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August 02, 2006

Rivals.com picks the Top 25.: 2006 Pre-Season College Football Rankings

posted by Clevelander32 to football at 06:56 PM - 34 comments

Ohio State is rightfully No. 1 and will remian No. 1 after beating Texas and Michigan.

posted by Clevelander32 at 06:59 PM on August 02

How come this rarely ends up being what all the experts say it's going to be? I mean it seems as if I were to pick North Dakota State I have just as much chance of being right as most experts. Well, not too far off anyway. Well my surprise pick for all the bananas is ......drum roll....UCLA. Against who (you might ask...though probably not) Oklahoma! Ta da!

posted by commander cody at 07:04 PM on August 02

OU's got a small quarterback situation, cody. I wouldn't bet the house on that one.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:13 PM on August 02

Bucks BABY - #1

posted by lightman at 07:24 PM on August 02

Damn OU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it

posted by sgtcookzane at 07:25 PM on August 02

It is good to see the big 3 florida school back up there in the top 25. They have had some struggles the last few years.

posted by kidrayter2005 at 07:26 PM on August 02

OU's got a small quarterback situation, cody. I wouldn't bet the house on that one. True, but fortunately for me I rent (rimshot). Sorry, I'm watching the Marx brother film festival on TCM. Anyway they still have Bob Stoops and he could coach my wife to the title as QB....well....top ten anyway.

posted by commander cody at 07:28 PM on August 02

Anyone else think Notre Dame is way over-rated?

posted by SummersEve at 07:44 PM on August 02

Yeah, the OU news I heard around 1ish. It really, really sucks here in Norman right now. OUInsider has a massive rumor mill a-brewin'.

posted by igottheblues at 07:57 PM on August 02

Anyway they still have Bob Stoops and he could coach my wife to the title as QB....well....top ten anyway. I've got nothing for respect for the Stooper, but take a glance at the first and last sentences from the link on OU. First: Rhett Bomar has a much-needed year of experience. Rhett's gone. Last: The problem will be finding replacements on an offensive line that loses four starters. Now they've lost a fifth (the other player booted was a returning starting Offensive Lineman). Seems to me the biggest loser here is Adrian Peterson. A lot of people in Big XII country are actually picking Tech to win it all. Supposedly their defense is much improved and their QB is the best talent and leader they've had under Mike Leach's system (which could elevate my dog to the top ten QB stats). Guess we'll see.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:05 PM on August 02

commander cody has a good point, kind of like Texas Tech. Oklahoma produces qb's that are very productive. Unfortunatly, not in their (quarterbacks) first year. Rhett Bomar was no Leinart or even a Jason White, the one thing he did have was a year under his belt. I think that will be the difference between a BCS game or another Holiday or Cotton bowl. I just hope not a disaster

posted by sgtcookzane at 08:09 PM on August 02

OUInsider has a massive rumor mill a-brewin'.????? well, lets hear it

posted by sgtcookzane at 08:10 PM on August 02

I'm looking at Paul Thompson. He's been play WR for the past few years but he was a helluva HS QB and the only reason he moved to WR at OU was because of Bomar. He's a senior and knows Stoops system as well as anyone.

posted by commander cody at 08:12 PM on August 02

Anyone else think Notre Dame is way over-rated? The Golden Dome is overrated every year. Here in the Chicago area the Irish are like Gods. I think more people follow them than they do the Illini, ISU, or anyone else. I have to admit, sometimes it's hard not to get caught up in all the tradition (hype). I dated a girl whose mom worked at Notre Dame and ever since I just have to follow them.

posted by willthrill72 at 08:56 PM on August 02

The only OU we Texas fans are concerned about is the one from Ohio, the one in Norman has plenty of payback coming still...

posted by mjkredliner at 09:36 PM on August 02

If Oklahoma had Ohio State, we'd be worried to but looks like OU has a pretty easy schedule this year. Except maybe Texas Tech and the Ducks

posted by sgtcookzane at 09:48 PM on August 02

Notre Dame at #2, those guys must be smoking something. WVa at #3, they must be passing the crack pipe around for thirds. It's been awhile since OU and USC met in a bowl game...

posted by billsaysthis at 10:24 PM on August 02

A little off topic, but now that the BCS Championship game is separated from the other bowl games it sure would be nice to see the Rose Bowl go back to Big 10 vs PAC 10 only again! Also I used to live in Glendale AZ (this years BCS site), but I'm still not sure which neighborhood gang runs the area around the new stadium, so anyone going should make sure they don't wear the wrong colors. Whine whine whine

posted by commander cody at 10:40 PM on August 02

I think the Pittsburgh Panthers will be up there this year, at least in the top 30.

posted by a24kurtz02 at 11:10 PM on August 02

#1--yep, I'm an Irish fan--#2--schedule is too tough---no better than a top 10 finish for them

posted by jim222 at 11:25 PM on August 02

I'm a Michigan fan at heart, but they were a 7-5 team last year and I really don't see them getting any better this year. They'll finish in the top 15 just because of their name but get something like a Peter Pan/Toys R Us Bowl or Tidy/Scrubbing Bubbles bowl.

posted by commander cody at 11:31 PM on August 02

Why do they always leave Slippery Rock off the lists?

posted by panteeze at 11:53 PM on August 02

A lot of people in Big XII country are actually picking Tech to win it all. Tech does look good. I think the team that may be the big surprise in the Big 12 is Nebraska. They've quietly been putting together a pretty good team and are only one or two upsets away from a great season. That Zac Taylor kid has a pretty good arm (single season passing title for NU)(ok ok so they're usually a running team) and imho is an outside shot at the Heisman.

posted by commander cody at 12:59 AM on August 03

WVa at #3, they must be passing the crack pipe around for thirds. WVU has White back at QB and a very, very easy schedule. They could easily go unbeaten. I can't wait until Sept 9... Penn State @ Notre Dame at 3:30, then Ohio State @ Texas that night. Methinks that day could have something to say about the national rankings.

posted by SummersEve at 05:42 AM on August 03

Yes, the Irish are overrated, but not that overrated. Depending on their defensive line's ability to stop the big backs and generate a consistent pass rush, I really wouldn't be suprised to see them in a BCS bowl.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:00 AM on August 03

OMG, how did WUV pull off a schedule like that? If they don't go unbeaten it will be a bad season. SEC opponant Miss. St.?? The poor ol' bulldogs have been down a while now with no real hopes this year. Louisville and S Florida look to be their biggest compatition this year. sorry terp, I dont see Maryland doing better than 6-5 and WVU beats them 31-28 in a great game. As for the SEC, I think LSU is overated and Auburn has a shot at a top 3 finish even with their schedule. As for my Crimson Tide, well Alabama fans truly believe a national championship is within our grasp at the begining of every season (realistic or not). That being said, having to play at Arkansas, Florida, Tenn., and LSU will prove to be disasterous im afraid. Not to mention we cant beat Auburn at Bryant/Deny stadium. But a fan can hope, pray, use voodoo, even two rolls of toilet paper seperated by a box of tide detergent on a stick. If we even make the Peter Pan/Toys R Us Bowl or Tidy/Scrubbing Bubbles bowl ill be happy.

posted by Folkways at 07:09 AM on August 03

I think Notre Dame is a bit overrated, but do think they'll be very, very good. I'm willing to give Weis some credit as a really good coach who's had a year under his belt and a great quarterback in charge. West Virginia will also roll through it's schedule. Penn State is ranked right around where it should be, but I worry about replacing Robinson at QB. That guy got them out of so many jams last season with his athleticism it wasn't funny.

posted by dyams at 07:34 AM on August 03

I worry about replacing Robinson at QB Replacing Robinson as a leader is all but impossible, but Anthony Morelli has a cannon and a stable of super-fast recievers. Question is can he read a defense and make quick decisions. It'll be tough for teams to bring pressure because the recievers are so quick. Seriously Derrick Williams belongs in the same sentence as Ted Ginn, Jr. PSU lost their entire secondary. They have good, speedy cover guys, but they lost two heavy hitting safeties and one heavy hitting corner. I worry about their tackling ability. Their linebackers are possibly the best in the country, but they'll be doing double duty. It's a younger team that has one game against Akron to get ready for a game at Notre Dame. Tall task.

posted by SummersEve at 07:50 AM on August 03

By the way, one of the turning points for Penn State... Brandon Owens, meet Mike Robinson. One of two things brought up constantly last year that sparked the turn-around... The other was Robinson's rallying the troops at Northwestern.

posted by SummersEve at 07:57 AM on August 03

Nebraska isn't a suprise they are supposed to win the big 8 + 4 north the suprise is what if they don't win the north Mu, or Colorado can do it.Chase for mu is an great passer better than smith ever thought of being

posted by mcginnis01 at 08:35 AM on August 03

Commander Cody, take heart. I think that the Wolverines may be a bit of a wild card this year. The offense should be fine. Nobody seems sure what the D will bring, but if they perform well, you're looking at 10-2 or so. I don't expect a National Championship (or even a Big 10 one), but they should be much more respectable than last year.

posted by ctal1999 at 09:30 AM on August 03

I think the Pittsburgh Panthers will be up there this year, at least in the top 30. a24kurtz02, as a Panther alum, I'd love nothing more. But I think they're still another year away. Hope they surprise us. And I'm really looking forward to hoops season!

posted by rosey8810 at 09:40 AM on August 03

I am a Gators fan and I would hope for a good season but I just don't see it in the cards for us. First of all, we play in the SEC which is always hard. Also, we have a QB who isn't fit for the option offense. He doesn't have the speed for it but he has a cannon of an arm. Our Defense is going to be an interesting thing to watch. We lost some secondary players but we had a really good recruiting class. It would be a pleasent suprise to see them up there this year but it will be expected next year.

posted by kidrayter2005 at 10:29 AM on August 03

Commander Cody, take heart. I think that the Wolverines may be a bit of a wild card this year. I hope so Ctal. If they get a Rose Bowl bid I might push the little women to go to the game. She keeps wanting to go to the parade every year since it's only a few miles from here, but I keep putting it off unless I get to go to the game, because the parking is a bitch.

posted by commander cody at 11:33 PM on August 04

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