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Nebraska in Early at #19 for the 2009 College Football Season

February 9, 2009

It’s never to early to start talking about the 2009 season. Mark Schlabach from ESPN.com has released his uber-early rankings for next season.

ESPN’s 2009 College Football Top 25

#1 Florida Gators
#2 Oklahoma Sooners
#3 Texas Longhorns
#4 Alabama Crimson Tide
#5 Virginia Tech Hokies
#6 USC Trojans
#7 Ohio State Buckeyes
#8 LSU Tigers
#9 Penn State Nittany Lions
#10 Oklahoma State Cowboys
#11 Ole Miss Rebels
#12 Oregon Ducks
#13 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
#14 Georgia Bulldogs
#15 TCU Horned Frogs
#16 Iowa Hawkeyes
#17 Boise State Broncos
#18 California Bears

19. Nebraska Cornhuskers – “In his first season as Nebraska’s coach, Bo Pelini went a long way toward restoring the pride in the Cornhuskers’ defense. Nebraska will have to worry more about its offense going into the 2009 season after losing quarterback Joe Ganz, tailback Marlon Lucky and receivers Todd Peterson and Nate Swift. Patrick Witt and Zac Lee will battle to replace Ganz, and Roy Helu looked like Nebraska’s best running back at times during the 2008 season. Seven starters should be back on defense, including Ndamukong Suh, who returned to school instead of entering the NFL draft. The Big 12 schedule might set up nicely for the Cornhuskers, who will play Texas Tech and Oklahoma at home and won’t play Texas during the regular season.” – Mark Schlabach

#20 Kansas Jayhawks
#21 Utah Utes
#22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
#23 Florida State Seminoles
#24 Michigan State Spartans
#25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Some initial reactions…

  • Nebraska appears to be right on after a strong finish in 2008, especially on the defensive side of the ball. With only two games on the schedule that I can’t see us winning, every other game on the 2009 schedule is winnable. @ Va. Tech and Oklahoma @ home are probably going to be games where we would be extremely, extremely fortunate to win. After that, @ Missouri, Texas Tech @ home, @ Baylor, and @ Kansas are probably our next toughest games. In a perfect world, we could win all of those games. Say we win 3 of those 4 games and lose to Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, that puts us at 9-3 on the season and more than likely a Big XII Championship game berth.
  • Five Big XII teams in the Top 25 is to be expected after last season’s success. I think that when the AP and Coaches Polls are released we might see Texas Tech in that Top 25, which would make six. No Missouri**? Ha.
  • Virginia Tech is really high at #5. They were one of the youngest teams in Division 1 last season and with Tyrod Taylor and Darren Evans returning, they will have a much more experienced and explosive offense (if the passing game improves) to go with a great defense. That September 19 game in Blacksburg will give the Huskers an early indication of either how far away or how close we are to competing with the nation’s best.
  • Four Big 10 teams in the Top 25 seems a bit much. Iowa had one of the strongest finishes to the 2008 season as anyone, but the loss of Shonn Greene will kill what has been an inept offense since Kirk Ferentz took over. Michigan State loses both Javon Ringer and Qb Brian Hoyer but has an extremely easy schedule made easier by Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa, and Penn State at home and not having Ohio State on the schedule. You got to love how the Big 10 seems to always omit potential conference championship games from the schedule.
  • Rutgers is the only the Big East team in the Top 25 at #25? Talk about kicking the dog while he’s down. It blows my mind how a conference can be so dominant in one sport and be so horribly awful in another.
  • Charlie Weis and Notre Dame ranking in at #22 will put even more pressure on the 2009 Fighting Irish. All eyes will be on a team loaded with blue chip recruits and 15 returning starters. I know we hear this every year, but Notre Dame’s 2009 schedule sets them up for what I think is 9 wins. If not, I think Charlie punches a one-way ticket out of town.

**The Nebraska/Missouri game will be played on Thursday Oct. 8 in Columbia, Mo., with kickoff set for 8 p.m on ESPN.**

At #19 on ESPN’s ultra-early 2009 college football rankings, Nebraska is:
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BlogPoll Ballot – Week Something or Other

October 30, 2007
Rank Team Delta
1 Ohio State
2 Boston College
3 LSU
4 Oregon 1
5 Oklahoma 1
6 Arizona State 1
7 West Virginia 1
8 Missouri 3
9 Kansas 3
10 Georgia 8
11 Connecticut 15
12 Southern Cal 4
13 Virginia Tech 4
14 Michigan 5
15 Alabama 6
16 Texas 1
17 Auburn 5
18 Florida 8
19 Hawaii 4
20 Boise State 6
21 South Florida 8
22 Wake Forest 4
23 Tennessee 3
24 Clemson 2
25 California 10

Dropped Out: Kentucky (#14), South Carolina (#16), Virginia (#20), Penn State (#24), Rutgers (#25).

BlogPoll Ballot Draft

October 22, 2007
Rank Team Delta
1 Ohio State
2 Boston College 1
3 LSU 1
4 Oklahoma 1
5 Oregon 1
6 West Virginia 5
7 Arizona State 2
8 Southern Cal 4
9 Virginia Tech 6
10 Florida 3
11 Missouri 3
12 Kansas 4
13 South Florida 11
14 Kentucky 6
15 California 5
16 South Carolina 9
17 Texas 3
18 Georgia 1
19 Michigan 5
20 Virginia 5
21 Alabama 5
22 Auburn 5
23 Hawaii 2
24 Penn State 2
25 Rutgers 1

Dropped Out: Tennessee (#18), Texas Tech (#22), Cincinnati (#23).

Weekly Oddsmakers Top 25

October 10, 2007

Here again, via DC Sports Bog is the Oddsmakers’ Top 25 Poll. Vegas remains high on the usual suspects despite recent slipups. Not surprisingly the gambling experts have given up on Nebraska. Can you blame them? The biggest surprise for me is Texas at #13. I’m just not convinced the Longhorns have it this year.

1. LSU (1)
2. Southern Cal (10)
3. Oklahoma (6)
4. Ohio State (3)
5. West Virginia (8)
6. Florida (13)
7. California (2)
8. Oregon (9)
9. Missouri (11)
10. Boston College (4)
11. South Carolina (7)
12. Arizona State (14)
13. Texas (23)
14. South Florida (5)
15t. Florida State (21)
15t. Virginia Tech (12)
17. Hawaii (16)
18. Michigan (30)
19t. Penn State (37t)
19t. Kansas (20)
21t. Auburn (22)
21t. Arkansas (NR)
23t. Georgia (24)
23t. Wisconsin (19)
25t. Brigham Young (43)
25t. Cincinnati (15)
27. Kentucky (17)
28. Illinois (18)
29. Texas Tech (31)
30. Purdue (28)

Not ranked: Tennessee (25th by AP).

BlogPoll Ballot Draft

October 9, 2007
Rank Team Delta
1 LSU 1
2 California 1
3 Ohio State 1
4 Boston College 2
5 South Florida 2
6 Oklahoma 4
7 South Carolina 13
8 Missouri 7
9 Oregon 4
10 Southern Cal 9
11 Florida 2
12 Arizona State 4
13 Cincinnati 5
14 West Virginia 2
15 Illinois 11
16 Virginia Tech 5
17 Hawaii 2
18 Wisconsin 13
19 Kansas 7
20 Florida State 6
21 Kentucky 13
22 Auburn 4
23 Tennessee 3
24 Purdue 7
25 Georgia 11

Dropped Out: Texas (#11), Rutgers (#22), Kansas State (#23), Clemson (#24), UCLA (#25).

This is getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous.

HELP!

Oddsmakers’ Top 25

October 4, 2007

I can’t seem to remember to get this posted on a weekly basis. But, here again, via DC Sports Bog is the Oddsmakers’ Top 25 Poll – Post-destruction edition. Remember AP Poll ranking is in parentheses.

Vegas remains high on a bunch of teams that went down this week – including OU, Florida, WVU and Oregon. Arizona State also seems overlooked by the media. Nebraska finally looks to be in it’s correct spot after early confidence from the Vegas consultants. Gambling junkies, what says you?

1. Southern Cal (2)
2. LSU (1)
3. Oklahoma (10)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. West Virginia (13)
6. Florida (9)
7. California (3)
8. Oregon (14)
9. South Carolina (11)
10t. Arizona State (18)
10t. Wisconsin (5)
12. South Florida (6)
13. Texas (19)
14. Boston College (7)
15. Georgia (12)
16. Missouri (17)
17. Florida State (26)
18. UCLA (30)
19. Kentucky (8)
20. Hawaii (16)
21t. Clemson (22)
21t. Rutgers (21)
23. Purdue (23)
24t. Nebraska (25)
24t. Virginia Tech (15)
26. Georgia Tech (–)
27t. Penn State (39)
27t. Brigham Young (–)
29. Kansas State (24)
30. Michigan (33)

Not ranked by Vegas: Cincinnati (20th in the AP).

BlogPoll Draft – Wait, They Lost Too? Edition

October 1, 2007
Rank Team Delta
1 Southern Cal
2 LSU
3 California 3
4 Ohio State 3
5 Wisconsin 6
6 Boston College 4
7 South Florida 12
8 Kentucky 6
9 Florida 5
10 Oklahoma 7
11 Texas 3
12 West Virginia 7
13 Oregon 4
14 Georgia 4
15 Missouri
16 Arizona State 8
17 Purdue 9
18 Cincinnati 5
19 Hawaii 2
20 South Carolina 5
21 Virginia Tech
22 Rutgers 10
23 Kansas State 3
24 Clemson 11
25 UCLA 1

Dropped Out: Texas A&M (#16), Penn State (#20), Michigan State (#22).

Man, what a week. I didn’t look at my previous poll, so that might explain a few odd deltas. I watched a lot of football, but came away thinking I know less about these teams than I thought I did.

Anyway, have at it.

Oddsmakers Top 25 – Week 3

September 18, 2007

Here is this week’s installment of the ‘Oddsmakers’ Top 25 where the great gambling gurus of the Las Vegas Sports Consultants rank teams according to who would be favorite in a game on a neutral field. In parentheses are the teams’ AP rankings.

1. Southern Cal (1)
2. LSU (2)
3. Oklahoma (4)
4. West Virginia (5)
5. Florida (3)
6. Texas (7)
7. Penn State (10)
8. Ohio State (8)
9. Oregon (13)
10. California (6)
11. Wisconsin (9)
12. South Carolina (12)
13. Boston College (14)
14. Rutgers (11)
15t. Missouri (25)
15t. Arizona State (28)
17. Nebraska (24)
18. Arkansas (26)
19. Alabama (16)
20. Florida State (34t)
21. Georgia Tech (27)
22. Virginia Tech (17)
23. Hawaii (19)
24. UCLA (30)
25t. Georgia (22)
25t. South Florida (23)
25t. Clemson (15)
28. Purdue (33)
29t. Louisville (18)
29t. Texas A&M (20)
29t. Kentucky (21)

Quick Notes
· Nebraska fans shouldn’t sweat the loss to USC.
· #15 to #21 (except Alabama) teams are very underrated.
· Clemson, Louisville, and Texas A&M are the three most overrated teams.
· Missouri, Arizona State, and Florida State are the three most underrated teams.
· Nebraska would be a pretty good underdog at Missouri as of now.

Let us know what YOU think.

BlogPoll – Final Ballot

September 12, 2007
Rank Team Delta
1 Southern Cal
2 LSU
3 Oklahoma 1
4 West Virginia 1
5 Florida 1
6 Louisville 1
7 Ohio State
8 California
9 Penn State
10 Texas 1
11 Oregon 1
12 Wisconsin 2
13 UCLA 6
14 Rutgers 1
15 Clemson 11
16 Georgia Tech 10
17 South Carolina 4
18 Nebraska 1
19 Arkansas 1
20 Virginia Tech 7
21 Boston College 5
22 Texas A&M 2
23 Alabama
24 Hawaii 10
25 Missouri 1

Dropped Out: Georgia (#16), TCU (#22), Auburn (#25).

Previous version overlooked Georgia Tech. Oops.

BlogPoll Ballot

September 11, 2007

I really sat down and watched a lot of football this weekend and finally saw a litte separation. Oklahoma is looking for and more like a national title contender. Same can be said for LSU. I’ve yet to see Florida and Ohio State, but they have plenty of time left to impress. Texas woke up in the second half and might have remembered how talented they are. The Pac-10 also has some teams playing well now. I’ll be keeping an eye on UCLA, but Oregon really impressed me with their offensive style. The Ducks are a tough match up. The bottom of the poll remains less clear. But everyone is likely to have the same teams in a different order.

Rank Team Delta
1 Southern Cal
2 LSU
3 Oklahoma 1
4 West Virginia 1
5 Florida 1
6 Louisville 1
7 Ohio State
8 California
9 Penn State
10 Texas 1
11 Oregon 1
12 Wisconsin 2
13 UCLA 6
14 Rutgers 1
15 Clemson 11
16 South Carolina 5
17 Nebraska
18 Arkansas
19 Virginia Tech 6
20 Boston College 6
21 Texas A&M 1
22 Hawaii 8
23 Alabama
24 Missouri
25 Georgia 9

Dropped Out: TCU (#22), Auburn (#25).