FanIQ Top 25: Week 1
FanIQ College Football Top 25: Week 1
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
They've won the BCS National Championship three out of the last four years, and of course are the favorites for a three-peat.
2. Stanford Cardinal
Other than Alabama, there may not be a more physically dominant team than Stanford. Looking up and down their favorable home schedule, it's difficult to pick a game where the Cardinal lose.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
There may not be an easier non-conference schedule in the country than what the Buckeyes have to endure. An undefeated season is waiting; will it be enough to plunge Ohio State into the title talk?
4. Georgia Bulldogs
If the Dawgs can get past two huge hurdles in Clemson and South Carolina to start the season, there's a legitimate possibility of an undefeated regular season.
5. South Carolina Gamecocks
Whether it be Connor Shaw or Dylan Thompson under center, we know this—South Carolina is going to be A-O.K. at the quarterback position. Oh, and its defensive line should be pretty good, too.
6. Louisville Cardinals
Even if Louisville finishes undefeated—and it should have no problem doing so—I can't imagine a scenario where it'd be enough to put the Cards into national title contention. The New Conference-USA—I mean AAC—just isn't strong enough.
7. LSU Tigers
Despite losing a ton of talent on defense, the Tigers should make up for it with a much-improved offense. Look for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to have a huge impact on Zach Mettenberger and Co.
8. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Thanks to an easy conference schedule and a mechanically sound Taylor Martinez, the Huskers should run away with the Legends Division and vie for an undefeated regular season.
9. Texas A&M Aggies
Johnny Manziel or no Johnny Manziel, the Aggies aren't beating Alabama or LSU on the road. Whether he plays or not could determine how many more games they lose, however.
10. Oregon Ducks
Whoa is right. But hey, things change when a coach that took your program to four BCS bowls in as many years leaves. With potential flops at Washington and Stanford, the Ducks could easily drop to 10.
11. Clemson Tigers
I expect Clemson to win the ACC title. I also expect Dabo Swinney to lose to his arch rival for a fifth consecutive season and get beat by Georgia in the season opener.
12. TCU Horned Frogs
This is still subject to change. We have to wait until Thursday before Gary Patterson names the starting quarterback, and if his name doesn't rhyme with "Mall-hall," then the Horned Frogs aren't my favorites to win the Big 12 anymore.
13. Arizona State Sun Devils
Expectations are high in Tempe, and QB Taylor Kelly is the man for the challenge. There's a lot of talent on this Arizona State roster, now it's time to put it together.
14. Texas Longhorns
It's win or bust for Mack Brown in 2013. Thankfully for him, I think the Horns win.
15. Florida Gators
If the Sugar Bowl was any indication of how the Gators will perform this year, this would be a friendly spot to land by season's end.
16. Florida State Seminoles
Thanks to the recruiting efforts of Jimbo Fisher, this won't be a rebuilding year for the Noles. True freshman Jameis Winston is a stud, and he'll light up scoreboards from the get-go.
17. Fresno State Bulldogs
My pick as the top non-AQ team this year, Fresno State has a legitimate shot to head into bowl season with a 12-0 record.
18. Oklahoma Sooners
Trevor Knight has won the starting quarterback job over Blake Bell, despite all signs pointing to the latter choice. This could work.
19. Virginia Tech Hokies
Never count on Frank Beamer to have back-to-back subpar years.
20. Cincinnati Bearcats
Tommy Tuberville could flirt with perfection in his first year with Cincinnati.
21. Vanderbilt Commodores
This seals the deal for James Franklin—Vanderbilt is officially relevant.
22. Northwestern Wildcats
If the Wildcats live up to their potential, Pat Fitzgerald could be the hottest name by bowl season.
23. USC Trojans
Even with a projected four losses, a nine-win season that includes wins over Arizona and crosstown rival UCLA would give Lane Kiffin at least one more year in paradise.
24. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Certainly not the same ranking as the AP Top 25 Poll, which lists Oklahoma State No. 13 overall and the tabbed the Cowboys as the best team in the Big 12.
25. UCLA Bruins
Nine wins might now be able to launch the Bruins into a Pac-12 title game appearance in 2013.
Other receiving votes (in order): Utah State, Miami (Fla.), Wisconsin, Central Florida, Ole Miss, Northern Illinois, Oregon State, Washington, Michigan, Ball State.
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