In case you haven’t noticed, the college football season starts this week! You probably thought I had forgotten, didn’t you? Well, I haven’t, I’ve just been a little bit busy.
Here is the 2011 Preseason Top Ten as I see it:
1. Oregon– This is the best team returning the most talent.
2. Oklahoma– They are everyone else’s number one team, but they didn’t play in the national title game last year. They did get their first BCS win since 1942 (well maybe just a few years).
3. Alabama– They have enough talent alone to be a top 5 team, and that coach they have is pretty good.
4. Stanford– One name. Andrew Luck. They are breaking in a new coach, but if he will just follow the plans of Jim Harbaugh, they will be fine.
5. Nebraska– The black shirts have returned. Bo Pelini has this program rocking. They just need a consistent offense.
6. Oklahoma State– They are still the second (or maybe third) best team in the Big 12 South. However, the offense has firepower that few other programs in the country has.
7. Texas A&M– Ryan Tannehill made a difference for the Aggies last year vaulting them in to a top tier team. He is back to be starter for a full year to see what Texas A&M can do and to show the SEC they belong in their conference. They get that chance in Arlington, TX against Arkansas whom they have yet to beat since renewing the rivalry.
8. Wisconsin– Forget the Rose Bowl loss, Wisconsin is still a great program. They have a power running game, a solid defense, and a new quarterback with starting experience. They win another 10 games (or more).
9. Arkansas– What? You thought I would include LSU? In case you haven’t seen, they are having some off-the-field problems. Meanwhile, the Hogs are coming off a BCS Bowl game, they have an experienced defense, the best receiving corp in the country and a quarterback who went toe-to-toe with Cam Newton last year when Ryan Mallett was injured.
10. TCU– The Horned Frogs finished number 2 last year and were 12-0. Obviously, it was the best season in several decades for the angry little frogs. They also lost a bunch of their firepower from last year including QB Andy Dalton. Enter Casey Pachall. He was even more highly recruited than Dalton and played really well in the last game of the season when Dalton was injured. They return their top backs and they will reload on the offensive line like they always do. On defense, they will reload which is what Gary Patterson does. They have the best linebacking crew in the country in Tanner Brock and Tank Carder.