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  • RC's Preseason Top 25

    Here it is. Hate, love, whatever.

    1. Alabama (14-0, National Champions in 2009)
    Offense: RB Mark Ingram, RB Trent Richardson, WR Julio Jones
    Defense: DE Marcell Dareus, LB Dont'a Hightower, CB Dre Kirkpatrick

    2. Boise State (14-0 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Kellen Moore, WR Austin Pettis, WR Titus Young
    Defense: DE Ryan Winterswyk, LB Winston Venable, S Jeron Johnson

    3. Texas (13-1 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Garrett Gilbert, WR Malcolm Williams, WR John Chiles
    Defense: DE Sam Acho, CB Aaron Williams, CB Curtis Brown

    4. Ohio State (11-2 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Brandon Saine, WR DeVier Posey
    Defense: DE Cameron Heyward, LB Ross Homan, S Jermale Hines

    5. TCU (12-1 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Andy Dalton, WR Jeremy Kerley, TE Evan Frosch
    Defense: DE Wayne Daniels, DT Cory Grant, S Tejay Johnson

    6. Iowa (11-2 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Ricky Stanzi, RB Brandon Wegher, WR Darrell Johnson-Koulianos
    Defense: DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Christian Ballard, S Tyler Sash

    7. Florida (13-1 in 2009)
    Offense: QB John Brantley, RB Jeff Demps, WR Deonte Thompson
    Defense: CB Janoris Jenkins, S Will Hill, S Ahmad Black

    8. Oregon (10-3 in 2009)
    Offense: RB LaMichael James, RB Lache Seastrunk, WR Lavasier Tuinei
    Defense: DE Kenny Rowe, LB Casey Matthews, S Javes Lewis

    9. Virginia Tech (10-3 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Tyrod Taylor, RB Ryan Williams, RB Darren Evans
    Defense: DT John Graves, LB Barquell Rivers, CB Rashad Carmichael

    10. Penn State (11-2 in 2009)
    Offense: RB Evan Royster, WR Derek Moye, WR Graham Zug
    Defense: DE Jack Crawford, DT Devon Still, LB Nate Stupar

    11. Nebraska (10-4 in 2009)
    Offense: RB Roy Helu, RB Rex Burkhead, WR Niles Paul
    Defense: DE Pierre Allen, DT Jared Crick, CB Prince Amukamara

    12. North Carolina (8-5 in 2009)
    Offense: RB Shaun Draughn, WR Greg Little, TE Zach Pianalto
    Defense: DE Robert Quinn, DT Marvin Austin, LB Bruce Carter

    13. Georgia Tech (11-3 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Josh Nesbitt, RB Anthony Allen, RB Roddy Jones
    Defense: DE Anthony Egbuniwe, LB Brad Jefferson, CB Mario Butler

    14. Miami (FL) (9-4 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Jacory Harris, RB Graig Cooper, WR Leonard Hankerson
    Defense: DE Allen Bailey, CB Brandon Harris, S Ray Ray Armstrong

    15. USC (9-4 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Matt Barkley, RB Allen Bradford, WR Ronald Johnson
    Defense: DT Jurrell Casey, LB Michael Morgan, LB Chris Galippo

    16. Oregon State (8-5 in 2009)
    Offense: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR James Rodgers, WR Jordan Bishop
    Defense: DT Stephen Paea, CB James Dockery, S Cameron Collins

    17. Pittsburgh (10-3 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Pat Bostick, RB Dion Lewis, WR Jonathan Baldwin
    Defense: DE Greg Romeus, DE Jabaal Sheard, S Dom DeCicco

    18. Wisconsin (10-3 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Scott Tolzien, RB John Clay, WR Nick Toon
    Defense: LB Culmer St. Jean, CB Niles Brinkley, S Jay Valai

    19. Oklahoma (8-5 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Landry Jones, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Ryan Broyles
    Defense: DT Adrian Taylor, LB Travis Lewis, S Quinton Carter

    20. Cincinnati (12-1 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Zach Collaros, WR Armon Binns, WR Marcus Barnett
    Defense: DT Derek Wolfe, LB J.K. Schaffer, CB Dominique Battle

    21. Clemson (9-5 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Kyle Parker, RB Jamie Harper, WR Xavier Dye
    Defense: DE DaQuan Bowers, DT Jarvis Jenkins, S DeAndre McDaniel

    22. Florida State (7-6 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Christian Ponder, RB Jermaine Thomas, WR Taiwan Easterling
    Defense: DE Markus White, LB Nigel Bradham, LB Kendall Smith

    23. LSU (9-4 in 2009)
    Offense: RB Richard Murphy, WR Terrance Toliver, WR Reuben Randle
    Defense: DE Lazarius Livingston, LB Kelvin Sheppard, CB Patrick Peterson

    24. Stanford (8-5 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Andrew Luck, WR Chris Owusu, WR Ryan Whalen
    Defense: DE Chase Thomas, CB Johnson Bademosi, S Delano Howell

    25. Boston College (8-5 in 2009)
    Offense: QB Dave Shinskie, RB Montel Harris, WR Colin Larmond
    Defense: LB Luke Kuechly, LB Mark Herzlich, LB Mike Morrissey

    Also received consideration:
    Arkansas, Auburn, BYU, East Carolina, Houston, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah, West Virginia

  • #2
    7 ACC teams, huh?


    • #3
      I hate to admit it but I think OU is underrated.

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      • #4
        Me too, I wanted to have them a bit higher but I couldn't after last year's weak final record.


        • #5
          Originally posted by RealityCheck View Post
          10. Penn State (11-2 in 2009)
          With what QB?


          • #6
            you got it all messed up... THE Ohio State is obviously the #1 team in the nation

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sniper View Post
              With what QB?
              Same could be said of Oregon and Oregon State.


              • #8
                Nice work. I like how you named a few key players for each team.

                Just wanted to point out a few things about Oregon though.

                Javes Lewis is currently slated to backup John Boyett at FS. Former LB Eddie Pleasant has been moved to rover and is considered the starter right now. Marvin Johnson will play 2nd string there, although Lewis will likely be the backup for both slots in the event of an injury to either Boyett or Pleasant. If I were going to name a key player from our secondary, it'd have to be either Boyett or Cliff Harris. Even though Talmadge Jackson is considered our "1" corner, I expect Harris to outplay him this year.

                At RB, Kenjon Barner should be named before Seastrunk. Obviously Seastrunk will eventually become a star, but he won't pass Barner this year on the depth chart without an injury. Seastrunk won't be with the team until fall camp. His integration to the offense will likely come due to an injury to either James or Barner. Barring that, expect to see him sparingly this year.

                At WR, I agree that Tuinei should probably be our "1" right now, but to hear Chip Kelly talk about Jeff Maehl, that's not happening. Expect to see Maehl once again be the top option in the passing game and lead the team in receptions despite being a better fit in the slot than on the outside.

                So a more accurate representation of our key players would be this:

                Offense: QB Nate Costa, RB LaMichael James, WR Jeff Maehl

                Defense: DE Kenny Rowe, LB Casey Mathews, FS John Boyett


                • #9
                  Originally posted by YAYareaRB View Post
                  Same could be said of Oregon and Oregon State.
                  Probably meaningless coming from a Duck fan, but for what we lose in Masoli's rushing ability, we gain double that in Costa's far superior passing ability. And no player on the entire team is more familiar with Chip's offense. It'll be great to finally be able to utilize some of our talent on the outside now that we have a true QB back there. People seem to forget that Costa only lost his job due to injury. I'm not knocking Masoli when I say that Costa is an upgrade.


                  • #10
                    As a Penn State fan, I certainly like the idea of them being top 10 this year, but realistically, I don't think it'll happen.

                    Overall, this team certainly has plenty of talent, but there are question marks with QB and along the O-line.

                    Penn State also lost their only scholarship punter. That too could be a significant problem if the offense will be inconsistent moving the ball.


                    • #11
                      Good list RC. Needs more SEC & less ACC IMO.

                      Tested early: Boise St. Broncos have to leave their weird blue field Private Idaho comfort zone & go to Va. Tech. Both teams have lots of experienced leadership & skill at the skill spots, offensive advantage to Boise St. with Moore & his experienced receivers, slight defensive advantage to the Hokies. Win in Virginia & the Broncos will silence the non-BCS, WAC critics that they're not a national contender, lose & it's tilt-season over, Va. Tech vs Boise St. s/b the season for both teams. Also, Alabama has Penn St. & Florida in September, both @ home.

                      Best reloads: Alabama, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma. All top 10 recruiting classes, Florida with #1-ranked class.

                      Most Undermined by transfers, NCAA investigations & Offseason Police-Related Events: Tennessee, Oregon, Michigan. Vols lost best RB in Brown, & a QB (??) -- IDK Oregon Quacker QB status at this time, Michigan & Rodriguez' fate very precarious at this point, probably NCAA probation & possible scholarships lost.
                      Edit Update: Oregon has dismissed suspended QB Masoli.

                      Best Experienced offenses: Oklahoma, Alabama. Both the Sooners & Tide return majority of starters on offense including QBs & RBs, maybe add Florida b/c Brantley got SEC game experience in relief of Tebow, & add Ohio St. with the way Pryor finished strong in 09 & Stanford with arguably the best QB-WR combo in the nation with Luck-Owusu.

                      Best experienced defenses: UNC, TCU. Tar Heels with 3 potential 1st team AA players & TCU b/c Patterson always puts a quality Hornytoad defense on the field.

                      Giant Killers to Watch in 2010: Iowa, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Houston, Auburn. Stanzi has one of the best season to season improvement arcs of any QB, & the Hawkeyes s/b Big 10 CG-ready. TAMU has a QB clone of Jamarcus Russell with Jerrod Johnson& with all the superlatives I've seen about Sr. DE Vonn Miller lately he could be the real deal. Hogs' Mallett & Cougars' Case Keenum s/b among nations leaders in passing yardage & scoring. Auburn was at rock bottom when Chizlik took over but had incredible turnaround last season + surprising no. of top-ranked recruits.
                      Last edited by LizardState; 06-09-2010, 04:39 PM.


                      • #12
                        You made some good points Lizard but the game against Boise for us is at FedEx like that USC game was.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LizardState View Post
                          probably NCAA probation & possible scholarships lost.
                          Don't read the news much, do you?


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sniper View Post
                            Don't read the news much, do you?
                            Has the NCAA said they are satisfied with Michigan's sanctions?


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by wonderbredd24 View Post
                              Has the NCAA said they are satisfied with Michigan's sanctions?
                              No. Want to bet that they won't take away scholarships for extra stretching?



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