A couple of unlikely teams find themselves in the Top 25 preseason rankings, as we continue the week’s countdown.
#15) Manchester United
Coming off a Premier League championship, Manchester United should have a strong season. The team has no spending limit and has created a football juggernaut. Man U starts the season as 5/1 favorites and could reach the top of the BCS rankings.
#14) University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin fans are eagerly awaiting the start of another NFL season. The Packers were a disappointment in last years playoffs, but with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, fans believe they will see a second Super Bowl win in three years. They also are aware of the University of Wisconsin.
#13) Misty May Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings
After three straight gold medals, May Treanor and Walsh Jennings are primed to compete for another championship. They would be favored against many teams of six, so we feel like they could do well against teams of 11, too. Playing on turf, however, is different than playing on sand, as any player will tell you.
#12) University of Arkansas
In April, head coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle crash while riding along with former volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, whom he had hired as a development coordinator for the football program. Petrino initially said he was alone. However, just minutes before a police report was to be released showing Dorrell was also aboard, Petrino revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with her.
Petrino was fired. During a university investigation, officials discovered Petrino made a previously undisclosed $20,000 cash gift to Dorrell. Dorrell may have received preferential treatment in her hiring to the football staff, as Petrino’s relationship with Dorrell was not disclosed and Petrino was on the hiring committee.
Petrino was succeeded by his mentor, who had been Arkansas’ special teams coach before briefly taking the head coaching job at Weber State.
So, that’s what’s going on in Arkansas.
#11) University of South Carolina
Steve Spurrier quietly sits in his dank lair, although his crooked grin eventually gives way to the rumble of low, guttural laughter. He dips a quill pen into chicken’s blood and writes furiously, developing plays that will confuse Georgia and destroy Tennessee. The laugh gains volume as he shuts he leatherbound playbook, made from the skin of lambs. He stands and flexes, maniacally laughing toward stone ceiling. For this is Spurrier’s year. Oh, yes. This is the year he will taste victory!