Don’t be gentle. This is probably stupid.
Well, here it is. Due to some confusion about an email switch I’ve extended the deadline a couple days, so revisions to this ballot can take place. Notes and annotations:
Ohio State #1. Yeah, yeah, they lost the last two national championship games convincingly but they also return everyone except some fullbacks, Gholston, and a couple offensive linemen. I’m not super sold on them or anything—Boeckman meh—but of all the top teams they seem to have the fewest questions.
Georgia a bit low, comparatively. Partly the LT injury, partly the assumption that much of the enthusiasm was based on Georgia throttling a Hawaii team that belonged in a BCS game less than any random 9-3 Notre Dame team.
Clemson? I feel I’ve overrated them, but Davis and Spiller and they’ve finally got the most talent in the ACC. Speaking of: Miami, FSU, Wake, Boston College? Two ACC teams is probably not enough; who am I missing?
Penn State? LSU? Texas? The back half of the top ten also seems wonky to me, but I can’t come up with anyone else to insert. Where do you put teams with large amounts of talent but no quarterback?
Big East what? I appear to have half of the Big East in the top twenty five. This is… odd. West Virginia is a given, but maybe I’m being too kind to Cinci, USF, or Rutgers?
I’m tempted to throw Texas Tech way up high but that seems a typical case of overrating a couple of skill position players and ignoring the general lack of talent elsewhere. It’ll be hard to tell given Tech’s early schedule.
No Michigan. I mean, obviously.