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August 21, 2016

WOYSM Preseason College Top 25

by Larry Leek

Alabama Football

As the start of the college football season draws closer its time for the WOYSM preseason college football poll. So let ALL the hype begin….

When you stopped viewing college football at the end of last season do you remember the final poll of the season? Er well that hasn’t changed much however, it doesn’t mean that it won’t as the season progresses. So if your favorite team did not make it into the top 25, stay tuned.

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When you consider the top 10 teams perhaps the #2 Clemson Tigers are the team that has the most returning starters and some think they should be ranked #1. They will be tested early when they will open their season at the Auburn Tigers in two weeks ( Sat. Sept. 3rd).

Alabama still retains the #1 spot after knocking off Clemson in the title game last year. Even though the Crimson Tide lost more starters than the Tigers they still have Nick Saban.

#3 Ohio State, LSU and Oklahoma round out the top 5.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:

The more things change the more they stay the same RIGHT?? Well when it comes to college football that remains to be seen.

Even though the WOYSM Top 25 still looks a lot like the final poll of the season there are some important games early in the season that can and probably will cause quite a shake up in the polls.

The #1 ranked Crimson Tide open their season in two weeks (Sat. Sept. 3rd, 8:00 PM, ABC) at the USC Trojans. also the same day #4 LSU is home against Wisconsin  while #5 Oklahoma is host to Houston. So as far as this Sports Mind is concerned there could be a complete flip flop in the polls by season’s end and who knows possibly even by the end of week 1.

This Sports Mind is also anxious to see how teams like the Miami Hurricanes will be under new head coach Mark Richt of whom I was shocked when the Bulldogs decided to fire Richt. After former head coach Vince Dooley, Richt was ranked 2nd among Georgia’s most successful head coach’s.

For the Hurricanes and Richt its a win, win situation. Miami has not been good for a long time, not since former head coach Jimmy Johnson roamed the sidelines. In their defense they have not had a coach with  Mark Richt’s credentials since Johnson.

Mark Richt, Miami

Hurricanes, Mark Richt

Richt returns to his Alma mater and has been given new incentive to prove that he still has plenty of coaching left in the tank. I personally feel if there’s a dark horse to watch this season its definitely the Hurricanes. I also feel Richt WILL put them back on the College Football map.

Speaking of Georgia, they have a new sheriff in town, former Alabama def. coordinator, Kirby Smart. Will Smart have the same success at Richt? Lets just hope the Bulldogs luck is not as bad as it was when they tried to replace Vince Dooley. Should that be the case Kirby could be the first of many experiments.

Also stay tuned for part II of the Michigan Wolverines under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh has turned the Wolverines program around in record time and with another top recruiting class under his belt he has the Wolverines primed and back in contention.

Michigan Football

Michigan Wolverines

For My South Carolina Gamecocks and new head coach Will Muschamp, I can only look at the 2016 recruiting class as well as the previous two and only hope its not as bad as it looks. You can’t always go by the numbers when it comes to recruiting ranks when you are in the top 15 classes but when you are in the top 35 your future becomes a bit more predictable.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this Subject?

WOYSM College Football Top 25

Rank                                   Team                                                                              Record

1                  AlabamaAlabama                                                                                 0-0-0

2                  ClemsonClemson                                                                                 0-0-0

3                  Buckeyes_logo.svg Ohio St                                                                                   0-0-0

4                  LSU  LSU                                                                                         0-0-0

5                 OklahomaOklahoma                                                                               0-0-0

6                  StanfordStanford                                                                                 0-0-0

7                 MichiganMichigan                                                                                 0-0-0

8                 Florida StFlorida St                                                                                 0-0-0

9                 Our LadyNotre Dame                                                                             0-0-0

10               Michigan StMichigan St                                                                             0-0-0

11                 IowaIowa                                                                                         0-0-0

12                TCUTCU                                                                                          0-0-0

13                North Carolina N. Carolina                                                                             0-0-0

14                FloridaFlorida                                                                                      0-0-0

15                 Oklahoma St.Oklahoma St.                                                                          0-0-0

16                 Ole MissMississippi                                                                             0-0-0

17                 Louisville                                                                                 0-0-0

18                 Oregon Oregon                                                                                     0-0-0

19                 UCLAUCLA                                                                                        0-0-0

20                Georgia                                                                                      0-0-0

21                Tennessee                                                                                  0-0-0

22               Northwestern Northwestern                                                                           0-0-0

23                BaylorBaylor                                                                                         0-0-0

24                Miami                                                                                         0-0-0

25               Washington                                                                                0-0-0

 

Others Receiving Consideration:  Houston, Utah, Wisconsin, Auburn, Mississippi St, Navy, Toledo, Boise St, Texas A & M, Missouri, Marshall, San Diego St, Arkansas, Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, Duke, Washington St.

 

 

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