Super Early Predictions for 2010 Preseason Rankings

Yeah, yeah, it’s early. But we know a lot of players who are staying and going now, so we can formulate some good guesses as to who the good teams will be in 2010. We also have a lot of peoples’ preseason polls coming out, so we can put that together to get a good look at what the preseason rankings are likely to be. Then again, based on my last post, it’s not like the rankings mean much. But in the spirit of irrelevance, here are my preseason rankings for 2010.

1. Boise State- returning 21 of 22 starters, no one else comes close
2. Alabama- lost a lot of fire power, but Saban has this team headed for greatness
3. Ohio State- Big Ten showed it isn’t half bad, and Pryor is coming into his own
4. Oregon- bringing back most of the team and USC shouldn’t be a threat in the Pac-10 anymore
5. TCU- a couple big losses on defense, but still a force
6. Texas- true freshman quarterback almost goes and wins the championship? This kids got something
7. Miami (FL)- If Jacory Harris turns the ball over less, Canes win the ACC
8. Nebraska- I just have a feeling this will be a breakout year for them
9. Georgia Tech- Paul Johnson has this group turned into winners
10. Iowa- 2010 will be another scrappy season, but another 10 wins
11. Penn State- will never beat Iowa, so will be perpetually ranked behind them
12. West Virginia- Noel Devine has an outside shot at the Heisman
13. Virginia Tech- returns big powers on offense
14. Florida- gets a great recruiting class, but loses too much to compete for the SEC title again
15. Wisconsin- they looked good in their bowl game, could be a big year
16. Oklahoma- don’t expect them to stay down for long
17. Arkansas- Ryan Mallet has one of the biggest arms of any QB
18. Pitt- Dion Lewis should repeat another stellar year
19. Oregon State- Jacquizz Rogers for Heisman?
20. BYU- lost the veteran QB, but many say that is a good thing
21. Utah- in spite of losing the whole team had a great year
22. Georgia- this is predicated on them finding a defensive coordinator
23. North Carolina- perhaps the dark horse in the ACC
24. USC- because they’re psyched about their new coach
25. Tennessee- because they’re pissed at USC’s new coach

And of course these are all a complete guess on my part as to who will actually be good, but hey, that’s what preseason rankings are all about, guessing. Once more people release their polls, I’ll combine all the data and see if we can get a good look at what the real rankings will look like. But in the meantime, what do you think of mine?