TRST Pre-Season College Football Top 25! 25-21.
By Nate Sarmir-TRST College Football Analyst
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25. “Happy Valley” Pennsylvania State UniversityNittany Lions – I’m telling you now, Bill O’Brien is going to do something magical in Central Pennsylvania’s happiest valley this year. O’Brien is re-writing Penn State history this year with a whole new scheme not only on the field, but off the field, for Penn State.O’Brien also is cleaning up the last scheme which didn’t end to well. On defense the new Mr. PSU himself, Mike Mauti, will be as inspirational and fierce as he was on the microphone while defending PSU. Mautiwill be leading a very strong and experienced defense, while the offense on theother hand the offense is more questionable after losing leading RB Silas Reddand the shakiness at the QB position with Matt McGloin who will need to step up to lead a broken offense. Recruiting has kept PSU alive with top recruits like Christian Hackenberg (#1 QB in 2016 class) reasserting their commitment.Record: 7-5
24. “Fightin’ Irish” Norte Dame University- NotreDame always finds a way on to everyone’s preseason poll every year no matter how they have preformed the previous year because of their rich football history. Head Coach Brian Kelly is headed into his third year with the Irish and looks to lead Notre Dame to a standout season in 2012. But Brian certainly has some challenges ahead of him at QB position, with no standout QB’s on the roster. The battle for QB between the upstart from last year,Tommy Rees, and this year’s favorite, Andrew Hendrix, will either be effective and keep teams on their toes, or end up in disaster like the PSU QB battle between McGloin and Bolden. On a positive note All-American LB Manti Te’o has decided to stay at Norte Dame his senior year and the offensive and defensive lines look solid. The offensive skill positions such as RB, WR, and TE, especially with Tyler Eifert, look to be a force to reckon with. The Irish Secondary took the hardest hit from graduation last year and will the major rebuilding area for the Fightin’ Irish this year.Record: 9-3
23. “The Swamp” Florida University Gators- After a rough 2011 season a very young offense looks to lead the Gators and Will Muschamp to a rebound season. Florida also looks turn “The Swamp” into the scariest place to play football again. Not many teams in the top 25 are still undecided on their starting quarterback, but Florida appears to have two candidates, in Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett, that are ready to start. Both played extremely well in Florida’s Spring Game. At running back Mike Gillislee will likely be the starter, but Mack Brown is also in consideration. Due to his experience Gillislee is extremely likely to be the starter come game one. At receiver expect solid production out of Junior’s Andre Debose and Stephen Alli. The problem is after those two, Florida isn’t very deep at the receiver position as redshirt freshman Ja’Juan Story is likely to be the third receiver. The defense however, is much more experienced and veteran lead by MLB Jonathan Bostic. Senior Kicker Caleb Sturgis also figures to be one of the better kickers in the nation. Record:9-3
22. “TheSmurf Turf” Boise State University Broncos- The team that has wreaked havoc on the ways of the BCS over the past five years, and has lead the NCAA playoff charge, looks to be a BCS buster one last time. Boise State and Coach Chris Petersen is left with an extremely young and inexperienced team due to a massive graduation loss. This graduation loss includes the FBS’s all-time winning-est QB Kellen Moore. Peterson won’t have much time to get the butterflies out of his young players as Boise State opens up at Michigan State, with what is likely the hardest game on their schedule. If Boise can get by that game, their chances of running the table, are pretty solid. Either way the future, though,looks extremely bright: a move to the Big East, an increase in interest from top recruits, an always impressive Coach Petersen staying committed to BSU, and new talent ready to prove they are just as good as their graduated counterparts. The real problem with the offense is the Quarterback position, but the talent is definitely there with QB Joe Southwick, who came in on mop-up duty last year in many fourth quarters. Running-back D.J.Harper looks to continue the recent tradition of great Boise State running backs and projects to be an almost exact talent copy of his precursor Doug Martin. WRs Matt Miller and Mitch Burroughs are both extremely explosive playmakers and along with TE Gabe Linehan, who will be a consistent downfield threat for Southick. The defense is just a bit more secure and stable with its standouts being Corner Jamar Taylor and Guard Mike Atkinson. BSU’s biggest trouble spot is the P/K situation, which looks to be settled in the near future. Record: 11-1
21. “The Wildcats” Kansas State University- Coach Bill Snyder has an extremely talented offense on his side with two 1,000 yard rushers,one in Running-back John Hubert and the other in Quarterback Collin Klein. Klein last season became one of the best dual threat Quarterbacks in the nation. With 3 All-Conference players and even one All-American player returning, Kansas State has experienced talent on both sides of the ball. The defensive standouts for the Wildcats include Middle Linebacker Arthur Brown and All-American Cornerback Nigel Malone. The offensive and defensive lines are the biggest concerns after losing numerous players to graduation. The biggest of the players to graduate, both in size and talent, was All-Conference tackle Ray Kibble. This season will ultimately come down to whether or not Collin Klein can live up to his Heisman expectations. My guess is that he does, and his season this year is similar to what Cam Newton did in Auburn in 2010, a year in which, oh by the way, he won the Heisman and a National Title. Record 10-2
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Posted on August 7, 2012, in College Football, NCAA and tagged College Football best teams, College Football rankings, College Football top 25, Florida starting qb, Heisman candidates, Notre Dame starting qb, Penn State uniform changes. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.