Blogpoll Preseason Final Ballot

Blogpoll Preseason Final Ballot

Submitted by Tim on August 24th, 2009 at 8:27 AM

This is the final for preseason. Changes from draft:

Rank Team
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Southern Cal
4 Oklahoma
5 Alabama
6 Virginia Tech
7 California
8 Georgia
9 Ohio State
10 Mississippi
11 Penn State
12 Oklahoma State
13 Georgia Tech
14 Iowa
15 Miami (Florida)
16 Illinois
17 TCU
18 LSU
19 Nebraska
20 Boise State
21 Pittsburgh
22 Kansas
23 Clemson
24 North Carolina
25 Oregon
  • Dropped UCLA, on whom I was being irrationally exuberant. Even if they improve markedly from last year, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be one of the 25 most deserving college football teams.
  • Added Kansas in place of UCLA (though I moved them a couple sots back). They were a decent, not great team last year, and they return most of the pieces from a strong offense, and nearly all of the defensive line, to go along with the entire secondary. I have trepidation about their offensive line (must replace 3 starters, and a couple guys might be changing positions) and their linebackers (no starters return), but what team in the back end of the poll doesn't have a few question marks?
  • Bumped Oklahoma State up, both because I had underrated them slightly I think (even if they have to replace 5 starters on defense, a mediocre defense still had them achieving at a high level least year), and because some of the teams ahead of them were overrated (i.e. the Miami Hurricanes, who also moved behind Iowa).
  • Moved North Carolina into the poll, at the expense of Notre Dame. I didn't originally want to include the Irish in the poll at all (because they certainly haven't done anything to deserve over the past couple years), but couldn't think of a better team to slot in. UNC provided that. The change in that area caused a lot of things to change very slightly (i.e. Boise State moved down a bit).
  • A couple more minor changes, though nothing bigger than moving a team up or down a spot.

When I originally filled out my ballot, it didn't seem like there were enough teams for 25 spots. Now, I feel like I have too many, and felt guilty leaving off an outfit like Nevada. All we can do is bide our time until Actual Football kicks off (10 days!) so we can see which teams really deserve their spots.