So I've listened to everyone's input and put together as solid a preseason poll as you're going to get. Which means it's still a crappy preseason poll.
Dropped Out: N/A
Florida - I put Florida first based on the fact they return a ton of talent including a Heisman Trophy quarterback. But I wouldn't be surprised if they struggle and drop as they seem to be going through ACL's like underwear.
Oklahoma - The Sooners return a ton of talent on offense including QB Sam Bradford who had a sensational freshman year throwing for over 3000 yards and 36 TD. Their schedule is favorable and as long as they don't play in the Fiesta Bowl they should be pretty good.
Ohio State - You already know the Buckeyes return just about everyone, but until they prove they can beat a spread offense team I'm going to have a tough time ranking them in the top two. But if they beat USC I may not have a choice.
Georgia - Everyone is gung ho on the Bulldogs this year, but I'm just not seeing it. Their late season wins over Florida, Auburn, and Kentucky made everyone forget their early season losses against South Carolina and Tennessee. They return a lot of talent, but their 41-10 win over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl didn't impress me one bit.
USC - The Trojans have to rebuild just about the entire offense, but if there is any coach capable of doing it it's Pete Caroll. If Mark Sanchez doesn't return they could be in trouble.
Almost But Not Quite
I'm a huge fan of Chase Daniel. If Anthony Morelli had one tenth of the moxie that kid does we would have gone to the Rose Bowl last year. So I'm big on Missouri. I'm not crazy about LSU, but they are the defending champs. West Virginia looked impressive in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, and Pat White is my personal preseason pick for the Heisman.
Clemson has a ton of talent returning, but you know they'll start the season with an impressive win and end up just blowing it against Maryland or something.
Good But Not Great
Frankly, for anyone outside the top ten you could jumble around and dump on the table in any order and I would probably go along with it. Like I've said before, I abhor preseason polls. But they are a necessary evil. By week five I'll have enough information to back up my selections.
So there is the ballot. Tear it apart and tell me what you think. I have until 10 AM on Monday to change it around.