Matt vs. Kory Top 25

By on August 31, 2010

MATT

1)      Alabama—The defending national champs return all their skill players and reloaded on D.  If the talent holds up, there’s no reason they don’t return to the title game. 

2)      Ohio State—This team is going to be scary good.  Pryor has the talent to lead them through the Big Ten, but can he quiet all the naysayers by winning the big game?

3)      Florida—Urban Meyer reloaded with yet another excellent recruiting class, but can they get by Alabama to play for the crystal ball?

4)      Boise State—Another undefeated season in their last year in the WAC is almost a foregone conclusion.  Do they get the respect from the computers, or are they going to be on the outside looking in, again?

5)      Oregon—Having ousted talented but troublesome QB Jeremiah Masoli might prove to be the best move the Ducks could make.  If someone can make a statement under center, they will have no problem reaching another BCS game.

6)      Virginia Tech—Frank Beamer has these Hokies thinking bigger than another ACC championship.

7)      Iowa—Returning most starters will help this team to another double digit win season…only Ohio State stands in their way of a Big Ten title.

8)      TCU—The Horned Frogs are just getting their feet wet as a national powerhouse.

9)      Texas—They lost a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, but Mack Brown has a knack for having the next wave of athletes fully prepared.

10)  Oklahoma—Bob Stoops is the Mack Brown of the Sooners program.  Lost some All-Stars?  No problem, got more in reserve.

11)  Georgia Tech—Paul Johnson’s triple option is a nightmare for opposing defenses.

12)  West Virigina—The early rankings of the Mountaineers have them in the mid 20’s, which is way too low for a team this talented.  They may finish in the top 5.

13)  Wisconsin—To compete in a bigger game than the Champs Sports Bowl, these Badgers will need to couple a passing attack with that monstrous running game.

14)  LSU—The Tigers are going to have a tough time climbing back to the top of the SEC West, especially with a very tough 2010 schedule.

15)  Nebraska—The lack of any semblance of a passing game last year has me doubting their ability to hang around in the Big 12 this year.

16)  Pitt—There’s no doubting RB Dion Lewis’ effect on the graying of opposing Big East coaches’ hair, can QB Tino Sunseri provide the balance needed to compete with the big boys?

17)  Miami—QB Jacory Harris’ inconsistency last season proved fatal to Miami’s national stage aspirations.  Is this year going to be different?

18)  North Carolina—The defense will once again be one of the best in the nation.  TJ Yates is the x-factor to whether or not UNC can take home the ACC title.

19)  Arkansas—I need to see more out of the D before I’m a believer in this year’s Razorback team.

20)  Penn State—They lost a lot of great players and probably are ranked too high here, but you can never discount ol’ Joe Pa’s teams.

21)  Utah—The 2010 season opener against Pitt will set the tone early for if the Utes are worthy of BCS consideration.

22)  Auburn—Second year coach Gene Chizik has already made an impression on the boosters for Tiger football.  Making the next step to SEC title contender is key.

23)  Oregon State—Rogers and Rogers are a dynamic duo that will command highlight reels for the upcoming season.

24)  Stanford—Coach Harbaugh’s “Luck” hasn’t run out yet, but this could be the season that defines the coaches’ career from here on out.

25)  Florida State—Out with the old, in with the new.  Bobby Bowden has stepped aside to let Jimbo Fisher take the reins.  How Heisman hopeful Christian Ponder performs will set the tone for Fisher’s inaugural season.

Kory is right in that Houston will probably end up in the top 25 along with Cincinnati, but he’s going to be surprised by how WVU fairs this year.

KORY

With the 2010 season right around the corner it is about that time to put out our top 25. This can be a difficult task as you have to ask yourself, “Do I rank the top 25 by talent alone or do I have to account for a team’s schedule, too?” “Do I think Boise State is one of three teams that will go undefeated?   Yes I do.” “Do I think they are one of the top two teams?  No.”  So the debate begins…

  1. Alabama – They lost a ton on defense and I don’t expect them to stay here.
  2. Ohio State – The first of my undefeated teams. Pryor returns on a loaded offense and the defense is loaded.
  3. Boise State – They return all but one starter from an undefeated team. Look for more BCS controversy for the Broncos.
  4. Florida – The Gators face a “down” year in a down year for the SEC East. Meyer’s recruiting classes are too good to drop too far.
  5. Iowa – The Hawkeyes return a tough experienced team that was one Ricky Stanzi injury away from playing for the title last year… and the D will be even better.
  6. Oregon – The Ducks have a ton of talent and should control the Pac 10 for awhile. Should is the operative world as there always seems to be turmoil surrounding the program.
  7. Nebraska – The skill positions are back on offense and the D will not miss Suh as much as people think.
  8. Virginia Tech – There are more talented teams but they should roll through the ACC. Oh and there is that little game the first week against Boise, win that and look out.
  9. Texas – They have more talent than some teams ahead of them but it is time for a letdown season in Austin.
  10. TCU – The Horned Frogs come in as my third undefeated team as their only real test is Utah.  Is 10 too low for an undefeated team?  Yes, but I can’t in good conscious put them any higher.
  11. Wisconsin – John Clay and the entire offensive line return. If you saw them manhandle Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl last year, then any sort of passing game is a bonus.
  12. Georgia Tech – Paul Johnson’s triple option will continue to keep defenses up at night and, with an improvement on their defense, they may be able to challenge Virginia Tech.
  13. Miami – The Hurricanes of old aren’t back just yet… Jacory Harris leads a potent Cane offense. They need to learn to avoid letdowns.
  14.  Oklahoma – The Sooners 2009 season was lost when Sam Bradford went down but Landry Jones gained a year’s worth of experience.
  15. Pitt – A Big East team has to show up sooner or later and the Panthers with Heisman hopeful Dion Lewis and a devestating front four could climb higher if Dave Wannestedt can finally put it all together.
  16. Arkansas – Ryan Mallet’s arm leads the Razorbacks back into the SEC east race.
  17. Oregon State – Corvallis is as nasty a place to play as there is and the Rogers brothers ensure the Beavers will put up points.
  18. Stanford – Andrew Luck makes forgetting Toby Gerhart easy. Another year of Harbaugh at coach and it will be all smiles in Cardinal land.
  19.  Penn State – In what could actually be Joe Pa’s last year they need to find a QB in Happy Valley. If Newsome can step up they will rise up the ranking quickly.
  20. USC – The Trojans at 20? Yep, They might start the season with a chip on their shoulder but there will be too  much turmoil and one loss will lead to many more. Lane Kiffin is not the coach he pretends to be.
  21. Florida State – Nine Starters are back on a high scoring offense for a team on the rise.
  22. Texas A&M – I have them winning the Big 12 South but ranked behind Texas and Oklahoma? Like I said, sometimes the stars align and luck plays a roll.
  23. North Carolina – Who cares if they party in South Beach? This defense is one of the most talented in the country. Now can someone please score.
  24. Georgia – There are questions at QB and the defense has been awful as of late. They do have talent on at the skill positions starting with WR AJ Green.
  25. West Virginia – I hate spot 25 because there are some really deserving teams left. Despite QB questions the Mountaineers return the bulk of a 9-4 team.

 

Just missed but we will probably see you soon – Navy, LSU, UConn, Cincy, Houston, Utah.

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