San Francisco Grabs Top Spot

August 27, 2008 - Defending national champions, City College of San Francisco, tops the pre-season JC Grid-Wire Top 25 rankings. The Rams get the top spot despite losing quarterback Jeremiah Masoli late to the University of Oregon. Butler, undefeated a year ago, is positioned right behind CCSF.

#9 Blinn visits Butler in week 1 with high hopes of knocking the Grizzlies from their lofty perch. The rankings could be in for a shake up early.

JC Grid-Wire / Top 25

Rank, Team, First Game, Last Year's Record

  1. City College of San Francisco (Last year: 11-1) - Defending JC Grid-Wire national champs. Beat Mt. San Antonio, 31-28, in California state championship game. Season begins at home vs. Cabrillo.
  2. Butler Community College (Last year: 12-0) - Finished 2007 as NJCAA co-champions. Beat Snow, 56-27, in bowl game. Grizzlies star season in showcase game at home vs. Texas power Blinn College.
  3. Mt. San Antonio College (Last year: 9-3) - Lost to San Francisco in California title game. Mounties begin season at Pasadena.
  4. College of the Canyons (Last year: 9-3) - Wrapped up season with 48-43 loss to Bakersfield in SoCal playoffs. Opener this year is at Antelope Valley.
  5. Reedley College (Last year: 8-3) - Reedley ended last season with a 29-27 win over Santa Rosa in the State Center Bowl. Guess what? They open at home against Santa Rosa.
  6. Georgia Military College (Last year: 9-2) - Finished season with bowl game loss to Navarro. Opener is in Michigan vs. Grand Rapids.
  7. El Camino College (Last year: ) - 2007 season ended on sour note with playoff loss to Moorpark, 42-41. LA Southwest visits El Camino in week 1.
  8. Snow College (Last year: 11-1) - Lost to Butler in the NJCAA title tilt last December. Open season at Air Force Prep.
  9. Blinn College (Last year: 7-3) - Knocked out by Navarro in playoffs. Will find out what they’re made of in opener vs. Butler in Wichita, Kansas.
  10. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (Last year: 12-0) - Concluded season as NJCAA co-Champs with Butler. Steve Campbell’s squad opens at NW Mississippi.
  11. Foothill College (Last year: 10-1) - Ended the season on a high note beating Fresno, 48-41, in the Silicon Valley Bowl. Opener is at home against West Hills.
  12. Bakersfield College (Last year: 11-1) - Wrapped up 2007 with tough SoCal playoff loss to Mt. San Antonio, 47-42. Kick the season off at home vs. Fresno.
  13. Jones County JC (Last year: 9-2) - Two losses last season were to undefeated Miss. Gulf Coast squad. Open season at home against Itawamba.
  14. Navarro College (Last year: 9-3) - Won Pilgrim's Pride Bowl, 24-21, over Georgia Military. Will be in Coffeyville for opener, then host Georgia Military.
  15. Pearl River CC (Last year: 6-3) - Missed playoffs last year in Mississippi. Begin 2008 at home vs. Holmes.
  16. Sierra College (Last year: 9-2) - Lost to San Francisco in the NorCal title game, 24-21. Begin 2008 campaign at home vs. Diablo Valley.
  17. Saddleback College (Last year: 7-3) - Handled by Canyons, 34-24, in playoffs. Visits Golden West to begin the 2008 season.
  18. Fresno City College (Last year: 7-4) - Ended last season with bowl game loss to Foothill. Tough opener at Bakersfield.
  19. Kilgore College (Last year: 8-4) - Lost to last year's co-NJCAA national champs Mississippi Gulf Coast, 62-28, in bowl game. Opener is at home against Fort Scott CC.
  20. Ventura College (Last year: 8-3) - Beat Palomar in bowl game, 39-34, to end last season. Trips to LA Valley for opener.
  21. Butte College (Last year: 7-4) - Finished last season in bowl, beating San Joaquin Delta, 61-33. Visits Sacramento to being 2008.
  22. Garden City CC (Last year: 7-3) - Lost in first round of KJCCC playoffs to end '07 season. Opener is at Cisco.
  23. Fullerton College (Last year: 7-3) - Beat Citrus, 34-24, in bowl to finish season. Visit Compton to begin the season.
  24. College of San Mateo (Last year: 8-3) - Concluded ’07 campaign with 28-14 win over Diablo Valley. At De Anza to open year.
  25. Palomar College (Last year: 7-3) - Lost to Ventura in bowl to end '07. Gets Southwestern at home in week 1.

Other teams to watch: Santa Ana (4-6), LA Harbor (5-5), Iowa Central (9-2), Santa Rosa (7-4), Sequoias (4-6), Eastern Arizona (10-2), Grossmont (5-5), Cisco (7-3), Itawamba (7-3), Mesa (9-2), Joliet (10-2), DuPage (6-4), Glendale (Ariz.) (6-4), Rochester (11-0), Erie (7-3), Harper (6-6), San Joaquin Delta (7-4), Laney (10-1), Mendocino (8-3), NW Mississippi (6-4), Fort Scott (9-3)


The J.C. Grid-Wire/ rankings are released late Sunday during the season.

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