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Preseason BlogPoll Ballot (First Draft)

It's BlogPoll time!

I tried taking a wild stab at the top 10, but that was B.B. . . . before Bomar. Orson has given it his best shot, as has Nestor, and Dan has collected all the data, so surely I should be ready for this, right?

Well, I'm not entirely sure I am . . . and that's where you come into the picture.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their weblog.

What follows is my preliminary preseason BlogPoll ballot. I have not yet submitted my top 25 for tabulation and I have a few days within which to ponder this awesome responsibility. Let me know what you think . . . where have I got it right, where have I got it wrong, and which teams are in the wrong sequence?

In compiling these rankings, I have given overarching consideration to two factors, per the BlogPoll rules.

First of all, I generally have tried to list teams according to which I believe would win on a neutral field on September 2, so that a team typically would be expected to lose to the team ranked directly above it but beat the team ranked directly below it.

Secondly, I have tried to assess how good these teams are right now, without regard to schedule strength or, particularly, upcoming head-to-head matchups . . . which, obviously, will help to clarify matters as they come to pass.

It all comes out in the wash.

Here is my tentative top 25:

Preseason BlogPoll Ballot:
  1. Texas
  2. Auburn
  3. Southern California
  4. Louisiana State
  5. Ohio State
  6. Florida
  7. California
  8. Michigan
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Iowa
  11. Louisville
  12. Texas Christian
  13. West Virginia
  14. Georgia
  15. Florida State
  16. Oregon
  17. Miami (Florida)
  18. Penn State
  19. U.C.L.A.
  20. Alabama
  21. Tennessee
  22. Navy
  23. Clemson
  24. Utah
  25. Oklahoma
Others Receiving Consideration: Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Virginia Tech.

I have my reasons for choosing the teams I did and placing them in this particular order, but, at this point, I'd rather hear from you.

Am I (as one Colorado fan wrote of me after reading my preview of the Bulldogs' game against the Buffaloes) a moron or have I offered (to borrow a phrase used by another C.U. fan in his response) a very fair preview?

The exercise of the franchise is a sacred trust not to be taken lightly. (Image from Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids.)

Let me know in the comments below. This is your opportunity to do what good Americans do . . . attempt to bring others around to your way of thinking through reasoned persuasion and civil discourse before matters are decided by being put to a vote.

Have at it.

Go 'Dawgs!