Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Walker Sports College Football Top 25 Poll: Season Preview


In a few short weeks, the college football season will be upon us, and we will be in the midst of that amazing time of year where the weather is warm, the drinks are cold and the early season football is hot. Here at Walker Sports we see it as our goal to make sure you are ready for the 2010 football season, and you can't talk college football and not have a top 25 poll. Sure, it's early, but you have to start somewhere.

1) Alabama Crimson Tide: They won last year's national title and completed an impressive undefeated season. On offense 'Bama brings back their Heisman winning running back and the bulk of their other weapons. If an inexperienced defense can find its way quickly you could be looking at repeat champions.

2)Ohio State Buckeyes: Everything Terrelle Pryor has accomplished in his college career has built toward this moment. He was was the hottest quarterback in the country when he took the reigns to the Buckeyes, and with three seasons under his belt, it's time to shine. The coaching staff has proved they are willing to open up the playbook, now it's a question of what will Mr. Pryor do with it?

3)Boise State Broncos: This is not a joke, Boise was legit last season and they were screwed out of the opportunity to play for a national championship. In 2010 Boise State is starting off with a high ranking, and you can believe they are going to remain up there.

4)Oklahoma Sooners: Thanks to injuries last season, a lot of the young players on the Sooners roster were thrown into the fire early. With a year under their belt, it's time for them to produce because Oklahoma fans do not believe in rebuilding years.

5) Florida Gators: The Gators have to replace the greatest college quarterback of all time, and that will not be easy. Nonetheless, Urban Myers knows how to restock talent in Florida. Helping Florida along the way will be the weakest SEC East we have seen in years.

6) Nebraska Cornhuskers: The Cornhuskers are back in a big way. There's a good chance Nebraska will make their last season in the Big 12 a memorable one and take home the Big 12 Championship along the way.

7)Virginia Tech Hokies: We will know everything we need to know about the Hokies after their season opener against Boise State. Survive that test and the Hokies are a contender, fail and it's the same old Virginia Tech program.

8)TCU Horned Frogs: Last year was a dream year for TCU, and there's no reason they cannot repeat their successful season which ended with a trip to a BCS game.

9)Oregon Ducks: They shocked everyone last year when they won the PAC 10, but their star quarterback will be throwing touchdowns down in Mississippi this season. Lucky for Oregon fans their rushing game is what set the Ducks apart.

10)Texas Longhorns: The Longhorns will not miss a step with Colt McCoy gone. This is still a great team.

11)Iowa Hawkeyes: The Hawkeyes were impressive in their Orange Bowl victory last year. This year they will look to improve on that, which won't be easy with a resurgent Big 10

12)Florida State Seminoles: Bobby Bowden may be gone, but the Seminoles are still a stacked team. Jimbo Fisher has brought a new attitude and a sense of professionalism to this program.

13)USC Trojans: Lane Kiffen is calling the shots, and who knows what may happen this season. But for what it's worth, it doesn't matter what USC does on the field this year.

14)Miami Hurricanes: The Hurricanes showed massive amounts of improvement last season, and if they can take the next step and remain focused for an entire season they could be a very dangerous team.

15)Wisconsin Badgers: The Badgers will need to find some replacements for key players on their defense, if they want to be a true contender in the Big 10.

16)Georgia Bulldogs: This could be one interesting season between the hedges. Keep a close eye on the coaching decisions.

17)Arkansas Razorbacks: Ryan Mallett may be the best quarterback in the SEC, and Bobby Petrino is one of the best coaches. Look for these two to light up scoreboards all over the south.

18)North Carolina Tar Heels: Can North Carolina put aside all these allegations they could have a good team. The defense is ready to perform but can the offense score enough points?

19)Pittsburgh Panthers: Our first Big East team in the poll, Pitt proved they have a high scoring offense, and they know how to strike from anywhere on the field.

20)LSU Tigers: Les Miles will need to improve on this ranking, if he wants to remain the head man down in Louisiana.

21)Utah Utes: Utah has become a solid program over the past few years. With a conference switch on the horizon, the Utes are ready to show the nation they are ready to play with the big boys.

22)Auburn Tigers: Anyone who reads this blog should know our feeling on Auburn's new head man, but nonetheless he seems to have a good grasp on things.

23)UConn Huskies: The Huskies have come a long way from their minor league days. Expect big things from this program.

24)Penn State Nitny Lions: Replacing a quarterback won't be easy, but Joe Pa always keeps this program running well.

25)Washington Huskies: All I'm going to say is Jake Locker. This team will go as far as his arm and legs will carry them.


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