Sure, Notre Dame holds a special place in your heart. That’s all well and good, but in order to follow the Irish, you must be aware of the rest of the country too; specifically, teams on the rise and teams that are falling faster than a forgetful skydiver. And I apologize to the Blue and Gold faithful, because they’re on the outside looking in to start off this season’s power 12. Let’s take a look at the rankings:
Florida (0-0) - They’ll remain at the top until they lose, which probably won’t be any time soon. I heard Tim Tebow got Blackjack with one card once.
Oklahoma (0-0) – QB Sam Bradford is back, as well as most of the offense that averaged 54 points last season. I feel terrible for opposing defenses.
Texas (0-0) – After being snubbed from the BCS title game last year, QB Colt McCoy and a slew of his teammates returned to Austin for some unfinished business.
Ohio State (0-0) – Sophomore sensation Terrelle Pryor is big, fast, and can make a game changing play at any time. They’ll be the force once again in the Big Ten.
Alabama (0-0) – Any team with WR Julio Jones and NT Terrence Cody on it makes my top five. A showdown with Virginia Tech opens their season.
USC (0-0)- The Trojans are starting freshman quarterback Matt Barkley this year. They say the kid can flat out play. Then again, so could I with a defense like the one they have.
Virginia Tech (0-0) – They lost star running back Darren Evans for the year with a torn ACL. Their defense and special teams will have to be better than ever if they want to repeat as ACC champs.
Oklahoma State (0-0) – The Cowboys pose a triple threat that rivals any in the country; QB Zach Robinson, RB Kendell Hunter and WR Dez Bryant.
Penn State (0-0) – They have one of the easiest schedules in the country. If they’re for real, they’ll reach their Nov. 7 matchup with Ohio State undefeated.
Ole Miss (0-0)- Aside from Florida, the Rebels have the most offensive firepower of any SEC team. RB Dexter McCluster is this year’s Percy Harvin.
LSU (0-0)- It doesn’t matter who the Tigers put on the field, they can beat anyone on any week. They have a tricky road test with Jake Locker and Washington to kick things off.
Boise State (0-0) – I’m giving them a lot of respect this week. That could completely change tonight when Oregon visits the blue turf.
Honorable Mention: California, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame