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Who is #1 in 08?
Updated December 5, 2007...
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I know….I know. You’re probably saying to yourself, let’s wait and talk about this once this season is over with. Unfortunately, my team didn’t have the best year and my optimistic attitude has me excited and looking forward to the 2008 season. My mental capacity doesn’t allow me to break down team after team so I’ll leave it up to the true experts; the fans on the message boards. However, I do have an opinion and four teams stick out in my mind.
Florida - This is what you call a safe bet. With Tebow, Percy Harvin, and now Emmanuel Moody in the fold, I don’t see how you can’t have the Gators at the top of your list. I get scared thinking about Tebow with another of year of experience underneath his belt. Not to mention, the recruiting classes Meyer has put together the last two years. The only worry here is that Florida plays in the toughest conference in the country and at Tennessee as well as games against Hawaii, Miami (FL.), LSU, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and Florida State that could determine their season. I still say, put your money on Florida and let it ride.
Oklahoma – Oklahoma returns pretty much their whole team next year. True Freshman QB Sam Bradford will be older and wiser and their defense will remain loaded. I really feel DeMarco Murray will blow up next year. Combine Murray along with incoming recruits Justin Johnson and Jermie Calhoun and you could have the most talented RB’s in America. With Missouri losing Daniel, Oklahoma shouldn’t have too many teams that could knock them off in the Big 12.
USC - Petey C. should have the boys from Southern Cal back on track next year. They do lose some talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but does it really matter? That was a rhetorical question. One top prospect leaves for the pros, another one comes in from high school. I can’t blame any of them. If you told me that I was able to hang out with Snoop D-O double “G” and Will Ferrell on a regular basis, I would say where do I sign? Anyways, Sanchez should step right into the role of starting QB and all of the super-duper young talent should make him look All-World. Chauncey Washington and Joe McKnight out of the backfield will provide that thunder/lightning affect while the young, BIG receivers will be a great escape across the middle when teams decide to blitz Sanchez. Look for Ronald Johnson to emerge as a deep threat, which may be one thing the Trojans have been lacking.
Ohio State - We all know the Big 10 is weak, at least that’s what I hear over and over again. The Buckeyes return a number of starters and are extremely well coached. The Buckeyes also play Michigan at home next year. It amazes me, that after losing Ginn, Troy Smith, and Antonio Pittman that this was supposed to be a down year for Ohio State. Did anyone tell them that? Another rhetorical question. Also, the Buckeyes are putting together a stellar class, specifically in the Offensive Lineman department, which has some fans calling the in-coming recruits, “The Block O”. Watch out for Scarlet and Gray next year.
I just scratched the service. I didn’t want to make this article into a stat sheet, and what specific players are leaving. In any case, I like the Florida Gators for National Champions in 08!
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