Two weeks from now, college football will kick off on a highly anticipated Thursday night. Most of the preseason polls are already out...but where's the BlogPoll? Well, our ballots are due Monday, so here's our rough draft; as always, please let us know if you think we're totally off-base anywhere.
In fact, starting this season, you can do more than that; royrules22 has come up with a simple script to allow the denizens of CGB to submit their own Top 25. As explained in his FanPost here, he'll be collecting weekly ballots all season long, tabulating and analyzing the results in a weekly FanPost. We'll find out who is the biggest homer, who's crying 'the sky is falling', and all manner of other interesting tidbits. So go on over and submit your own ballot.
Anyway, when I normally do the Top 25 rundown, I'll go through and include some short blurbs on most of the teams, providing some justification for why they were ranked where they are. However, it's the preseason, and there's not much justification for ranking anyone anywhere; it's pretty much uninformed speculation at this point. Frankly, I happen to agree with the pundits who claim that we shouldn't even bother to have preseason polls, as before about week 5, my ballot will be filled with guesswork and preseason prejudice. While this poll is an average of those submitted by Avinash, Yellow Fever and myself, I will say that my contribution is a lazy-man's protest vote; since no games have been played between last January and now, I simply resubmitted the same Top 25 I turned in at the end of last season. Utah at #2? You betcha, baby! My vote helped drag them up to #13.
Anyway, presented without further comment, here is CGB's preseason Top 25: