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Pre-Spring Top 25

Posted by Administrator On February - 25 - 2009

We would like to switch things up a bit around here, especially since the combine dial is finally turned off! As many of you know, there is no offseason in football, whether it is in college or the pros. With that said, we will take a look at an early Spring Top 25 for college football.

1. Florida Gators
Who cares if they lost Percy Harvin? The core of the defense is returning and so is Tim Tebow.
2. Oklahoma Sooners
Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham lead this team but they have question marks on the offensive line.
3. Oregon Ducks
They lost some instrumental pieces but a down-year for USC and soft schedule will help.
4. Penn State Nittany Lions
The Rose Bowl blowout can not screw up their psyche. New wide receivers will need to step it up.
5. Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels
Without a doubt, next to Tim Tebow is Jevan Snead in our preseason Heisman watch.

6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The triple-option led by RB Jonathan Dwyer is scary enough for the ACC, watch out nation.
7. Ohio State Buckeyes
We want to see QB Terrelle Pryor improve as a passer before we lean on him as the saviour.
8. LSU Tigers
This team will go only as far as the quarterback position will lead them. Right now, its Jordan Jefferson’s job.
9. Oklahoma State Cowboys
WR Dez Bryant might be better than former TTU WR Michael Crabtree. First game of season is vs. Georgia.
10. USC Trojans
The murky waters at quarterback, plus the significant losses on defense won’t help. Taylor Mays is back though.

11. Virginia Tech Hokies
Like OSU’s Pryor, we aren’t sold on Tyrod Taylor, the Hokies passer. If he improves, so do this team.
12. Alabama Crimson Tide
Won’t be as good as last year but not playing Florida or Georgia in the regular season truly helps.
13. Iowa Hawkeyes
Will have to win on the road this year but we really like QB Ricky Stanzi.
14. Georgia Bulldogs
Replacing Knowshon Moreno won’t be as hard as it will be to replace Matthew Stafford.
15. Florida State Seminoles
The offensive line is very experienced. The weaponry is inexperienced but could be explosive.

16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
To put it gently, their soft schedule will only help them in 2009.
17. Texas Longhorns
Colt McCoy is a good quarterback but the losses on defense will set them back a year.
18. Boise State Broncos
They have one of the best passers in the country. Play in a weak conference. All is good from here.
19. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Blackshirt defense is back and they will be good enough to keep Nebraska in the game.
20. Michigan State Spartans
Eight starters from the defense will return. Replacing Brian Hoyer will be easier than you think.

21. Miami Fl. Hurricanes
No controversy at quarterback plus a ton of experience from last year’s freshmen equals more wins in 2009.
22. TCU Horned Frogs
They lost a lot of core pieces on their great defense from a year ago.
23. Brigham Young Cougars
The offensive line will be new and untested but QB Max Hall will have a great season.
24. Pittsburgh Panthers
A lot of people have Rutgers here, not Pitt. The offense will miss LeSean McCoy but it should be okay in a year where the Big East takes a step back.
25. Tennessee Volunteers
Call us crazy, but in year one, we think head coach Lane Kiffin will do a fine job.

Just missed: Rutgers, Kansas, Utah, California, Central Michigan, Michigan, Illinois, Clemson, West Virginia, Colorado, UCLA.

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