The first final preseason blogpoll is due tomorrow morning, so here it is. I know that previously I’d stated the only change I’d be making was to replace Notre Dame with Arkansas, but after reading some of my fellow voters’ opinions, I decided to make many more changes.
The most glarious change is dropping Florida four votes to #7. I’d kept them high because of my respect for them as the defending national champs. At the last minute, I’ve decided to change that and drop them to what I think is a more realistic projection for where they are relative to the other teams in the poll.
I brought West Virginia up three places because they have a helluva offense, and they have a schedule that’s conducive to finishing in the top five. The only tough games are against Rutgers and Louisville, typical for the Mountaineers.
Arkansas entered at #25. I suppose they’re paying somewhat for Houston Nutt’s off-season antics, and they’re probably a better team than that, but that’s where they’re going to have to start.
There’s been a fair amount of comments from fellow blogpollers - including founder Brian Cook - that the first week will blow all the polls away. I’m not so sure of that as there aren’t a huge amount of games that will heavily affect the poll.
Maybe Kansas State could upset Auburn while Oklahoma State beats Georgia. The latter is a possibility, not so much the former. We’re not going to learn a lot with USC playing Idaho, Texas playing Arkansas State, along with a smattering of other twinkie games like Michigan playing Appalachian State and Ohio State playing Youngstown State.
Tennessee versus Cal is a good match-up, as are Florida State/Clemson, Boston College/Wake Forest, Georgia Tech/Notre Dame, and maybe Wisconsin/Washington State if for no other reason than we get to see how capable the Badgers starting quarterback is.
It’s almost here. I probably won’t sleep Thursday and Friday night. HA!