Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Pre-season 2006 top5

In order to really make myself look like a fool it's time for me to throw out my pre-season 2006 top5 list. Most folks by now have thrown theirs out so it's high time I throw mine in the mix:

1) OSU
Yeah, hate to do it but I really feel that the defense is going to reload. With Larry Grant (best Juco LB last year) coming over and Laurinitais(sp?) and D'Andrea the LB's could conceivably be even better than last year. Probably not but it's possible. tOSU has more DB skill and depth than most teams. Plus the d-line returns 2 starters and has decent depth. Even if Troy Smith happens to get injured they do have Zwick as a nice 5-th year senior (i think) backup. Plus Pittman is set for a breakout year having what the quietest ~1300? yds last year. And Chris Wells looks set to contribute as a true freshman. Couple that with Tressel's blind eye towards alcoholic 6'8" 315lb. 5-star stud linemen and you've got the makings of a NC team.
2) LSU
Why? Um...probably Matt Flynn's performance against Miami.
3) Nebraska
What?!? Yeah, Nebraska. The why is that they just have a ton of 3-star studs like Carriker and others that are going to ride their 2005 bowl win to a great season. Plus Taylor seems to perform pretty well under pressure.
4) Florida
I'm not as sold on this as my other picks but had to throw someone in there. Didn't want to put USC (not sold on both sides of the ball), WVU (sophomore jinx for White/Slaton), Texas (I think QB will be an issue, sorry folks), Auburn (too many holes in the lines to fill).
5) Notre Dame
This probably hurts more than putting tOSU at the top.

Others:
Oklahoma: Just don't think Bohmar is going to be great this year.
Miami: A definite possibility as long as the new team comes together.
Georgia: Again, too many holes to fill.
Michigan: A possibility as long as a) henne isn't injured and is above ~65% b) the LB's get their act together c) the o-line doesn't contract strange illnesses and freak injuries and d) our DL gets decent pressure on the qb. So yeah, a 'possibility'.
Florida State: Another possibility and maybe more of a possibility than Michigan.

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