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College football kicks off in less than two months. What better way to get ready for the season than a preseason top 25 poll? Here's how I see it.  

  1. Alabama – They say the 2nd Championship is always more difficult than the 1st. If so, then how difficult will the 3rd be? Sure history and odds say that there is no way that Bama can win three in a row, but it's hard not to rank the Tide #1. Alabama returns with a lot of offensive weapons and they are reloading on defense. Also, besides Texas A&M and LSU, there really isn't a threat on their schedule.
  2. Ohio State – Much like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer knows what he's doing. With Meyer's offensive schemes + a weak schedule + a Heisman caliber quarterback = an elite team.
  3. Stanford – What would you have done 10 years ago if I told you that Stanford would be the top team in the west? Laughed in my face? The Cardinals are built like an SEC team, and will be in the National Championship hunt this season.
  4. Clemson – The Tigers have a huge game in week one versus Georgia, if (and that's a big if) the Tigers get past the Bulldogs then watch out. Clemson gets Florida State at home, and then finishes off the season with a huge game versus South Carolina to end the season. This might be a little high for the Tigers, but after beating LSU last season they showed that they are the top team in the ACC.
  5. Georgia – The Bulldogs were just 5 yards short of playing for a National Championship last season. With the return of Aaron Murray, plus tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, the Dawgs are once again a top team in the SEC. The bad news for Georgia is the loss of Jarvis Jones along with Kwame Geathers and Alec Olgetree from their defense.
  6. Texas A&M – Two words: Johnny "Football". Okay, I know that's giving him too much credit, but the turnaround for Texas A&M in year one of the SEC was just short of amazing. Its no "Joeckel" that Manziel lost his blindside blocker and the season starts and ends on week 3 for the Aggies. If they upset the Tide again then it will put them in the driver seat for a National Title.
  7. Oregon – I'm not buying the new coach yet, but still way too much talent and speed on this team for them not to battle Stanford for PAC12 supremacy.
  8. South Carolina – Really this is just a bad love triangle between South Carolina/Georgia/Clemson. Whoever wins this round-robin will end up being a top 5 team.
  9. Louisville - Teddy Bridgewater should lead this team through the American Conference without a blemish, but should and will are two different things. Last season the Cardinals started 9-0 before falling on their face, but they showed that they are legit when they hammered Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
  10. Florida State – Last year was supposed to be the year of the Noles, but it wasn't. They have to replace a quarterback, but they play in a weak ACC, and have a lot of skill players. I think FSU will be a bubble top 10 team in 2013.  
  11. LSU – The Tigers saw a lot of talent leave Baton Rouge for the NFL especially on the defensive side of the ball. The other thing keeping the Tigers out of the top 10 is the schedule; the Tigers will face Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Florida.
  12. Florida – The Gators were a surprise team in 2012, not many people projected the Gators to finish the regular season 11-1. A lot of that though seemed to be smoke and mirrors because the Gators played very poorly on offense. Even if the Gators can't get the offense clicking again I still think they are a top 15 team based on their defense.
  13. Texas – Is this the year that Texas is finally back? I don't think they are a top 10 team, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Longhorns win the Big12.
  14. Oklahoma State – The other team that I wouldn't be surprised to see win the Big12 would be the Cowboys. This could be a big year in Stillwater with Kansas State, TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma all coming to town.
  15. Boise State – The toughest game on the Broncos schedule is week one versus Washington! It will be a rebuilding year on defenses, but I don't think that will matter after week one.
  16. Oklahoma – The Sooner lose long time starter Landry Jones, and are breaking in a lot of new coaches. This will be a transition year, but Oklahoma will still be Oklahoma.
  17. Michigan – They have a big game in week two with Notre Dame; if the Wolverines win that game then it should be smooth sailing until week 10 when they travel to Michigan State.
  18. Michigan State – Much like the Wolverines they have an early game with Notre Dame and if they make it past the Irish it should be smooth sailing until week 10. The other good news for Sparty is they don't have to face Ohio State.
  19. Nebraska – Seems to be a little bit of a traffic jam in the Big10 after Ohio State. The reason I put Nebraska behind the two Michigan schools is simple…Defense. Where oh where have the "Blackshirts" gone in Lincoln.
  20. Baylor – The Bears have proven their worth. Most like me thought this team would fade away after RG3, but that wasn't the case. The Bears have to once again find another QB, but should be in the hunt in the Big12.
  21. Notre Dame – It has been nothing but bad news for the Irish since the snap of the ball in the BCS National Championship. The Irish will fall back in 2013.
  22. Northern Illinois – Can the Huskies go to back-to-back BCS Bowl games? That remains to be seen, but the Huskies should be once again a top mid-major.
  23. Oregon State – The Badgers should start out the season 7-0 leading up to a huge game with Stanford.
  24. Miami – It has been a rough decade for the Cains, but a nice season might be in the cards before the NCAA potentially lowers the Hurricane warring flag.
  25. Ole Miss / Vanderbilt – I think both of these teams are bubble top 25 teams. The good news for college football fans is that this game kicks off the season. The winner will be a top 25 team, the loser not so much.   

- Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger - Patrick Pierce @PatrickP13

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