One thing I don’t see much of during the pre-season when rankings are made is what record the teams will finish with. Sure you might you have a pre-season top 10 team, but will they end up there? Schedules are a big factor here…
1. Alabama (11-1) 7-1
The SEC is the only conference in the country where you can lose a game and still remain squarely in the national title hunt.
2. Louisville (12-0) 8-0
If Louisville takes care of business they should roll to 11-0, only a final game at Cincinnati looks dangerous.
3. Stanford (11-1) 7-1
I love Stanford, but for some reason that game at USC could be one of those flukes where a Lane Kiffen coached team plays up to it’s talent level.
4. Texas A&M (11-1) 7-1
Let’s assume Johnny Manziel can play, the Aggies schedule is rather soft outside of Alabama and LSU.
5. Oregon (11-1) 7-1
The Ducks will still have one of the most prolific offenses in the country.
6. South Carolina (10-2) 6-2
Who says SEC schedules are all that tough? After Georgia in Week 2, the Gamecocks won’t play another top 25 team until November 16 against Florida.
7. Georgia (10-2) 7-1
Outside of a game with Florida, the last two months of the schedule allow Georgia to rise back up.
8. Boise St. (11-1) 7-1
I think Boise St. will beat Washington and get to a BCS game.
9. Oklahoma St. (10-2) 6-2
Are the Cowboys the Big 12′s best team?
10. Clemson (10-2) 7-1
Until Clemson proves it can beat South Carolina, I can’t put them higher.
11. Ohio State (10-2) 7-1
The early season game at California is an upset special.
12. Florida State (10-2) 7-1
I want to pick Florida State to win at Florida, but I just can’t do it right now.
13. Texas (10-2) (6-2)
Texas isn’t nearly as bad as people make them out to be.
14. LSU (9-3) 5-3
Come on it’s LSU, how far are they going to fall?
15. Florida 9-3 (5-3)
Florida’s schedule has games at LSU, at South Carolina, at Miami, and Georgia at a neutral site. WOW
16. Nebraska 10-2 (6-2)
Very intriguing early season game with UCLA.
17. Northern Illinois 11-1 (8-0)
They will win at either Iowa and Purdue.
18. Notre Dame 9-3
No way the Irish are running the table this year.
19. Oklahoma 9-3 (6-2)
The Sooners will be good, but not BCS good. The game at Notre Dame will decide if the season can be great.
20. Michigan 9-3 (6-2)
I think Michigan knocks off Ohio State in the final week of the season.
21. Miami 9-3 (6-2)
RB Duke Johnson begins his 2014 Heisman campaign this year.
22. Baylor 9-3 (5-3)
If Baylor wins at Kansas State October 12th, they could enter November 7-0.
23. Virginia Tech 9-3 (6-2)
Welcome back to relevance Virginia Tech after a year away.
24. Oregon State 9-3 (5-3)
Tough finishing game at Oregon.
25. Cincinnati 9-3 (6-2)
If Cincinnati wins their opening games with Purdue and Illinois which I say the odds are 50/50, they could cruise for weeks.