The beginning of the college football season is always great because no matter who you’re rooting for you can somehow convince yourself that they’re going to win the national championship. You know Cougar fans are thinking they’re going to run the table and shock the country. UW hasn’t sniffed the top 10 in eons and they still claim to always compete for a title. Oregon State fans are… stocking up on kegs because they’re going to be awful again.
But you can always make excuses… new coach, new recruit, new year. There’s always a chance.
And furthering the rampant college football talk, the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll for college football. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing but at least we can start making brash statements about teams that are supposed to be good despite not taking the field yet.
So lets take a gander at this list shall we?
AP PRESEASON TOP 25
1. Alabama (33)
2. Clemson (16)
3. Oklahoma (4)
4. Florida State (5)
5. LSU (1)
6. Ohio State (1)
7. Michigan (1)
10. Notre Dame
11. Ole Miss
12. Michigan State
21. Oklahoma State
22. North Carolina
No. 1 Alabama (you know the zombie-like, soulless, football program ran by Nick Saban) and No. 2 Clemson were in those same rankings last year but the big bugaboo about these two squads is they have tough games to start the season. No cupcake battles against West East Northern South State School – Satelite Campus. On the first Saturday (Sept. 3) we will get Alabama vs. No. 20 USC, while Clemson is playing SEC pedigree-ed Auburn. Oh and I should remind you this is a real USC team. One that can compete for the postseason and whatnot. Not the “Pete Carroll left us for Seattle because Reggie Bush got a house” undead Trojans they have been thanks to NCAA sanctions.
You’ll also notice that five – FIVE – teams from the Pac-12 are in the Top 25. The Conference of Champions and ridiculous TV contracts might get shut out of the playoffs this year, not because they have a bunch of bad teams but rather they have a bunch of good teams and they have to play one another. Of the five teams there, WSU – which has a nationally prolific offense – is not one of them. They won nine games last year. There’s a very good chance the Pac-12 champ this year could lose more than one game.
Oh and the elephant in the room is UW is on the poll and WSU is not. I’m sure Husky fans are thrilled! I mean even though they never went to the school they root for and they still claim to be die-hard UW fans…
Dammit, Husky fans have thought of everything.
For you Ohio State fans in Chewelah – you’re there, I know you exist! – the Buckeyes come in at No. 6 ahead of the Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan at No. 7. Again, this is a preseason poll and has no bearing on how things will actually go, but still, Ohio fans have a smug smile on their face right now. Also, who is already clearing their weekend for the Ohio State-Michigan game?