2012 College Football Preseason Top 25 Rankings In My Eyes

Every college football fan eagerly awaits two things during the month of August, the release of the USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 and the Associated Press Writer’s Poll Top 25. The USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25 was released earlier this week and caused fans from every fanbase to shriek in joy or disappointment.

Does Alabama deserve the No.1 spot because they won the national title? What about Matt Barkley and the Trojans? Where do they fit in the top-5? Does the SEC really deserve to have 5 teams in the top 25? Will Florida State actually live up to the hype and put together a good season?

After looking over the poll for the first time, I found myself asking these questions. I discovered that the coaches and I disagreed on where certain teams should be in the rankings and decided to compile my own rankings.

Here are my Top 25 College Football teams entering the 2012 season:

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. USC
  4. Georgia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Oregon
  7. Michigan
  8. Arkansas
  9. Wisconsin
  10. West Virginia
  11. South Carolina
  12. Clemson
  13. Michigan State
  14. Florida State
  15. Texas
  16. Stanford
  17. TCU
  18.  Georgia Tech
  19. Nebraska
  20. Florida
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Louisville
  23. Kansas State
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. Boise State

The rankings will change from week to week but I believe Alabama has the best chance to reach the national title game once again, which is why they are ranked No.1. I highly doubt there will be two SEC teams in the national championship again, so I expect Matt Barkley’s Trojans to win the Pac-12 and earn a berth to play the Crimson Tide. The Michigan Wolverines can find themselves in a BCS Bowl if Denard Robinson develops as a quarterback. West Virginia is another team to watch for as they face a weaker level of competition than in the SEC and Pac-12 while playing in the Big-12. Speaking of the SEC, they have four teams ranked in the top 8. There is a strong chance two of them make it into BCS Bowls.

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