A few weeks ago, we brought you “news” of the first 2011, way-too-early, preseason college football rankings, which appeared on the website NationalChamps.net. Georgia was ranked 21st. Georgia Tech didn’t even make the top 50. Both proceeded to go splat in bottom tier bowl games.
ESPN has an advantage over NationalChamps.net (besides name recognition). The website waited until after the bowl games for a little more perspective. So this shouldn’t surprise you: After bowl losses to Central Florida and Air Force, respectively, neither the Bulldogs nor the Jackets made the top 25.
Former AJC staffer and pal Mark Schlabach just released his top 25, and I’m wagering it will be pretty close to the first Associated Press rankings (which generally don’t come out until August). Georgia and Tech fans: cover your eyes.
Schlabach’s top 25 lists Oklahoma as the No. 1 team, followed by Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Boise State (Georgia’s opening game opponent). He has seven SEC teams in the top 25, which means the Dogs are considered no better than the eighth best team in the 12-team conference. The SEC seven: Alabama, LSU, Arkansas (8), South Carolina (11), BCS champion Auburn (17), Florida (23) and Mississippi State (24).
The only two ACC teams in the rankings are Florida State (7) and Virginia Tech (20).
The list:1. Oklahoma. 2. Alabama. 3. Oregon. 4. LSU. 5. Boise State. 6. Oklahoma State. 7. Florida State. 8. Arkansas. 9. Stanford. 10. Ohio State. 11. South Carolina. 12. Wisconsin. 13. Texas A&M. 14. Notre Dame. 15. Michigan State. 16. Missouri. 17. Auburn. 18. TCU. 19. Nebraska. 20. Virginia Tech. 21. Arizona State. 22. Texas 23. Florida. 24. Mississippi State. 25. West Virginia.
Stating the obvious: This is what you get when you go 6-7.
And because I’m doing all I can to pump up Schlabach’s multi-media career, here’s his video blog.
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