Countdown to No. 1: Can Alabama handle the expectations?

It’s been a fun week counting down our Top 25 teams for 2010. It will come as no surprise to you that I have Alabama at No. 1.

Yes, Alabama has to replace nine starters on defense and both of its kickers. And logically, the Crimson Tide should not be able to win a second straight national championship. Nobody has done it since Nebraska in 1994-95. But I’m putting a lot of this preseason ranking on two things:

1. Alabama has a lot of really, really good players. They played a bunch of people on defense last season and so replacing all those starters will not be as complicated as it might seem.

2. If any coach can guide his team through the mental mine field of trying to win consecutive championships, it is Nick Saban. This season, more than anything else, will be an exercise in mental toughness at Alabama. Saban and his staff do that well.

So here we go. Here is our preseason Top Five for 2010:

 

1. Alabama

 **–It will be a good season if: The Crimson Tide goes 12-0 for the third straight regular season and reaches the SEC championship game. If that happens they will win in Atlanta again and play for another BCS title. Alabama last won back to back national championships in 1978-79.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: They stumble on the road against Arkansas on Sept 25 or at home against Florida on Oct. 2. It’s not fair, but anything less than an undefeated regular season is going to be a disappointment.

 2. Ohio State

**–It will be a good season if: The Buckeyes win their two toughest road games at Wisconsin (Oct. 16 at night) and Iowa (Nov. 20) and get another shot at an SEC team in the BCS championship game. It looks like coach Jim Tressel is finally ready to turn quarterback Terrelle Pryor loose. If Pryor plays the way he did against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes are going to be hard to beat.

**–It’s will be a disappointing season if: They are not ready to play when Miami, a very athletic team, comes to the Horseshoe on Sept. 11. Lose that one and the Buckeyes will have a tough time getting to the big game. Miami has the physical talent to go to the Horseshoe and win. My CSS broadcast partner, Brady Ackerman, has already picked the Hurricanes in that game. I’m not so sure.

3. Texas

**–It will be a good season if:  Texas successfully reshapes its offense to emphasize the run and the Longhorns win back-to-back games against Oklahoma (Oct. 2 in Dallas) and at Nebraska (Oct. 16). With Gilbert Garrett at quarterback, Texas will have a more traditional, pro-style offense. Garrett came off the bench in the national championship game against Alabama and showed that he will be a good player for the Longhorns.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: The losses of quarterback Colt McCoy (45 career wins) and defensive stars like Sergio Kindle and Earl Thomas are too much to overcome. If Texas loses to Oklahoma on Oct. 2, then they could get eliminated in the division with a loss at Nebraska. A 10-2 or 11-2 record still gets Texas in a BCS bowl.

 4. Florida

**–It will be a good season if: The Gators, despite the loss of Tim Tebow and five NFL draft choices off the defense, reach the SEC championship game for the third straight season. Over the past five years Florida has recruited as well as anyone and will plug those holes with some very talented people. Also, the pressure is off. Alabama is wearing the crown and so I expect Florida to be a much more relaxed football team than it was a year ago, when the Gators were anything but relaxed.

**–It will be a disappointing season if: New quarterback John Brantley struggles and the Gators slip up somewhere other than Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2. We simply don’t know what the defense is going to do with a bunch of new faces, including new defensive coordinators Teryl Austin and Chuck Heater. How much will Florida miss long-time DC Charlie Strong, now the head coach at Louisville?

5. Boise State

**–It will be a good season if: The Broncos go undefeated for the second straight season and are rewarded with a spot in the BCS championship game. I still think it is a long shot for Boise because to get to Glendale it means all of the champions in the Big Six conferences would have to have a loss. The real question is whether or not a 12-0 Boise would go to the BCS championship ahead of a one-loss champ from the SEC, Big Ten,  ACC or Big 12?

**–It will be a disappointing season if: With 21 of 22 returning starters, the Broncos stumble out of the gate and lose to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 in Landover, Md.  If that happens, the Broncos can still get to a BCS Bowl, maybe even the Rose, but they won’t play in the Big Game.

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ToccoaDawg

August 20th, 2010
8:16 am

Why is Ohio State even this high?

Goalie Head

August 20th, 2010
8:19 am

Florida will not finish in the top 10 without Strong & Tebow and their 9 NFL players they had last year. Last year’s team was the best Meyer will ever have, this year, with Brantley, minus Strong & Tebow, there’s simply no way they finish in the top 10.

I don’t get Tony’s point, if UGA isn’t in the top 5 because of inexepreince at QB, why is Florida in there, their guy has no starting experience in college, and has never played a Div 3AAA, 4AAAA or 5AAAA team in high school?

If experience at QB is the reason to keep Georgia out of the top 5, you have to keep Florida out too, if not, Georgia should be in there with a better O-Line, better WR’s, better RB’s, FB’s, Special Teams, and TE’s.

DawgFan618

August 20th, 2010
8:22 am

Man, I hope Boise State loses to Va Tech out of the gate. Ya Oregon was a pretty good win last year for them, but playing 1 ranked team a year isn’t going to cut it. I still remember the loud sound of a ‘thud’ when the highly touted Broncos came to Athens in 2005.

Frap Wrap

August 20th, 2010
8:23 am

Alabama will not repeat, no SEC team has in 25 years. Saban followed his National Championship at LSU with a 9-3 season, same for Alabama in 2010. Saban chokes after great seasons 80% of his career. Alabama lost too many guys on defense, gave up 13 td’s in a scrimmage, can’t pass, special teams stink, and they get 6 teams coming off a bye week. Alabama also has the 15th toughest schedule in college football.

Bucky

August 20th, 2010
8:26 am

I wouldn’t bet against Mark Richt. 3rd winningest coach out of 120 teams. One of 7 coaches in HISTORY to get to 90 wins in 1st 9 seasons. Never had 2 season in a row outside the top 10 in final polls. In 2001/2006, bounced back both years in 2002/2007 with top 3 finish. Grantham was the guy Saban tried to hire twice, once recently at Miami, again at Mich St. Belin’s LB’s consistently all-conference, Lakatos’ DB’s consistently top 10 in pass efficiency. AJ, Ealey, Olson, UGA gonna average 40 points, giving up only 20, and go for over 500 yards a game, and win by average of 20 points a game.

UGA, National Champs in 2010 & 2011.

Goalie Head

August 20th, 2010
8:29 am

Alabama gets:
SC, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Penn St., Ole Miss, LSU (6 off of bye weeks)

Loses 3 of those 7.

Bucky

August 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Spurrier ready to retire at 65. Petrino, Saban, Meyer, never stayed more than 6 years at any school in entire career.

UGA will not lose in 2010 & 2011.

I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

August 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Having grown up in AL and being a DAWG fan, I hate as much as anyone to say UA has a good chance of repeating. They can lose to UF and still get back to Atlanta, setting up a possible trip back to the NC game. The only thing that could knock them out of the NC is a loss to UF and to Penn State. I don’t see UA losing any SEC game other than possibly UF.

OSU– lots of talent, only three tough games.
Texas–lots of talent, in spite of losing Mccoy.
UF–geez, can’t UGA catch a break? Lots of talent, though a suspect QB. If Brantley struggles, it could be tough at UF
BSU- note the irony (BS) coming out about this one-game-per-year-team. I hope VA Tech beats the snot out them, like UGA did several years ago. I will give BS credit for scheduling VA Tech, but still, it is one-game-per-year. If VA Tech plows through them maybe BS will go away for a couple of years.

Goalie Head

August 20th, 2010
8:37 am

Florida gets Georgia, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, FSU

Flrida will lose 3 SEC game, and go 5-3 in the SEC (Meyer goes 5-3 SEC 40% of his seasons at Florida).

Beast from the East

August 20th, 2010
8:39 am

Goalie Head,
Would you be happy if Tony just said UGA is #1 and everyone else should just stay home? There’s no use in trying to debate with someone like you. Keep wondering “why” and we’ll all just keep laughing at you.

Bucky

August 20th, 2010
8:43 am

Nick Saban’s the msot INCONSISTENT, up & down coach in America. Has 6, 6 or 7 win seasons. Follows big year with lousy year 80% of career. Has finished in top 10 consecutively ONCE in entire career.

Saban’s the coach LEAST LIKELY to have 2 good season in a row.

Richt’s the coach MOST LIKELY to be consistent. If any coach can win 2 in a row, it’s Mark Richt.

Richt’s finished in the top 10, 19 times in 24 seasons, top 5, 13 times, 4 top 10 finishes IN A ROW at Georgia. Never had 2 season in a row out of the final top 10, since 1986.

Despite what critics cynics & naysayers believe, Mark Richt is the coach MOST LIKELY to sustain success.

Saban’s a joke when it comes to consistency.

Tank

August 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Florida & Bama are both in rebuilding years.

Both will finish 9-3.

2010 is the Year of the Dog.

Tank

August 20th, 2010
8:49 am

If Sban’s teams are mentally tough, why has his teams only finished in the top 10 consecutively once in his career? I don’t call that mental tougness. I call that LACK OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS.

Chi Town

August 20th, 2010
8:49 am

2010 is the Year of the Dog??????????????

WOW……..how many times have I seen that before???
2006? 2007? 2008? 2009?

Every year is the “year of the Dog”.

It's Me

August 20th, 2010
8:49 am

Poor, poor, delusional Bucky. I think the state still has a free program for folks like you. Might want to check that out TODAY!
bama loses at least 2 games. write it down in ink.

Beast from the East

August 20th, 2010
8:50 am

Gonna be toguh for Bama or Florida to go undefeated. Don’t see it happening. That could make for a Big 12 (Texas or Oklahoma) versus a Big 10 (Ohio State) in the BCSCG. Boise State only has to win one big game to go undefeated. If any SEC team does manage to go undefeated, then they will certainly have earned a shot at the title.

By the way, Bucky and/or Goalie Head, why do you have to constantly try and tear other coaches/programs down? Why not just build your own team up? It’s very juvenile and shows an obvious sign of envy that you have for superior coaches and programs. Sad. Very sad.

Tank

August 20th, 2010
8:50 am

I don’t call having six season where you win 6 or 7 games, mental toughness, Richt has NEVER had a SINGLE season that pathetic. REicht’s mental toughness is MILES BEYOND Saban’s.

JDW

August 20th, 2010
8:51 am

Tony, Tony, Tony…Ohio State. I think the heat has gotten to your noggin. I took a look at the results of the last few years. OSU is 35 and 4 vs the “Big 10″, 15-0 vs assorted patsys, and a staggering 3-7 vs the SEC,PAC 10 and Big 12. Not exactly the stuff legends are made of. Yet the pundits drink that KoolAide every year.

Tank

August 20th, 2010
8:52 am

All the critics threw Richt under the bus in 2001 & 2006, both times Richt proved them wrong anf finished in the top 3. Now, after a “bad” 8-5 season (not bad compared to Saban’s 6 win seasons), critics cry again. Same ole same old, some things never change, some people never learn.

JDW

August 20th, 2010
8:54 am

PS hopefully Va Tech will end the annual Boise whinning early this year…much like the DAWGS did in 2005.

Ron Mexico

August 20th, 2010
8:54 am

Nit to pick of the day (as this is a pretty standard top 5): Why were the other 4 countdown pages run from lower ranking (higher numbers) down, where this one is highest ranking down? Afraid the suspense would literally kill us?

Benny

August 20th, 2010
8:54 am

If Richt called people “pimps” and was voted 1 of the top 10 most hated people in all of sports, sports writers would love him for his bad boy image. I guess we can’t all be like Saban. Sports writers love guys like Saban, while guys like Richt, win more games than them.

Les Miles Quote of the Day

August 20th, 2010
8:57 am

“As soon as we know exactly who we are playing and what date we will be playing on, the schedule will become more finite.”

DawginLex

August 20th, 2010
8:59 am

Hard to pick against Bama, so I won’t.

The other 4 are HUGELY overrated.

None of the other 4 will be in the top 5 at the end of the year.

jumbeauxtiger

August 20th, 2010
9:00 am

I agree Beast that it will be difficult for Florida or Bama to go undefeated. Whoever loses on Oct 2 still will have a chance to get into the BCS title game by winning out and going 12-1.

I believe the Gators will be 10-2 and Bama 11-1 with both winning their divisions.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Blue

August 20th, 2010
9:04 am

Bucky; any stats on what Richt’s record is while at UGA against top 5 and top 10 teams? You can throw those numbers you cited around ALL you want, and it may mean that GA is verly likely to have a 9 win season. But go ahead…check his record against top 10 teams. Certainly not stellar!

StraightJacket

August 20th, 2010
9:05 am

Ohio State will lose 3 games (Miami, Iowa, and probably Wisconsin). Texas will lose to Nebraska and again in the Big 12 (sic) Championship Game. It is really hard to finish in the Top 5 with two losses these days.

I’d look for teams like TCU and Nebraska to sneak up into the top 5. Maybe a surprise ACC team.

SECIsFootball

August 20th, 2010
9:09 am

Bucky….Not only are you beyond delusional about UGA, you come off as not really paying attention to college football. Saban’s the coach LEAST LIKELY to have 2 good season in a row?????? Correct me if I am wrong but didnt BAMA just have 2 straight undefeated regular seasons? Maybe I missed something.

BAMA has loaded up on talent and everyone knows that Saban is one of if not the best coach in the game. He won a championship at UA in 3 years….something Richt has not be able to do in 9 years and something UGA hasnt been able to do in almost 30 years.

Think what you want about Saban as a person. I could care less. Fact is….He wins and will have BAMA competing for a championship for years to come. Same goes for Meyer at UF.

RxDawg

August 20th, 2010
9:11 am

Woh, you swapped the order on us Tony!

5 Boise St – Sigh, absolutely overrated. Probably about 5X’s to high. The biggest tragedy in college football last year was the horrible paring of TCU and Boise St in the Fiesta. Boooo

4 Florida – Hmm, overrated but only because I don’t think they will be ranked #4 at the end of the year. Simply put, very talented but very young. But I think it’s the Florida name ranked #4, not the team.

3 Texas – I just don’t know, Bama pretty much handled them easier than most SEC teams. They’ll have a lot of wins though because there isn’t many people that will stand in their way. So I guess they’re ranked appropriately.

2 OSU – Yeh, they should be pretty good. They pretty much have ruled the Big 10 since Tressel got there. But there are a couple of teams that could knock them off their pedestal this year. But come on, what do you think will happen if they get to the BCS champ game and play another SEC team? What will be horrible is if they get there and wind up playing an undfeated Boise St team (while everyone else has 1 loss). But that’s just hard to see, eventually schedule strength has to come into play.

1 Bama – They are king of the mountain right now. Great running game, great defense, what’s not to like? Their schedule may get the better of them. I see Bama beating the big boy regulars like Florida and LSU, but for some reason I think they will drop a couple they aren’t supposed to like South Carolina or Auburn. Should be a really fun year in the SEC, especially the west. Can’t wait for it to get here!

And Go Dawgs!

Latarian Milton

August 20th, 2010
9:12 am

I wanted to do hood rat stuff for my friend!

BirdDog

August 20th, 2010
9:13 am

I agree that Bama should be #1. You win the BCS last year and you should start this year #1, no doubt. But, UF is way over-rated IMO. You don’t just replace a guy like Tebow. Plus, the loss of Strong as DC is huge. I’m not saying UGA should be ranked any higher than they are. In fact, maybe a spot or two lower.

Bucky

August 20th, 2010
9:13 am

Waaaaaah! youre all whiners. Bama’s going down, Fla’s going down.

SECIsFootball

August 20th, 2010
9:13 am

The SEC titles game will be BAMA vs Florida. And to those who said BAMA and UF are rebuilding, you are incorrect. They are reloading. Both have recruited top talent since Saban and Meyer have been at each school. Both have outstanding coaching staff’s who will develop the young talent. And, Saban and Meyer are at the top of the profession and know what it takes to win championships.

SECIsFootball

August 20th, 2010
9:14 am

Bucky…UGA is staying down! Come talk to us when you guys can actually beat Florida!

Beast from the East

August 20th, 2010
9:14 am

Goalie Head,
Have at her. I divorced her last year! Good luck with that, kid.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 20th, 2010
9:15 am

Chuck Heater is not new to Florida—here is his resume:

Coaching Accomplishments

•34 years of coaching experience, including stints at Colorado, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
•Has coached in 23 bowl games, including seven on New Year’s Day, and the 2007 and 2009 BCS National Championship Games, where Florida captured two national titles.
•Has been associated with six National Coaches of the Year in his playing and coaching career (Barry Alvarez, Earle Bruce, Lou Holtz, Urban Meyer, Bill McCartney and Bo Schembechler).
•Has mentored 20 NFL Draft selections and 24 NFL players as well as numerous all-conference picks, including Jim Thorpe Award winner Chris Hudson (Colorado).
•The Gators have recorded 94 interceptions since 2005, the most in the SEC and the third-best total in the nation during that time frame.
•Helped guide a Florida secondary that ranked first in the SEC, the first time since 1988, and second in the nation in pass defense, allowing just 152.8 yards per game in 2009… Four opponents failed to crack the 100-yard mark in passing offense against the Gators and six completed fewer than 50 percent of their pass attempts.
•Helped turnaround a defensive secondary that was one of the nation’s worst in 2007 to rank among the best in 2008. The UF pass efficiency defense ranked third in the nation in 2008 (up from 71st in 2007) and the pass defense improved to rank 20th in the nation in 2008 (up from 98th in 2007).
•Tutored three underclassmen safeties in 2008, two sophomores and one freshman, who all earned postseason recognition for their play. Sophomore Ahmad Black was named second-team All-SEC by the coaches and honorable mention All-American honors from Sports Illustrated. Black was a second-team All-Sophomore selection by College Football News, while sophomore Major Wright earned honorable mention recognition for the All-Sophomore team. Will Hill was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team and was named a second-team All-Freshman performer by College Football News.
•Ahmad Black tied for the national lead with seven interceptions in 2008, totaling 191 interception return yards, the second-most in the country, and two touchdowns.
•Recruiting coordinator for the 2006 and 2007 Florida class that both ranked among the top-two nationally, including number one by several services. The 2008 class was ranked in the top five by several services.
•The Gator secondary led the SEC in interceptions in 2005 and 2006 with 16 in 2005 (tied with Georgia) and 21 in 2006. UF’s 2006 total tied for the fourth-highest in school history.
•Florida’s 2006 pass defense efficiency (98.3) ranked fourth nationally and second in the SEC. UF surrendered 10 passing touchdowns in 2006 (tied for eighth nationally). The unit also ranked second in scoring defense in the league and sixth nationally (13.5).
•Guided All-SEC first-team selection Ryan Smith, whose total of eight interceptions led the league and was seventh nationally in 2006. The total was also the second-highest by a Gator in school history.
•Tutored the 2005 cornerbacks at Florida that were part of as secondary that allowed just 52.3 percent of passes to be complete – the 16th-best percentage nationally. A member of the UF secondary had a sack in five of the 12 games on the year.
•Coached All-SEC performer Dee Webb in 2005 (First Team by AP and Second Team by coaches), who led the SEC in pass deflections and team MVP Vernell Brown who ranked second in the SEC in interceptions.
•Working alongside Florida head coach Urban Meyer at the fourth different Division I program. In 1986, Heater coached the secondary at Ohio State when Meyer was a graduate assistant. They coached together again at Colorado State from 1991-92: Heater as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach and Meyer as the receivers’ coach. Heater was also a member of the Utah coaching staff in 2004.
•Served as the cornerbacks’ coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2004 campaign at Utah, as the Utes completed a perfect 12-0 season.
•Spent five years at Washington as either the cornerbacks’ or running backs’ coach between 1999-2003 and also served as the Huskies’ recruiting coordinator.
•Was credited with helping the school sign three recruiting classes rated in the top 15. Three of his recruiting classes produced a Freshman All-American.
•In 2002, he switched from the corners to the running backs. He also oversaw the Huskies’ punt and kick return teams.
•Spent six years as an assistant coach at Colorado (1993-98), originally joining the CU staff as the director of football operations and recruiting coordinator. He returned to on-field coaching in 1994 when he took over as the defensive backs coach. He coached the tight ends during his last four seasons in Boulder.
•During his first season at Notre Dame, he was a member of the coaching staff that led the Irish to a 12-0 record and the 1988 national championship.
•Was the secondary coach at Notre Dame (1988-90), Ohio State (1985-87) and Wisconsin (1982-84).
•Coached the running backs from 1977-78 and the secondary at Toledo from 1979-81.
•Began his collegiate coaching career in 1976 at Northern Arizona coaching the Lumberjacks’ running backs.

Latarian Milton

August 20th, 2010
9:18 am

Alabama repeat? Can my Mom help?

destin dawg

August 20th, 2010
9:19 am

Saban’s way to intense.. up & down… 3 or 4 years max. at each job… tough to be around.. won’t let his coaches or players talk to media.. like Bobby Knight at IU. (where I went to school).. hey this is college FB not Pro.. Richt is just right.. too loyal maybe.. but that.s a good thing… kids can feel his sincerity.. we’re fine… Go Under Dawgs !!!!

SECIsFootball

August 20th, 2010
9:21 am

destin…Wow, that is the first time I have ever hear someone think it is a problem that a college football coach is “too intense”. Maybe if Richt was more intense UGA would have had a title by now.

yellowjacket1975

August 20th, 2010
9:21 am

Bucky your are SEROUSLY delusional….and wrong. uga finished out of the top 10 in 2008 & 2009 (after having their best team in two decades in 2008 I might add).

#1 Modern Era

August 20th, 2010
9:21 am

Hey Tony, check out these rankings showing the Oklahoma Sooners as the #1 team in the Post World War II or Modern Era. Don’t listen to “SEC Fan” who illogically takes credit for the accomplishments of their alleged rivals.

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
6.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
3. USC 15
4. Florida 7
5. Florida State 7
6. Miami (Fla.) 7
7. Alabama 6
8. Nebraska 5
9. 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
7.Nebraska 48
8. UCLA 38
9. Miami 35
10. Penn State 34

Unanimous All-Americans (All-Time)
1. Oklahoma 31
2.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)
3.Alabama 7 (2009)
4. Miami 5 (2001)
5.Southern Cal 5 (2004)
6. Minnesota 4 (1960)
7.Nebraska 4 (1995)
8.Ohio State 4 (2002)
9. Florida 3 (2008)
10.Texas 3 (2005)

NCAA-Recognized Titles, 1945-
1. Oklahoma 16
2. Notre Dame 13
3. Alabama 12
4.Ohio State 12
5.Southern Cal 12
6. Nebraska 11
7. Miami 9
8. Texas 7
9.Florida State 7
10. Michigan 6
11.Michigan State 6

Source – NCAA Record Book

nicktator

August 20th, 2010
9:23 am

yeah, bucky, i’m sure you would rather have richt for your coach instead of me… that is the joke.

cuttysark

August 20th, 2010
9:23 am

Alabama returns a very good offense, which should help offset the losses on defense while they replace some personnel on that side of the line of scrimmage. Boise State will lose against Virginia Tech taking them out of contention after week one. Should be another great year for college football. Thanks Tony. For more articles on Georgia Tech Football go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Black Coffee & Bourbon

August 20th, 2010
9:25 am

Boise who play in the WAC should not have a shot at the National Championship. The WAC is marginally better than some FCS conferences (TheCAA which Georgia State is joining is better) yet they get all this love because they play ONE team from a BCS conference and then go undefeated against the Sisters of Mercy and Reno High.

Anyway, I’ll be a Hokie fan when they meet in DC. Tech, tech, VPI!!!!

nicktator

August 20th, 2010
9:25 am

oh, tank, you don’t have any idea how badly we at Alabama would love to wipe the field with your black jerseys again this year…

Duh

August 20th, 2010
9:26 am

Boise can pull off a big win every other 5 or 6 games due to their gimmicks. However, they would never make it day in day out of any of the decent conferences.

Alphare

August 20th, 2010
9:27 am

Goalie Head, FL really get in your head, don’t they? FL win an NC with a No. 25 draft pick, UGA cannot even with a No. 1 draft pick. Go figure. But it’s life, it’s not fair sometime.

CrimsonCarl

August 20th, 2010
9:28 am

A one loss Alabama team that reaches the SEC championship game will not be a disappointment. Most reasonable fans realize that undefeated seasons can’t go on forever.

dawgfan

August 20th, 2010
9:28 am

That’s the weakest preseason Top 5 in the history of college football. Every single one of those teams has major issues which in any normal year would knock them out of top 5 cosideration, except maybe for Bama.

Bama will be good but will drop 2. You can see this coming from 100 miles away. Its not even worth talking about.

Florida has a new QB, new defense, and a head case coach that might be in the looney bin by season’s end. Plus, I think their arrogance and lack of class has really pizzed people off the past two seasons. What goes around will come around for these clowns. Book it.

Texas has a new QB too.

Ohio State is a laughably overrated phony and I am offended that I even have to read about these pretenders. They have done nothing…I said NOTHING…since 2002 other than skate through a pathetic Big 10 and get demolished by the SEC or USC. I’m sick of hearing about this program. They will be the Notre Dame of the 10’s.

Boise State? LMAO. That’s all I have to say about that.

yellowjacket1975

August 20th, 2010
9:29 am

RXDawg, I agree that Texas this year is ranked a little high, however, Bama was seriously struggling with Texas UNTIL Colt McCoy got hurt. When that happened, the game did a complete 180. Not saying that Texas surely would have won with McCoy but the game would most likely have come down to the wire.