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Saturday, August 6, 2011

The allourblogs College Football Preseason Rankings

First of all, I believe that the preseason rankings are pointless. How can you rank teams and not see them play a down against another team? I believe that is no fair. Plus, these rankings go into the final rankings for the BCS. There should be no preseason rankings. After week 1, there can be rankings. Don’t get me wrong, it still is fun to see if your team is predicted to win the national title and where others believe your team stands, but it isn’t fair to the other teams.

So let us get started, in descending order.

10. South Carolina Gamecocks
Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks have a lot to look forward to this year. If Alshon Jeffery (WR) and Marcus Lattimore (HB) are healthy and have a great year, this is one hell of a team. Last year they went to the SEC Championship game but got mulled against eventual champion Auburn. The strength in the gamecocks puts them at #10 in our rankings.

9. Boise State Broncos
Boise State is always in the fight for one of the top spots. Chris Peterson does a wonderful job with this squad. They have two huge games this year, at Georgia the first week and the game against TCU. If they get past both of these teams, look for this team to again be in the discussion for a national title game. What is even better about this team is that they can even run this year with Doug Martin who averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

8. Wisconsin Badgers
The power running attack of the Badgers is something else. With the new addition of Russell Wilson, watch this team open up the offense a little bit more. I was in love with John Clay, but Montee Ball and James White will do just fine this year with the offensive line that they have in Wisconsin. The predicted Big Ten champions will make a good run this season to the top teams this season.

7. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Justin Blackmon is the top WR in the Big 12, let alone in the country. Brandon Weeden (QB) will have a new offensive coordinator to help him call the shots. Their entire offensive line returns from last year. But their defense is rather questionable this season. But who really needs a defense in the Big 12 as long as you score more points.

6. Oregon Ducks
The Ducks return a good a backfield with LaMichael James (HB) and Darron Thomas (QB), so there is no question they will have firepower on offense this year. They lost their top CB due to suspension so look for them to also have a questionable defense next year.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Tide this year lost some incredible players last year but still return Trent Richardson (HB). They have to replace Julio Jones. In the offseason, they picked up Duron Carter (WR) from Ohio State but was kicked off the team due to academics. Their defense lost a great defensive line but Alabama feels as though they made up for the new line that they will start this year. They don’t exactly have the same firepower they did last year with Mark Ingram and co. but still should have an incredible year with Nick Saban.

4. Florida State Seminoles
They are a team with incredible speed this year. Returning 16 starters from last year, they need to replace Christian Ponder. It looks as though E.J. Manuel will be calling the shots. And if he can keep the ball away from the other team, this squad will have an exceptional year. The defense on this team is devastating. DE Brandon Jenkins had 13.5 sacks last year which was 3rd last year.

3. LSU Tigers
If Jordan Jefferson produces this year and is consistent, this team is the one to beat. HB Spencer Ware is going to have a great season this year. Usually LSU hiccups at least once during the season so that is why they can’t be named #1 in this ranking.

2. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners have a gunslinger this year in Landry Jones. The only issue with this squad is a replacement for DeMarco Murray (HB). If they beat Florida State in the 2nd game of the season and Oklahoma State this year, this team is going all of the way to the title game. The consensus #1 in the polls ends up #2 in our poll.

And the #1 team is……..

1. Stanford Cardinal
With the best QB returning for his final season, it is hard to see Andrew Luck not doing well this season. This kid is as for real as it gets. Their team may not bring back many starters this season but, they bring back the important players. Stanford outrushed their opponents 2,779 to 1,571. This offense is just jaw-dropping. The defense is very good, only allowing 17.4 points per game. This is why they have the allourblogs #1 ranking for 2011.

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