NEW SEASON; NEW POLL

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: August 30, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—

1. Auburn

Cam Newton is gone. But until the War-Eagles lose a game, they are still the defending champs. Therefore, they are still the No.1 team in college football. Hands down. Enough said.

2. Oregon

The Ducks of Oregon are back on the attack. Less not forget, they still have LaMichael James, who had 1,731 yards rushing last year along with 21 touchdowns.

3. Alabama

The Crimson Tide is ready to take back the SEC after losing to Auburn last year. With RB Trent Richardson, who has rushed for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in two seasons in the backfield their season should be secure?

4. LSU

Week 1, could be considered the National Championship game for the Bayou Bengals when they take on the Oregon Ducks on Saturday at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas? The Mad Hatter, Les Miles, should have a bag full of tricks for this one, especially without a quarterback.

5. Wisconsin

The bulky Badgers “pound and ground” offense added a little finesse this year with the late addition of NC State transfer QB Russell Wilson. Wilson can throw the deep ball. And stat wise, he threw for 8,545 yards with 93 touchdowns for the Wolf pack in Raleigh.

6. Oklahoma

Many polls have the Sooners as the favorite to win the BCS National Championship. Plus, their quarterback Landry Jones is considered a Heisman Trophy candidate. Despite all of this, I still think it is too soon to crown the Sooners.

7. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys maybe the only team in college football with the capability and the offensive arsenal to beat Oklahoma this season. The Cowboys are scheduled to play the Sooners on December 3rd. Side note, keep your eyes on wide receiver Justin Blackmon, because he is NFL ready.

8. Nebraska

The Cornhuskers are now the “new kids on the block” as they join forces with the new Big Ten Conference. They are “big and physical” and could end up playing in the Big Ten Championship game held in Indianapolis on December 3rd.

9. Stanford

Is Andrew Lock the best player in college football? He will have all season to prove it? Besides, NFL GM’s can’t wait to make him the No.1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

10. Georgia

11. Florida State

According to reports, the Seminoles are contenders and not pretenders this year. If E.J. Manuel can establish the passing game, Florida State could dominate the ACC.

12. Boise State

QB Kellen Moore is back but the Broncos entire season depends on the opening-game against the Georgia Bulldogs. If you win, you could play for the BCS Championship game. If you lose, people question your right to exist.

13. VA.Tech

The Hokies of Virginia Tech have won the ACC Championship four out of the last seven years. And on paper, it seems as if they can do it again this year. For the record, the Hokies have the most 10-win seasons in the modern era and are 73-21 since 2004. Plus, with a relatively easy schedule this year, they could go undefeated in 2011. But, only time can tell.

14. Arkansas

15. South Carolina

16. Florida

17. TCU

18. Texas A &M

Some polls have the Aggies as high as eighth. With 10 returning starters on offense and eight on defense, many sports writers consider them the most complete team in college football. Personally, I have to see it; to believe it.

19. Michigan St.

The Big Green Machine will rely heavily on the legs of Edwin Baker, who rushed 207 times for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and the arm of QB Kirk Cousins in order to remain at the top of the polls in 2011.

20. Michigan

The Wolverines still have Denard “Shoelace” Robinson at quarterback. And last year, he threw for 2,570 yards passing and ran for 1,702 on the ground with a total of 32 touchdowns in the spread option offense. So, I still have a little faith that Michigan can win some big games. However, new Head coach Brady Hoke will be trying to make Robinson a pro style-drop back QB in 2011. And this may be a difficult task to accomplish.

Note: This poll will dramatically change after next week’s games. So don’t be surprised if your favorite team gets stiff-armed out of the top 20. In other words, keep your chin-strap on.