Pre-Season Football: The Top Schools to Follow

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Pre-Season Football: The Top Schools to Follow

College football season is just around the corner and, for millions of American fans, that means that it is time to begin considering the rankings of your favorite teams. The USA Today Poll has been released and here is what it looks like:

1 Alabama
2 Ohio State
3 Oregon
4 Stanford
5 Georgia
6 Texas A&M
7 South Carolina
8 Clemson
9 Louisville
10 Florida
11 Notre Dame
12 Florida State
13 LSU
14 Oklahoma State
15 Texas
16 Oklahoma
17 Michigan
18 Nebraska
19 Boise State
20 TCU
22 Northwestern
23 Wisconsin
24 USC
25 Oregon State

Looking it over, none of the names should come as a surprise. Here are the top programs to watch during this year’s NCAA football season:

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide is a powerhouse member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Crimson Tide is also the only football team in NCAA history to win back to back national championships. With Coach Nick Saban remaining at the helm, Alabama looks to have an incredible season this year. Truly, this team plays on a level that the rest of the Division cannot match.

Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks play in the Pacific 12 Conference under Head Coach Mark Helfrich. Though this team has never had a player receive the Heisman Trophy and has never won a national championship, it does consistently play very well and boasts a post season bowl record of 11 wins, 15 losses. For Pacific 12 Conference fans, there is always the hope that the team will explode from the gate and win a major bowl game. Will this year be the year?

The Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines had fallen on hard times during the Rich Rodriguez years, but newer coach Brady Hoke looks to keep the forward momentum going. Ranked number 17 out of the gate, the Michigan Wolverines have a number of superlatives under their belt including:

  • Most wins in college football history.
  • Highest winning percentage in college football history.
  • The most winning seasons of all college football team.
  • The most undefeated seasons of any Division I football team.
  • The largest crowd in attendance to see a college football game.
  • The most televised university in the history of college football.

The Michigan Wolverines have 11 National Championships under their belt – will this year bring along number 12?

The Boise State Broncos

The Boise State Broncos made the list ranked number 19. Originally a two year junior college, the Broncos are most well known for one thing: the blue artificial playing surface at their home stadium. The blue field makes it one of the most difficult stadiums for opposing teams and the Broncos work that to their advantage by wearing blue uniforms that match the field.