Post Spring Top 10 Teams

Where I’d rank the teams now:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Miami

4. Boise State

5. Texas

6. Florida

7. TCU

8. Cincinnati

9. Arkansas

10. Stanford

On the cusp: Virginia Tech; Auburn; Georgia Tech; Oklahoma; Iowa

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6 Responses to Post Spring Top 10 Teams

  1. slippy May 11, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    Why so high on Alabama? The defense was far and away the strength of that team and the majority of them are gone. Their offense should be improved, but they were pedestrian at best last year. McIlroy has yet to win a game with his arm. I feel like without the top defense (they’ll still be good, no doubt) he’ll be asked to but I don’t think he can deliver.

    Having said that, not sure who else I’d put up there. I’m an OSU alum and I think they should be top 5 but I can’t put them #1 until I see how the secondary is going to turn out.

  2. Glen May 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    “Pedestrian at best” is pushing it – really really hard. Alabama didn’t average 50 points a game, but that was mostly due to choices, specifically the choice to run a ball-control/time-of-possession offense, and the choice to pull in the horns whenever the lead was > 3 TDs.

    McElroy got stronger and stronger as the season went along, and looked like a top notch QB late in the year, with the exception of the Texas game when he was severely limited with broken ribs. And if he doesn’t turn out to be one of the SEC’s top QBs, as I fairly firmly suspect, he is getting pushed pretty hard by A.J. McCarron, a blue-chipper who redshirted last year.

    You’re right that the D lost an awful lot, and possibly it’s true that people are taking that too lightly. However, there are reasons to think the D won’t suffer too much: (1) the guys that graduated were mostly Shula recruits, and the talent level this year is beyond a shadow of a doubt superior to the 2009 talent level; (2) while you can’t recruit experience, what you can do is coach up the new guys, and Bama’s defensive staff is 2nd to none.

    You know, maybe Alabama is getting too much credit from some of the sportswriters, but your question “Why so high on Alabama?” is real easy to answer.

    (1) They appear to have been on a steady upward trend in Saban’s 3 years.
    (2) They played at a very high level last year.
    (3) The offense was several steps above “pedestrian” in 2009 and 9 starters are back, including some rightly-famous skill players.
    (4) The D is probably the most talented in the nation ranked by high-school recruiting rankings, and the defensive staff is universally lauded.

    That’s a start, I think.

  3. HP May 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    slippy, it’s a tough call right now. I don’t put Alabama up there with any great confidence and, in the end, Saban’s coaching ability is what put them over the edge for me. I do not expect Alabama to repeat as national champs, but I haven’t yet figured out who will win, so for now, it’s the Tide at the top.

  4. Nick May 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Where Do you live Heismanpundit? I am betting you dont live in the midwest. The only reason I say that is because you dont even have Nebraska in your top ten or on the cusp? Funny how every other person on ESPN, CBS, ect. has them ranked no lower than 9. Even an ESPN analyst said on College Football Live he would have NEBRASKA ranked # 2 in the county when we go to Washington in September. Do you not know Nebraska has a football team?

  5. AUman76 May 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Bammer ain’t a gonna repeat…. got it? Why the love for yet another overratted daOverratedSuckeyeUnics? Do you really believe anyone from the lil11 can beat a top team from the SEC, Pac-1 or even the medium12? I despise the gayterd from Florida but they will just reload and rule the SEC again. They’re loaded on both sides of the ball and have more depth than most schools includin bammer.
    Miami? Is that the one in Ohio or Florida? Neither stands a chance in hell of competing for a a crystal ball.
    Arkansas is a joke and even they know it. The Ole Miss of this season. All talk by the media and no results on the field. Will they be better? Yeah…but not top 10 better.
    With any luck at all Texas will be atop the polls at season’s end.
    So far as my Tigers being on the cusp? We were on the cusp of ruining more trhan the Iron Bowl for bammer last year and that was with the worst Auburn defense I’ve ever seen and maybe in history. So if the D improves at all and a QB steps up and runs the spead to perfection we will more than deserve that attention. I watched the “ROOF” cave in on the defense in 2009 and untill “Roof” fills the holes that leaked buckets full of points I don’t see a lot of W’s in key games. The O will light up everyone including bammer’s D but stopping other teams will be our down fall, again.

  6. slippy May 18, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    McElroy got stronger as the year went on? You must be kidding. His best 2 games were North Texas and Arkansas (two terrible defensive teams) in the beginning of the season. Of the 4 games he threw at least 30 passes, only 1 of them did he eclipse 50% completion rating. He had 3 straight games in the middle with under 100 QB rating and ZERO touchdowns. Stop the run and you beat Alabama. Being able to do that is a different story.

    AUMan in case you forgot, OSU beat the Pac10 champion. PSU beat LSU.