NCAA Power Poll

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College Football Pre-Season Top 25

Preseason Top 25

1. Alabama-Even with their losses, they are still so talented on both sides of the football.

2. USC-Probably a national title contender last year if not for their sanctions. Should be in the thick of it all year long.

3. LSU-Another team that took significant losses in terms of personnel but looks ready to reload.

4. Oklahoma-There are questions on both sides of the football, but you can’t deny the passing attack promises to be explosive.

5. Oregon-This ranking could change greatly if the Ducks struggle to find someone to step in for Darron Thomas at quarterback.

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Predicting all the Bowl Games

Let's roll through the Bowls, all 35 of them, in chronological order (maybe). I'm going to lay out who's playing in each one and then make a prediction on who'll win. Yet again I'll point out if I put money on my own predictions my kids would starve. I heartily recommend that you don't base anything financial on my predictions!

 New Mexico Bowl
 Who: BYU vs. UTEP
 Winner: BYU

 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
 Who: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
 Winner: Fresno State

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My new Heisman Top 5, and the big Top Ten Power Poll

My new Heisman Top 5 starts to squarely pair up with the top teams in the country.  Sadly, there are no dark horses this year like last season.  As much as I'd love to drop some sleeper names in my list, this just isn't the year for it.

This top 5 is pretty chalk by my Heisman predictions, and I'm ok with it, so I hope you are too.  On some level you have to go with the Heisman unwritten rule of best player on the best team.  The real debate at this point is more about who the best team is I suppose.

5. Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State - I suppose if any guy qualifies as a sleeper it's Blackmon. He is such a good player, he just makes all the best CBs look silly week after week.

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Updated 2010 NFL draft positional rankings


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Ten Things I learned this week in college football

We learned it takes less than one hour in Twitterverse time for the anti-BCS crybabies to overtake Twitter from the time the first BCS poll was released.  Grow up people.  You would think the BCS was the end of the world.  I happen to love how it works, and while I’ve proposed a possible tweak to it, I don’t want a radical change.  And guess what?  It’s not going to happen anyway.

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My new Top 15ish sort of NCAA Football Poll

I can't believe how much Steve Spurrier must hate me.  I had the article half written about how Alabama was the most complete team in the country and no matter who they faced in the BCS title they'd be double digit favorites and more blah blah blah, and what do they do?  They go and let the South Carolina Gamecocks walk all over them.  So when I started on this poll with all the upsets in the rankings, it was tough to figure out where to stick the Crimson Tide.  And it was hard to even think about where to put any teams outside the top 9, but you see how I took care of that.

  1. Ohio State - Tops by default.  Not sure if they are the best team, but they keep winning.

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Saturday College Football Game of the Week Breakdown (and some other crap)

I'd say most agree that this week's game of the week is No.1 ranked Alabama traveling to play the no.19 South Carolina.  I just happen to disagree.  Yes, the Gamecocks are better, but this Alabama team is scary good.  I saw the line on this game was 10.  No way the Gamecocks keep it that close.

We are going to get to see some really great running backs in this game.  And for Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson it could be a huge day.  Unfortunately for South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, he's going to have to run into guys like Crimson Tide defensive lineman Marcel Dareus (who looked like a top 5 pick against Florida), LBs Dont'a Hightower, and Nico Johnson and Safetys Mark Barron and Robert Lester.  As good as he may be, it's going to be a long day.

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Snap Judgment - Week 3 Edition

Another week of the college season is in the books, and even though it happens every year, I always forget just how much better the matchups are in college as opposed to the NFL.  We had so many great games this weekend that the media were touting as not being premier. Make no mistake, they were great.  I am operating on about 10 hours of games, and 3 hours of sleep, so like Prince said, “I was dreamin’ when I wrote, forgive me if I go astray.”

Tide keeps on rollin’

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Best of the Bunch-Defensive Line Edition

I decided this year to take a little different approach to ranking defensive lines.  On one hand you could look at stats, which is what I see a lot of pundits do.  Defenses that don't allow a lot of rush yards per game get a nod.  You could think about the potential NFL millionaires along the line, or you can look at the ability to rush he passer.  This year, I really only had 2 lines to consider and what it ultimately came down to for me was star power. 

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2012 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Lavonte DavidOLB 58Buccaneers
Jared CrickDT 126Texans
Alfonzo DennardCB 224Patriots
Marcel JonesOG 234Saints
Mike CaputoC

2011 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Prince AmukamaraCB 19Giants
Roy HeluRB 105Redskins
Alex HeneryK 120Eagles
Dejon GomesCB 146Redskins
Niles PaulWR 155Redskins
Keith WilliamsOG 196Steelers
Eric HaggS 250Browns
Ricky HenryOG
Pierre AllenDE
Mike McNeillTE
Zac LeeQB

2010 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Ndamukong SuhDT 2Lions
Phillip DillardILB 115Giants
Larry AsanteS 160Browns
Jacob HickmanOG

2009 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Cody GlennILB 158Redskins
Matt SlausonOG 193Jets
Lydon MurthaOT 228Lions
Marlon LuckyRB
Nate SwiftWR
Zach PotterDE

2008 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Zack Bowman CB 142Bears
Carl Nicks OG 164Saints
Bo Ruud OLB 197Patriots

2007 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Adam Carriker DT 13Rams
Brandon Jackson RB 63Packers
Stewart Bradley OLB 87Eagles
Jay Moore OLB 10449ers

2006 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Daniel Bullocks S 40Lions
Sam Koch P 203Ravens
Le Kevin Smith DT 206Patriots
Titus Adams DT 220Jets

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