Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/22/13
1. Alabama  - Alabama is head and shoulders above every other team in the NCAA, and the reason is Nick Saban. The head coach could turn any program into a Top 15 team in my opinion. 2. Ohio State   - Ohio State very well might have been the second best team in the nation last year. Despite their strength of schedule they could have been in the title game if it were not for the sanctions.3. Oregon   - Despite losing their coach and the inpending sanctions I think they will still crack the top 5 in preseason rankings. Now will they finish there? I don't think so. 4. Stanford  - Stanford could be in for a very good season. Their system seems to fit whoever comes in to play every single year. I believe they have a top 5 defense this year and will finish in the top 4.5. Texas A&M  - Texas A&M have some young guns ready to shine this year. Players like Johnny Manziel and Jake Matthews ready to lead this team. I don't think their ready to get to a title game they might even lose 2 or 3 games this year. 6. Georgia  - I have seen alot of people put Georgia in their top 3, but I just do not see it. Their talent has eluded them over the year and they might be in for a season comparable to LSU last year. 7. South Carolina  - Have you ever heard the saying, "Defense wins championships"? Well in this case Clowney wins champinships. They have the best college football player in the nation on this team and he is ready to move them into a top 5 finish. 8. Louisville  - Bridgewater and company are ready to glide through this horrid Big East. They will win the Big East and jump into a BCS Bowl game. 9. Notre Dame  - Notre Dame was destroyed by Alabama in last year's national championship game. They proved that their regular season schedule wasn't as difficult as some believed. 10. Florida  - Florida is always a competitive team and last year they took a minimal step up. They sit at 10 in this early rankings because of their strength of schedule this year.11. Clemson  - Clemson has a quarterback who is ready to take a big step up. Tajh Boyd is ready to carry this team through the ACC. 12. Texas  - Texas has been mediocre for a few years now. Last year was a stellar year and Mack Brown got them into a bowl game. They recruited well and look to bring a strong team into the fall.13. Florida State  - Florida State is a strong team year in and year out. This year will be no different they will finish somewhere in the top 15.14. Michigan - Yes, Michigan will take a step back but I see this as the spot that they end up. They have enough talent to be considered a top 15 team. 15. Oklahoma  - Oklahoma might be a team on the decline all their players who guided them to 3 consecituve years in the top 10 in the preseason rankings have come and gone. 16. Boise State  - Boise seems to be written off every year and somehow at some point cracks the top 10 at one point in the season.17. Oregon State  -Oregon State started off 6-0 and last year look for a similiar start this upcoming season.18. LSU  - Despite an up and down season this past year the Tigers seem to have had an average recruitting year and they could be bringing in a improved team.19. USC  - USC has their top quarteback, center, and second best wide out leave and I think they come back stronger. Their Heisman-like wide receiver Marqise lee will guide this team to where they want to be. 20. Northwestern  - These Big Ten underdogs will wind up being ranked a lot higher than some pundits predict. 21. UCLA  - UCLA came very close last year to winning the Pac 12 but by not recruiting well they put themselves in a bad position. 22. Michigan State  - Michigan State may be a team to watch this year. But they will need their running game to be intact. 23. TCU  - TCU is looking forward to the return of quarterback Casey Pachall, which will make them quite dangerous.24. Nebraska  - Nebraska finished last year strong but are an average team at best. 25. Miami (FL)  - Miami showed that smash mouth football can get you places, look for them to finish top 15. Just Missing the Cut:Kansas State, East Carolina, North Carolina, Rutgers, Fresno State  
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