With everyone else putting out College Football power rankings, and with the season less than a month away. I figured why not put out my own version.
5 Teams Most Likely to Win a National Title:
1. Ohio State
– I know many are scratching their heads on putting this team ahead of the defending National Champs, Alabama. But this team is very talented and returns a plethora of players off of last year’s Rose Bowl Champion. Terrelle Pryor, in an outstanding Rose Bowl performance, finally looked ready to meet the heavy expectations that Buckeye Nation bestowed on him upon his arrival in Columbus. Without a weakness to be found, I have these guys as my number 1 at this point. Also remember that though the Big Ten will be tough, it is not as rugged as the SEC.
– With the return of their quarterback, Heisman Trophy winning running back, outstanding backup running back, and top 2 receivers, you better believe that Nick Saban’s boys will be ready to play. But the SEC is brutal and with question marks on defense, I have them sliding to number 2 on my power rankings.
3. Virginia Tech
– They have arguably the most dangerous backfield in America. They play in the ACC. And if they can manage to find a way to get by a very strong Boise State team in Week 1. The Hokies should cruise until a late November date with the U. This is the game that should make or break their National Championship or ACC Championship hopes for that matter.
– Urban Meyer is the best coach in the country. And though he lost a ton of talent off of last year’s underachieving squad, the Gators will be chomping at the bit all year. Do not be surprised to see this team knock off the Tide on October 2nd at Alabama. As the University of Cincinnati and so many other opponents of the Gators have learned over the past few years, speed truly does kill.
– Bob Stoops claims he has a formidable squad ready to go and take care of business in the Big 12 this year. And when Stoops speaks, people tend to listen. They will have to overcome a big time early season challenge in Cincinnati on September 25th. But do not be surprised to see the Sooners back in a BCS Bowl game or dare I say the National Championship.
Very Probable BCS Bowl Game Participants (Best of the Rest):
– I would have these guys ranked in the top 5. But I am not sure if they can beat Virginia Tech in Week 1. I see this as probably their only loss on the year though. With great power comes great responsibility. With great talent comes great expectations. And with this being said, the expectations are at an all time high. It is never easy to deal with big time expectations.
– The Longhorns will be tough again. Minus the Oklahoma game, I only see them struggling at Nebraska. Do not be surprised if this team under the great coaching of Mack Brown somehow sneaks past the Sooners for the Big 12 Title though.
– This team is back and hungry after a BCS Bowl victory down in Miami. Outside of Ohio State, this is the toughest team in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes will be one of America’s best in 2010. And though many do not give this team much respect, they will make some noise this year with their accomplishments on the field.
– The U invented swagger. This should be the best team Miami has had in some time. September 11th will be an extremely tough game at Ohio State. But if they can find a way to knock of the Hokies on November 20th, this team will be heading to a BCS Bowl for the first time in years.
– The Dion Lewis led Panthers are hungry to atone for their heartbreaking loss to end the regular season against their rival Cincinnati last season. They will not get rid of that bad taste until they clinch a Big East Championship, earning an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game. Behind a strong rushing attack and a great defense, this team is dangerous, and a force to be reckoned with. Do not be too surprised though if the Bearcats shock the Panthers again in Cincinnati come December 4th to go to a BCS Bowl Game for a 3rd straight year.
Other Teams that Could Sneak Into BCS Bowls:
Cincinnati, TCU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arkansas
College Football is always very unpredictable and fun. I know many will question my pick of a non SEC team winning the National Title. Realize that though the Big Ten will be tough this year, OSU will have an easier time going undefeated than if they played a brutal SEC Conference schedule. The beautiful thing about College Football is its mysterious nature. This year appears to be no different as teams enter their 3rd day of official practices.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.