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1. USC Trojans – No other team can match USC’s strength on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Mark Sanchez looks like he’s ready to follow the footsteps of great Trojan Quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Matt Lienart. And last year’s defense, which ranked second nationally, looks stronger in 2008. For a team that lost 10 players to the NFL, they sure do look good.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes – Eighteen starters return to the Buckeyes in 2008. The offense features Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Wells at running back and Tyrelle Pryor, the number one Quarterback recruit in the nation. The defense returns James Laurinaitis at linebacker who could potentially be the number one pick in next year’s NFL draft.
3. Oklahoma Sooners – With the best offensive line in the nation, which features two Outland Trophy candidates, the Sooners will
score more easily than George Clooney at a singles bar.
Lombardi Trophy candidates abound on the
defense, highlighted by Defensive End, Auston English. Only injuries can stop the Sooners in 2008.
4. Georgia Bulldogs – Quarterback Matthew Stafford leads a balanced offense
that can either air it out or jam the ball down a defense’s
throat with equal efficiency. The defense, one of the best in
country, is pure ouch. National title aspirations are valid.
5. Missouri Tigers – Two Heisman Trophy candidates on offense + 10 returning
starters on defense = Powerhouse Team. Quarterback
Chase Daniel will give defensive coordinators more
headaches than Jack Daniels.
6. Clemson Tigers – Coach Tommy Bowden finally emerges from the shadow
of his father, Bobby Bowden. James Davis and C.J.
Spiller, college football’s best running tandem, join
record-setting quarterback Cullen Harper in the backfield
to form one of the most lethal attacks in the nation.
7. Florida Gators – Two words: Tim Tebow. Last year’s Heisman Trophy
winner will be complemented by a running game this
season thanks to the arrival of USC-transfer Emmanuel
Moody. If only Tebow could play defense.
8. Pittsburgh Panthers – Just like Kansas in 2007, Pitt will be the
where-the-hell-did-they-come-from team of 2008. After
two straight gonzo recruiting classes, this is the season
coach Dave Wannstedt returns the Pitt program to glory.
Freshman All-American LeSean McCoy gives Pitt the
the type of running game not seen since Tony Dorsett
ran his way to a Heisman Trophy.
9. Virginia Tech Hokies – Frank Beamer combined with their easy non-conference schedule in 2008 is worth eight wins, regardless
of who the Hokies have on the field. Despite the loss of
seven starters, the defense still looks strong and loaded with young talent, particularly on the line. Every defense should have a starting cornerback named 'Macho Harris'.
10. West Virginia Mountaineers – New head coach Bill Stewart plans to air the ball out in
2008. Not a bad idea with Heisman Trophy candidate
Patrick White as his quarterback. White’s adeptness at
passing and running can cause defensive
coordinators to crumple to their knees and weep openly.
11. LSU Tigers - The defending national champion Tigers lost a lot of key players this offseason including All-American Glenn Dorsey to the NFL and QB Ryan Perrilloux for other reasons. However, they do return three defensive linemen and four offensive linemen and have tons of speed in the skill positions. Quarterback remains the big question mark for the the Tigers. Things could get ugly in the bayou unless one of their young arms can step in and lead this team to some (ugly or otherwise) SEC wins.
12. Texas Longhorns - Not many teams will want to mess with Texas in 2008.
New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, a
no-nonsense taskmaster, will return the defense back to
elite status. And quarterback Colt McCoy will again prove
that he was recruited by the Longhorns for his arm rather
than for his Texas-perfect name.
13. Texas Tech Red Raiders – Ten starters return to the nation’s second-rated offense,
Including quarterback Graham Harrell (5,708 yards, 48
TDs). But it will be the improved play by the defense that
elevates the Red Raiders to contender status in 2008.
14. Arizona State Sun Devils – Improved play by the offensive line will, not coincidentally,
improve the Sun Devils’ standing. The defense should be
just as disruptive in 2008 as it was in 2007. Another
winning season just might curb coach Dennis Erickson’s
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15. Penn State Nittney Lions – If Joe Paterno’s 43rd year as head coach proves to be his
last, it could be one of his best. The defense drips with
talent, especially along the line. And the offense is two-
deep at every skill position.
16. Auburn Tigers – Running Back U goes to the spread offense this year.
Even if it falters Auburn possesses the type of shut-down
defense that can carry the team. The defensive line, led
by Antonio Coleman, rates with the best in the country.
17. Kansas Jayhawks – The Jayhawks won’t be taking anyone by surprise in
2008. Last year’s 12-1 team returns quarterback Todd
Reesing, meaning there should not be much of a drop-off
with last year’s number one offense in the Big 12.
18. Illinois Fighting Illini – Coach Ron Zook’s Fighting Ilini will prove that last season
was no fluke. Quarterback Juice Williams is almost
indefensible. And the defense possesses both speed and
strength. Look for Illinois to make another Rose Bowl run.
19. Boise State Broncos – One of the nation’s most creative offenses will become
even more creative in 2008 with a more up-tempo attack.
If the defense improves in stopping the run, the Broncos
could return to the BCS picture.
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20. Fresno State Bulldogs – Coach Pat Hill has his eyes on a BCS invitation thanks
to 10 returning starters on offense. A difficult
non-conference schedule – Wisconsin, Rutgers, UCLA –
will determine whether Hill’s aspirations transform into
21. Colorado Buffalos – Following two straight solid recruiting years, Coach Dan
Hawkins looks to have enough talent to make the Buffs
a contender. Prized running back recruit Darrell Scott
could be the difference maker. This team could shock the top 25 this college football season.
22. Michigan State Spartans – After losing five of five games by six points or less last
season, the Spartans should be better in 2008 at
closing games. A healthy Javon Ringer at running back
will make Michigan State a Big Ten and college football top 25 dark horse.
23. Arkansas Razorbacks – Despite all the acrimony that followed coach Bobby Petrino
to Arkansas, there’s no denying his success on the
college level. His decision to convert the Razorbacks’
offense into a passing attack will take advantage of the
team’s wide receiver depth.
24. BYU Cougars – Holy Lavell Edwards, BYU is back. Last year’s high-amped
attack that averaged 442 yards per game returns 10
starters. And the defense boasts an experienced interior
seven. Look for the Cougars to dominate the Mountain
West and compete for BCS recognition.
25. South Florida Bulls – Quarterback Matt Grothe and defensive end George Selvie
give the Bulls dominating players on both sides of the ball.
Entire opposing team game plans are designed around
them. A strong supporting cast makes South Florida a tough college football top 25 team
to pin in 2008.
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