TRST Pre-Season College Football Top 25! 20-16!

By Nate Sarmir-TRST College Football Analyst

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20. Virginia Tech Hokies- The Hokies have been very consistent under Coach Beamer, who has gone 209–98–2 since taking over as Virginia Tech Head Coach in 1987. Even though Virginia Tech has some significant question marks to address before this season,  the Hokies will most likely be the favorite to win the ACC. The offensive line suffers this year losing some impressive starters and also must replace running back David Wilson. Quarterback Logan Thomas improved as a starting QB as 2011 progressed and will have to shoulder more of the workload on offense thisyear, but should handle it fine. With only two starters departing, the Hokies’ defense should prove to be be one of the best in college football.Record: 12-1

19. Oklahoma State Cowboys- Without National stars, quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon, the Cowboys likely won’t match last season’s record and repeat as conference champs. However, this team won’t falter too much considering the line-up isn’te xactly empty for Coach Mike Gundy in 2012. Running backs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith will anchor the offense while the quarterback situation is sorted out with Junior Clint Chelf starting. The defense must replace a couple of key playerson the line, but should still prove to be solid, led by safety Daytwion Lowe.  The Big 12 could have six teams start the year in the preseason top 25, so the road to eight or nine wins won’t be easy. Record: 9-3

Daytwion Lowe returns after leading the Cowboys in tackles in 2011.

18. Washington Huskies- With a much improved coaching staff, the Huskies have seemed totake the spot of favorite to win the Pac-12 North. The offense will be among the best in the conference, despite losing running back star Chris Polk to the NFL. Quarterback Keith Price has a group of talented receivers returning and should shine with another offseason to work on and improve his skills with Coach Steve Sarkisian. Landing key coaches such as Coach Wilcox and defensive assistants Coach Lupoi and Coach Sirmon should help immediately on the field and in the future while recruiting for Washington. Expect the Huskies to be improved on defense this year, but they will be kept busy with a very tough schedule with road trips to LSU, Oregon and Washington State, while getting USC and Utah at home. Record:8-4

17. TCU Horned Frogs- Moving from the Mountain West to the Big 12 is a huge leap for this program, but expect the Horned Frogs  to be well prepared. Coach Patterson once again brings together another solid recruiting class, and the team is bringing back several key contributors. The offense is solid, and Quarterback Casey Pachall will look to improve from his already impressive 2011-2012 season. Matthew Tucker, is the x-factor at running-back. Tucker needs to have a big year to lead TCU in a crowded Big 12. Coach Patterson is one of the top defensive minds in the nation and should prevent this unit from suffering much of a drop-off in production and loss of play-makers. Losing linebacker Tank Carder is a tough blow, but Tanner Brock returns after missing nearly all of 2011 with an injury. Record: 10-2

Tanner Brock will be crucial to TCU, as he returns after an injury-riddled 2011 season.

16. Nebraska Cornhuskers- Their first year in the Big Ten turned out so-so for the Cornhuskers with a 9-4 record and fell short of their pre-season expectations.The Big Red could challenge for the division title if the offense continues to excel. Quarterback Taylor Martinez was extremely impressive last year and looks to beeven better this year. Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead form a solidcombination, but the offense needs to get the ball in the air and score more onpasses this season. The defense will have some new faces stepping into keyroles, as linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard have finished their college careers. The schedule will be tough and Nebraska has a lot on their shoulders again this year, but with a hurting Penn State and a ready-to-fight Urban Meyer Ohio State the Big Ten has a lot of questions, which bodes well for Nebraska. Record: 9-3

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Posted on August 18, 2012, in College Football, NCAA and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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