The College football Top 25 preseason poll was announced this week and it is full of the usual suspects such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio St, and Texas.
Those teams were certain to make it, but there are a few teams that should have made the top 25 but were overlooked.
Here are the top five teams that should be in the top 25: Notre Dame Fighting Irish: (Odds to win the BCS: 40 to 1, Over/Under Regular season Wins is 7.5)
The Irish have had some troubling years, but this is the time for them to break out. Brian Kelly takes over as Head Coach after moving over from Cincinnati, and has plenty of weapons to have a successful season. The Irish will need to replace Jimmy Clausen at QB, but still have a stable full of talent. The running attack returns senior RB Armando Allen Jr. (697 yards), and the aerial attack still has speedy junior WR Michael Floyd (795 yards, 18 yards per catch) and 6-6 junior TE Kyle Rudolph (364 yards). The defense gets everyone back on the front seven, including talented linebacker Manti Te’o, and they will improve as a unit. I am not ready to crown the Irish BCS champions just yet, but they will finish the year in the top 25.
Cincinnati Bearcats: (Odds to win Big East 5 to 1, Over/Under Regular season Wins is 8) This team is much different than the team that they have had in the previous years. They lost head coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame, plenty of players to the NFL, and have to compete against Connecticut and Pittsburgh in the Big East. But don’t count out the Bearcats just yet. Butch Jones takes over for Brian Kelly and the Bearcats already have a capable quarterback in Zach Collaros. This team is deep at wide receiver and can score against some of the best teams in the county. If the defense improves from a year ago the Bearcats will be in the top 25.
Houston Cougars: (Odds to win the BCS: 200 to 1, Over/Under Regular season Wins is 8) The Cougars return Heisman candidate Case Keenum at quarterback and he led one of the best offenses in the country. Three 1,000-yard receivers from last season James Cleveland, Tyron Carrier and Patrick Edwards return for 2010 and the offense will be ready to perform again. Cougars Head Coach Kevin Sumlin brought in former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart to fix a defense that was miserable in 2009. With an improved defense, and a leader on offense, Houston deserves to be in the top 25.
Uconn Huskies: (Odds to win the Big East 2.5 to 1, Over/Under Regular season Wins is 7) The Huskies are flying under the radar in the Big East with other great teams like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but they will make some noise in 2010. Head coach Randy Edsall is emerging as one of the best coaches in the country and he has his best team to date. Running back Jordan Todman returns to lead one of the best rushing attacks in the Big East and the Huskies have two talented quarterbacks to choose from. The defensive side of the ball returns eight starters and the Huskies will be a threat in the Big east landing them a spot in the top 25 when the season ends.
Stanford Cardinal: (Odds to win the Pac-10 8 to 1, Over/Under Regular season Wins is 7.5) Jim Harbaugh is doing great things as the Head Coach of the Stanford Cardinal. NFL Prospect, Andrew Luck is a quality quarterback that can lead this Stanford team to plenty of wins. The defense does need some work as they allowed 402.7 YPG and 26.5 PPG last season. If they can improve on that the Stanford may make a run at double digit wins and for this reason alone they should start the year in the Top 25.