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Buncha Preseason Top 25 Football Polls and Rankings

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by thatguy, May 4, 2021 at 7:46 PM.

  1. thatguy

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    * Scroll down to Post #16 for Stewart Mandel's Top 25
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    Oklahoma takes over top spot in post-spring power rankings

    1. Oklahoma Sooners
    2020 record:
    9-2 (6-2 Big 12)
    Projected returning starters: seven offense, seven defense, two special teams
    2. Alabama Crimson Tide
    2020 record: 13-0 (10-0 SEC)
    Projected returning starters:
    four offense, nine defense, one special teams
    3. Georgia Bulldogs
    2020 record:
    8-2 (7-2 SEC)
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, four defense, two special teams
    4. Clemson Tigers
    2020 record:
    10-2 (8-1 ACC)
    Projected returning starters: five offense, nine defense, one special teams
    5. Ohio State Buckeyes
    2020 record:
    7-1 (5-0 Big Ten)
    Projected returning starters: seven offense, five defense, zero special teams
    6. Iowa State Cyclones
    2020 record:
    9-3 (8-1 Big 12)
    Projected returning starters: 10 offense, nine defense, zero special teams
    7. Texas A&M Aggies
    2020 record:
    9-1 (8-1 SEC)
    Projected returning starters: six offense, nine defense, two special teams
    8. North Carolina Tar Heels
    2020 record:
    8-4 (7-3 ACC)
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, 10 defense, two special teams
    9. Cincinnati Bearcats
    2020 record:
    9-1 (6-0 AAC)
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, seven defense, one special teams
    10. Oregon Ducks
    2020 record:
    4-3 (3-2 Pac-12)
    Projected returning starters: nine offense, seven defense, two special teams
    11. Indiana Hoosiers
    2020 record:
    6-2 (5-1 Big Ten)
    Projected returning starters: nine offense, nine defense, one special teams
    12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    2020 record:
    10-2 (9-0 ACC)
    Projected returning starters: three offense, six defense, two special teams
    13. USC Trojans
    2020 record:
    5-1 Pac-12
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, eight defense, two special teams
    14. Iowa Hawkeyes
    2020 record:
    6-2 Big Ten
    Projected returning starters: seven offense, six defense, one special teams
    15. Washington Huskies
    2020 record:
    3-1 Pac-12
    Projected returning starters: 10 offense, seven defense, one special teams
    16. Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
    2020 record:
    10-1 (7-1 Sun Belt)
    Returning starters: 10 offense, 10 defense, two special teams
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    17. Florida Gators
    2020 record:
    8-4 (8-2 SEC)
    Projected returning starters: five offense, seven defense, one special teams
    Key losses: QB Kyle Trask, TE Kyle Pitts, WR Kadarius Toney, WR Trevon Grimes, C Brett Heggie, OT Stone Forsythe, DL Kyree Campbell, C Marco Wilson
    Key additions: RB Demarkcus Bowman, DL Daquan Newkirk, DT Antonio Shelton, S Kamar Wilcoxson, S Donovan McMillon, CB Jason Marshall, DB Ethan Pouncey
    Previous Way-Too-Early ranking: 16
    Outlook: It's difficult to know what the Gators' rebuilt offense might look like this season, as coach Dan Mullen didn't hold a spring game and severely limited access for fans and media at practices. Regardless, the Gators are undergoing a facelift after losing so many playmakers from a team that won the first SEC East title of Mullen's tenure.
    The Gators figure to go from a pass-heavy to run-heavy offense, even when the ball is in new quarterback Emory Jones' hands. Florida's running backs room is especially crowded, and Mullen will look to get the ball into Dameon Pierce, Malik Davis, Nay'Quan Wright, Bowman and former Miami transfer Lorenzo Lingard's hands as much as possible.
    Florida's defense also is undergoing a makeover after it ranked 100th in the FBS in pass defense (257.5 yards per game) in 2020. Mullen hired former Auburn secondary coach Wesley McGriff, and South Florida's Jules Montinar was hired as cornerbacks coach.
    18. Wisconsin Badgers
    2020 record:
    4-3 (3-3 Big Ten)
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, eight defense, two special teams
    19. Ole Miss Rebels
    2020 record:
    5-5 (4-5 SEC)
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, 10 defense, one special teams
    20. LSU Tigers
    2020 record:
    5-5 SEC
    Projected returning starters: nine offense, nine defense, one special teams
    21. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
    2020 record:
    11-1 (8-0 Sun Belt)
    Projected returning starters: 10 offense, 10 defense, two special teams
    22. Texas Longhorns
    2020 record:
    7-3 (5-3 Big 12)
    Projected returning starters: six offense, seven defense, two special teams
    23. Penn State Nittany Lions
    2020 record:
    4-5 Big Ten
    Projected returning starters: eight offense, seven defense, two special teams
    24. Arizona State Sun Devils
    2020 record:
    2-2 Pac-12
    Projected returning starters: nine offense, 11 defense, two special teams
    25. Miami Hurricanes
    2020 record:
    8-3 (7-2 ACC)
    Projected returning starters: nine offense, seven defense, one special teams
     
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  2. Gatorrick22

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    Lol... In what world are the Ragin' Cajuns better talent wise than the Gators?

    ESPiN at it again...
     
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  3. believer

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    Disney world
     
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  4. Nostradamus

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    ESPN’s biz model is to stir up controversy as click bait. Same as it ever was.

    note that they list Oklahoma as #1 ahead of Bama. Purely to generate clicks.
     
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  5. ThePlayer

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    Emmitt Smith isn't walking through that door.
     
  6. coach

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    ESPN really sucks at sports.
     
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  7. GameTime1

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    Oklahoma brought back everybody, while Alabama has their annual reload going on.
     
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    Duval
    AND Iowa St, Tahheels, Cincy, and Indiana (WTH)????
    Riiiiiight.
     
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  9. your_perfect_enemy

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    The impressive part is they jumped up from #3 without anyone playing a single game
     
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  10. GameTime1

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    Looking at their rosters it's understandable.
     
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  11. Ahab

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    UF should be #9
     
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    And that’s made a difference when. I hate Bama but they should start out number one every year with those recruiting classes till proven otherwise. Oklahoma should be outside the top four until proven otherwise.
     
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    Go ahead and throw your money down if you believe that.
     
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  14. GameTime1

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    It's not my top25, but I certainly understand it.
    Funny though how so many think recruiting is overrated until times like these.
     
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    Are you throwing your money down?
     
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  16. thatguy

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    Stewart Mandel's post-spring Top 25
    1. Alabama
    2. Georgia
    3. Oklahoma
    4. Ohio State
    5. Clemson
    6. Texas A&M
    7. Iowa State
    8. Cincinnati
    9. LSU
    10. Oregon
    11. Miami
    12. Wisconsin
    13. Notre Dame
    14. Iowa
    15. Texas
    16. Indiana
    17. Louisiana
    18. Liberty
    19. North Carolina
    20. Florida
    21. Coastal Carolina
    22. Utah
    23. Arizona State
    24. Penn State
    25. Ole Miss
     
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  17. thatguy

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    Both rankings agree on the top 7
    In just a slightly different order.

    One thing for sure
    No one has us overranked this preseason.
     
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  18. Gatorrick22

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    Lol. I know right... a news agency acting like a sports broadcasting network.:eek::D;)
     
  19. your_perfect_enemy

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    I don't have a problem with their ranking, my point was why weren't they number 1 originally then? Nothing has changed since he last threw mud at the wall with his rankings.
     
  20. GameTime1

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    Gotcha, didn't realize this was a second. Maybe spring football?