Blog Pollin' The Top 10
The coaches released their top 25
Maize n Brew's Arbitrary Blog Poll Top 10
1. Texas -
2. Auburn - Senior, experience, and talent heavy. Unless the wheels come off the bus (*cough* grade scandal *cough*), Auburn can run the table. Tubs went undefeated once, I think they can do it again this year.
3. USC - Just too much talent on both sides of the ball. The starting O and D lines have more total stars than most D1 teams have on their rosters. The notable questions are at RB and QB. Whether Booty or Sanchez will step up and get the ball to their obscenely talented receivers will make or break the season. If not, this ranking is a year early.
4. Ohio State - The offense will come up just a hair shy of Texas' performance last year. Their Defense is full of holes, and I'm on record as saying their juggernaut to be on offense might not be as strong as first thought. Still, skill wise few teams can match up with them and Cheatypants can flat out coach. He's proven the ability to craft a Defense out of silly putty and icyhot, so OSU will at a minimum be "good" on D. I think their offense will score enough points to make up the lapses their defense will have, for the most part. If they beat Texas, they're No. 1.
5. LSU - Only team in the SEC with the flat out talent to match up with Auburn. Always scary. Any team that keeps a live Bengal tiger on the sidelines gets a top 5 head nod.
6. Miami - Love this team. The offense is loaded and the defense is stacked. No one will be able to throw on them and the D-Line is guaranteed to break someone in half by mid-season. Only weakness appears to be O-Line and the coaching changes. But it's Miami. Fear them.
7. Louisville - Another stacked offensive team. Brohm. Bush. Sickness. They should've beaten West Virginia last year. They should've gone to a better bowl. This year they will. I can't see the mind bending collapses again this year. The Cards will win the Big East walking away and dance in a big time bowl. Just not the Biggest.
8. Oklahoma - Even with Bomar being a moron and getting thrown off the team this is still a vicious team to face. The defense is as good or better than Texas'. However, now, instead of a single question at offensive line they're faced with a more pressing matter of what to do with their QB. I think Stoops will handle it well. Regardless of who is under center Peterson will take the pressure off and allow him to throw the ball. Talent wise, OU is worse off without Bomar, but decision making wise it could end up being a wash.
9. Notre Dame - The top pick in the draft is under center. With Rhett Bomar getting booted, Quinn has officially taken over my top spot for the Heisman (Peterson will see a lot of 8 and 9 man fronts). While I believe there is far less skill at the other skill positions than others do, this is still at minimum a 9 win team. The limiting factor will be their defense, which unlike OSU, does not have the coaching, talent or speed to compete with the big time. In a year or two, watch out. But for now, I see them at 9.
10. Michigan - That's right. I said it. 10th. None of this 15th BS. Everyone there knows there's something to prove. Especially the Defense. The DL is minus planet-sized but useless Gabe Watson, and has plenty of help returning. The defensive backfield is stizzacked and the LB are the conference's best after Penn State. Only one spot on the OL is a question mark. The Hart/Grady/Brown running back troika is one of the best backfields in the Big Ten. Henne is a seasoned pro. Speed and skill on the wings. Can they win it all? Sure. Will they? Probably not. Execution and play calling are what stand in this team's way, not talent.
Tomorrow 11-25 ...
* Oh yeah, I wasn't supposed to take last year into account either. D'oh!