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

mello yello fello

August 19th, 2010
6:57 pm

CMR made a big diff at FSU. If you look at how Bowden did before CMR got there, and how FSU did after CMR left, it’s pretty clear who the star of FSU was from mid-80’s to circa 2000, not Bowden. You can track FSU’s slide almost to the day CMR left.

Knight Times

August 19th, 2010
7:00 pm

Right on, Georgia’s been the most dominant program in college football over the last decade, 2000-2009, maybe USC & OKLAHOMA UP THERE WITH mARK rICHT.

Sugar Hay

August 19th, 2010
7:02 pm

Tony B-

Oregon, ranked better than Georgia? How? Masoli’s gone.

Greensboro, GA

August 19th, 2010
7:03 pm

Joshua Nesbitt for Heisman

Sugar Hay

August 19th, 2010
7:20 pm

Let’s see if we can predict Mr. College Football’s Top 5 for tomorrow?

1- Alabama
2- Ohio State
3- Florida
4- Boise
5- Texas

30 years and counting....

August 19th, 2010
7:36 pm

Sugar Hay,

Iowa would be ahead of Georgia because they are better and finished 11-2 last year. What did UGAG finish? What were they ranked? Unranked? 8-5? Serious?

Oregon has 18 starters coming back from a Rose Bowl team that won the pac 10 and their backup qb Nate Costa was decent. Did you read anything sugar hay or are ya just stupid?

Someone please show me all dem bcs titles Richt owns. Show me the money. Show em out bro.

30 years and counting....

August 19th, 2010
7:40 pm

One can only assume that Knight Times was being sarcastic when he said UTHUGA was the most dominant team in college football from 2000-2009. Either sarcastic are jest plain ole dumb.

30 years and counting....

August 19th, 2010
7:41 pm

What the number is? 17 out of 20 with da last 2 by a comined score of 90-27. Booooyaaaaahhhhh

30 years and counting....

August 19th, 2010
7:42 pm

one, two, three, fo, five, dem gators don’t take no jive. 17 out of 20 say so.

Rollie Pollie

August 19th, 2010
7:48 pm

Isn’t Mark Richt the 3rd best winning percentage of active coaches with at least 5 years of coaching? Not sure why Richt gets left out of the top 10 on some fo these polls, others have Georgia at #3.


August 19th, 2010
7:52 pm

Iowa is most defi nate ly NOT a top 10 team. Thats ajoke.

30 years and counting....

August 19th, 2010
7:52 pm

Rollie Pollie,

Richt had great stats when he first came into the league and there wasn’t no Urban legend or Nick Saban. Last 5 years his program has been a joke. His stats are padded cause he came straight into the Georgia job. Urban had to go through Bowling Green and Utah to get to UF. Same with Saban who had to coach at crappy places like Toledo and Michigan state. You think Richt would have a .76 winning % if he coached at Bowling Green or Toledo? Are you kidding?

30 years and counting....

August 19th, 2010
7:57 pm

Iowa may not be a top 10 team but based on record they’re a helluva lot better than UGA.

Daily Fix

August 19th, 2010
8:08 pm

Coach Richt over the last 5? How about Saban over the last 5? 6 wins in 2006. 7 wins in 2007. I can’t remember a year where Coach Richt only got 6 or 7 wins.

Hart Attak

August 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

Has any coach in the SEC this decade finished in the top 10 more than Richt? Nope. Wierd not seeing Richt in pre-season top 10’s. Not sure why sports writers threw in the towle on Richt. Maybe they should consult Meyer who schedules his bye week for Richt, not Saban.

Hoseback Rider

August 19th, 2010
8:15 pm

CMR stacks up pretty well against any college footbll coahc in history. 1 of 7 coaches in the history of college football to win 90 games in his first 9 seasons.

Ghost Rhyder

August 19th, 2010
8:23 pm


Dave Dog

August 19th, 2010
8:25 pm

Brantley hasn’t really played against tough competition, in high school, or as a starter in a college game. Grantham and Smart will rock his world.

Dave Dog

August 19th, 2010
8:26 pm

Chavis & Ellis will rock Brantley pretty good too, so will FSU, they’re defense will be much better.

Mamby Hamby

August 19th, 2010
8:28 pm

MSU and Appalachian St. beating Florida this year.

West Side Glory

August 19th, 2010
8:30 pm

Hey now! AJC sports writers don’t like Richt, but the NFL LOVES him! Money talks. Richt’s sent more guys to the NFL over last decade than any coach in the country.

4 to Go

August 19th, 2010
8:31 pm

ESPN has FSU beating Florida. I can see it.

Strange Tails

August 19th, 2010
8:37 pm

Is it true that Alabama’s defense gave up 13 TD’s in a Spring scrimmage? Ouch! Maybe they’re a bit oveerated. Thought Smart’s defense almost got cooked by a freshman QB last year in the BCS Championship game. Barely won. Saban’s not as good as people think. Grantham’s better than Saban. Saban agrees–he tried to hire Grantham to run his D, two different times, at Miami recently, Grantham spurned Saban that time, and then way back at Mich St, Grantham spurned Saban then also.

Pul eeassssse

August 19th, 2010
9:42 pm

Come on Fred

Huskers kick your Sooners butt 10 -3 last year

It surprises me that OU is even ranked in the top 25

The last conference meeting ever between the two teams and OU couldn’t find the end-zone

Boomer who????


August 19th, 2010
9:49 pm

I get a kick reading the responses to the fact Nebraska is a top 10 team in 2010. I have lived in the Atlanta area for the last 20 years and I have enjoyed the fact that the area is a great conglomeration of different college fanbases. There are many knowledgable fanbases around the country but the fans from the SEC are not one of them, GENERALLY speaking, of course. GENERALLY speaking, SEC fans are aware of what is happening in the South, but not very aware of the rest of the country. The simple fact is that Nebraska does not lose a step defensively from 2009, despite the loss of Suh. Nationally, Nebraska will have the most oppressive defense in 2010 and they will merely require an average offense to be in a BCS game. It is time for SEC fans to come to grips with the fact that NEBRASKA IS BACK and they are not going anywhere while Bo Pelini is Head Coach!


August 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

Excellent analysis of Oklahoma Tony. Don’t listen to the typical “SEC fan” who irrationally takes credit for the accomplishments of his alleged “rival”. BOOMER SOONER

Victories, 1945-
1. Oklahoma 560
2. Texas 536
3. Alabama 535
4. Penn State 530
5. Ohio State 523
6. Nebraska 520
7. Southern Cal 508
8. Michigan 505
Tennessee 505
10. Notre Dame 490
Winning Percentage, 1945-
1. Oklahoma .7573 (560-175-13)
2. Ohio State .7485 (523-169-20)
3. Penn State .7362 (530-187-9)
4. Texas .7258 (536-199-11)
5. Michigan .7157 (505-196-15)
6. Alabama .7152 (535-207-20)
7. Southern Cal .7001 (508-211-23)
8. Nebraska .7000 (520-220-10)
9. Tennessee .6905 (505-220-23)
10. Notre Dame .6912 (490-215-14)

Weeks Ranked No. 1 in AP Poll
1. Oklahoma 97
2. Notre Dame 95
3. Ohio State 93
4. Southern Cal 90
5. Nebraska 70
6. Miami (Fla.) 68
7. Florida State 60
8. Texas 45
9. Florida 41
10. Alabama 39
Weeks Ranked Top 5 in AP Poll
1. Oklahoma 370
2. Ohio State 302
3. Nebraska 295
4. Notre Dame 277
5. Michigan 273
Southern Cal 273
7. Alabama 270
8. Texas 265
9. Florida State 206
10. Miami (Fla.) 202

Weeks Ranked No. 1 in BCS
1. Oklahoma 19
2. Ohio State 15
USC 15
4. Florida 7
Florida State 7
Miami (Fla.) 7
7. Alabama 6
8. Nebraska 5
Tennessee 5
10. Texas 3
Weeks Ranked Top 5 in BCS
1. Oklahoma 45
2. USC 37
3. Texas 36
4. Florida 34
5. Ohio State 33
6. Miami (Fla.) 30
7. Florida State 25
8. Alabama 21
9. Virginia Tech 20
10. LSU 17

Consensus All-Americans, 1945-
1. Oklahoma 72
2. Notre Dame 69
3. Southern Cal 66
4. Ohio State 62
5. Texas 53
6. Michigan 48
Nebraska 48
8. UCLA 38
9. Miami 35
10. Penn State 34
Unanimous All-Americans (All-Time)
1. Oklahoma 31
Notre Dame 31
3. Ohio State 29
4. Southern Cal 26
5. Michigan 25
6. Texas 22
7. Nebraska 20
8. Alabama 18
9. Miami 15
10. Pittsburgh 13

AP National Titles (Last)
1. Notre Dame 8 (1988)
2. Oklahoma 7 (2000)
Alabama 7 (2009)
4. Miami 5 (2001)
Southern Cal 5 (2004)
6. Minnesota 4 (1960)
Nebraska 4 (1995)
Ohio State 4 (2002)
9. Florida 3 (2008)
Texas 3 (2005)
NCAA-Recognized Titles, 1945-
1. Oklahoma 16
2. Notre Dame 13
3. Alabama 12
Ohio State 12
Southern Cal 12
6. Nebraska 11
7. Miami 9
8. Texas 7
Florida State 7
10. Michigan 6
Michigan State 6

Source – NCAA Record Book


August 19th, 2010
10:25 pm


August 19th, 2010
9:49 pm
“The simple fact is that Nebraska does not lose a step defensively from 2009, despite the loss of Suh. Nationally, Nebraska will have the most oppressive defense in 2010…”

This very well may be true but at this point it is just speculation on your part. I still think the Huskers are overrated (of course speculation on my part) but I do think you have a solid coach in Pellini snd the program is headed in the right direction.

Geaux Tigers


August 19th, 2010
11:06 pm

I am not a Husker fan! However, their defense is deep and strong. They will surprise many to include the shorthorns of Tx.


August 19th, 2010
11:17 pm

the huskers will upset Texas—mark it down! Nebraska wins the Big 12 and plays alabama for the BCS title. This team is loaded.


August 20th, 2010
12:34 am

Nebraska is not overrated… despite losing big Suh they have Jarred Crick coming back and Baker Stienkuler a former 5 star recruit filling Suh spot and add standout D end from last year Pierre Alan that is a stacked front line… they have a first round draft pick at corner in Prince Amukamara.. all very good players. Then there is a young but very talented line backer core in Will Compton and Eric Martins… the safety positions are really the only questionable spot but with a beast coach like Bo i’m sure they will be fine. On the offensive side you have a much improved line returning both tackles and a guard then you add 2 great running backs with Helu and Burkhead and as far as the quarterback position goes i think you can look for Zac Lee to have a good season as he will be healthy and also have a year of experience under his belt… cant forget Niles Paul a fantastic play maker at wide out. look for nebraska to stay in the top 10


August 20th, 2010
12:55 am

Oklahoma-Nebraska in the Big XII title game. Once more for old times’ sake.


August 20th, 2010
5:23 am

Bulldog fans – why such a rabid uproar over UGA not being included in the top ten on this list? Don’t you remember that preseason rankings really mean absolutely nothing?


August 20th, 2010
9:29 am

Well to the folks that were asking about what weapons Nebraska has on offense, try this out. Niles Paul, and eletrifying receiver/punt and kick returner. Roy Helu Jr., an incredibly quick back with excellent vision and acceleration through holes. Rex Burkhead, Sophomore running back that is more of a throwback NU running back, quick through holes and a power runner. And forget about the Blackshirts, even without Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska is stacked with big time playmakers with a rip your head off attitude. Be Scared!


August 20th, 2010
9:29 am

Will Oklahoma overlook Florida State?
There is absolutely zero chance of that happening!


August 20th, 2010
9:34 am

And yeah, I agree with the poster that had a comment on SEC fans. They generally forget the rest of the country exists. Its not a put down, just something I have noticed while living in ATL and being from Nebraska.


Fireworks on the Third of July

August 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

You UGA fans are hilarious. Each year you think you have such great teams built on great tradition, yet you take every chance you get to trash the program when they play poorly as well as trash other schools.. Ever thought that maybe UGA is not very good? What tradition? They won a national championship in 1980 on the back and legs of Herschel. 30 years ago. Schools like Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska have the tradition as well as multiple national championships since UGA won theirs. Before you trash any of these teams, or the Big XII, take a long look at yourself and the SEC.


August 20th, 2010
3:19 pm

Tony, -0- chance the Sooners overlook FSU. In Norman there is already huge buzz for this game. Not saying FSU can’t beat OU… they are talented and dangerous enough as it is. I guarantee you the players already know that. And if they don’t, you know Stoops will imbue his team with suitable respect.


August 21st, 2010
2:30 am

Enter your comments here Nobody stomped Neb last year CBS hires Mike Leach, They lost a total of 4 games and each loss was less than double digits. Any given saturday?? Suh will be missed, but he had help. Look for the BIG RED in the final game. Neb kept it under their helmet that their QB was injured for what, most of the year? All that will matter is the final score. They will return to dominance. It wont be a suprise, weve been there B4 more than a few times.


August 21st, 2010
11:02 am

Go Mizzou….slap them huskers around….


August 22nd, 2010
9:48 pm

You had your turn this century mizzouphil, wont happen again FOR A LONG TIME!