A football isn't round and sometimes it takes funny bounces. But the Trojans have the horses and should have the confidence to go all the way. It sometimes it takes a little luck, too.
It's very, very difficult to keep up with just one team. We will not suggest we have particular knowledge about the entire nation's college football situation. So why try? Because we were asked to submit a national Top 25 for a pre-season poll.
Feel free to disagree.
2. Ohio State -- Finally over the Clarett hangover and with a stockpile of fine players
3. Tennessee -- Easily the best material in the SEC if the justice system doesn't intervene
5. Texas -- Longhorns may actually underachieve a little more than this
6. LSU -- Quarterback is question mark, but if Saban was back this team would be ranked best in the SEC and top three nationally
7. Oklahoma -- If Stoops beats Mack Brown and Texas again, Sooners could be higher
8. Michigan -- A consistent defense with an explosive offense and the Wolverines may be in the title mix
9. Virginia Tech -- Although this sometimes seems like a rogue program, Beemer knows his coaching
10. Iowa -- From afar (thank goodness), this looks like a team with an abundance of stars, but perhaps too many holes on the defensive line
11. Florida -- The book is that Zook was a good recruiter and Meyer will benefit from his players
13. Texas A&M -- After a couple of years to get the right personnel, Franchione should have a strong team
15. Alabama -- 8 wins, the losses to teams ranked in the top ten at the time of the game, coupled with Alabama name means this may be too low.
16. Georgia -- Bulldogs under-achieved last year and now Greene and Pollack are gone
17. Pittsburgh -- Pitt is showing it's serious about football again and Wannstedt inherits good personnel
18. Cal -- Bears must find 11 new starters from a team that probably wasn't as good as its 10-2 record last year
19. Virginia -- Defense appears solid and conservative offense means Cavaliers won't beat themselves
20. Louisville -- Petrino is an excellent coach and Brohm a fine quarterback, but six Cardinals went in NFL draft and Big East schedule is a step up
21. Auburn -- The only way a team could lose four top NFL draft picks and not suffer is to have excellent coaching
23. Purdue -- If new quarterback is solid, Boilermakers should be good with all defensive starters and some offensive play-makers returning
24. Georgia Tech -- Like many teams, Yellow Jackets must hope that quarterback can do the job