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ESPN’s 2009 Preseason Power Rankings

August 11, 2009

ESPN’s weekly College Football Power Rankings is comprised of 15 reporters/bloggers from the world wide leader that hardly rivals the CBS Sports’ Blog Poll. However, ESPN did release their preseason poll yesterday with Nebraska in at #19 so it now becomes newsworthy. For the entire poll, click here.

Said ESPN:

19 Nebraska 0-0 85 Joe Ganz is gone, and the Huskers give the QB keys to Zac Lee in ’09. He’s thrown only two passes at Nebraska, but the running game, anchored by a solid offensive line, should help with the transition.

Interestingly, Pat Forde and Rece Davis were the lone two of the 15 that didn’t rank Nebraska at all. Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com senior writer and a closet Husker fanatic, voted the Huskers at #12.

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2009 USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll: Nebraska #22

August 7, 2009

USA Today has just released the 2009 preseason coaches’ poll and to the surprise of no one, Florida was an almost unanimous choice at #1 with 53 of the 59 first place votes.

The Big 12 had just four teams in the Top 25: Texas @ #2, Oklahoma @ #3, Oklahoma State @ #11, and Nebraska @ #22. Receiving votes were Kansas @ #26, Texas Tech @ #28, Missouri @ #34, and Colorado tied @ #53.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2008 record
Points
Final 2008 rank
1.
Florida (53)
13-1
1,466
1
2.
Texas (4)
12-1
1,386
3
3.
12-2
1,358
5
4.
12-1
1,321
2
5.
12-2
1,134
6
6.
10-3
1,126
11
7.
10-4
1,020
14
8.
11-2
988
8
9.
8-5
917
NR
10.
9-4
889
15
11.
9-4
861
18
12.
9-4
711
25
13.
10-3
707
10
14.
Oregon
10-3
694
9
15.
9-4
559
22
16.
Boise State
12-1
542
13
17.
11-2
461
7
18.
13-0
404
4
19.
9-4
371
23
20.
North Carolina
8-5
293
NR
21.
9-4
257
20
22.
9-4
236
NR
23.
Notre Dame
7-6
194
NR
24.
10-3
178
21
25.
Oregon State
9-4
165
19
Others receiving votes (with 2008 records)
Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.

Three very important games the first weekend:

  • #5 Alabama vs. # 7 Virginia Tech on September 5th in the Georgia Dome. Va. Tech wins that and Nebraska will get a crack at a Top 5 team on September 19th.
  • #11 Oklahoma State vs. #13 Georgia on September 5th at home. The Cowboys not right outside of the Top 5 surprised me. They’ll get their chance.
  • #14 Oregon travels to #16 Boise State on Thursday, September 3rd.

**Statistic of the Day: Since November 2001, 63 of 65 BCS teams have beaten a Top 19 team. The only two who haven’t? Duke and Nebraska.**

ESPN SportsNation Poll

July 30, 2009

If you feel like getting ‘abso-tooting-lutely nuts,’ then head on over to the ESPN College Football homepage and vote for the poll, ‘Which team will win the Big 12 North?’ 48% of the ‘Nation likes Nebraska (inlcluding 90% in-state) while 53% of Missourians and 51% of Kansans (Jayhawks) like their state team.

***Check out Sporting News‘ ’50 Greatest Coaches (all sports college/professional) of All Time where Tom Osborne comes in at #34***

2009 Preseason College Football Composite Poll and 2009 Bowl Projections

May 11, 2009

The folks at lsufootball.net have compiled their preseason Top 25 list by using 13 different polls to average out each team’s ranking. To view the list, click here. ESPN and Fox Sports have the Huskers in the Top 20 while seven of the rest have them at #26, which is where their ranking is at in the poll. Other teams of note include Texas @ #2, Oklahoma @ #3, Oklahoma State @ #6, Virginia Tech @ #7, Kansas @ #22, and Texas Tech @ #25.

Oklahoma State seems to be getting much respect and we’ll find out if they are for real or not on September 5th when Georgia (#14) rolls into Stillwater. Show me a defense against a weak Georgia offense and I’ll start buying in. Virginia Tech looks like they’ll be our first crack at a Top 10 team next season which I think is a win-win for us. If our defensive backs and passing game show up in Blacksburg, I believe we have a real chance for that game to catapult us much higher in the rankings. Kansas can’t seem to get any love from the pollsters despite returning 18 starters. The Florida Gators are already out of the gate fast and were #1 in all but 2 of the polls. And for that, we congratulate you.

For a great Big 12 projection and team overview, check out Lee Barfknecht’s Big 12 spring preview by clicking here.

And since we are talking about the 2009 preseason, let’s talk about the 2009 postseason. Scout/Fox Sports has released their 2009 bowl projections. Click on the link to view them all and here is where they have Nebraska:

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Dec. 30 / 8 p.m. ET San Diego, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2
Way Too Early Projection: Nebraska vs. Oregon
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) California, 2) Oklahoma State, 3) Oklahoma, 4) Texas, 5) Arizona State


#3 in the Big 12 huh? I’ll be happy with that, I guess. And what the hell, since it’s apparently never too early to preview games, I like this match-up with Oregon. Not only did the Ducks lose Jeremiah Johnson and their top two receivers, but their defense returns corner Jairus Byrd Jr. and that’s it for star power. ESPN has the Ducks at #12 but early games @ Boise State and at home vs. Purdue will dictate how their season goes as USC comes to Eugene in October. Nonetheless, I’m sure the Ducks are expecting bigger things than the Holiday Bowl.