As the college football preseason magazines come out and the websites assemble their preseason lists, here’s a quick look at some of the higher profile college football preseason top 25 lists.
|1. USC||1. USC||1. USC||1. USC||1. USC|
|2. LSU||2. Texas||2. LSU||2. Michigan||2. West Virginia|
|3. Michigan||3. LSU||3. Texas||3. LSU||3. Oklahoma|
|4. West Virginia||4. Wisconsin||4. Florida|
From the list above, here’s some things I think I think:
– What in the hell is going on with the UCLA rankings? Fox has them in the top 10, Athlon at number 15 and Lindy’s at number 22, while Rivals and the AJC don’t even have the Bruins ranked. That’s a pretty wide disparity. UCLA is the only team that cracked the top ten in one poll, that didn’t make it onto everybody’s top 25 list. For my part, I can’t get the FSU ass-whipping out of my mind. If UCLA intends to play the way they did last year (and I haven’t really seen enough to think that this year’s team would be better), then I think the Bruins are #24 or #25-ish projection, if they make the list at all.
– By the same token, what the hell with West Virginia? The ‘Eers are getting mucho amor in all the polls except Fox. WVU gets a #2, two #4s, a #5 and…. a #11 ranking? Who exactly is doing the Fox rankings? UCLA makes the Fox top ten and West Virginia can’t manage to crack it? Is there anyone (outside of UCLA homers) who doesn’t think WVU would hang half-a-hundred on the Bruins?! WVU got hosed in the Fox poll, plain and simple.
– My how the mighty have fallen. Notre Dame doesn’t make the Lindy, Athlon, or Fox pre-season top 25s… and I couldn’t agree more.
– Put Rutgers in the “no one knows” category. The Scarlet Knights (and don’t forget to say they’re from New Jersey) are ranked as high as #10 (Athlon) and as low as #21 (Fox). I’m inclined to think that Rutgers may go the way of Biz Markie… another one hit wonder.
– Best unranked team – Although the crack the Rivals list (barely) the best unranked team in has to be Clemson. The Tigers have some transitions to make on both sides of the ball, but you can’t argue their talent level and team speed. Clemson is perfectly capable of landing in a BCS game this year as ACC champ (and that would be a hell of an accomplishment with strong VTech, awakening FSU, Georgia Tech, Boston College, and South Carolina on the schedule, plus an ACC championship game!)