Our first full weekend of college football kicks off tonight. Check out our Daly Dose Sports College Football Top 10 to see just who we think are the top teams in the country.
At least until they lose.
And then we will want nothing to do with them.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Next game: Sept 3rd vs USC (Arlington, TX)
Oh we know. Bama doesn’t have a quarterback, but since when has that stemmed the Tide? Nick Saban has found a way to reload year after year, and continue winning, without great play under center. Odd that the Prince of Darkness would waste his time coaching college football, instead of battling God, or angels, or Santa Claus or something. But to each their own.
2. Oklahoma Sooners
Next game: Sept 3rd vs Houston
If Oklahoma can get by Houston and Ohio State early then we could see “Big Game” Bob Stoops back in another big game at season’s end. Of course, Big Game Bob doesn’t usually win those big games, but at least he has that cool nickname that isn’t the least bit ironic.
3. Florida State Seminoles
Next game: Sept 5th vs. Ole Miss (Orlando, FL)
The Noles have a talented group returning, including RB Dalvin Cook, but the schedule is nasty. Out of conference dates with Ole Miss and Florida, plus a solid ACC schedule, will mean that unlike the grades their players receive… Florida State will have to earn this.
4. LSU Tigers
Next game: Sept 3rd vs Wisconsin (Green Bay, WI)
One year after nearly getting fired, Les Miles returns with veteran talent and high expectations. Can the “Mad Hatter” live up to those lofty goals? Does he even know about them? Does he even know where he is right now? Probably not.
5. Stanford Cardinal
Next game: Sept 2nd vs Kansas State
It will be the Pac 12’s mission to stop Christian McCaffrey. The do everything back returns after setting the NCAA record for yardage, but Stanford did lose some of their OL and QB Kevin Hogan. Can a white RB lead a top team to a national championship in 2016? And will the world actually come to an end if he does?
6. Michigan Wolverines
Next game: Sept 3rd vs Hawaii
Michigan returns as much talent as anyone in the Big 10, and Jim Harbaugh is at his best in his first three or four seasons. The defense could be excellent and while there are questions at QB, let’s not forget this guy went to the Super Bowl with Colin freaking Kaepernick. No really.
7. UCLA Bruins
Next game: Sept 3rd at Texas A&M
Sophomore QB Josh Rosen looks like he could be special. And while the Bruins have to replace some key players, he could be enough to carry them. Unless this offensive line can’t protect him. Because then they will be carrying him. Off the field.
8. Ohio State Buckeyes
Next game: Sept 3rd vs Bowling Green
The Buckeyes lost a ton of NFL talent, but they still have JT Barrett which gives hope to the people in Columbus. But when you realize that Barrett couldn’t beat out Cardale Jones a year ago…that hope may start to fade.
9. Tennessee Volunteers
Next game: Sept 3rd vs Appalachian State
For the first time since Phillip Fulmer was run out of town, the Vols legitimately have a chance to challenge in the SEC, and have a shot in the national playoff picture. Sure, they’ll probably drop a game along the way that they shouldn’t, but it wouldn’t be Tennessee if they didn’t.
10. Clemson Tigers
Yes, we realize that Clemson is in most everyone’s top five, but we don’t trust the Tigers defense, and truth be told, we aren’t sure that Barney Fife Dabo Swinney has another big season in him.
Did you miss any of our college football conference previews?
And don’t forget to check out the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Episode #92 The 2016 College Football Preview!