New Hampshire DB Jake Kiley Commits to Penn State
July 26, 2011 – | No Comment

States like New Hampshire are often overlooked by college recruiters scouring the northeast. With a population of a little over 1.3 million (barely 14.5% of the population of New York City), the talent pool in …

Read the full story »

Kevin’s Top 25

Submitted by on August 14, 200912 Comments

Can the Florida Gators winn it all again?
Can the Florida Gators win it all again?

# Team Name Coaches Poll 2008 Record Bowl Result
1

Florida 1 13-1 W National Championship
2

Texas 2 12-1 W Fiesta Bowl
3

Oklahoma 3 12-2 L National Championship
4

USC 4 12-1 W Rose Bowl
5

Penn State 8 11-2 L Rose Bowl
6

Ohio State 6 10-3 L Fiesta Bowl
7

Virginia Tech 7 10-4 W Orange
8

Alabama 5 12-2 L Sugar
9

Oklahoma State 11 9-3 L Holiday Bowl
10

Georgia 13 10-3 W Capital One
11

LSU 9 8-5 W Chick Fil-A
12

Ole Miss 10 9-4 W Cotton
13

Georgia Tech 15 9-4 L Chick Fil-A
14

Oregon 14 10-3 W Holiday
15

Oregon State 25 9-4 W Sun
16

Boise State 16 12-1 L Poinsettia
17

Iowa

Iowa 21 9-4 W Outback
18

Utah 18 13-0 W Sugar
19

TCU 17 11-2 W Poinsettia
20

Illinois

Illinois - 5-7 DNQ
21

Florida State 19 9-4 W Champs Sports
22

North Carolina 20 8-5 W Meineke Car Car
23

Notre Dame

Notre Dame 23 7-6 W Hawaii
24

BYU 24 10-3 L Las Vegas
25

Rutgers - 8-5 W Papajohns.com

Charlie got the ball rolling the other day with his preliminary top 25 poll. Today I unveil my top 25 poll, which will be averaged together with Charlie’s and Devon’s top 25 polls for our official ballot in the CBSSports.com BlogPoll.

Like just about every poll that is coming out the top three teams are a given. Florida takes the top spot in my initial poll as they return a boat load of starters from last year’s championship team. I felt last year that Texas was better than Oklahoma, and I feel that way once again. I fully expect Texas to play their way into the BCS Championship game in 2009, but Oklahoma will be ready to take their spot should the Longhorns slip.

I hesitated to USC as high as number four as they enter 2009 with a young quarterback tandem leading the charge. Still though the Trojans have mega talent and at the end of the year they may be chirping for a shot at the title game.

As for Penn State and Ohio State, it really could be a toss up. As it stands though I am predicting the Nittany Lions to win the Big Ten, including a head-to-head victory over the Buckeyes so naturally I have to put Penn State ahead of Ohio State for now.

Kool-Aid Tastes Funny, but not too Sour

Notre DameCharlie left the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame out of his top 25 and I do not blame him. When the coaches poll was released I was slightly miffed at the notion that Notre Dame made a preseason appearance on the list for the first time in a couple seasons, but I was hardly in disbelief.

Notre Dame does some have talent on their team, like it or not. Are they as great as sliced bread? No, despite what Notre Dame fans will say.

When I put together my initial top 25 poll I try to predict where the teams will finish the season. Honestly, Notre Dame has a schedule that should get them into the top 25. I will not go as far as saying that Notre Dame should book plane tickets to any of the BCS bowl locations, but they should be able to pick up eight or nine wins, and with the media machine rolling behind them a top 25 finish is not at all out of the question.

A team that I feel has been given a free entry to the preseason top 25′s in a number of recent years is Florida State. Winning a pair of national championships in the 90′s has served the Seminoles well in some pre season polls as Florida State has become a regular in the initial polls despite not having much to offer. Playing in a weak ACC that rivals the ineptitude of the Big East recently, the Seminoles are usually one of the top teams discussed. the Seminoles last competed for the ACC championship in 2005, when they knocked off fifth ranked Virginia Tech to steal a BCS bid and played Penn State in a triple overtime Orange Bowl.

But this year could be a little different for Florida State. Despite a black cloud looming over the program right now they still possess the kind of talent that can bring home a 13th conference crown. Virginia Tech appears to be the stiffest competition, but Georgia Tech will be no slouch either. Florida state will host Georgia Tech as well as Miami and Maryland and Virginia Tech is not on the regular season schedule.

Surprise, Shockers, and Let-Downs

Rutgers is my surprise team in the top 25. Because they play in an anemic Big East where any team can win, and they have welcomed in former prized Penn State recruit Darrell Givens, I am going to take a stab in the dark and predict that Greg Schiano will coach Rutgers back to a bowl game. they get their toughest conference games at home against Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Cincinnati and South Florida. Brace yourself, because Rutgers could make a run for the Orange Bowl as Big East champions.

Is it considered a shock to have a popular and trendy top ten team not in my top ten? I am not prepared to dip into the pool when it comes to anointing Ole Miss as a possible national championship dark horse. Why? Because they beat Florida last year? To me it seems that Ole Miss is suffering from what I call “Pittitis”, a disease I came across when witnessing that early pollsters were quick to jump on the Pitt band wagon a couple early polls deemed Pitt as a legitimate threat from the Big East with nothing more than stating the act that they had beaten #2 West Virginia the prior season. The Rebels from Ole Miss may be a decent football squad, but basing their lofty pre season rankings based on the fact that they beat Florida last year and a Texas Tech team that does not know the concept of defense in the Cotton Bowl is sketchy at best. Remember that Ole Miss lost four games that were not against Florida. They had a fine season last year and picked up some nice wins, but I am not ready to purchase my ticket for this band wagon just yet.

As this is my first stab at the top 25 poll and a single game has not been played yet on the field, where it matters, I do not have a let down yet. But for future reference, this is the place I will discuss a particular team that I feel did not live up to expectations and may have dropped in my rankings for one reason or another.

On the Radar

Cal, Nebraska, Miami, Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia

top related stories
you may also like

  • CAL

    I'm shocked you don't have Cal in your Top 25. With one of the most explosive running backs returning in Best, they could very well get the job done finally against USC.

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    Although I think Penn State has a great squad this year, I don't really think they are Top 5 material headed into the season opener. Virginia Tech has a much more established squad position wise than we do, and they have a heck of an opener against Alabama. We might not even know too much about Penn State until our 4th game of the season against Iowa which is stunning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-McGuire/731066783 Kevin McGuire

    This is why it is a pre season poll. I am bound to miss somebody and perhaps Cal is that team. They are at the top of my radar though and can easily make a jump into the mix after week one. I'll keep a close eye on them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-McGuire/731066783 Kevin McGuire

    Again, I try to use my poll as a way of predicting how the teams will finish. I would like to see a little more of Virginia Tech before I get too high on them. And I'm not about to get excited about an Orange Bowl win over Cincinnati.

  • psudevon

    You guys are going to love mine. It is rather…unique.

  • KYterp

    Good call. Virginia Tech might and probably will win the ACC, but a win over Cincinnati from the Big East shouldn't propel them into the Top 5.

  • CAL

    I'm shocked you don't have Cal in your Top 25. With one of the most explosive running backs returning in Best, they could very well get the job done finally against USC.

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    Although I think Penn State has a great squad this year, I don't really think they are Top 5 material headed into the season opener. Virginia Tech has a much more established squad position wise than we do, and they have a heck of an opener against Alabama. We might not even know too much about Penn State until our 4th game of the season against Iowa which is stunning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-McGuire/731066783 Kevin McGuire

    This is why it is a pre season poll. I am bound to miss somebody and perhaps Cal is that team. They are at the top of my radar though and can easily make a jump into the mix after week one. I'll keep a close eye on them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-McGuire/731066783 Kevin McGuire

    Again, I try to use my poll as a way of predicting how the teams will finish. I would like to see a little more of Virginia Tech before I get too high on them. And I'm not about to get excited about an Orange Bowl win over Cincinnati.

  • psudevon

    You guys are going to love mine. It is rather…unique.

  • KYterp

    Good call. Virginia Tech might and probably will win the ACC, but a win over Cincinnati from the Big East shouldn't propel them into the Top 5.