nachos

May 7th, 2010
9:14 am

Georgia in the Top 25 ????

Are you freaking kidding me?

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 7th, 2010
9:15 am

Hard to understand all the love for these Big10 schools.

Ormewood

May 7th, 2010
9:17 am

Wonderdawg, ESPN has much more of a financial resaon to push a one-loss, or even a two-loss SEC team over someone from the Big 10 or Big 12. That’s just a fact.

Alphare

May 7th, 2010
9:19 am

Anything can happen in a season. But for a pre-season ranking, you check your potentials and difference makers.

When I look at UGA, your O is a big question mark, your D is a big question mark. Potentials? not much.

Difference makers? yes, you’ve got AJ Green. But who else?

That’s why I don’t think #21 is justified.

tigers81

May 7th, 2010
9:19 am

What about Auburn?? I’d say at least 24th or 25th.

TommyJack

May 7th, 2010
9:20 am

TB: Dawgs #21?? Tony, Tony, Tony. Get some sleep.
GBO

Dan

May 7th, 2010
9:21 am

You’re right, tigers81. If Auburn gets half decent QB play, you know they will score a ton of points. I think they should be on the fringe of the Top 25 too.

Colin

May 7th, 2010
9:21 am

I really think LSU is good enough to be ranked. On that note, since you have UNC ranked so high (likely too high) – there is a great chance to prove it on the field and bring LSU into your rankings.

Al

May 7th, 2010
9:24 am

Tony, Florida as #4???? I know you like to sing their praises, but #4? A little high in my opinion. Also, I highly doubt Ohio State will make it to the Big Dance. But if they do, they have been owned by the SEC for quite a while now, so why should this year be any different?

SEGADAWG

May 7th, 2010
9:27 am

Rubbish…the entire article/ranking is total garbage. Any pre season “poll” is total trash. Rarely do any of them end up being true. And as for UGA being in this “top 25″ I’d say they have about as much right to be there as half the schools listed. Tech? at 15? So what they are the defending ACC champs. These days that amounts to about as much as being a high school state champ compared to the rest of the NCAA. ACC champs…least crappy team in the conference…woo hoo. They too lst the core of their offense AND they TOO are changing defenses…a defense BTW that UGA hung nearly 400 yeards RUSHING on…..man I wish I had this article in paper form…I’m low on TP

SEGADAWG

May 7th, 2010
9:30 am

As for difference makers besides AJ Green….ummm…The rest of the receiving corp, Caleb King and Washaun Ealey…Orson Charles…a monster O-line. I know there are a lot of questions..I know Murray has a lot to prove and we will see about the defense. I am in no way saying UGA will be a dominate force….this year….but this will be a much better seaon than last and we WILL be bowing on JAn1 at least.

cadilac

May 7th, 2010
9:31 am

Auburn might well make a serious challenge in the west and could spoil Bama’s shot at an undefeated season. War Eagle!!

jumbeauxtiger

May 7th, 2010
9:33 am

I just don’t think Bama is going to repeat. Yes they have talent but it is tough replacing 9 starters on D as well as Tiffin, facing 6 straight teams who will have had a week off and having a target on their back. It’s is very rare for a team to start off number one and finish on top. This is not to slight the Tide at all as they have had an incredible run the last 2 years and with some luck as all champions have had.

I think you have the Gators overrated too Tony. They have talent too but Tebow is gone and he brought a strong work ethic and winning attitude which will be tough to replace. He was a remarkable player and the Gators lost some other great players as well. I’m sure Brantley will be very good but I’m not quite ready to give accolades to the Gators just yet.

You have UNC 10th and LSU unranked. The Tar Heels may have a stronger D on paper but they also play in the ACC so it is tough to really know how good their D really is. LSU has alot of talent on D and will have one of the fastest defenses in the nation. I don’t understand how you can believe UNC is that much better than LSU considering that Yates is not a very good QB. Jefferson certainly has been eratic himself but I would have to give the edge to the Tigers simply because of the outstanding talent LSU has(Miles has his faults but he is an outstanding recruiter). You are also forgetting that Josh Jasper is one of the best kickers in the nation and is a difference maker in a game. You may recall that last November he hit a clutch long FG at the end of regulation against Ark to send the game in OT and then hit another FG to win the game. LSU is only strong QB play away from being a national contender. Whether that happens we will see. I expect that Vegas will have the Tigers as a slight favorite against UNC.

This to me is one of the most anticipated seasons in years. I believe this is going to be a wild season and there will be some surprise teams. I think all of the top 10s that have been published so far will be alot different after the bowls end.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

KR

May 7th, 2010
9:36 am

Tony, I’m not sure I agree with your picks for the BCS title game. However, if we were to agree it will be Bama and Ohio State, shouldn’t your headline read: “Bama to Defeat Ohio State for BCS Title” ?

I’m just sayin’…

Happy Friday everyone!

WonderDawg

May 7th, 2010
9:39 am

That may be, Ormewood, but remember where you heard it first when Herbstreit starts his business if OSU is 11-1 come December . . .

Can You Dig It

May 7th, 2010
9:41 am

Tony…Its spelled….EALEY…how many times do we have to keep telling you?…by the way you are way off base on your Florida prediction…they are in for a long year..believe me…they lost too many starters and coaches, and Meyer is NOT that good of a coach. Tebow made him look good the last few years and boy wonder is gone. This season will expose Meyers lack of coaching ability….. Can You Dig It!

5IML

May 7th, 2010
9:42 am

LSU should be ranked somewhere in the teens. Auburn’s ranking is about right.

Reptiles Rule

May 7th, 2010
9:44 am

Bama vs Ohio State I think is as good pick as any but my feeling is that one of them stumbles and loses 2 games and Boise or TCU breaks thru to the NC game. I’ll pick the Tide vs Boise for all the marbles. I think you might have my Gators a few places too high as UF has a brutal schedule this year. Even out of conference we play USF and FSU, and that game in Tally is gonna be a real challenge this year. I’m still not sold on Arkansas and wouldn’t be surprised if they go the route that Ole Miss did last year. UGA in the top 25?? While they do have a favorable schedule, their QB situation is shakey at best. The South Carolina game early on will tell the tale on that one. And watch out for Aubie the Tiger……

jondawg

May 7th, 2010
9:45 am

Tony, I Don,t see how you rank gt and the hogs ahead of UGA. Your loosing it Tony!

5IML

May 7th, 2010
9:46 am

Can you,

I’m not usually one to defend Meyer, but he won at Utah without Tebow, and he won the NC with Leak. In three years of full-time Tebow, he won one SECC and one NC. The key is not Tebow. The key is defense.

SEGADAWG

May 7th, 2010
9:49 am

Have to agree…UF, IMHO will not be as great as ppl think, but Meyer is a proven great coach, like him or not, he wins as does Saban…..just want our CMR to live up to HIS potential and join those NC winning coaches.

MOOOOOOOOO

May 7th, 2010
9:50 am

“allbarn” ISN’T GOING TO SPOIL ANYTHING DUE TO THE LACK OF “D” & THAT’S WHAT WIN’S IT IN THE END!!! CAM “GIVE ME THAT LAPTOP” NEWTON MAY HAVE BEEN A JUCO SUPERHERO BUT THIS IS THE S.E.C.,AS HE WILL SOON FIND OUT!!!

old gold engineer

May 7th, 2010
9:53 am

One interesting note from Tony’s top 25 is that Georgia Tech plays 5 of the other teams ranked. Four of those games will be on the road for GT if I remember the schedule correctly. Definitely an opportunity to excel!

Pago Pago Trojan

May 7th, 2010
9:57 am

Ohio State will once again be out-coached by an SEC team.

HugoStiglitz

May 7th, 2010
9:58 am

I have a feeling that Boise or TCU will make the MNC game this year. You can only hold them out for so long and I think there will be less undefeated teams this year then their were last year. If Boise beats VT and runs the table the rest of the season then I think they will make it. Also, lol at UGA in the top 25.

Ormewood

May 7th, 2010
9:58 am

I know it may be hard for some of you guys to believe, but there are actually some talented football players and teams outside of the SEC. No sane person would argue that the SEC is not the best conference. It is the best conference. But they grow really skilled football players in TX, CA, OH, PA. I believe that the first five or six players from last month’s draft were from the Big 12. The Pac-10 has the best QB talent in the country this coming season, and is arguably the most wide-open conference. They play a true round-robin, too. The ACC has 5-6 respectable teams.

The SEC has dominated this decade, but it has its own share of bottom feeders, too. Just sayin.

Otto

May 7th, 2010
9:59 am

I have UF meeting Texas but it could be Ohio St. and Texas if they run the tables and UF and Bama swap wins in their meetings.

LSU falls to 3rd maybe 4th in the West. Talk of firing Miles becomes louder. Chavis was the wrong hire.

Mike

May 7th, 2010
10:03 am

1 out of 20 odds is NOT good. Bama will not repeat, no one has in 20 years, and Saban almost never follows a great year with another great year. ONLY 1X IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER did Saban follow a 9 win+ season with a better year. Just because other journalists for the last 20 years all pretty much thought the national champ would repeat, doesn’t make it any more likely. They won’t, they almost never do. But it’s a safe pick because Bama is the concensus pick. But they absolutely will not be the 1 out 20 teams that repeat, their defense is too bad. THEIR DEFENSE GAVE UP 6 TD’S IN ONE SPRING GAME. GET A CLUE HERE FOLKS.