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Posted on: September 2, 2009 11:02 pm
 

Top 25 for 2009

Here we are again! College football season is just a few days away. So of course, I need to break out my top 25 for the upcoming year. This has been updated from the prior version made on the College Football group. Here we go:

1. Florida: Who doesn't have the Gators at number one going into this year? They return all but 4 of their starters on offense (one of which though is Percy Harvin). The amazing thing though is that they return their top 22 players on defense!!! Tim Tebow will be as good as ever as he tries to raise his stock for the NFL draft. Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez will be the leading receivers and they also have a multi-dimmensional running game. On defense, Brandon Spikes and Major Wright come back to be the leaders on a stellar defense which also has Carlos Dunlap on the pass rush and Joe Haden at corner. Their schedule will also help them in their efforts to reach the national title game. The only game that might give them trouble will be Oct. 10 when they visit LSU. There is also no Mississippi and no Alabama. If they are able to get past that tough test, you can pretty much put them down for going undefeated this season.

2. Texas: Last season was one that Longhorns fans are extremely angered about. Being pretty much screwed out of the national title game last year puts revenge in the eyes of all the fans. They should be in good shape as Colt McCoy, their top passer and rusher as well as the most accurate passer in d-1 history last year, returns to lead the offense. Not only that, but Jordan Shipley also comes back to give him a reliable target. On defense, Sergio Kindle, the team's second-best pass rusher behind Brian Orakpo who's now in the NFL), will be one of the catalysts along with Roddrick Muckelroy. As for the schedule, the Red River Rivalry game this year will be one of the biggest ever as the winner SHOULD make it to the BCS title game (Texas won last year yet got snubbed) and going to Oklahoma State will be one incredible match-up. Look for Texas to definitely be in the BCS picture come the end of the season.

3. USC: The Trojans have arguably been the best program of this decade (along with Florida and LSU) and this year, they will once again be in the title hunt. On offense, in an effort to replace Mark Sanchez, Coach Carroll has put the offense in the hands of true freshman Matt Barkley. Fortunately, he will have a fantastic running attack as they have 4-5 starter-quality running backs to rotate(the official starter will be Joe McKnight, according to ESPN) and Damian Williams is an All-American talent. On defense, however, they have to replace all three of their linebackers but Taylor Mays will always cause noise out there as he is (in my opinion) a top-three draft prospect. With the schedule, everyone has circled Sept. 12 as they go to Ohio State to play the Buckeyes. Also they have to travel to Notre Dame and to Oregon and both of those should also be incredible games. Even if they slip up once in those 3 road tests, they just might be able to make it to the title game.

4. Oklahoma: The Sooners lost the national title game last year to Florida and now want to avenge that loss. Fortunately for them, Sam Bradford, the reigning Heisman trophy winner, returns to lead the offense. Their entire running core returns with Chris Brown, Demarco Murray, and Moises Maidou, and Jermaine Gresham, another top-three prospect, will be the top target at TE. On defense, Gerald McCoy, and All-American, and Travis Lewis, last year's Big 12 freshman POY, will be forces to be reckoned with as well Dominique Franks. Looking at the schedule, the year starts off with a bang as they play BYU on a neutral site. Also, of course, there is the Red River Rivalry as mentioned earlier. Some other games that may give them trouble include trips to Miami and Texas Tech. But what may turn out to be the most crucial game could be the last game of the year against Oklahoma State. Both teams could be in the running for the Big 12 South so a win by either of them would be huge. Just like last year, the offense should be explosive and the defense will be one of the best and a title is not out of the picture.

5. Alabama: The Crimson Tide started off last year by winning their first 12 games but then lost their last two to Florida in the SEC title game and Utah in the Sugar Bowl. They are definitely looking to get back to where they were and possibly further. They will be putting in a brand new quarterback with Greg McElroy but he will have Mark Ingram coming back who was the perfect complement to Glen Coffee. Julio Jones is also one of the best wide receivers in the SEC and he's only a sophomore. The defense brings back Terrence Cody, an all-American, and Javier Arenas, an All-SEC corner as well as returner. With the schedule, they start off by facing Virginia Tech in Atlanta so we will see how they look up against top-level talent. The next big test will be on Oct. 10 when they go to face Mississippi. That game should decide who wins the SEC West. They also have to face LSU but it will be at home. This should be another exciting year down in Tuscaloosa as Alabama looks to get back to the top.

6. Virginia Tech: The Hokies are by far the best team in the ACC but they want to go farther than that. Tyrod Taylor comes back to be the leader of the offense. Losing Darren Evans for the season is definitely a huge blow but the Hokies survived last year after finding out that Brandon Ore had to leave and Evans stepped in so they might be OK. All of the receivers come back also, led by Jarrett Boykin. Virginia Tech always has a good defense and this year should be no different. They will have to replace Victor Harris but do keep their top pass rusher Jason Worilds and Cody Grimm. Looking at the schedule, as mentioned earlier, they have to play Alabama at a neutral site so we will see if the loss to Evans was as big as it seems. Also, they play Nebraska and Miami at home before starting ACC play where they will go to Georgia Tech. Watch out also for their trip to East Carolina. The Pirates upset VT last year.

7. Mississippi: The Rebels have extremely high expectations this year after winning their last 6 games last year and returning 16 starters. One of those 16 is Jevan Snead, who has one of the best arms in the country and is definitely in Heisman contention. Dexter McCluster is also coming back and he is to Mississippi like Percy Harvin was to Florida; a.k.a. Mr. Everything. The defense will also bring back Greg Hardy for the pass rush as well as Kendrick Lewis who led the team in tackles and interceptions last year. Looking at the schedule, Ole Miss has a great chance to do extremely well this upcoming year. All of the tough opponents from the SEC West come into Oxford such as Alabama and LSU. The out-of-conference schedule also includes two FCS teams so it should be a good year for the Rebels this year.

8. Penn State: The Nittany Lions definitely have the talent to win the Big 10 this year. On offense, 1st team Big 10 quarterback Daryll Clark returns after a stellar junior year. He is joined by RB Evan Royster who is also in Heisman contention. The entire starting receiving corps needs to be replaced though. On defense, "Linebacker U" is led by LB Sean Lee who missed all of last year with an injury so he will be fired up and ready to go. Alongside him is Navorro Bowman and Jared Odrick will be leading the line. They will have to replace Aaron Maybin though (who will be great with my Buffalo Bills). The biggest game on the schedule is Nov. 7 when Ohio State comes to Happy Valley. That game should decide the Big 10. Also, watch out for when they have to go to Illinois to start conference play and when they end the year against Michigan State.

9. Ohio State: The Buckeyes come into the year with yet another strong roster looking at another BCS bowl. Terrelle Pryor comes back with a year of starting experience under his belt. They do have to replace Chris "Beanie" Wells in the running game plus Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline at wide receiver. On defense, Jame Lauranitis, Marcus Freeman, and Malcolm Jenkins are all gone so that will definitely take some work to replace such talent. Luckily, Jim Tressel did a great job in recruiting with one of the best incoming classes of the year so they should be all set. Looking at the schedule, two games stand out. First, USC comes to Columbus and the Buckeyes will try to get revenge over last year's loss. Next, they have to go to Penn State to face the Nittany Lions in the game that could decide the Big 10. In the end, the schedule is fairly easy so they should be in the title picture near the end of the year.

10. California: The Golden Bears have an extremely experienced roster this year with 15 starters coming back so they should make noise in the upcoming year. The star of the offense in Jahvid Best, arguably the best running back in the country. Kevin Riley is also coming back at quarterback and has both his starting receivers returning. On defense, Tyson Alualu is the leader of the front seven to shut down the run while Syd'Quan Thompson and Darian Hagan return to lead the secondary as they combined for 29 pbu and 7 int. Two games stand out on their schedule as potential roadblocks and they are the two games that start conference play. First, they start off with a trip to Autzen Stadium to face Oregon which is one of the toughest places to play. The next week, they come back home to face USC in a game that could decide the Pac 10. If they somehow come away unscathed or with one loss, they could potentially have a big big year. If they lose both, it might go downhill fast.

11. Boise State
Key Returns: QB Kellen Moore, RB Jeremy Avery, SS Jeron Johnson
Key Losses: RB Ian Johnson, WR Jeremy Childs
Tough games: Week 1 vs. Oregon, Week 7 at Tulsa, Week 13 vs Nevada (could decide the WAC)

12. Oklahoma State
Key Returns: QB Zac Robinson, RB Kendall Hunter, WR Dez Bryant
Key Losses: CB Jacob Lacey, DT Tonga Tea
Tough Games: Week 1 vs Georgia, Week 9 vs Texas, Week 13 at Oklahoma

13. Georgia
Key Returns: WR AJ Green, LB Rennie Curran, DT Geno Atkins
Key Losses: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Knowshon Moreno
Tough Games: Week 1 at Oklahoma State, Week 5 vs LSU, Week 9 vs Florida (Jacksonville), Week 13 at Georgia Tech

14. Georgia Tech
Key Returns: RB Jonathan Dwyer, QB Josh Nesbitt, SS Morgan Burnett
Key Losses: DE Michael Johnson, DT Vance Walker
Tough Games: Week 3 at Miami, Week 6 at Florida State, Week 13 vs Georgia

15. BYU
Key Returns: QB Max Hall, RB Harvey Unga, TE Dennis Pitta, DE Jan Jorgensen
Key Losses: WR Austin Collie, LB David Nixon
Tough Games: Week 1 vs Oklahoma (Arlington), Week 8 vs TCU, Week 13 vs Utah

16. TCU
Key Returns: QB Andy Dalton, WR Jimmy Young, DE Jerry Hughes
Key Losses: RB Aaron Brown, LB Jason Phillips
Tough Games: Week 4 at Clemson, Week 8 at BYU, Week 11 vs Utah

17. LSU
Key Returns: QB Jordan Jefferson, RB Charles Scott, WR Brandon LaFell
Key Losses: WR Demetrius Byrd, DE Tyson Jackson
Tough Games: Week 5 at Georgia, Week 6 at Florida, Week 10 at Alabama, Week 12 at Mississippi

18. Utah
Key Returns: RB Matt Asiata, LB Mike Wright, LB Stevenson Sylvester
Key Losses: QB Brian Johnson, K Louie Sakoda
Tough Games: Week 3 at Oregon, Week 11 at TCU, Week 13 at BYU

19. Notre Dame:
Key Returns: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Golden Tate, SS Kyle McCarthy
Key Losses: LB Maurice Crum, DL Pat Kuntz
Tough Games: Week 2 at Michigan, Week 3 vs Michigan State, Week 7 vs USC

20. Iowa:
Key Returns: QB Ricky Stanzi, LB Pat Angerer, CB Amari Spievey
Key Losses: RB Shonn Greene, CB Bradley Fletcher
Tough Games: Week 4 at Penn State, Week 8 at Michigan State, Week 11 at Ohio State

21. Oregon
Key Returns: QB Jeremiah Massoli, RB LeGarrette Blount, CB Walter Thurmond
Key Losses: RB Jeremiah Johnson, CB Jarius Byrd
Tough Games: Week 1 at Boise State, Week 4 vs California, Week 9 vs USC, Week 14 vs Oregon State

22. Nebraska
Key Returns: DT Ndamkong Suh, RB Roy Helu, SS Larry Asante
Key Losses: QB Joe Ganz, WR Nate Swift
Tough Games: Week 3 at Virginia Tech, Week 11 at Kansas, Week 13 at Colorado (could decide the Big 12 North)

23. Florida State
Key Returns: QB Christian Ponder, W Taiwan Easterling, DE Markus White
Key Losses: LB Derek Nicholson, DE Everette Brown
Tough Games: Week 3 at BYU, Week 8 at North Carolina, Week 13 at Florida

24. Michigan State
Key Returns: LB Greg Jones, WR Blair White, FS Dan Fortener
Key Losses: RB Javon Ringer, QB Brian Hoyer
Tough Games: Week 3 at Notre Dame, Week 6 at Illinois, Week 12 vs Penn State

25. North Carolina 
Key Returns: QB TJ Yates, LB Quan Sturdivant, FS Deunta Williams
Key Losses: WR Hakeem Nicks, SS Trimane Goddard
Tough Games: Week 4 at Georgia Tech, Week 9 at Virginia Tech, Week 13 at NC State

Please tell me what you think.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: April 25, 2009 12:35 pm
 

NFL Mock Draft (final version)

2009 NFL Mock Draft

 

1.     Detroit: Matthew Stafford QB Georgia

2.     St. Louis: Jason Smith OT Baylor

3.     Kansas City: Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest

4.     Seattle: Mark Sanchez QB Southern California

5.     Cleveland: Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech

6.     Cincinnati: Andre Smith OT Alabama

7.     Oakland: Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri

8.     Jacksonville: BJ Raji DT Boston College

9.     Green Bay: Brian Orakpo DE Texas

10. San Francisco: Eugene Monroe OT Virginia

11. Buffalo: Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State

12. Denver: Tyson Jackson DT Louisiana State

13. Washington: Aaron Maybin DE/OLB Penn State

14. New Orleans: Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State

15. Houston: Brian Cushing LB Southern California

16. San Diego: Chris “Beanie” Wells RB Ohio State

17. New York Jets: Darius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland

18. Denver (from Chicago): Everette Brown DE Florida State

19. Tampa Bay: Josh Freeman QB Kansas State

20. Detroit (from Dallas): Michael Oher OT Mississippi

21. Philadelphia: Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia

22. Minnesota: Eben Britton OT Arizona

23. New England: Clay Matthews OLB Southern California

24. Atlanta: Larry English DE Northern Illinois

25. Miami: Vontae Davis CB Illinois

26. Baltimore: Rey Malaluga ILB Southern California

27. Indianapolis: Peria Jerry DT Mississippi

28. Buffalo (from Philadelphia): Robert Ayers OLB Tennessee

29. New York Giants: Kenny Britt WR Rutgers

30. Tennessee: Percy Harvin WR Florida

31. Arizona: Donald Brown RB Connecticut

32. Pittsburgh: Alex Mack C California

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:40 pm
 

2009 NFL Mock Draft (subject to change)

 Here is my first round. Of course, this will be subject to change. Seattle and Cleveland will very likely change which will shake up the entire group.

1.     Detroit: Matthew Stafford QB Georgia

2.     St. Louis: Jason Smith OT Baylor

3.     Kansas City: Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest

4.     Seattle: Eugene Monroe OT Virginia

5.     Cleveland: Brian Orakpo DE Texas

6.     Cincinnati: Andre Smith OT Alabama

7.     Oakland: Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri

8.     Jacksonville: Mark Sanchez QB Southern California

9.     Green Bay: B.J. Raji DT Boston College

10. San Francisco: Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech

11. Buffalo: Aaron Maybin DE/LB Penn State

12. Denver: Josh Freeman QB Kansas State

13. Washington: Tyson Jackson DE Louisiana State

14. New Orleans: Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State

15. Houston: Brian Cushing LB Southern California

16. San Diego: Chris “Beanie” Wells RB Ohio State

17. New York Jets: Darius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland

18. Denver (from Chicago): Everette Brown DE Florida State

19. Tampa Bay: Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech

20. Detroit (from Dallas): Michael Oher OT Mississippi

21. Philadelphia: Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State

22. Minnesota: Eben Britton OT Arizona

23. New England: Rey Malaluga LB Southern California

24. Atlanta: Peria Jerry DT Mississippi

25. Miami: Vontae Davis CB Illinois

26. Baltimore:  Robert Ayers LB Tennessee

27. Indianapolis: Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia

28. Philadelphia (from Carolina): Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina

29. New York Giants: Clay Matthews LB Southern California

30. Tennessee: Percy Harvin WR Florida

31. Arizona: LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh

32. Pittsburgh: Alex Mack C California

 

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 2, 2008 12:30 am
 

My Top 25

This is my Top 25:

1. USC: The Trojans look primed and ready to conted for another national championship. Having Mark Sanchez play in a few games last year helps matters. Also, Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson, Patrick Turner, Rey Malaluga, Brian Cushing, and Kevin Ellison return to a team that was loaded in the first place. Teams such as Arizona State, California, Oregon and Notre Dame all come to the Coliseum and the Buckeyes come to the Coliseum to play as well. If they can get past the Buckeyes, it  should be a good ride to the national title game. Watch out for games at Oregon State and UCLA as potential upsets.

2. Georgia: The Bulldogs are the hottest team in football right now, winning 10 of their last 11 games which was capped off by a beatdown of the Hawaii Warriors in the Sugar Bowl. Knowshon Moreno is a top Heisman candidate and Matthew Stafford needs good numbers in order to solidify his spot as one of the top quarterbacks in next year's draft. Outside of their venture to Tempe, Arizona, the non-conference schedule is pretty soft. Other than that, the road is not easy. They have to travel to Auburn, to LSU, to South Carolina, and they have to play Florida in Jacksonville. If they can survive these  intense tests, they should be a shoo-in for the national title game. The Central Michigan game will not be as easy as the experts think and don't write off home games against Tennessee and Alabama.

3. Florida: The Gators have one of the most explosive offenses in the country and it takes very few blows. Other than Andre Caldwell leaving, Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, and Emmanuel Moody, a USC transfer, return to strengthen an offense that put up 43 ppg. The glaring problem, however, is in the pass defense and a very inexperienced secondary. That was weakened even more when Dorian Munroe was declared to be out for the season and Will Hill, a freshman, will be brought in to replace him. The out-of-conference schedule is not bad but the SEC games are. They have to travel to Tennessee and play Georgia in Jacksonville. The Georgia game will decide who may play for the national title. Keep an eye out for the rivalry game at Florida State and the game against Miami in the Swamp.

4. Ohio State: The Buckeyes are, once again, the cream of the crop of the Big 10 conference. James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins return to an already fantastic defense. The offense is also all set with Todd Boeckman, Chris Wells, and Brian Robiskie returning. The schedule looks pretty easy with out-of-conference games such as Youngstown State, Ohio, and Troy. The only problem is the game against USC at the Coliseum in the second week of the year. This will prove if Ohio State deserves to stand with the big boys. If they can pull off the monumental upset, they should make it to their third straight national title game. Watch out for games at Wisconsin and at Illinois as potential upsets.

5. Oklahoma: The Sooners look ready to repeat as Big XII champions. Sam Bradford comes back for his sophomore year and speed demon DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown also return. In the defense, Nic Harris and Auston English return to help a pretty strong defense. The schedule pins them up against the usual in Texas at Dallas and they luckily get Texas Tech and Kansas at home. They also do not have to play Missouri. Look for the Sooners to put up big and possibly represent the South in the Big XII title game. Games at Washington and Texas A&M may prove a little scare.

6. Missouri: The Tigers are sitting pretty and look poised to make noise onthe national scale. Heisman runner-up Chase Daniel returns with darkhorse Heisman candidate Jeremy Maclin and the best tight end in the country, Chase Coffman. On defense, Sean Witherspoon and William Moore also come back to lead a good defense that only loses three starters. The big games are the road ones at Nebraska, Texas, and the Border War at the end of the season. They have the cast to go undefeated and play in the Big XII title game and maybe in the national championship. The opener against Illinois and the home game against Colorado may prove as upset alert games.

7. Clemson: The Tigers may finally live up to expectations this year and save Tommy Bowden. CJ Spiller and James Davis are the catalysts to a very talented offense that also returns quarterback Cullen Harper and wide reciever Aaron Kelly. On the defense, Michael Hamlin returns to bring support to the secondary and a defense that only loses 3 starters. The opener against Alabama will help to prove where this Clemson team is. They also have challenging games at Wake Forest  and the Bowden Bowl at Florida State. They should do well in these contests and move on to the ACC title game. Watch out for games against Maryland and the closer against South Carolina as upset alerts.

8. West Virginia: The Mountaineers look all set to defend its Big East title from last year. Pat White returns to lead the fast-paced offense with the help of speedster Noel Devine. Hearing recent news of Bill Stewart planning to put Pat White in a pocket passer role shocked me and that will not help West Virginia very much. On the defense, 7 starters leave but Reed Williams brings a little experience to the defense which sould not pose too much of a problem. As far as the schedule goes, they play Auburn at home which prepares them for a brutal second half which includes games at Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh. That is all capped off by an excellent final game in Morgantown against South Florida. Watch out as well for the home game against Cincinnati in the second half that may be a stumbling block.

9. Auburn: The Tigers are coming into the year a little under the radar but should be good this year. Ben Tate and Brad Lester should provide help for sophomore Kodi Burns. On defense, Antonio Coleman and Sen'Derrick Marks are the anchors to the pass rush and to a defense that should be quite good this year. The schedule does not look that difficult with the only real test coming halfway through the year when they go to Morgantown and play West Virginia. Other than that, the nonconference schedule is a cakewalk. Other than Alabama, they do not go anywhere tough and they play LSU at home. This will help them qualify for the SEC title game. Another home game against Tennessee may also prove to be one to watch out for.

10. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders come into the year as one of the teams that has surprisingly high expectations. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree come back to lead the nation's best passing offense. Jamar Wall and Marlon Williams return to a defense that only loses three starters. If the defense can hold up, this should be a fantastic team. The schedule includes tough trips to Kansas and to Oklahoma which may prove to be the only downfalls of this team. Their out-of-conference schedule should get them ready for the Big XII games and at the end of the year, they may be contending for the South title. Games at Nevada and at Texas A&M may prove to be tough ones.

11. Texas: The Longhorns hope to continue their streak of 10 win seasons. With Colt McCoy and Quan Cosby returning on offense, they should be able to put up points if they can replace Jamaal Charles. On defense, Brian Orakpo and Ryann Palmer return to a defense that only returns four starters so that may prove to be a problem. Just like with Texas Tech, the nonconference games occur right at the beginning of the year and it is very weak. With the Big XII schedule, they play host to Missouri but they do go to Dallas for Oklahoma and they go to Texas Tech and Kansas. The streak of 10 wins or more may be broken this year but the Longhorns should be contenders. Watch out for a trip to Colorado and games against Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

12. BYU: The Cougars are aiming for perfection this year and they just might get it. If they are once again able to get Max Hall throwing for close to 4,000 yards and Harvey Unga rushing for close to 1,000 yards, they will do well. The defense is extremely weak with only three starters returning but that does include Jan Jorgensen who put up 14 sacks last year. The schedule is extremely easy and the only real problem should come at the last game of the year when they go to Utah. That will prove if they will be undefeated or not. Other potential problems include a trip to TCU and a home game against UCLA.

13. LSU: The Tigers begin their quest to defend the national championship a bit short handed. With the dismissal of Ryan Perrilloux from the team, LSU will have to put up with a transfer from Harvard, Jarrett Lee. He will have Keiland Williams, Brandon LaFell and Demetrius Byrd to work with, however. On defense, they get back Tyson Jackson, Marlon Favorite, and Ricky-Jean Francois and they will do their best for the Tigers. The schedule includes trips to Florida and Auburn as well as Georgia at Tiger Stadium. The defense will be fime but the offense may prove to be dangerous for the Tigers. Games to watch out for are the opener against Appalachian State (hey, Michigan wasn't careful) and going to South Carolina.

14. Kansas: Everyone is ready to write off the Jayhawks this year but that is because they will catch no one off their guard this year. They still have most of the same talent from last year. Todd Reesing looks poised and ready and Dexton Fields will give him a valuable option for the ball. The defense brings back Joe Mortensen as well as eight other starters. Their big game will be right off the bat when they travel to South Florida to face the Bulls. This will show the country if the Jayhawks are back. They only have to face Oklahoma on the road and they face Texas Tech and Texas at home. The final game against Missouri will decide who goes to the Big XII title game. Upset alerts include a trip to Nebraska and playing at home against Colorado.

15. South Florida: The Bulls look to give Jim Leavitt yet another great year. Matt grothe returns to lead the offense where he joins Mike Ford and Carlton Mitchell. The big returnee for the defense in George Selvie at defensive end who will create havoc in the backfield once again. The schedule includes a home game against Kansas early as well as Pittsburgh at home. They also end the year against the Mountaineers at Morgantown and that will decide who plays in the BCS bowls. Upset alerts include games at Cincinnati and at Louisville as well as Rutgers and Connecticut right before WVU.

16. Arizona State: The Sun Devils are prepared to ride off of last year's success. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter returns along with running back Keegan Herring and Michael Jones. The offensive line is less experienced but should improve after they gave up 55 sacks last year. The defense brings back Luis Vasquez and Troy Nolan as well as Dexter Davis. The schedule starts off soft and then they get Georgia at home. That should be a real good warmup for the Pac-10 schedule. They travel to California and USC and end the season against Arizona. They should contend for second in the Pac-10. Games to watch out for include a trip to Oregon State and a home game against UCLA.

17. Virginia Tech: The Hokies are once again at the top of the ACC Coastal preseason rankings and are ready to take the crown again. Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor both return in the quarterback spot but Brandon Ore was dismissed from the team so that should hurt. Victor Harris and Cam Martin return on a fairly inexperienced defense but it is talented. The only tests on the schedule include trips to Nebraska and to Miami. They also have to travel to Florida State which should also be a dandy. Games to watch out for include a trip to North Carolina and a home game against Maryland.

18. Wisconsin: The Badgers are in the group in the Big 10 that are good but will not come close to Ohio State. The offense brings back solid running back PJ Hill and talented tight end Travis Beckum. The defense also brings back Matt Shaughnessy and Johnathan Casillas to a defense that only loses two starters. The schedule is not tough but it includes a trip to Ann Arbor to play the Wolverines as well as a home game against the Buckeyes. The Badgers should be back to play in another January bowl game. Some more good games include a trip to Fresno State as well as a trip to Iowa.

19. South Carolina: The Gamecocks are primed to not repeat what happened last year in their monumental collapse. Chris Smelley returns to direct the offense and he also has Kenny McKinley and Jared Cook to throw to. On defense, Jasper Brinkley looks fully recovered frrom his injury and he joins Emanuel Cook and Marque Hall. The schedule looks fairly easy for a SEC team but they still have to go to Florida and Clemson at the end of the season. They should rebound and make a bowl game. Keep an eye out for the trip to Mississippi for it might be the Vanderbilt game of last year (the game that started the awful skid).

20. Penn State: The Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno look set to recover from offseason problems and have a good year. The offense is a little weak as its top quarterback and running back. However, Daryll Clark and Evan Royster are back to fill the gaps along with returning starter Deon Butler. On defense, "Linebacker U" will be without Sean Lee after he tore his ACL. They do, however, bring back Maurice Evans and Lydell Sargeant. The schedule is not awful but they still have to travel to Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa. They should challenge ten winds and make a good bowl game. Watch out for the home game against Illinois and Oregon State.

21. Tennessee: The Volunteers are set to defend  their SEC East crown. Arian Foster is set to be the center of the offensive gameplan and new quarterback Johnathan Crompton will have Lucas Taylor and Austin Rogers to throw th ball to. On defense, Demonte Bolden and Eric Berry both return. The schedule includes trips to Auburn, Georgia, and South Carolina which make it very tough for them to repeat. Other good games include a trip to UCLA and a home game against Alabama.

22, Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are still flying under the radar but should have a good year. Led by Riley Skinner and Josh Adams, the offense should put up some decent points. On defense, nine starters return including Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry. They only have five road games on the schedule which include trips to Miami, Maryland, and Florida State. They also get Clemson at home. Wake Forest should make a statement this year and make a bowl game. Games to watch out for early ones against Navy and Ole Miss.

23. Notre Dame: Last season was the worst in Fighting Irish history and they are ready to make a comeback. Jimmy Clausen brings back eight other starters alongside him on offense. Maurice Crum and David Bruton lead an Irish defense that also returns seven starters. The schedule is so much easier than last year's so seven or eight wins would not be out of the picture. They get Michigan at home but they do have to travel to USC and Michigan State. Upset alerts include a trip to North Carolina as well as Pittsburgh at home.

24. Cincinnati: The Bearcats had a great year last year and this year should not be much different. Dustin Grutza and Notre Dame transfer Demetrius Jones fight for the quarterback spot and Marcus Barnett returns to lead the wide recievers. On defense, Deangelo Smith, Mike McKens, and Corey Smith lead a talented bunch. They have to go to Oklahoma early on and they also get to go to Connecticut, West Virginia and Louisville as well as South Florida at home. While last year was great, this year, they will be slightly worse but they will still make a bowl game. Games to eye out include Pittsburgh and the trip to Hawaii at the end of the year.

25. Oregon: The Ducks ended last year's amazing year on an extremely high note but with Dennis Dixon's injury, their national title hopes were ruined. Now, they have to find his replacement. Nathan Costa leads the pack after an ACL injury took him out all of last year. Jaison Williams and Ed Dickson give him options. The defense brings back Patrick Chung, Walter thurmond, and Nick Reed. The nonconference schedule is fairly simple but they do travel to USC, California, Arizona State, and Oregon State. Games to watch out for include an early trip to Purdue as well as a meeting with Boise State at Eugene.

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