College football is almost back, and fall camp will be starting very soon. So, I thought it would be cool to get college football discussion kicked off.
My top ten:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide - They are the easy pick. 2 time defending champs, and returning many contributors. I believe they will not win the title since it is hard to win 3 in a row, but for now they deserve to be ranked here. They did lose a lot of great players, but they are always reloading with more great talent. At some point it may catch up with them though.
2. Oregon Ducks - Definitely a homer pick, but they definitely deserve consideration. I know many are concerned about losing Chip, and that is a valid concern. I believe Helfrich will do great things, but it is asking a lot to replace Chip. However, the system is in-place, and Oregon returns a ton of talent on offense and defense. Besides the Helfrich question mark, the other thing to watch is how Oregon's linebackers do with the losses of Alonso, Clay, and Jordan.
3. Stanford Cardinal - Two out of the top 3 being Pac-12 teams? Yeah, I really believe this is fair. Stanford has an offensive line littered with former 5 star and 4 star recruits, and it should be even better this year. Stanford has one of the best defenses in college football, and they proved that against the Ducks. Hogan is also a developing QB, and year 2 under Shaw should push him to greater heights. Their biggest question marks center around finding more playmakers, and just how much better will Hogan be. An argument could be made for being number 2.
4. Georgia Bulldogs - Georgia has a lot of talent coming back offensively, and Murray is one of the best QBs in the country. I also believe Georgia has the best group of running backs in the country. Their biggest question marks center around replacing talent on defense, and whether Richt can take Georgia a step further in the tough SEC. He's done great things, but they haven't gotten over the hump yet. Talent is not going to be a problem though.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes - I am skeptical of them. Many people think they could be number one, but I just don't see that. Braxton Miller is a special player, but Meyer needs to keep on building that team to reach the heights he had at Florida. They won a lot of close games last year in a weak Big 10. They won the games, but it could very well have gone the other way. Plus, I think the Big 10 should be a little bit better since it can't get much worse.
Rest of the top ten:
6. South Carolina Gamecocks
7. Texas A&M Aggies
8. Clemson Tigers
9. Louisville Cardinals
10. Florida State Seminoles
Post your top ten, and feel free to rip mine apart!