College Football 2011 Preseason Top 10
Written by Curt Popejoy on 08/26/2011
Preseason Top 10 Power Poll
10.Texas A&M-I love what I saw from the Aggies at the end of last season, and I see no reason that the momentum they finished the year with won't carry on into the 2011 season. Write down this name-Cyrus Gray. Other teams defenses will be screaming it later.
9. Arkansas-I am far less concerned with Tyler Wilson starting at quarterback than most and I really think with players like Knile Davis to had off to and Greg Childs and Jarius Wright to throw to, the Razorbacks will be just fine.
8. TCU-The Horned Frogs offense took a giant hit and I don't just mean losing QB Andy Dalton. But I think the offense will lean heavily on RB Ed Wesley early until the rest of the offense gets it's feet under it. And as we've seen year after year no matter who they lose on defense they still bring it every Saturday.
7. Oklahoma State-Let me say right now, I don't believe the Cowboys will finish the season ranked this high. Their offense is going to be high flying again this year, but you just have to imagine that over the course of the season that buttery soft defense is going to cost them a couple of shootouts.
6. Boise State-I always give a nod to a team with an elite QB and in terms of college production there are few that compare to Kellen Moore. Not sure who he's going to be throwing to, but I think an aggressive defense will keep them in all their games and give Moore and the offense a shot.
5. Louisiana State-The Tigers are me sleeper pick to win it all this year, and it'll be on the backs of their premier athletes. Their WR corp is elite as is their defensive secondary even minus Patrick Peterson. But in order to win it all, one of their two starting QBs must really step up and play big this year.
4. Stanford-Once again the philosophy of great quarterback means great team. Andrew Luck, the concensus No.1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft is going to have to play his brains out to keep a team that is lacking at receiver and hope his defense continues to improve. Circle 11/12 as the Oregon Ducks come to town in what could be a battle of top 5 programs.
3. Alabama-On the surface it seems that losing their starting QB, RB and an elite DL would mean disaster for a top team. But other than a question about who is going to fill in for former QB Greg McElroy, this tea is loaded all over the field. The defense is going to be scary good and that should be enough to keep the cruising until their QB can get set into the offense. But trust me when I say it, this defense is going to be scary good.
2. Oregon-The Ducks are in a similar situation as the Crimson Tide but opposite. Their offense is going to be scary good. QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James are born and bred to play the Ducks spread offense and James is going to be a Heisman frontrunner all year as he racks up massive yardage. On the other side though, things aren't so rosey. Their defensive front 7 lost 5 starters so they had better hope that those 5 new guys can be ready in a hurry, because there is no let up on this schedule early on.
1. Oklahoma-Yes, I am a Sooner homer. And I really don't think there is a huge difference between the top 3 teams in the country. But 15 returning starters including one of the top QB/WR tandems in the country will take a lot of the pressure off getting the new running game back up to speed. But if you missed him last year, Roy Finch is fun to watch even if he's not the player Demarco Murray was. All in all while this team does have some questions in their defensive secondary this team is very well balanced on both sides of the football.
Last Edited: 07/25/2011