By Charles Parachute
The Cannon Newsletter sports department is pleased to reveal is first annual preseason college football rankings! Each day this week, we’ll look at five teams, starting today with numbers 25 to 21.
#25) University of Akron
The Zips last won on Sept. 24, 2011, managing to pull out two 1-11 seasons in a row. The team finished 103rd in passing and 100th in rushing and had the 116th ranked defense.
Akron was arguably last season’s worst team, so we thought it was only fair to place it at the bottom of the preseason rankings. They can only go up from here. The secret to a successful season will be building momentum from that first win, whenever that happens.
#24) Temple University
Temple triumphantly returns to the Big East this season as the unanimous preseason favorite. Pitt and Syracuse barely have football teams this year, and Rutgers is … Rutgers. The Big East has other teams, too.
But Temple and its underrated defense should sweep the conference this year, laughing all along the way about that one time when the Big East kicked out the school because it wasn’t good enough. And every Big East opponent will be so sad about playing Temple in the first place. It would be Shakespearean, except Shakespeare’s work was interesting.
#23) University of Alabama
After winning the national title earlier this year, Alabama is expected to take a big step back because Nick Saban hasn’t yet faced the karma from passing on Drew Brees when he was head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Saban instead picked Dante Culpepper. Culpepper, according to the some analysts, “sucked a big one,” while Brees has been one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks.
Surely, Saban will pay for this at some point, and it might be this season. Roll Tide … out of the Top 25.
#22) Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech should have a solid season between losing its first game and choking when it plays for the ACC title game. They call it a turkey sandwich in Blacksburg.
#21) New York Jets
The Jets this offseason acquired college football’s best quarterback – Tim Tebow – and already had an okay college quarterback in Mark Sanchez. New York has a great college-level defense, and special teams should be spectacular against college competition. The team has tremendous college running backs, and a coaching staff that believes it can beat any team in college football. Expect New York to be a dark horse in the national title race.