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BlogPoll Preseason Ballot: Last Call

I'm going to finalize my BlogPoll ballot and submit it this weekend.  It's due in to Brian by 10 AM on Monday, so I'm going to submit it Sunday afternoon (I want to be early because I've never submitted one before).  As a quick reminder, my preseason ballot will pay no attention to the schedules that the teams play and will only focus on how good the teams appear that they should be.  Also, I will list 30 teams, even though the ballot will only have 25 when submitted; this lets you see who I have next in my mind.  So...

  1. Florida Gators
  2. USC Trojans
  3. Texas Longhorns
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Alabama Crimson Tide
  6. Penn St. Nittany Lions
  7. Ohio St. Buckeyes
  8. LSU Tigers
  9. Mississippi Rebels
  10. California Golden Bears
  11. Virginia Tech Hokies
  12. Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  13. Oregon Ducks
  14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  15. Georgia Bulldogs
  16. TCU Horned Frogs
  17. BYU Cougars
  18. Boise St. Broncos
  19. North Carolina Tar Heels
  20. Florida St. Seminoles
  21. Utah Utes
  22. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  23. Iowa Hawkeyes
  24. Oregon St. Beavers
  25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  26. Michigan St. Spartans
  27. Miami Hurricanes
  28. Kansas Jayhawks
  29. Cincinnati Bearcats
  30. Tennessee Volunteers


Quick thoughts:
  • Yes, I have Tennessee in the top 30.  I really want them in the top 25, to be honest, but I'm willing to wait and see how things go; there's just way too much transition to ignore.  Even with all the mistakes that have happened in practice, this team sounds like it's miles beyond last year, and the talent is sufficiently in place to be a top-25 team.  So they're on my radar for more reasons than me being a UT blogger.
  • Notre Dame.  Ugh.  This is mostly an artifact of their artificially inflated in the rankings talented recruiting classes getting another year older and that "but they're so young!" argument finally being out the window.  Yes, their schedule consists of USC and the Lollipop Guild.  Ignoring that, I really want them out of there, but I think that's mostly out of spite.  So 25 for now, unless you convincingly think otherwise.
  • LSU.  The more I hear, the more I believe that LSU can take out Alabama in the West.  But like Tennessee, we'll give them one game with the new defense.
  • Nebraska?  Help?  I feel like they should be there, but I can't figure out why.
  • Ditto for Miami.
  • I'm very malleable on the 15-25 range.  The top 10 are speculative enough.  These can go anywhere.