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College Football Power Ratings / July 30th 2010 – Preseason Edition

NCAA Football Power Rankings (as of 30/07/2010)

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1. Alabama –They won the SEC championship game, the national championship and brought home the Heisman Trophy. The Tide hasn’t lost a regular-season game since 2007.  Now Saban must replace nine defensive starters, a punter, kicker, and several other specialists while trying to become the first program to ever win back-to-back BCS Championship Games.

2. Texas  – The Horns sailed through the 2009 Big 12 season undefeated, eventually losing to Alabama for the national championship. Like the Crimson Tide they too lost a mass of key contributors including star quarterback Colt McCoy. His heir, Garrett Gilbert, has shown incredible promise and should emerge as a leader during the Texas reloading phase.

3. Florida – The Gators lost five senior classman along with five underclassmen to the NFL draft from its 2009, 13-1, BCS bowl team. However, they have filled the cupboard with enough talent to remain a national title contender, with the only real question being how well QB John Brantley will fare in a post-Tim Tebow era.

4. Boise State – The Broncos return 22 their 24 Fiesta Bowl starters and have good depth at many positions. They are the favorite to win the WAC on their way to vying for a national championship. If they can get past Virginia Tech in their home opener, the rest of their schedule should be a breeze.

5 Ohio State –The Buckeyes return 14 starters from the team that won the 2010 Rose Bowl, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The defense looks solid too with leading tackler LB Ross Homan (108) leading the way. The Buckeyes could very well be contending for their sixth consecutive conference championship at the end of the season.

6. TCU  – The Frogs will be hungry after its first trip to a BCS bowl game in 2009. With most of that team still intact, TCU should creep up the BCS rankings on their way to making a run to another bowl appearance and a shot at the national title.

7. Iowa – The rushing attack should be a force as Jewel Hampton, who missed all of last season with a knee injury returns to the lineup. QB Ricky Stanzi is the leader of this team, and if he can remain healthy, the Hawkeyes should again be one of the best teams in the Big Ten.

8. Cincinnati – First-year head coach Butch Jones inherits a team loaded with talent on both sides of the football including retuning QB Zach Collaros, who passed for more than 1,400 yards in 2009.  Defensively, the Bearcats return five starters and some key contributors that should be even better this coming season.

9. Penn State – The Nittany Lions make it into the top 10 based mainly on their defense. While their rushing and passing attack might be as good as any in the Big Ten, there are still some question marks on special teams, along the offensive line and especially at quarterback. A brutal schedule that includes road dates at Alabama, Iowa and Ohio State will make or break this young Penn State squad.

10. Virginia Tech – Rounding out the top 10, the Hokies will start the season in search of six defensive starters, a kicker and a punter. While they could challenge for top honors in the ACC, I am not sure they have the team to make a run at a national title, and I expect them to slide in the rankings a the season progresses.

11 Oregon – With the suspension of QB Jeremiah Masoli, one has to question whether or not the Ducks can dethrone USC, even though the Trojans have had some offseason turmoil as well. With 17 other starters they should make a run.

12. Brigham Young  – The Cougars are still looking for a starting QB, and a way to keep their offensive line healthy. Freshman Jake Heaps looks like the choice under center as BYU tries to hold on to a top 15 ranking.

13. Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets are primed to contend for another ACC title with Heisman candidate Joshua Nesbitt returning at quarterback, and a new-look defense under Al Groh.

14. Nebraska – Can the Huskers offense rebound from a poor second half showing in 2009? It could depend on who wins the quarterback job. But even then does Nebraska have enough to challenge for a Big 12 Championship, something they haven’t won since 1999.

15. Pittsburgh – Is this the year the Panthers get over the bump? They almost got it done last season until losing to Cincinnati in the Big East championship game. Pitt is loaded on all sides of the ball, and should be a contender behind All-American sophomore Dion Lewis.

16. Wisconsin – The Badgers have 18 returning starters from a 10-win team that capped the 2009 season with a convincing victory over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl.

17. LSU – The Tigers have recently fallen out of the national championship picture, going 17-9 since their last title in 2007. They will need to improve their passing game that averaged just over 180 yards a game.

18. Utah – Utah enters the 2010 campaign with a more experienced offense that includes eight starters. The biggest question is whether they have enough offensive weapons and a solid enough defense to contend with TCU for a Mountain West Conference championship.

19. Miami (FL)  – Defensively the Hurricanes return eight starters. The offense has a bag full of backs and receivers, but there are still some questions up front.

20. Mississippi – After two straight nine-win seasons, Ole Miss must replace its quarterback, as well as other key positions on both sides of the football. Has Houston Nutt recruited well? We’ll find out this year.

21 Texas Tech – The Raiders have went to 10 bowl games in as many years, but new coach Tommy Tuberville will try to do something that Tech has never achieved under Mike Leach; win a championship.

22. USC – Will USC be the same without Pete Carroll, who coached the Trojans to seven consecutive Pac-10 titles? The team already appeared to be running out of gas last season, but do return 13 starters — less the star studded talent of previous years.

23. Central Michigan – The Chippewas lost numerous key offensive players from last year’s 12-2 team, including star quarterback Dan LeFevour. New coach Dan Enos understands the team won’t top last year’s historic season but believe they do have enough to make it five straight bowl appearances in a row.

24. Clemson – The Tigers return seven starters on offense and six on defense. With the loss of All-Americans C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford, Clemson will have to step it up if they want to be successful in defending their ACC title.

25. West Virginia -Getting the Mountaineers to a BCS bowl seems almost essential if head coach Bill Stewart is to remain employed beyond the 2010 NCAA Football season.

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Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.

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  1. Where is Oklahoma in this mess.

  2. They didn’t make the grade…

  3. Matt Martz says:

    When this article was written Oklahoma was not listed in the http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/polls/ap/ in the top 25

  4. Where is OU on this list…this list has no credibility

  5. What a waste of MY TIME, and I won’t again!! No OU????? Where did you come from??

  6. Matt Martz says:

    Gentlemen,

    Sorry, but this list is based on the current AP Poll . You can check it here.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/polls?poll=1

    or several other places as well.

    Oklahoma only recieved 90 votes. Not enough to make the top 25.

  7. jonathan Marks says:

    The polls you were using are the post season rankings from last year. And this seasons pre season rankings will not remain the exact same as it ended last year.

  8. Matt Martz says:

    Jonathan, thanks. The post season and preseason polls will be different for sure . Keep in mind this is just a preseason power ranking not an actual poll. For you OU fans here you go.

    Oklahoma battled through countless injuries last season and had one of its worst seasons in recent memory. The loss of Sam Bradford will hurt, but the Sooners do return most of their offensive starters from 2009-10, including last year’s back up sophomore quarterback Landry Jones, who stepped in for the injured Bradford. If Jones can replicate his 2009 performance level — Oklahoma should crack the top 25. Games against, Cincy, Texas and TexTech — both who they lost against last season–will decide their fate.

  9. Robert G says:

    As an avid Husker fan, we know that Oklahoma deserves more respect than this.
    At the end of the year, there may not be a better team in college football than Oklahoma, including Big 12 teams of Texas and Nebraska, yet alone 25 better teams at the start. Suggest a more detailed and analytical review of the 2010 Sooners before your next prediction to save your assets. Go Big X!!

  10. Matt Martz says:

    It’s always great to hear from passionate OU fans. Thanks for the chatter.

    From the sound of it, ya’ll need to visit one our sportsbooks and place an early wager on the Sooners. ; )

  11. Robert G says:

    Matt….Please review carefully my previous message. I am a Cornhusker fan. (Born in NE, raised in NE, UN-L grad). I am a passionate college football
    fan that shows deep respect for Oklahoma in 2010. With adequate QB, RB, defense, no injuries, super coach, some little breaks…they win them all.
    See you in Arlington at a very Big, Big X!! Championship game…ok? Go Big Red.

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