Courtesy of the Greek, I have been honored with selection to the group of pollsters for this top 25 CFB poll. I am thrilled by the opportunity to prove that I know as little about who the best 25 teams are as the mavens of the AP, Coaches, Harris Interactive polls, and that stupid computer.
This reminds me of a stock market theory that says the market does what it wants to do, and that a group of dart-throwing monkeys can pick stock winners just as well as some high-powered stock brokers. What can I say, I was always partial to the winged monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. So it is my honor to be one of your dart-throwing monkeys this season. Without further adieu, here are my preseason submissions to the Best Damn Poll in the Land. Feel free to critcize, laugh, applaud, or respond inappropriately.
1. Southern Cal - The Trojans are loaded. Don't expect another loss to Stanford
2. Georgia - SEC Champions ride Jersey kid Moreno to the Championship
3. West Virginia - The whole O line is back plus Pat White.
4. Ohio State - Twice burnt by the Buckeyes. You're working your way up this year.
5. Missouri - TIgers turn the tables on the Big 12 South.
6. Texas - The Longhorns are back.
7. Florida - Tebow's better, but not enough to get by Georgia.
8. Wisconsin - Wiscy's good, but OSU's better still.
9. Louisiana St. - QB?
10. Virginia Tech - ACC champs, good D, offense?
11. Auburn - The spread takes root in Alabama.
12. Oklahoma - Sooners lose 2 out of three to Lone Star teams.
13. Tennessee - Florida, Auburn, and Georgia hand Vols their only losses.
14. Oregon - Quack Attack! Ducks come up roses.
15. Clemson - Lose to Hokies in ACC Championship
16. Rutgers - My homer pick. Hey! Fuhgedaboudit!
17. Penn St. - Joe's last hurrah.
18. South Florida - Bulls are #3 in Big East, just barely.
19. Kansas - Schedule's a lot tougher this year.
20. Fresno St. - The Bulldogs may have a nasty surprise in store for some BCS teams.
21. Cincinnati - Strong showing against Sooners gets Bearcats noticed.
22. Arizona St. - Losses to Georgia, Southern Cal, and Oregon early hurt.
23. Illinois - The fourth best in the Big 10.
24. Alabama - Saban hits the turning point. The Tide is rising.
25. Pittsburgh - Wannstedt's recruiting finally pays off. Pitt joins the Big East party.