For the seventh straight season, we are honored to be invited to be a voter in the College Football BlogPoll Top 25. Once again this year the poll is sponsored by SB Nation.
The BlogPoll is made up of a collection of 100+ voters (bloggers) who represent schools from across the country from all conferences.
I will be casting the RazorBloggers ballot and posting it here each week throughout the season for discussion. As always, your commentary will impact and shape our weekly rankings.
Since it’s inception in 2006, the BlogPoll has consistently shown a flexibility the mainstream polls have not. Conventional polls seem to adhere to the idea that if you’re #1, you stay #1. The bloggers have tended to be more responsive, moving teams up or down more quickly based on performance on the field.
In our eyes, Alabama is clearly head and shoulders above the field. Having won three of the last four national titles, Saban has it rolling on both sides of the ball. All of the skill players return on offense, and they add super frosh RB Derrick Henry. Its hard to see Bama tripping up unless Texas A&M pulls the upset in Week 3.
It appears we are a little higher on Stanford than most. Head Coach David Shaw has proven to us that his smash-mouth, pro-style offense can work in the high-flying Pac 12. Despite losing star RB Stepfan Taylor, the Cardinal should see incremental improvement from sophomore QB Kevin Hogan and have redshirt freshman RB Barry Sanders, Jr. ready to step in.
We can’t believe how high some people have Texas this year. Some we’ve seen have them in the top 5!!! Granted the Horns have 19 starters back, but this team has an incredible penchant to underachieve. Another example of an aging athletic director not knowing when to pull the plug on a coach that is past his prime and lost his voice.
While the preseason BlogPoll doesn’t come out for another week or so, we thought we would share the first draft of our ballot and see what you guys think. As usual, don’t pull any punches…
|1||Alabama||13-1||1||Time to start using the ‘D’ word…Saban, Tide a Dynasty now.|
|2||Oregon||12-1||2||Without HC Kelly, QB Mariota, RB Thomas keep Ducks at top.|
|3||Stanford||12-2||7||HC David Shaw building a power with hard-nosed approach.|
|4||Ohio St.||12-0||3||QB Miller & 4 starters back on O-line. Urban is Dangerous.|
|5||Georgia||12-2||6||QB Murray, RBs Gurley and Marshall make UGA top in East.|
|6||South Carolina||11-2||8||DE Jadeveon Clowney best defender in college football.|
|7||Florida St.||12-2||10||New QB Winston has big shoes to fill. Noles top in ACC again.|
|8||Oklahoma St.||8-5||NR||After a down year, Gundy, Pokes are best in Big 12 in 2013.|
|9||Notre Dame||12-1||4||How will Irish fare without star QB Golson? Tough schedule.|
|10||Texas A&M||11-2||5||Without Johnny Football, are the Aggies still a top 10 team?|
|11||LSU||10-3||14||4 returning starters on D puts pressure on QB Mettenberger.|
|12||Florida||11-2||9||Incomming RB Kelvin Taylor will be one of the best in SEC.|
|13||Louisville||11-2||13||QB Bridgewater is Heisman worthy. Cardinals may go 12-0.|
|14||USC||7-6||NR||Trojans, Kiffin breaking in a new QB. WR Lee best in country.|
|15||Clemson||11-2||11||QB Tajh Boyd, WR Sammy Watkins best combo in the ACC.|
|16||Oklahoma||10-3||15||With QB Landry Jones gone, can Blake Bell win big for OU?|
|17||Michigan||8-5||24||Frosh RB Derrick Green is the hammer HC Hoke has needed.|
|18||Texas||9-4||19||Call us skeptical…we’re not buying the Horns till Mack goes.|
|19||Arizona St.||8-5||NR||Solid defense gives ASU, HC Graham shot at PAC 12 South.|
|20||Oregon St.||9-4||20||OSU returns 15 strts from 2012 team that was as high as #7.|
|21||TCU||7-6||NR||9 starters back on ‘D’ means Frogs will compete for Big 12.|
|22||Virginia Tech||7-6||NR||QB Thomas, rejuvenated defense should lift Hokies in 2013.|
|23||Mississippi||7-6||NR||Top frosh WR Treadwell gives Black Bears another weapon.|
|24||Miami, Fla.||7-5||NR||RB Duke Johnson one of the most electric players in NCAAF.|
|25||UCLA||9-5||NR||Bruins lose a lot, still have star QB Hundley to build around.|
|Others considered: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Fresno St., Michigan St., Baylor, Washington, Kansas St., BYU, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Boise St., Georgia Tech, Marshall, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Ohio, Arizona, Tulsa, UCF, West Virginia, Rutgers.|