This gives me the perfect opportunity to release another way-too-early preseason Top 25.
Now that we know which players are departing for the 2013 NFL Draft – along with where every high-profile recruit has landed – the rankings that were released right after the BCS National Championship game can be toyed with a bit.
That said, here’s an updated version of the preseason Top 25 for this upcoming fall.
|Ranking||Prev. Ranking||Team||2012 record|
|1||1||Alabama Crimson Tide||13-1 (7-1 SEC)|
|2||3||Texas A&M Aggies||11-2 (6-2 SEC)|
|3||5||Ohio State Buckeyes||12-0 (8-0 Big Ten)|
|4||4||Stanford Cardinal||12-2 (8-1 Pac-12)|
|5||7||Georgia Bulldogs||12-2 (7-1 SEC)|
|6||8||LSU Tigers||10-3 (6-2 SEC)|
|7||2||Oregon Ducks||12-1 (8-1 Pac-12)|
|8||6||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||12-1|
|9||9||Louisville Cardinals||11-2 (5-2 Big East)|
|10||12||Florida Gators||11-2 (7-1 SEC)|
|11||11||South Carolina Gamecocks||11-2 (6-2 SEC)|
|12||13||Clemson Tigers||11-2 (7-1 ACC)|
|13||10||Texas Longhorns||9-4 (5-4 Big 12)|
|14||16||Oklahoma Sooners||10-3 (8-1 Big 12)|
|15||15||TCU Horned Frogs||7-6 (4-5 Big 12)|
|16||19||Florida State Seminoles||12-2 (8-1 ACC)|
|17||17||Oregon State Beavers||9-4 (6-3 Pac-12)|
|18||15||Ole Miss Rebels||7-6 (3-5 SEC)|
|19||20||UCLA Bruins||9-5 (6-3 Pac-12)|
|20||21||Nebraska Cornhuskers||10-4 (7-1 Big Ten)|
|21||22||Boise State Broncos||11-2 (7-1 MWC)|
|22||NR||Michigan Wolverines||8-5 (6-2 Big Ten)|
|23||NR||Northwestern Wildcats||10-3 (5-3 Big Ten)|
|24||NR||Oklahoma State Cowboys||8-5 (5-4 Big 12)|
|25||NR||Kansas State Wildcats||11-2 (8-1 Big 12)|
Others to watch: USC, Vanderbilt, Fresno State, North Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Wisconsin, East Carolina, Arizona, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech.