As you can see, the BlogPoll has found a new home at SB Nation, and with the preseason polls coming out it’s time for me to unveil the first draft of my top 25.
Last week, I explained my choices for my top five, but here’s a quick summary for those who missed it: I simply don’t believe Alabama can replace nine defensive starters without some dropoff in play, and it’s tough enough to repeat as national champions without a complete overhaul on one side of the ball. Ohio State, on the other hand, returns a ton of talent on both offense and defense — Terrelle Pryor doesn’t need to have a Heisman-level season for them to go undefeated, and if he does have a breakout junior season, the Buckeyes could be lethal. Florida, Oregon, and Texas all need to replace star quarterbacks in Tim Tebow, Jeremiah Masoli, and Colt McCoy, but each team has the pieces in place to make a title run if their new starters flourish.
As for the rest of the top 25? I had a really tough time filling out this ballot, as it seems every team save BCS-buster Boise State (who returns 21 of 22 starters and both kicking specialists) has at least one huge question mark heading into the season. Toward the bottom of the poll, those questions get bigger: Can Arkansas’ defense get enough stops to let their dynamite offense flourish? Will Penn State find a viable quarterback? Is North Carolina this year’s version of Ole Miss? Until the season starts, nobody really knows.
I’ll delve deeper into my reasoning behind the ballot when I release my final poll on Sunday. For now, please leave your thoughts in the comments — last year, I got talked into including Oregon instead of Oregon State at #25, and it turned out I was still underrating the Ducks. So, make your case if you think I’m underrating or overrating anyone by more than a couple spots, and I’ll have my final revision to kick off next week’s content.