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College Football Power Ratings / July 24th 2011 – Preseason Edition

NCAA Football Power Rankings (as of 24/07/2011)

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1. Auburn— The defending National Champion will have their work cut out for them in 2011, and have lost a huge amount of starters. Fortunately for them, they have a young quarterback Barrett Trotter in the wings ready to start as a sophomore, and a great running back in Michael Dyer. The only question is, ‘how will they make up for Cam Newton’s 4,400 yards of offense and 50 touchdowns they lost when he went first overall in the NFL Draft?’

2. TCU— The best defense in the nation is sure to have major setbacks this year, having lost their leader when defensive back Tejay Johnson graduated. They will most likely still be among the leaders in that side of the ball despite this, but the coaching staff has a lot of work to do on offense, filling holes left open when their stars moved on, including quarterback Andy Dalton.

3. Oregon— The offense that wowed its fans in 2010 will be back, there is no doubt. This is a system offense, and no matter who is carrying out the plays, the plays will still work. The Ducks will have a much tougher schedule this year, that includes an opener against LSU, but they will still be a contender for the Pac-12 title until the end.

4. Stanford— Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year is the Stanford Cardinal, and they will have their enormously talented quarterback Andrew Luck back for his senior year. Luck will also have the majority of his offense to back him up. Stanford has to be the favorite to win the Pac-12 behind the arm of Luck, who no doubt would have gone number one in April’s NFL Draft (Sorry Cam).

5. Ohio State— It is crazy to think that just a few short months ago, many were talking BCS title when they mentioned the Buckeyes. Nowadays, it’ll be a miracle if Ohio State can turn their mess around and actually have a successful season. Terrelle Pryor is gone, and unproven senior quarterback Joe Bauserman will take the reigns. And with the departure of their head coach, it looks to be a rough year for Thee Ohio State University.

6. Oklahoma— Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of the Sooners, and there is good reason. The majority of their starters are coming back on both sides of the ball, and their quarterback, junior Landry Jones, is a beast of a man. Jones could carry any team, but fortunately for him, he has a damn good team behind him. The only questionable area on this squad is the rushing attack, but with their offensive line, and a passing attack are sure to take pressure off them, any running back should be able to be plugged in and succeed.

7. Wisconsin— Every year, Wisconsin gets a huge wave of BCS predictions, but it never seems to work out for the Badgers. This year doesn’t seem to be any different. They have a really good team, but it isn’t likely they will make it out of the Big Ten undefeated.

8. LSU— A very underrated team, LSU had a great season in 2010, and was a play or two from playing for the National Championship. This year, they will have a majority of their starters returning, and will look to be better in all aspects of the game once their season opener against Oregon is here.

9. Boise State— The Broncos are in a great position going into 2011. They will have their starting quarterback returning in Kellen Moore, and will have an easy schedule in their new home, the Mountain West Conference, with their only test coming late in the season against TCU.

10. Alabama— Nick Saban has done a spectacular job with the Crimson Tide since rejoining the college ranks, but will have a tough season ahead after losing his starting quarterback and running back to the NFL Draft. It’ll be tough for them to get though the SEC-West undefeated, but if they do, they will be title bound.

11. Nevada— The Wolf Pack has to be the favorite in the WAC now that Boise State is long gone, but will kick off their season against Oregon, and an almost sure defeat could be a big blow to their BCS hopes. The loss of Colin Kaepernick was a huge setback that will make it tough on them to go undefeated.

12. Arkansas— Expect a huge setback for Arkansas this year, as they lost their star quarterback Ryan Mallett. On the upside, the team will no doubt have a dominant running game yet again, with Knile Davis leading the way.

13. Oklahoma State— Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden will be the deciding factor for Oklahoma State in 2011. Last season, Weeden ripped off over 4,000 yards passing and 32 touchdowns and this year he looks to improve on those numbers, but the Cowboys have one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

14. Michigan State— The biggest surprise of the Big Ten was Michigan State, and the Spartans will look to build upon their successful 2010 campaign with quarterback Kirk Cousins leading the way.

15. Mississippi State— The Bulldogs will try to use 2010 as an example of what the team is capable of, but it will tough for them to mirror that success in the SEC-West—one of the best conferences/divisions in the nation.

16. Virginia Tech— To say that the Hokies’ 2010 season was a disappointment would be an understatement, and now they go into the new year without their starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

17. Florida State— The Seminoles are no doubt in transition mode this season, and will try to finish respectable in 2011 after loosing the majority of their starters. Their schedule isn’t on the pushover side either.

18. Missouri— The Tigers have one of the best defenses around, the majority of which will be back. The challenge for this team will be filling the void that Blaine Gabbert left when he bolted to the NFL. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

19. Texas A&M— The two-headed monster at the quarterback position put the Aggies in a great spot at the end of the year in 2010, but they must choose before the season begins between the two if they want to go further than your run-of-the-mill bowl game.

20. Nebraska— If there was ever a year for the Cornhuskers to make a run for BCS bowl berth, this would be it. Ohio State is in disarray, and their defense is dominant. But they do have a bit of a void at the running back position, but sophomore Taylor Martinez had a splendid freshman campaign and will likely come back bigger, stronger and faster than ever.

21. UCF— The Knights will win their conference, but that won’t be enough to propel them into the national spotlight, they have to win their out-of-conference matchups if they want to take the next step.

22. South Carolina— Quarterback Stephen Garcia will be the story of the year for the Gamecocks. If he fails, they fail; if he succeeds, the team succeeds.

23. Maryland— If Maryland were in any other conference, they’d be ranked much higher yearly, but being in the ACC facing stiff competition has always been the telltale downfall year after year for the Terrapins.

24. Tulsa— G.J. Kinne is coming back for his senior year after burning opposing defenses for over 4,000 yards in 2010. The Golden Hurricane will blow wherever Kinne takes them.

25. North Carolina State— This team has a great chance to compete in the ACC-Atlantic in 2011, having returned the majority of their starters, including starting quarterback Russell Wilson, who had a very promising season in 2010 with over 3,500 yards passing.

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