Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by mulegator, Feb 16, 2018.
Interesting that in some polls, UCF is ranked ahead of UF and FSU. Here, we see FAU at #17!
I saw UF at #25 in other Athlon rankings. Were those the pre-pre season rankings?
Usually, the Book's composite early odds are pretty true to future reality.
A MASSIVE HOWEVER - when the CROWD changes these, you always, always go with THE CROWD.
It's still absurdly early, and these will change before the season begins, but right now, the CROWD likes the following better than the Books (at bottom are those liked less, including unfortunately, the Gators, but not the Noles):
Bama (5/2 to 7/4)
Clemson (6/1 to 5/1)
Georgia (8/1 to 7/1)
FSU (40/1 to 25/1)
Michigan (10/1 to 12/1)
Oklahoma (18/1 to 20/1) several others, including Florida (60/1 to 100/1)
As I said, it's early, and these are mostly very minor moves (except Bama)
Some of these rankings are updated periodically by the sources during the year.
I see the returning national champions return at 17 this year. Big drop.
All I am looking for is a competent offense. I am not asking for much. Can we just be in the top half of the sec on offense please.
Your wish is granted.
Phil Steele's mag is out.
Read all about it.
This is Steele's projection of the final rankings of the 2018 season.
3. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
12. Penn State
13. Michigan State
14. Boise State
18. Florida State
21. Mississippi State
23. Boston College
25. Arkansas State
27. Texas A&M
30. West Virginia
31. Florida Atlantic
34. South Carolina
36. North Carolina
39. Kansas State
40. Virginia Tech
41. Fresno State
42. Appalachian State
49. Oklahoma State
50. San Diego State
Phil Steele's Magazine ∙ 2018's Top College Football Teams
Ranking the Top 100 College Football Teams for 2018
Rankings of interest from that list:
UT - 67
UK - 65
(ranking ends here - looks like he's adding a new team each day)
As usual, other than the Top 5-10 teams, Rankings are ALL OVER THE PLACE.
For UCF to be ranked anywhere is absurd. Frost had literally Magical Luck with that team last year. To expect such a thing to have in 2 successive years is extremely unrealistic. Of course, that term pretty well describes the Human Animal's Mind.
Like BYU back in the day, when you play a weak schedule, you will always be ranked
Teams of interest profiled in the Orlando Sentinel Countdown
Alabama coach Nick Saban's squad is loaded again, Crimson Tide are No. 1 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Clemson eyes fourth straight trip to playoff semifinals, Tigers No. 2 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
The U poised for breakout season, Miami Hurricanes are No. 3 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Talent-rich Georgia is No. 4 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Despite Urban Meyer uncertainty, Ohio State is No. 5 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Steady Oklahoma is No. 6 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
USC is No. 7 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Potent Wisconsin chases elusive Big Ten title, Badgers are No. 8 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
QB Jarrett Stidham returns to lead Auburn, Tigers are No. 9 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Loaded Washington is No 10 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Loaded Michigan State is No. 11 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Trace McSorley leads potent Penn State offense, Nittany Lions are No. 12 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Virginia Tech copes with bumpy offseason, Hokies are No. 13 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Talented Notre Dame is No. 14 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Despite coaching change, Mississippi State is No. 15 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Heisman hopeful Bryce Love leads Stanford, Cardinal are No. 16 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Will Grier returns to lead talented West Virginia, Mountaineers are No. 17 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
UCF aims to build on perfection, Knights are No. 18 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Northwestern counts on QB Clayton Thorson's return, is No. 19 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
TCU pushes to earn Big 12 title, is No. 20 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
LSU is pushing to move up in SEC, ranked No. 21 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Jimbo Fisher leads revamped Texas A&M, Aggies are No. 24 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Rejuvenated South Carolina is No. 26 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Rebuilding FSU is No. 29 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Revamped Gators are No. 31 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Surging FAU is No. 36 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Potent Troy is No. 39 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Revitalized UAB is No. 53 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Ole Miss rebuilding after NCAA sanctions, Rebels are No. 57 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Missouri boasts potent offense, is No. 61 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
No. 69 Kentucky
No. 72 USF
No. 77 Navy
Air Force is projected to be bowl eligible, No. 78 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
No. 88 Tennessee
No. 89 Georgia Tech
No. 91 Arkansas
No. 99 South Alabama
No. 101 Colorado State
No. 104 Georgia State
No. 106 Vanderbilt
No. 115 Georgia Southern
No. 122 FIU
College Football Rankings 2018 - Orlando Sentinel
Odds to win SEC via @LVSuperBook:
Mississippi State 12/1
Florida, LSU 18/1
South Carolina, Texas A&M 30/1
Arkansas, Kentucky 300/1
Ole Miss n/a
4:23 PM - Jul 8, 2018
18-1 to win the SEC... if they are correct....
It's just someone's opinion, but it's something to talk about.
Assuming Mississippi State and Florida are both 4-0 on September 29, and IF we are 5-0 on September 30 -- we'll be in the top ten.
I will be ecstatic, and you'll see gazillions jumping back on the Gator Bandwagon.
Not trying to be a wet blanket, but Cowbell State has an underwhelming 4 games before us, so I do not see them being deep in the top 10 to vault us from the 20's at best in the first poll into the top 10 at 5-0. There will be a lot of teams 5-0, and if some top 10 teams drop a game, they will still be ahead of us in the rankings. We will have to demolish MSU and the others, and I don't see that happening.
I feel ya Superman Killer
But Cowbell U will be ranked in the low teens, and we'll be in the high teens
So -- optimistically -- if the stars all align -- it will be enough to vault us into the top ten.
If we can't be optimistic -- with orange n blue vision
We should turn in our Gator badges!
Quick snapshot of all 14 SEC football teams from AL.com
Alabama headlines 72nd annual SEC preseason rankings
Challenger in the East?
The Gators are a good buy-low candidate for 2018. This program is just a year removed from winning back-to-back East Division titles and lost three of its seven games by eight points or less, including matchups against LSU and South Carolina. New coach Dan Mullen is known for his background on offense, which is good news for a group that averaged only 22.1 points a game in 2017. Mullen won't transform this offense into a high-powered attack in one season, but there should be some improvement. The Gators have a promising set of playmakers at receiver, and Jordan Scarlett's return bolsters a solid backfield. Will Feleipe Franks hold off Kyle Trask and Emory Jones at quarterback? Regardless of how the offense performs, Florida's defense should be good enough to get this team back in the postseason. The Gators own one of the SEC's top defensive backfields and lines, with David Reese poised to push for All-SEC honors at linebacker. The schedule also works in Florida's favor. The Gators won't leave the state of Florida after Oct. 13 and play just three SEC road contests: Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
SEC 2018 Unit Rankings
SEC Football 2018 Predictions
Complete SEC preview for the 2018 season