Burnt Orange Beat's Preseason Top 25

With the college football off-season finally coming to an end, Burnt Orange Beat casts its vote for a preseason top 25 and breaks down the toughest contests and upset alerts for all of the top ten contenders. Tell us what you think!

Burnt Orange Beat's Preseason Top 25

1. Florida
Toughest Game: @LSU October 10 – It is still early enough to drop it and still make it back to the big game.
Upset Alert: @ South Carolina November 14 - It might be Steve Spurrier's final return fire at his Florida Gators.

2. Texas
Toughest Game: vs. Oklahoma October 17 – A loss here puts the Longhorns behind the Sooners and the eight ball.
Upset Alert: @ Oklahoma State October 31 – Strange things happen in Stillwater on Halloween and this will be Texas third straight week away from DKR.

3. Oklahoma
Toughest Game: vs. Texas October 17 – A loss here likely ends the Sooners chances for the big game.
Upset Alert: @ Miami October 3 – The Hurricanes are a young and talented team that is looking for a trophy win to show that they are back.

4. Alabama
Toughest Game: @ Ole Miss October 10 – A loss to Ole Miss puts them in a tough spot for even the SEC Championship game.
Upset Alert: @ Kentucky October 3 – This game sets up as a classic look ahead game on the road for the Crimson Tide.

5. USC
Toughest Game: @ Ohio State September 12 – It is early enough in the season to rebound from but history has shown that USC has to run the table to play for the big one.
Upset Alert: @ Oregon October 31 –This game will be the third road test in four weeks for the Trojans and it comes off an emotional Parent's Weekend tilt with last year's spoiler Oregon State.

6. Virginia Tech
Toughest Game: vs. Alabama in Atlanta September 5 – This is easily one of the toughest openers in the country.
Upset Alert: @ Georgia Tech October 17 –This game will be the Saturday before a huge Thursday night home game versus upstart North Carolina. Looking past GT and its Heisman Hopeful Jonathan Dwyer would be a big mistake.

7. Ole Miss
Toughest Game: vs. LSU November 21 – The Rebels face all of their toughest opponents in Oxford this season, so if they manage to win them all, LSU is looming late in the year to knock down Nutt's bunch.
Upset Alert: @ Auburn October 31 –This game will be likely be the toughest road test of the year for the Rebels and it comes after three straight home games. Auburn is still at least a year away but they tend to bite someone they shouldn't every year at home.

8. Ohio State
Toughest Game: vs. USC September 12 – USC is the most talented club on the Ohio State schedule by a pretty far stretch.
Upset Alert: @ Michigan November 21 – Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez might be looking for a signature win in year two of his regime – beware a team and coach with nothing to lose.

9. Oklahoma State
Toughest Game: @ Oklahoma November 28 – This Bedlam game has a chance to be for all the marbles in the Big 12 south (and therefore a possible NC game), so playing your in-state rival on the road is a brutal draw.
Upset Alert: vs. Georgia September 5 – The Bulldogs will come into Stillwater as a slight underdog, but watch out for Georgia to throw cold water on the Cowboys early this season.

10. North Carolina
Toughest Game: @ Virginia Tech October 29 – A game on national TV in Blacksburg, Virginia on Thursday night has been a death knell for many quality teams.
Upset Alert: @ Boston College November 21 – The long trip up to Massachusetts deep into wintery conditions could spell problems for Butch Davis' club.

11. Penn State
12. LSU
13. Georgia Tech
14. Oregon
15. Georgia
16. Boise State
17. TCU
18. Florida State
19. Nebraska
20. Utah
21. Notre Dame
22. BYU
23. Iowa
24. California
25. Kansas

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