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CFT Top 25: Gators to reascend to the throne

If you’ve been a reader of this lil’ ol’ website for any length of time, you know full well my opinion of preseason polls.  I hate them.  Despise ‘em.  Loathe them on a level only exceeded by the BcS.  And the “cast” of Jersey Shore.

So, what am I about to do?  Attempt a preseason poll, of course.

Don’t read it the wrong way, though.  It’s not that I think they’re worthless.  Rather, I don’t think they’re worth anything.  It makes no sense, before a single game in a new year with a different roster of players and possibly a change in coaching staffs has been played, to guess how to place schools in some semblance of a realistic order.  A predetermined order, incidentally, that goes a long way in determining the “contenders” in the national title hunt

However, and irrespective of my utter contempt, fans love polls.  They eat ‘em up, if for nothing more than the fact that it gives them something else to bitch about.  So, who are we to deny the masses their preseason candy and constitutional right to whine?

Of course, feeding that hunger involves actual thought and (gasp!) work.  And this year is especially difficult, particularly at the top of the poll.  You could take anywhere from 5-7 teams, write their names on a slip of paper, toss them in a bag, pull one out and make a compelling case for whichever name happens to appear.

Not that I used that method.  Exactly.

Before we get to the poll and allow the readers to commence to complaining — or cheering if you’re a member of Gator Nation — here are a couple of notes of explanation.  In other words, don’t blame me, blame the excuses I make.

• Knowing full well that there is certainly talent there in the replacements, I simply could not justify putting defending national champion Alabama in the top spot after having lost all of that experienced talent on defense.  And, no, the injury to Mark Ingram had no bearing on the decision.  On a neutral field in December, Florida comes out on top, regardless of what happens in Tuscaloosa earlier in the year.  Don’t hate, Tide fans.  Instead, take comfort in the fact that I’m hardly ever right with this predicting crap.

• Speaking of Florida, I will go against what seems to be the consensus grain and say that the Gators’ offense will be much, much more effective and explosive with John Brantley and without Tim Tebow.  Sacrilege, I know, but that offense is loaded with the weapons that can take advantage of Brantley’s passing skills.  Given all of the young talent that’s expected to contribute immediately, I could be a year early on this one, but I’ll take my chances.

• The second-to-last draft of my poll, incidentally, had Ohio State at No. 1.  The one before that had Boise State.  In other words, don’t go counting on adding to your crystal collection just yet, Gators.

• Yes, the esteemed Phil Steele has once again gone out on his annual island and tabbed Oklahoma as his national champion.  Nope, not buying what the guru of all college football gurus is attempting to sell.  When it comes to an Oklahoma team coming off a five-loss season, I’m from Missouri.  The Sooners need to show me something more this year to erase the memories of last year.

• No North Carolina or Penn State in the poll was not a mistake or an oversight.  Given the uncertainty swirling around the Tar Heels and exactly which starters will or won’t be suspended for X number of games, it’s impossible to touch them at this point in the season.  As for the Nittany Lions, the loss of Darryl Clark does indeed mean that much.  Especially when it means replacing him with a true freshman at quarterback.

• I can hear it now. “Notre Dame ranked?  Corporate lackey.  NBC shill.” To be honest, I had the Irish ranked a lot higher initially before deciding to drop them a little bit based on the adjustment period the team will go through under new head coach Brian Kelly.  Make no mistake, though: Kelly will turn that program around in a hurry.

• Nebraska will win the conference title in their Big 12 swan song.  Why?  They will be dominating on defense even without A Man Named Suh and will get improved play from the quarterback position.  Why will the latter occur?  Because the position simply cannot be any worse than it was in 2009, can it?  Whichever of the trio of players in line for the starting job that winds up under center will certainly trip and stumble into better production than last year.

• Oregon State at 11 and the highest-ranked Pac-10 school?  Yeah, surprised me too when I couldn’t talk myself out of it.  The Beavers are my Oklahoma this year, if for no other reason than my gut is overruling my head at the moment.

• I think I might be underrating Auburn especially and Georgia possibly.  Ditto for USC.

Anyway, here’s the CFT Top 25 poll in its entirety.  Sharpen your rapier wit as you’re reading, then blast away.

1.) Florida2.) Ohio State3.) Boise State4.) Alabama5.) Nebraska6.) Iowa7.) Texas8.) Miami9.) TCU10.) Oklahoma11.) Oregon State12.) Wisconsin13.) Florida State14.) Oregon15.) Auburn16.) Pittsburgh17.) Georgia Tech18.) Georgia19.) Virginia Tech20.) LSU21.) Arkansas22.) USC23.) Notre Dame24.) Cincinnati25.) Washington

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30 Responses to “CFT Top 25: Gators to reascend to the throne”
  1. rolltide says: Sep 2, 2010 11:33 AM

    “• I think I might be underrating Auburn especially and Georgia possibly. ”
    No, you’re not. Ranking Auburn five spots above Arkansas is crazy.
    And Boise State at #3 over Alabama is just precious, collegeflorio.

  2. John Taylor says: Sep 2, 2010 11:37 AM

    I knew I should’ve stocked this particular comments section with Kleenex. Live and learn, I guess.

  3. ragtag says: Sep 2, 2010 11:45 AM

    Fun read but Boise doesn’t belong with the big boys.

  4. Gtechfan says: Sep 2, 2010 11:59 AM

    Where is Georgia Tech you idiot????

  5. blitz4848 says: Sep 2, 2010 12:00 PM

    I kind of like it. I have UM beating OSU early at the Shoe as well as FSU stopping OU in Norman. I like Connecticut a lot & look for them to lead the Big Least. I also see Oregon St & VaTech dumping Boise & ending all this craziness about the Broncos. Auburn could win the SEC West over Bama. If UF stays undefeated after 5 weeks incl tough road games in Rocky Top & Tuscaloosa then lookout. Gators are the youngest or closest to youngest team in nation with 70% Sop & Fr & at least 16 True Fr going to play. If they get adjusted to big time college football in a hurry this could be the beginning of at least a 3 yr run of dominating UF football. Connecticut should be around 14th as they will beat Michigan this Sat & start RichRod on the road out of Ann Arbor.
    ************ GO GATORS ************

  6. John Taylor says: Sep 2, 2010 12:22 PM

    @ Gtechfan: That was an oversight on my part during the editing and transferring process that has since been corrected. Have a wonderful day, sir/m’am.

  7. tryagain says: Sep 2, 2010 12:24 PM

    rolltide: Ranking Auburn five spots above Arkansas is crazy. And Boise State at #3 over Alabama is just precious, collegeflorio.
    Rolltide is exactly right on both statements. And has anyone ever really looked into the eyes of that Boise State coach? There’s something evil lurking there- when some heinous story comes out in a few years, I called it.

  8. CanesRuntheNFL says: Sep 2, 2010 12:32 PM

    THANK YOU for being one of the few people with some common sense and ranking Miami in the Top 10 ahead of Virginia Tech

  9. Gatorfan1 says: Sep 2, 2010 12:43 PM

    @John Taylor:
    You’re in BIG trouble when Deb reads this!!! Lol…

  10. BrownsTown says: Sep 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    Once again, John Taylor proves that he is a Florida homer.
    But on a serious note, I think tryagain would be well served to read up on Chris Peterson and what he’s done for his family and how he’s resisted jumping ship like Nick Satan or DickRod. You’d retract that foolish statement in three seconds if you knew his bio.

  11. max says: Sep 2, 2010 12:57 PM

    FSU beating OU in Norman??? I can’t remember the last time OU lost to anyone at home (TCU, maybe?) FSU will get crushed.
    Either way, OU will lose, but more likely that it happens at Cincinnatti, A&M, or OK State.

  12. blitz4848 says: Sep 2, 2010 12:58 PM

    @ Gatorfan1
    You forgot Donna–she will write a novel—LOL

  13. tryagain says: Sep 2, 2010 1:19 PM

    @BrownsTown – No, I wouldn’t- often the Crazys outwardly project normalcy. Everyone thought Ted Bundy was a handsome and swell guy too, until….

  14. Deb says: Sep 2, 2010 1:23 PM

    @Gatorfan1 …
    ROFLOLOL!!
    Florio is keeping me busy and I just realized I’ve been away from CFT too long. Have to watch that John Taylor every minute!! (BTW, John, still annoyed @ you for posting my brain malfunction on that Ohio State/Michigan thread. You’re supposed to save me from myself LOL)
    Sooooo … Alabama at #4, is it? Can understand the Gators at #1. Hey, that eases our early-season pressure. But #4? Behind Boise??
    Of course we know why Ohio State is ranked so high. You need something positive to think about this season, bless your heart. Jake looks good, but it didn’t take long for you guys to break Colt, did it? ;)

  15. Slim Charles says: Sep 2, 2010 1:56 PM

    I don’t see how Wazzu is ranked. What exactly have they done to warrant it? Because they have a QB that is gonna be a first round pick? I don’t think Vandy was ever ranked simply for having Cutler.

  16. Sean Martin says: Sep 2, 2010 2:21 PM

    Slim Charles,
    Washington State is not ranked. I don’t believe anyone has them ranked.

  17. Slim Charles says: Sep 2, 2010 2:45 PM

    My bad, I always confuse those two. One sucks, and one sucks less.

  18. BrownsTown says: Sep 2, 2010 3:20 PM

    “Of course we know why Ohio State is ranked so high.”
    Because he has an Internet connection and saw them as the consensus #2 pick in numerous polls?

  19. Deb says: Sep 2, 2010 3:24 PM

    @Blitz …
    I’m not sure if Gatorfan1 knows Donna. He and I go way back.

  20. Deb says: Sep 2, 2010 4:10 PM

    BrownsTown, I’m just having a lil fun with JT. Why have you been so pissy lately?

  21. blitz4848 says: Sep 2, 2010 4:11 PM

    @BrownsTown
    You & Ted Bundy on a sports blog.
    Help us connect the dots…….LMAO
    FYI—I laid the 28.5 tonight–hope I don’t have to hate on you big time tomorrow—LOL

  22. Gailikk says: Sep 2, 2010 4:40 PM

    Thanks John, I have to feed my habit somewhere and this the site. as a Pac 10 homer (go Wildcats) I agree on Oregon State, but I think Oregon is pretty high considering they dropped an amazing qb and followed up by going with a younger qb. Otherwise I enjoyed it

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