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I've been waiting for the pre-season rankings to come out and now they are here. A couple weeks ago the coaches poll was released and here is Rivals.com's poll. I had predicted that Alabama and Ohio State would be ranked #1 & #2 and it turns out they are. Alabama is a no brainer as the defending national champs with most of last season's offense still intact (defense might be a question) and Ohio State is loaded with talent, led by Tyrell Pryor who will be a dominant force on the field.
After that, I had no idea where the other teams would fall. Boise State has never been ranked this high pre-season before as far as I know. I knew they would have a good team, but because of their strength of schedule, I figured bottom half of the top ten at best. And Nebraska #5? That's a big surprise to me. I didn't think their program had improved that quickly. We'll see.
It seems Florida and Texas got pretty generous rankings considering they both lost their star quarterbacks last year. And Florida lost a lot more than just Tebow. But considering the strength of their programs, it wouldn't surprise me that they have a lot of young talent coming in.
The other surpise is that I expected Oklahoma and LSU to be ranked higher. Basically, I would have expected Oklahoma and LSU to be essentially flipped Texas and Florida. But what do I know?
On the Heisman watch, I haven't really looked very deep into the talent out there yet. Mark Ingram and Pryor should be the early favorites. As a Buckeye, I'll obviously be pulling hard for Pryor. Not just because he's a Buckeye, but because I want Archie Griffin to remain the only two-time Heisman winner in college football history.
Unless there is a major stumble by one or both, I expect to see 'Bama and OSU play for the championship this season.