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Here's USA Today's preseason rankings are out and here's the lay of the land. 

USA Today Poll
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1Florida State (56)0-01543
2Alabama0-01455
3Oklahoma (3)0-01382
4Oregon (1)0-01314
5Auburn0-01271
6Ohio State (1)0-01267
7UCLA0-01085
8Michigan State0-01050
9South Carolina (1)0-01009
10Baylor0-0965
11Stanford0-0955
12Georgia0-0905
13LSU0-0833
14Wisconsin0-0654
15USC0-0627
16Clemson0-0535
17Notre Dame0-0509
18Arizona State0-0358
19Ole Miss0-0346
20Texas A&M0-0266
21Kansas State0-0257
22Nebraska0-0228
23North Carolina0-0175
24Texas0-0143
25Washington0-0142

    No real surprises here with Free Shoes U at the top is probably the right choice, but what evs.  Roll Eyes
    They certainly deserve it after that magnificent run they had last year. Another cup cake schedule this year...(shrug) 

    More later. Feel free to plug your team, or use this thread to kick your arch rivals in the teeth.

    Go Gators! 

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    Alabama/Auburn fans still must abide by the OT rules of engagement, chartered by our Gracious Host. Big Grin 


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    " F " SU!!! If their dumb ass QB can stay out of jail.
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    I'm a bit surprised to see UCLA picked at #7, but the rest looks reasonable to me.

    Looking forward to the start of the season!
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    Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

    I'm a bit surprised to see UCLA picked at #7, but the rest looks reasonable to me.

    Looking forward to the start of the season!

    UCLA had a pretty big year last season. They whooped Southern Cal and had a pretty good offense. Also beat V Tech like a rented mule in their bowl game, but yeah, #7 "seems" a little high to me too, Ted.

    Gamecocks at #9 is a tad high, in my mind. SC has a lot to prove after losing Clowney and more importantly, QB Shaw, (who I think was vastly underrated.)     
    The #2 guy Thompson has a better arm, but damn Shaw could ball. 

    Well...looks like 'ol Notre Dame is ranked preseason....AGAIN. Roll Eyes  




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    " F " Notre Dame!

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    Yeah, I overlooked ND. They are perennially ranked way too high no matter what. Year after year, they are the most overrated team in college football, bar none. The only team in college football who can somehow remain in the top 10 with 2 and sometimes 3 losses.

    Don't know enough about SC to say, but on the surface, they do seem to be a bit overrated too. But, who knows? Auburn totally came out of nowhere last year after their poor season two years ago. Nobody saw that coming at the beginning of the season last year.
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    Well, the new era begins. College football playoffs are finally a reality. Ted, I know you've always been a proponent of this. How you like it?? 

    Condi Rice on the selection committee???? Laugh
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    I like the playoff, but leave it to the NCAA to screw that up too. 4 games ain't what I'd call a "playoff." I think an 8 game playoff is reasonable.

    I'd also like to see them dispense with preseason rankings, which are largely meaningless except to give guys like us something to talk about. Year in and year out there are sleeper teams that weren't ranked high or not at all that prove to be better than some of the preseason ranked teams, and they are penalized because of it. A loss hurts a preseason unranked team much worse than a ranked team and the timing of the loss is pretty significant. I don't like that rather arbitrary "system." It's way too subjective. Win - loss record ain't.

    I say rankings should be 100% proven on the field and shouldn't be a factor before the first kickoff of the season. I don't believe rankings should ever come into play until mid season when there's been time for teams to prove themselves, and it should be based solely off a team's W-L record combined with strength of schedule, not preseason hype.
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    The BCS was a gravy train for the SEC and the bigger conferences, which I have no problem admitting that I liked.   
    I never cared for the "little engine that could" type schools getting their shot, because my school of choice, is a BIG program. I see this new playoff deal as a threat to keep Florida from at least getting a whiff at the big game.   
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    I'm for any measure/ system that:
    1. Provides fans with additional interesting match-ups to watch that likely wouldn't have occurred otherwise. More football = better.
    2. Eliminates the ridiculously long, unnecessary dead time between the end of the regular season and the start of the bowl games. Less football = bad. Downtime during football season = bad.
    3. Provides additional suspense and unexpected turns of events, and therefore excitement at the end of the season.
    4. Doesn't include hype as factor in who later gets a shot at all the marbles (i.e. the Notre Dame hex).
    5. Ensures every team is fully in control of their destiny based on what they do on the field (no more speculation over whether or not the Boise States of the CF world really could play with the elite teams on a big stage; they'd have to prove it on the field like gladiators).
    6. Makes the eventual National Champion less controversial, for obvious reasons.
    7. Makes the "lesser" upper tier bowl games more meaningful because there's more to play for.

    I like the idea that the lower ranked teams and/or those with weaker schedules that reach the playoffs would have tougher matchups in the playoffs via seeding, which helps eliminate the "easy schedule" arguments. This is also another reason why I hate the stupid 4 game "playoff" system.

    I still think the "cream of the crop" teams will still usually rise to the top, but they will have to work harder to stay among the elite programs and hype and bias won't play as big a role.
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    Ah heck...let's just go to a best of 7 series like the NHL. Now THAT'S a playoff, my friend.Big Grin One and done, be it in a playoff scenario, or without, isn't a true test of who's number 1, IMO. But, I get that it has to be this way for various reasons.   

    I've often said...for the most part, the BCS got it right most of the time, given what they were working with. Meaning, I think the best team won the NC most years. 
    (Especially '1996, '06, and '08.) Wink
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    I could possibly go for that. As a fan, I could even get behind a system that involved settling tie-breakers with a fight to the death with swords in an arena full of live tigers.
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    Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

    I could possibly go for that. As a fan, I could even get behind a system that involved settling tie-breakers with a fight to the death with swords in an arena full of live tigers.

    And Ninja throwing stars!!!  Karate
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    We should have spears involved!
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    Yep! Then we can start paying these kids to play! Bucky
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    As much as college tuition costs (and I will know all about that first-hand VERY soon), I'd say they are already being paid handsomely via their athletic scholarships.
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    Very true!
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    Tis a great time ... when college football starts. As far as my predictions, I think this year may be very interesting. My Gators won't suck as bad (as last year), and I sure hope somebody kicks the Criminoles arse back to Tallyho. They have become about as repulsive as the U.
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    Hey Ric, I'm working in Knoxville in the UT campus.
    I'm a drift in a sea of puke orange!
    I'm wearing my Gator shirts to ward off the koodies.
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    Gators are gonna be a .500 team this year, given their brutal schedule.

    More on the Gators later!
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    Chomp, Chomp!!!
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    Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

    Hey Ric, I'm working in Knoxville in the UT campus.
    I'm a drift in a sea of puke orange!
    I'm wearing my Gator shirts to ward off the koodies.


    LOL Mark. Imagine staring at that dreadful color all season... and that damn Rocky Top is about as bad as the Crininole war chant!

    BTW, did you ever see the video Ted took of me doing the Gator chomp in front of the NRG center at the Sportsman show last week? Go Gators!

    Yeah I'm afraid this will be a tough year for the Gators ... hopefully not as bad as last year's embarrassing fiasco though. The Chimp may be gone unless measurable progress is achieved.
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    Where's the video, Ric? I didn't see it. 

    On Muschamp....

    He must do the following to keep his job going in to next year, in order of importance.    

    1) Orange ya gonna beat em?  
    The Gators have beaten The Vols for SEVEN straight years and the last five by double digits. As dismal as last years season was for the Gators, they beat Tenn, which in my mind, probably was the only thing that saved Will's job. 
    Losing to The Vols this year is much more than just a SEC East loss. It breathes life into new Tenn coach Butch Jones program and removes the Gator spell that has plagued The Vols for a long time. As I mentioned, I'm working now in Knoxville and on UT's campus. The ONLY....I mean ONLY thing the fans are talking about...is beating Florida! Getting this monkey off their backs is a real mile stone for The Vols and if done, Tenn will be another SEC East Achilles heel for The Gators for the next few years, like Ga has become. This might just be their year to break the streak and kill Will's coaching contract.  

    2) Speaking of The Dawgs....
    The Gators have managed to secure their own 3 game losing streak to The Georgia Bulldogs. This is a HUGE game for Muschamp to win against his alma mater. Ga is in a transition period this year after losing Arron Murray to the NFL. This too is a MUST win for The Gators. 

    3) Feelin Cocky?? 
    The Gators have an up and down record against The Old Ball Coach. A much needed win at The Swamp this year against South Carolina would be gravy.   
    Strangely, I'm not sure this is a "must win" for Will to keep his job. IF...he beats Tenn on the road, beats The Dawgs, and loses a close one to SC, I think he remains at Florida. Like Ga, SC has a changing of the guard at the QB position too, with Shaw leaving. 

    4) Beat the cream puffs!! 
    Florida has a pretty soft schedule the first 3 games with Idaho, E Michigan, and Kentucky at home. Also have Eastern KY at home later and Vandy on the road. Losing to one or more of these teams puts another nail in Will's coffin. No more Georgia Southern's...PLEEEZE! Cencored

    Regain dominance in the SEC East. Simple as that. Nobody REALLY thinks they will beat Bammers or Free Shoes U on the road. At least I don't. LSU at The Swamp?? Hmmm.....Wink

    I think the key for The Gators is at the QB position. Jeff D has the "potential" to be a GREAT college football quarter back. Kurt Roper, the new OC, has a more run and gun style offence installed and maybe Jeff can use it to win. I hope so.....


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    Mark, Ted took the video and sent it to you... I thought.

    The schedule is a killer, but I'm confident we will be much better than last year's debacle. I do agree, beat Tenn and UGA and the chimp has a chance. How sweet would it be to knock off the crininoles!! Time will tell. If they stay remotely healthy, we may be ok... if not, another disaster will ensue. Should be interesting.
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