Aw fudge it. Here’s my top 25 college football teams.


Ok, so the undertaking of writing 1,000 words for my to 25 college football teams was a bit much. It was a lot of work and I didn’t work out my schedule quite enough to find a few hours of work per day to write them all. I love college football. It’s my favorite time of the year. That being said, I’ll just throw out a few sentences for the teams I have left from 20 to 1. [Note: they will be in multiple posts because there’s way too much to have in a single post.]

If you didn’t check out the #25-#20 teams in the countdown, here are the links to those original posts.

#25 Pittsburgh Panthers

#24 North Carolina Tar Heels

#23 Illinois Illini

#22 Kansas Jayhawks

#21 Nevada Wolfpack

#20 Miami Hurricanes

Now onto the rest:

#19 Georgia Tech

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Oh sweet jehebus, it’s another ACC team, and I don’t think the conference is all that good [Ed. Note: the writer thinks it may be worse than the Pac-10]. I think it’s mostly just parity within a weak league, but with 17 starters returning and a strong triple option the Yellow Jackets should be able to compete in the mediocre conference where one winner will rise to the top [FORESHADOWING].

#18 Iowa Hawkeyes

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By all indications, the Hawkeyes should be not be ranked in the top 25 after losing running back Shonne Greene. They shouldn’t even be my number three in the Big Ten for that reason alone. Then you look at the schedule and you’re thinking things won’t be all that bad. The games at Ohio State and Penn State are some tough games, but besides that it shouldn’t be all that hard to manage 10 wins.

The team has a good offensive line that can compete at good levels in the tough ground game that controls the Big 10. Not to mention the defense returns the bulk of it’s components, a squad that finished 12th in the nation in 2008. Shonne Greene was the breakout star for Iowa last year and linebacker Pat Angerer was the guy in his shadow, despite his excellent year.

#17 Florida State Seminoles

Sorry, Jenn Sterger graduated a few years back.

Sorry, Jenn Sterger graduated a few years back.

It sucks that Bobby Bowden has to vacate some of his wins thus ending his race to the top of Mt Olympus of college football with Joe PAWtewno. His team won’t be as good as PAWtewno’s either, but he does have a resurgent program with good young talent. Lucky bastard was just in the right place coming into power in the top state for 5-star recruits.

But AGAIN with the ACC again? Wow, I’m really scaring myself. Christian Ponder is an average quarterback with a good ground game, running for 423 yards and four touchdowns. Jermaine Thomas was another player with similar statistics to many other players on the team. His 482 yards on 69 carries is a number that will be multiplied in 2009. Don’t expect much from the receiving corp, but if they do get above 10 catches this year, it will have been a success for them.

If you read my Miami Hurricanes preview (it’s ok, I know you didn’t), you may remember I pointed out the ‘Canes weren’t able to pull down the ball on defense. The Seminoles have the same problem and that will be another problem spot. Watch out for 6-2, 226-pound Dekoda Watson to absolutely wreck some people on numerous top 10’s this year. Watson is an absolute beast and incredible athlete on a squad that is chock full of them.

In a conference of parity, the Seminoles could get nine wins on raw talent alone.

#16 Utah Utes

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The Utes went undefeated last year, beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and sending off Brian Johnson as the winningest quarterback in school history. In 2009 junior Corbin Louks will need to step in immediately if Utah wants to compete in an incredibly underrated Mountain West. Senior running back Matt Asiata to take get over 20 carries per game for an offense that will be able to pass nearly as well as they can run. If the stellar offensive line can stay healthy, every aspect of Utah’s offensive game will thrive.

The defensive side of the ball is truly where Utah consistently played well last year, including their excellent play in New Orleans. The defensive line may not be the biggest in the nation, but they are arguably the fastest. Derrick Shelby and Koa Misi are two names to watch as Utah climbs the rankings. Senior linebacker Stevenson Sylvester exploded in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, recording three sacks and seven key stops.

Oregon, TCU, and the Holy War with BYU will be the key games to watch.

#15 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Bat Boy                                                  Bo Pelini

Bat Boy Bo Pelini

Bo Pelini sure has turned around a program that Bill Calahan completely destroyed, guiding the Huskers to a 9-4 record and a win in the Gator Bowl against Clemson. Joe Ganz is gone at quarterback, but that won’t be all that big of a problem in Lincoln if the defense breaks out the blackshirts.

The team lost eleven starters including Ganz, but should be able to fill those shoes with the recruiting classes Bo Pelini (and the institution that is Nebraska football) pull in. Will Compton, a player with the size and raw talent coaches would drool over in the recruiting process, comes in to his first season after red-shirting last year

There’s already talk of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh possibly going number one in the next draft, but with one more year Suh could become a legend in Lincoln. The line backing unit is facing major set backs but should be able to hit back with Phillip Dillard, Colton Koehler and Mathew May.

Zac Lee career stats: 1-2 for five yards. That’s what happens when you get stuck behind a player like Joe Ganz in the depth chart. When Marlon Lucky went down (many times) last season, Roy Helu Jr was able to pick up the slack and lead the team with 803 yards and seven touchdowns. Helu will likely play a key role in Nebraska’s game at Virginia Tech and will make the weak Big 12 defenses wonder if they need to block the pass or the run.

I’m picking Nebraska to win the Big 12 North, beating out Kansas and Missouri for that top spot (although I do expect them to lose again on Thursday Night in Columbia, Missouri, I’ll be there).

Check for the rest of the countdown before the Thursday night kick-offs.

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