Countdown to No. 1: Will No. 7 Nebraska get its revenge on Texas?

 We continue our Countdown to No. 1 today with teams 6 through 10. I know some people will disagree on Nebraska at No. 7 but I think this will be a breakout year for the Cornhuskers under Bo Pelini.

I have Oregon at No. 8 and have noticed that some folks don’t have them in the Top Ten or ranked at all. Yeah, the Ducks lost QB Jeremiah Masoli but they have 18 starters coming back from a Rose Bowl team. And Chip Kelly is a really good coach.

So tell me what you think. We’ll have to Top Five on Friday to close out the week.

 

10. Iowa

**–It will be a good season if: The Hawkeyes can replace four starters on the offensive line and running back Jewel Hampton returns to form after sitting out last season with a knee injury. The schedule is set up with Penn State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State at home.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi can’t cut down on his interceptions after throwing 15 last season. Stanzi is a gamer and comes up big in big situations. But he also tries to force the ball into coverage.

9. Oklahoma

**–It will be a good season if: The Sooners win the Big 12 South.  The Sooners can do it if  quarterback Landry Jones picks up where he left off when he subbed for the injured Sam Bradford last season. Oklahoma must replace four first-round draft choices but the Sooners believe this will be one of their better defenses.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: Oklahoma focuses so much on the Oct. 2 game with Texas that it forgets that Florida State is coming to Norman on Sept. 11. In fact, the Sooners have three potentially tough non-conference games with FSU, Air Force and Cincinnati.

8. Oregon

**–It will  be a good season if: The Ducks win the Pac-10 again and go back to the Rose Bowl, despite the loss of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. There have been some other offseason problems, including one with running back LaMichael James, who will be suspended for the firt game.  This is still a very good football team.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: Nate Costa doesn’t come through as the new quarterback. So much of what Chip Kelly does is based on the quarterback and his mobility.  Last season Costa subbed for an injured Masoli and completed 20 of 33 passes in a win over UCLA. But he has also had two season-ending knee injuries in his career.

7. Nebraska

**–It will be good season if: The Cornhuskers get revenge for last season’s controversial finish in the Big 12 championship game by beating Texas on Oct. 16 in Lincoln.  Nebraska could get another shot at Texas in the Big 12 championship game on Dec. 4. Beating Texas twice in one season and winning a championship would be a sweet way for Nebraska to say goodbye to the Big 12. Nebraska joins the Big Ten in 2011.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: Nebraska doesn’t win the Big 12 North. The Huskers are strong, even without the great DT Ndamukong Suh. And the Big 12 North is pretty weak.

6. TCU

**–It will be a good season if: The Horned Frogs beat Oregon State in the opener run through the Mountain West again and go to a BCS Bowl for the second straight season. Despite the loss of All-America DE Jerry Hughes, this looks like Gary Patterson’s best team since he’s been in Fort Worth.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: If quarterback Andy Dalton, the MWC offensive player of the year in 2009, struggles or gets hurt. Anything less than BCS bowl will be a disappointment for Horned Frogs.

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Programmng Note: The summertime edition of “Talkin’ Football” continues tonight at 6 p.m. on CSS. Bob Neal, Mark Schlabach, Brady Ackerman and yours truly will continue our discussion of the top teams and the top players to watch as we get ready for the 2010 season. Check it out.

290 comments Add your comment

Mike

August 19th, 2010
7:45 am

Three Big 12 teams? Where?

KR

August 19th, 2010
7:48 am

This list should make the anti-SEC crowd quite happy.

No real arguments against any of them, but then again I don’t put much stock in pre-season polls.

freedyg

August 19th, 2010
7:53 am

78 DAWG

August 19th, 2010
7:56 am

Arkansas and South Carolina should be in the top 10, and maybe the DAWGS if Murray gets off to a fast start. This is terrible Tony.

freedyg

August 19th, 2010
7:57 am

Nebraska is overated…. name one person they have on offense…. just because you play in a division that’s projected to be weak this year, doesnt automatically make you a top 10 school.

Jake

August 19th, 2010
8:00 am

Vols, don’t want to play UNC 2011 season,, want out of the schedule? What happened to the Neyland tradition in Knoxville? He would put the pads on and play anyone?

Dink

August 19th, 2010
8:00 am

Stiil not sure if the Huskers have enough offense. Good OL but QB is suspect. D will be solid, the Texas-Nebraska game may be a 6-3 slobber knocker, can’t wait!

Go dawgs!

winterDawg

August 19th, 2010
8:00 am

Nebraska loses Sdu (however you spell it) and you expect them to be this high? If it was’nt for the 2nd pick in the NFL draft they wouldn’t have even been close in the Big 12 games. Yet, somehow they will be better this year without him. Oh, I forgot about the offense! Who exactly do they have that is so good to lead them this high. What a bunch of bologni!

Paddy

August 19th, 2010
8:05 am

So Carolina in the top 10????????? Arkansas is not allowed to be in the top 10! NCAA rules prevent any team being named a top 10 quailifyer that has a coward for a coach! Look it up! It’s in there! Arkansas is just lucky they are allowed to leave the state.

78 Dog is an idiot

August 19th, 2010
8:09 am

Arkansas, South Carolina and maybe even Georgia in the top 10…. No more posts for this moron.

Butts Wagner

August 19th, 2010
8:10 am

Nebraska is this year’s Mississippi.

CW

August 19th, 2010
8:11 am

H Back

August 19th, 2010
8:11 am

Let me guess who Tony will fall in love with tomorrow?

Alabama & Florida, perhaps?

Give me a break, neither will finish in the top 10.

Florida & Alabama could lose all 22 players, and writers owuld say “It’s Saba, It’s Meyer, they’ll be fine”

no they won’t. Florida & Bama will fall in 2010 (and stay down for years)and Georgia will rise.

Beast from the East

August 19th, 2010
8:14 am

I’d love to see Nebraska take the Big 12 title their final year. It would be sweet to take the trophy away from those greedy Texas folks as they walk out the door into the Big 10. Really would be poetic justice!
As far as the rankings, I would agree for the most part.
Guess that leaves Bama, Boise State, Florida, Ohio State and Texas as your top 5. Could you have a re-match of last year’s BCSCG predicted?

jumbeauxtiger

August 19th, 2010
8:15 am

Nebraska is overrated and so is Texas (obviously they will be in the Top 5). I predict that OU will win The Big 12. The North division is terrible and has been for some time now.

With the Trojans ineligible for the conference title and Rose Bowl, the PAC 10 is down this year. Masoli had his problems but he will be tough to replace for the Ducks. My surprise team in the PAC 10 is Washington.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

dawgfan

August 19th, 2010
8:15 am

What an absolutely craptastic Top 10. Not your rankings Tony, but the teams. Look for a darkhorse shocker this year.

Atlanta Jackets

August 19th, 2010
8:15 am

H Back stands for Hack back! LOL! Burn!

Who’s that I see coming into the top 5? Tech! Just wait until tomorrow. My guess is Tony has them at 4.

Beast from the East

August 19th, 2010
8:16 am

H Back,
Wishful thinking from a “second tier” fan won’t make your dreams come true…..no matter how hard you pray to the Bulldawg gods! LOL!!!!!!!!!

5IML

August 19th, 2010
8:16 am

Nebraska is not a top-ten team.

Regarding the Programming Note, Bob Neal has the nastiest looking teeth I’ve ever seen on TV. They are brownish orange. Why doesn’t someone close to him or some CSS executive sit him down and have a talk with him?

James

August 19th, 2010
8:18 am

Don’t fret Georgia fans.

Last year Tony B. predicted Notre Dame, USC, & Oklahoma would dominate.

This year he’ll predict great things for Alabama & Florida, the new Notre Dame. We know how that prediction worked out.

Beast from the East

August 19th, 2010
8:19 am

Atlanta Jackets,
Tony had the Jackets in the top 15 yesterday. Might want to go check that out. I seriously doubt he has them ranked twice.

Mike

August 19th, 2010
8:20 am

i agree this is horrible. Tony, have you fallen and hit your head or are you running for political office?

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:20 am

Hate to throw cold water on your hopes there Tony, but Saban’s only ended up in the top 10 25% of his coaching career.

75% chance Alabama, or ANY team Nick Saban coaches, will finish OUTSIDE the top 10.

Beast from the East

August 19th, 2010
8:21 am

One last thing before I head out the door….why are all of these Buldawg fans trolling a Big 12 blog? Sorry, guys….I just couldn’t resist. Have fun debating all day. Only 2 weeks left until we tee it up!

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:24 am

P.S.

Richt’s teams have finished in the top 5, 15 times since 1986, top 10, 19 times since 1986. 80% of the time, a team Richt coaches finishes in the top 10.

No team Richt’s ever coached, since 1986, has ever NOT finished in the top 10 2 years in a row, since 1986.

Last 2 times Richt had a season like 2009, it was 2001 & 2006. Both times, Richt responded with a top 3 finish the next season, #3 in 2002, #2 in 2007.

You’d have to be irrational to not pick Richt to finish in the top 10 in 2010. Certainly can do it, but Richt has a 100% track record over 2 year spans of getting a team into the top 10 over 24 years.

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:26 am

75% of team’s Saban coaches have NOT finished in the top 10.

80% of teams Richt has coached, since 1986, HAVE finished in the top 10.

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:28 am

Here’s how sports journalist think:

Nick Saban’s team finished #1 last year, so they will this year.

Reality:
Saban’s teams almost NEVER finish #1, geez, almost never finish in the top 10.

Otto

August 19th, 2010
8:29 am

Richt also had returning starters at QB after 2001 & 2006.

You’d have to not look at the entire picture to pick Richt for a top 10. in 2010.

5IML

August 19th, 2010
8:31 am

Randy (if that’s the screen name you’re using today),

Saban is not mentioned anywhere in this article. What has he done to you? Did he eat the last Little Debbie before you could get to it? Or did he buy the last bottle of hair gel before you could get to the store? Be more concerned about your program.

5IML

August 19th, 2010
8:33 am

I remember Fridays being the free-for-all day that bloggers were welcomed to comment on anything sports-related regardless of the topic of Tony’s article.

Top Dawg

August 19th, 2010
8:33 am

separate NOT “seperate” – second line of article.

sorry, could not help it

Paul in RDU

August 19th, 2010
8:33 am

Looks like MrSoFB has 7 SEC teams and 6 ACC teams in his top 25 but thinks that last year’s #3 team in the Big 10, which spanked the #3 team in his beloved SEC in a bowl, will drop out of the rankings. I guess the problem is their young, inexperienced coach.

Paul in RDU

August 19th, 2010
8:35 am

Wow Randy – Richt must have been a heck of a coach to win all of those games while he was a graduate assistant at FSU

Jake

August 19th, 2010
8:35 am

Just waiting for Tony’s Friday eddition.

guy

August 19th, 2010
8:36 am

neither saban nor richt is mentioned in this article. please stay on the topic of questioning both ok and nebraska are probably wa overrated. as much as id like to see nebraska win one on the way out of the big 12, suh was their defense last year and i dont see them staying at that level without him.

5IML

August 19th, 2010
8:38 am

guy,

Thank you for staying on topic and earging others to do so, as well. I agree that Neb is overrated but I see Oklahoma winning the Big X(II) and finishing in the top six.

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony said in his post, let me know what you think, I’m doing that.

It’s not what Saban’s done to me, it’s what he’s done to every team he’s ever coached. He’s the top 10 most hated person in all of sports.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Forbes-Nick-Saban-is-the-most-hated-white-man-i?urn=ncaaf-179913

He calls people names like “pimp”. His own players don’t like him, as the ESPN shows have pointed out.

If people want to act like Saban’s great, fine, even though he rarely even finishes in the top 10, and barely has a 700 win %, fine.

Richt’s in a different league. Almost 800 win %, his teams finish in the top 10 80% of the time.

SECIsFootball

August 19th, 2010
8:42 am

Randy….Saban has been in the SEC I believe one less year than Richt. Saban has 2 National Titles and Richt has none. Enjoy your top 10 finishes. As a BAMA fan I will enjoy what Saban accomplished last year at UA….something Richt cant manage to get done in Athens.

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:43 am

FSU top 5 finishes before 1986: 0

While Richt was there 1986-200: 13

After Richt left: 0

Yes, I’d say Richt had an impact on FSU.

Elmer Fudd

August 19th, 2010
8:43 am

“earging” others to do so.

LOL!

5IML

August 19th, 2010
8:43 am

Randy,

Since Richt is your coach, how about you blog about how great he is instead of being concerned with other teams’ coaches?

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:45 am

Richt’s coached in 5 National Championships and has 2 rings.

bitter ole ball coach

August 19th, 2010
8:48 am

it will be a bad year if tennersa sistar (he/she) does not have that baby and name it da slick jr!!!!hahahaha

RxDawg

August 19th, 2010
8:48 am

10 Iowa – Classic Big 10 team. They got the beef up front to hang with most anybody.

9 Oklahoma – All the ESPN types are calling this one the BCS champion. Do I think they are the best or second best football team in the land? No. Do I think they will be ranked #1 or #2 in the land because of the system and their schedule? Probably.

8 Oregon – I think I like their coach, a lot. I’d say Oregon is the most likely to win the Pac 10 this year.

7 Nebraska – Oooo, now here is a team that will scare some people. These guys are going to have a hunger this year. That same hunger that Bama had last year.

6 TCU – Meh, they lost to Boise St last year. And Boise is by far the most overrated team in America.

5IML

August 19th, 2010
8:50 am

Way to go, Randy!

bitter ole ball coach

August 19th, 2010
8:50 am

bamma fans are retarded, slick satan suxs !@#$^& roll slide

Randy

August 19th, 2010
8:51 am

#1 Georgia
#2 Oklahoma
#3 Ohio St.
#4 Boise St.
#5 Texas
#6 TCU
#7 V Tech
#8 Miami
#9 Nebraska
#10 USC

Random Observation

August 19th, 2010
8:52 am

Randy,

What were UGA’s final rankings in 2008 and 2009?

Jon

August 19th, 2010
8:52 am

that’s 2 current big 12 and 2 future big 10 teams. not 3

Paul in RDU

August 19th, 2010
8:52 am

Richt must be one heck of a coach. According to Randy he found the time while he was at ECU to coach FSU to a top 10 finish.