College football season is here again! Rejoice, everyone!!
Now, we're all eager to follow the Golden Bears as they embark on their season of redemption, and I'm sure many of you are also broadly aware of the comings and goings in the Pac-12, but there are lots of teams across the country that are interesting and worth paying attention to, and what better excuse to keep up with the national college football scene than to argue about which teams are the best 25 in the whole country!
This year we have a larger group of voters, so we've got some new blood, and hopefully that will also help even out our own inherent biases, because let's admit it, we've all got our biases. So, welcome back to our regulars, Nick Kranz, Berkelium97 and fiatlux, and welcome aboard to our new guys: ragnarak, PerryScope, and mpeters10!
So, with that bit of introduction, here is our inaugural preseason poll:
California Golden Blogs Top 25 - Preseason
Because I think we're going undefeated, I of course have to put Cal at #1, because, why not. I have a penchant for putting somebody in the poll twice, probably did that again this year... I wonder if there is some cool software we could use to move around teams (there must be). About the third week of the season I start taking this a lot more seriously.
atomsareenough: LOL, sure, *MY* approach will "bake in your biases" says the absolute homer who decided to presumptuously rank Cal the #1 team in the country. :)
Anyway, like I said, I re-evaluate every team on my ballot every week, along with a number of other teams I'm keeping my eye on, and I've demonstrated that I'm not reluctant to punish or reward teams based on their performance and overall résumé. Regardless, I think as long as you try to be objective and thoughtful about it, any approach should work fine, so just give it your best shot, and feel free to
PerryScope: Ohio State is number 1 because they have 2 Quarterbacks that could pretty much start anywhere else in the country (J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones). With returning runningback Ezekiel Elliot and behind the leadership of HC Urban Meyers, the Buckeyes are favorites to win the 2016 college football playoffs going back to back. I put USC so highly because they truly have the tools to have a special season. 5th year Cody Kessler is looking to build off a great season throwing 39 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. With all 5 offensive lineman returning as well as stud receivers JuJu Smith and Adoree’ Jackson, the Trojans have the talent. But can Sarkisian get his team ready for the big time? After week 1 the top 10 will be completely different due to Oregon facing off with Michigan State at East Lansing. This game potentially means playoff or not because of how each of their respective conferences aren’t as strong as the SEC or Big 12.