The spring college football season has come to a close. So naturally — with four months to go before they strap the pads back on — we will start talking polls.
Sure, it's a bit early, but listed below is my Preseason Top 25 college football poll (which I'm sure will be changed 150 more times before the August kickoff):
The national champs return 19 of 22 starters, including quarterback Tim Tebow. There's really no argument about the Gators beginning the season No. 1.
Longhorns' quarterback, Colt McCoy, returns for his senior season. He didn't pass up a possible No. 1 spot in the NFL Draft to play in another Fiesta Bowl, that's for sure. The Horns lose some talent like DE Brian Orakpo and WR Quan Cosby, but there is still plenty of talent left in Austin to make a title run in '09.
Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Sam Bradford, returns to Norman, hoping to help the Sooners book a trip to Pasadena, site of this year's BCS Title Game. October 17 against Texas will decide if that ticket gets punched or not.
Mark Sanchez, Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Kaluka Maiava and Kevin Ellison are all gone. But nobody reloads like the Pete Carroll-led Trojans. September 12 in Columbus will be the litmus test.
5. Ohio State
The tremendous growth of quarterback Terrelle Pryor as a passer this spring has the entire college football world buzzing. The Buckeyes lost a ton of talent to the NFL. But, the unrivaled ability of Pryor, and another fairly weak schedule, will keep the Buckeyes in the hunt for Pasadena all season long.
The rest of the Top 25
9. Oklahoma State
10. Virginia Tech
11. Georgia Tech
13. Penn State
15. Boise State
19. Florida State
20. Notre Dame
21. North Carolina
23. Miami (Fla.)
25. Texas Christian