An Early College Football Top 10: A Biased, Ignorant, SEC Fan's Opinion

Carson HowellCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009

It's early, but hey, it's a free country.  Here's my pre-preseason Top 10:

10. Ole Miss

They beat the champs in Gainesville, blew out LSU in Baton Rouge, and beat No. 7 Texas Tech by multiple scores.

They have a nice class coming in, are returning their full receiving core and are cooking up a stud in Jevan Snead. Their D will be very good, and the Rebels are only losing a couple of defensive players.

9. LSU

Though they struggled this year from time to time with the absence of a leader at the QB position, they found that and more in their 38-3 rout of No. 14 Georgia Tech.

Returning some studs like Trindon Holliday, Brandon LeFell, and top RB Charles Scott, and bringing in the No. 1 recruiting class, will certainly help.

8. Georgia

There are some "Shaq-sized" shoes to fill with Moreno and Stafford leaving, but they will have a great defense, I assure you.

They have A.J. Green, who is a monster, and Caleb King and Richard Samuel should fill in the RB position nicely. QB is a question mark, but their new top recruit or Joe Cox will step up.

7. Penn State

Lost to many players, this is a pity placement because I like the Nits. They will lose four games this season, minimum.

6. Ohio State

Not to bash OSU, but when are they going to have a dominant team like they did in 2002, when they smacked Michigan (or something close)? They have lost almost every big game since, but this year, they have another great recruiting class.

Let's hope Tressel gets his boys up for the big games this season.. They're at No. 6 for now, because I think they will beat USC and Penn State.

5. Alabama

This past year was not supposed to go as well as it did for them. It was intended to be more of a "rebuilding" year.

They return tons of athletes, including Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Mount Cody, the best nose tackle in the country. Guy could eat you alive.

4. Oklahoma

The Sooners clearly had the most statistically dominant offense ever. Sam Bradford has an amazing arm; personally, he reminds me of Danny Wuerffel with a bit more "gas" on his passes.

On the receiving end of Sammy's passes are Jermaine Gresham, the best TE in the country. If that wasn't enough, they return RBs Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray, possibly the best duo in the nation.

3. USC

Who needs Mark Sanchez? USC returns three other QBs and brings in the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation, who happens to play QB. They will fill that gap, no problem, in my opinion.

They return wide-receivers Damien Williams and Ronald Johnson. Stanley Havili is a solid FB who is a strong runner with good hands.

The most impressive part of the roster might be their RB corps, which consists of some scary individuals: Stafon Johnson, Joe McKnight, and C.J. Gable. They picked up some nice recruits all across the board.

2. Texas

Texas, in the words of Usher, "You got it, you got it bad."

I'm referring to last year, of course.

Colt McCoy was amazing in every game I watched, completing 76.7 percent of his passes for 34 TDs and 3,859 yards.

As if that weren't enough, he led the team in rushing with 561 yards. They return Vondrell McGee, their second leading rusher, as well.

1. Florida

Post-Ole Miss and the over-played "speech," the Gators blew through the SEC like no team ever has in the history of the conference. They finished the season by beating two No. 1 teams, consecutively, at neutral sites, by a combined total of 55-34.

Tebow, in the midst of all the criticism from his teary-eyed apology, accomplished all he had promised.

Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey both rushed for 7.8 yards per carry, though they argue with each other about who's faster (for the record: Rainey has been clocked jogging a 4.24 40-yard dash, while Demps was officially the "fastest teen-ager in America").  Let's call it a tie, boys.

Emmanuel Moody averaged 7.2 yards per carry, and he should contribute during his junior year by being more of a bruiser back.

The Gators lose their top two receivers, but I think they will do just fine with Riley Cooper, Deonte Thompson, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon James, Carl Moore, and the No. 2 recruit at the position, Andre Dubose (who is said to be quite Percy-like). That's the last thing SEC defenses want to hear.


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