Kevin C. Cox
With college football kicking off in less than two weeks the Top 25 Preseason Polls have been released. The Top 25 is a projection of how the teams are expected to perform based on last season’s record and off season moves like transfers, recruits, coaching changes, etc. This year's Top 25 is as follows: Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas, Michigan, USC, Clemson, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida State, Utah, Ole Miss, TCU, Florida, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Washington, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oregon State, and North Carolina. Of course, there are always teams that are the favorites.
Something surprising about this year’s Top 25 is that Georgia is not in the top two. Back in May ESPN had them listed as number one, but as the official list has come out at the beginning of August, it has them listed as number three. Considering they are two-time defending national champions. ESPN’s FPI (Football Power Index) has them placed right at number three, for now.
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This year ESPN has Alabama coming in as the number two spot. Though going into this season there are a couple of things to fix before hopes can get too high as there are some holes at both defense and quarterback. Knowing Nick Saban, that will be fixed soon, especially with having three amazing picks for quarterback. Tyler Buchner, Ty Simpson, and Jalen Milroe all have amazing skills that could improve the team offensively.
This year Ohio State is at the number one spot, making a jump from last year’s number four spot. With Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka they are set in terms of wide receivers as well as running back with TreVeyon Henderson returning. Though right now who will be at quarterback is a question between Devin Brown and Kyle McCord.
A team to watch this year is definitely Texas. Last year they were at number twenty-five before making a huge jump to number five this year. This season there might be a couple of changes this year with Arch Manning impressing during scrimmages this pre-season. It has been said that Quinn Ewers has the potential to be an amazing starter this season. There has been some talk from an anonymous Big 12 assistant coach that while there might be a lot of hype surrounding him, he doesn’t think Ewers is as good as other Big 12 QBs. Though that is coming from a most likely biased source, Ewers still has plenty of time to prove his skills.
All in all this year’s Top 25 caused a little uproar among fans, but it will definitely be a season you won’t want to miss.