8.10.2009

Sporting Globe's Preseason College Spendid 7



It's just about that time of year, and so with the opening of summer camps around the nation, it's time to unveil the Sporting Globe's innagural College Football poll, the Splendid 7.

1. Texas (projected 13-0)

Soft schedule to start and finish, with a stretch away from Austin with Oklahoma, Missouri and Oklahoma State all in a row serving as the only test. They'll be in Pasadena should they avoid a trap at Baylor.

2. Oklahoma (projected 11-1)
They should score about 50 points per game, and if they can outscore Texas, they should win the Big XII, and head west. Bradford will be poised to add on to his Heisman legacy, and win a title to go with it.

3. Florida (projected 13-0)
Even without Harvin, the Gators are down right scary. Tebow's guts, Meyer's brain, and only four road games equals a shot at a Dynasty. Not having to face Bama or Ole Miss just adds to the probability.

4. Alabama (projected 10-2)
They say defense wins championships, if so, then Bama will definitely be in the fold. Having to replace Parker-Wilson at the helm of the offense won't be easy, but Glen Coffey and Julio Jones should add some punch. If they get by Va Tech, then Ole Miss will be the only team standing in their way.

5. Ole Miss (projected 10-2)
Behind the best QB in the SEC according to some in the Spurrier camp, the Rebels and Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster should be out to prove that last year's performances against Florida and Texas Tech weren't flukes. Early tests at South Carolina and Vandy should set the tone for their season.

6. USC (projected 10-2)
A treacherous road schedule with games at Ohio State, Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame, and Arizona State doesn't do them any favors. Reaching the Rose Bowl will be a mighty task behind unproven guys like Aaron Corp and Matt Barkley on offense, and an unproven defense.

7. Oregon (projected 10-2)
Jeremiah Masoli and LaGarrette Blount lead the nation's best and fastest running attack, making for very difficult matchups via the spread offense. If Masoli can play like he did in 2008, watch out, because other than an early road test at Boise State, the Ducks get the big boys at home: USC, Cal and Arizona State.

On the outside, looking in: Ohio State & Penn State


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