Preseason BlogPoll: First Draft

Brian of MGoBlog has given me the privelege of being part of of this year’s college football BlogPoll. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the BlogPoll is an assembly of about 50-100 college football bloggers to assemble a top 25 that is more fair than the coach or media polls. In essence, it’s based on the concept that people who watch a s—load of games are more qualified than people who truly watch only one or two games each week. The preseason BlogPoll is due Monday, so I am now publishing the first draft of my Top 25. Why? To get feedback from you, the reader.

Rank Team Delta
1 Georgia 25
2 Ohio State 24
3 Southern Cal 23
4 Oklahoma 22
5 Missouri 21
6 Florida 20
7 West Virginia 19
8 Auburn 18
9 Clemson 17
10 LSU 16
11 Brigham Young 15
12 Texas Tech 14
13 South Florida 13
14 Wisconsin 12
15 Kansas 11
16 Arizona State 10
17 Texas 9
18 Tennessee 8
19 Penn State 7
20 Wake Forest 6
21 Virginia Tech 5
22 Oregon 4
23 Fresno State 3
24 California 2
25 TCU 1

Also Considered: Alabama, Cincinnati, Illinois, North Carolina, Oregon State, Utah.

Who I Like: Georgia will obviously be affected by the loss of Trinton Sturdivant. Over the course of the season, though, every team loses one or two important players. So I’m not prepared to knock them off the #1 position just yet. BYU has by far the best chance of any mid-major to get a BCS berth, but Fresno State and TCU are consistently among the most competitive mids in the nation, and this season should be no different. Placing Wake Forest ahead of top ACC Coastal team Virginia Tech Indicates my belief that the Atlantic division is much stronger at the top than the Coastal this year. If Nate Longshore can stay healthy and Jahvid Best does what he’s expected to do, California could once again make some noise in the Pac-10.

Who I Dislike: Without Rashad Mendenhall on offense and the gretest freedom fighter of our generation on defense, I don’t know how well Illinois can play. Alabama certainly is talented enough, but John Parker WIlson’s targets are unproven. In retrospect, I should probably put Clemson one or two spots higher. As tempted as I am to be a homer and put North Carolina in the #25 slot, our entire season is a crapshoot. 11-1 and 5-7 and equally likely scenarios.

So I turn this poll to you. What’s right with this poll? What’s wrong with it? What parts of the poll are completely idiotic? Let me know in the comments.