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Sounds about right to me, but Alabama should be at the top until proven otherwise. Stanford doesn't seem to be gong away with 10 returning defensive starters.
Bama to win again? Don't bet on it, says Dennis Dodd, who instead goes with Texas A&M. Why? With a not-so-tough schedule, few weaknesses on defense, another stalwart offensive line and Johnny Football, why not?
Stanford loses 75% of their offensive production including two very good TEs and a three year starter at RB. In addition they are losing Chase Thomas on defense which is their equivalent to Te'o. Stanford will be a good team but I'm not buying them as a top 5 team. They have more question marks coming into the season than Notre Dame does.
Meeyah... Ohio st and Alabama have extremely weak schedules I'm guessing those two will be 1 and 2 by season end no matter there is a 3rd undefeated team... Ugh
I have no argument with where we are ranked. When you win half of your games by half a point and get embarrassed in the title game, you don't need to be expecting a top 5 spot.
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they arent going anywhere.. next year or beyond...they are and will be an annual 10-11 win program under shaw
Surprised a little at the Big Ten teams listed in the top 25. OSU at 4 with Northwestern 16 and Nebraska at 22 isn’t Michigan and MSU expected to have very good teams returning? Northwestern had a good season and won their bowl game I believe. Nebraska wasn’t the power house that I expected.
I think we have just as many question marks. We lose our top two running backs, top reciever, and Te'o. We may be losing only 60% of our offense, but we have 7 (guess, depending on fox/calabrese) returning starters on D to their ten.
I think we will be every bit as good as Stanford next year, but we're going to have to prove we can do it without Te'o, who got a lot more love/credit than Chase Thomas ever did.
As a side note, I think the loss of KLM is going to hurt a lot more than most people think. He did more than just hold his own on that talented front, he held up well against the run, pressured the quarterback(6sacks), and made plays behind the line of scrimmage(8.5 tfl).
Stanford is going to be good next year but their crash is really coming in 2014 when they arent very good either offensively or defensively
Not if they recruit like they are this year
Who has more question marks by position group:
QB: Stanford (Golson has started more games)
RB: Even (though with depth, I'm inclined to give ND the nod here)
TE: Stanford (we lose Eifert; they lose their two best)
OL: ND (though I have a feeling it might be a net upgrade over 2012)
DB: ND (loss of Motta and Slaughter hurts)
So I list three bigger question mark groups for Stanford and two for ND. I'm not saying Stanford won't be a good team, I just don't think they are #3. It's all based on a newcomer at QB and how they finished 2012, which has no bearing on 2013.
Not a hint of USC (Trojans)
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I agree with Lou. Alabama is #1 until proven otherwise. And I have no problem with us being ranked low... that worked out just fine for us in 2012. I'd be fine not even being in the Top 10. Let teams underestimate us again.
3. Texas A&M
6. South Carolina
9. Notre Dame
10. Ohio St.
I am not convinced Ohio St. is any good. Just look at the teams they beat last year... Their most impressive wins were Michigan (5 losses) and Nebraska (4 losses), both at home. And they should have lost to Michigan St. on a defensive fumble return TD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yxXMtXoqPE&t=0m45s.
You do not have to convinced about the Bucks. I do think you need to look at the OSU schedule though. I think there is not a game they will not be favored in. Michigan is the only team that stands in their way imo to another undefeated season. Sometimes it is about who you play as much as who you have.
That's a good point... they play nobody. Hopefully Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn St., or Northwestern can take them down because I doubt anybody else is going to.
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We agree on two things Stanford is not #3, and they will still be good.
DL question mark has to go to ND. We lose KLM, Stanford returns all starters.
I'd say ND returning two first or second team All Americans and a very solid replacement in Sheldon Day gives ND the advantage. Stanford does not have the D line that ND does. KLM will be missed but it's not a question mark on the team as to who will replace him.
The fact is we don't know what kind of replacement Sheldon Day is. He's never been a starter or played starter reps before. When you talk about question marks you can only base it off what you lost. You can play the solid replacement card for either team at any position, but the fact is you do not know.
Sheldon played quite a bit this year. KLM was out of the title game early and played little in the Purdue and MSU games. I don't know what the exact split was but I would imagine it was probably 60/40 or 65/35 KLM and Day. That's quality PT for a youngster and removes some question marks.
It is not where you start but where you finish....for a reference point see 2012.
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