BLOGPOLL: AS GOOD AS GUESS AS ANY

Our preseason follows; the full composite Blogpoll is, as always, over at MGoBlog.

Rank Team
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Southern Cal
4 Oklahoma
5 Alabama
6 Penn State
7 Ohio State
8 Mississippi
9 Virginia Tech
10 California
11 LSU
12 Utah
13 Oklahoma State
14 Boise State
15 Georgia Tech
16 Georgia
17 TCU
18 Iowa
19 Oregon
20 Texas Tech
21 Notre Dame
22 North Carolina
23 Nebraska
24 Oregon State
25 South Florida

Really, once you get past the first two teams, there are only a few certain tiers you can file teams into:

Florida, Texas: Hugely talented blue-chip covered glory bombs studded with talented gamebreakers not losing any significant continuity along lines or under center.

Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State. See above, but with flux along lines and at skill positions.

The Bourgeoisie Everyone to the mid-teens or so, depending on your fine gradations. Virginia Tech wouldn't be here, but the loss of Darren Evans moves them into the firmly offense-deficient category for the moment until someone begins getting steady production out of the backfield besides him. Mississippi is probably the best of these on paper, and sure, they'll blow it and win eight games like Houston Nutt teams under pressure have done in the past, but what we have is paper, so there's your paper eight. All of these teams have at least one glaring weakness.

The Middle Class. A diverse middle class, at that: wacky fauxhemians (Texas Tech), the loud nouveau-riche (Oklahoma State,) and last year's flash aristocrats Georgia, who fell from grace and now must work their way up from middle management all over again.

The rest, as usual, is a bleeding mess, but remember: it's pulled from the same place everyone else is getting their preseason polls, and that is directly and deeply from the ass. Personally, we liked Schnelly's better after the top slot.

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