The Best 2009 NCAA Preseason Top 25 Poll

Let’s get the party started! As much as preseason polls mean little more than a baseline for the pundits, everybody has one. So we will introduce my first annual Preseason College Football Poll. The difference between poll and others is I am the only person polled in my poll. So before any games are played, here is the way I see it…

Preseason Top 25 College Football Ranking

1. Florida

The Gators finished the 2008 season as the consensus champions, and there is no reason to believe they will not repeat. This season sets up as the perfect storm for the Gators; the schedule looks to be one of the least difficult in land and the most dominant player in college football returns for his senior season. There is no replacing Percy Harvin, but Florida may be more balanced this season on offense. Look for TE Aaron Hernandez and WR Riley Cooper to emerge; they are two talented players who were stuck in a numbers game. The defense will be downright scary; all 11 starters return from a great defense in 2008. Not much more can be said about the Gators; they are simply loaded with talent at every position. But it will come down to one player, and QB Tim Tebow is the difference between Florida and the other contenders.

Prediction: 13-0, SEC Champion

2. Texas

What Mr. Tebow means to the Florida Gators, the same can be said forTexas QBufabetบนมือถือ Colt McCoy. Coach Mack Brown and the Longhorns have been stockpiling talent over the past four or so years and the Longhorns will reload again this year. The defense will be improved, especially the front 7, even with the loss of Roy Miller. The out-of-conference schedule will be easier than last year, and other than the Oct. 17th showdown with Oklahoma, the Longhorns will be favored in all of their games. The Longhorns will play with a large chip on their shoulder, after being locked out of the Big 12 Championship game and a shot at the BCS title game.

Prediction: 13-0, Big 12 Champion

3. Ohio State

The Buckeyes have an early season showdown at home against USC and they must visit Happy Valley for an early November battle with Penn State. Other than that, they have arguably their 2 toughest conference games in Columbus, with Illinois and Wisconsin. Any team that dual-threat QB Tyrelle Pryor is on has to be good; he is an amazing talent to watch and will have several weapons at his disposal.