Summer is upon us and voluntary (yet mandatory) workouts have begun. Most offseason activity has come to an end, and coaching staffs can focus on their roster and start preparing for practice.
It also allows me to focus on the pre-summer Top 25, now that we have a clearer idea of who will be going where, named starters, how suspensions will take into effect, etc.
There isn't too much difference from the post-spring Top 25—in fact, not a single team within the top eight moved. Due to some major departures (and some additions), there were some significant changes to the back half of the rankings.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is out for the season due to 'poor academic judgement,' leaving the Irish without their BCS National Championship signal caller. Brian Kelly quickly named senior Tommy Rees the starter, but this could prove to be a huge mistake, rather than allowing true freshman dual-threat Malik Zaire to get his feet wet.
TCU falls a few spots after All-Big 12 defensive end Devonte Fields was suspended for the first two games of the season, including a huge matchup vs. LSU in Cowboys Stadium. He is the anchor to the Frogs' front seven and is the main reason they were No. 10 in the nation against the run in 2012.
The Gators weren't able to gain any ground on their awful situation with the passing game, as Jeff Driskel struggled this spring and there still doesn't seem to be a wide receiver that will stand out from the rest of the corps.
Up in the ranks is Florida State, which saw quarterback Clint Trickett transfer to West Virginia. This made things easier for the coaching staff, because they were going to name true freshman standout Jameis Winston the starter anyway. This kid can play, and could lead the Seminoles back to the BCS in his first year.
Also moving up: LSU, Clemson, Texas and UCLA.
Also moving down: Oklahoma and Oregon State.
Kansas and Wisconsin drops out of the Top 25 as we welcome Baylor and Michigan State—two teams that have improved themselves greatly over the past few weeks.
|Pre-summer ranking||Post-spring ranking||Team||2012 record|
|1||1||Alabama Crimson Tide||13-1 (8-1 SEC)|
|2||2||Ohio State Buckeyes||12-0 (8-0 Big Ten)|
|3||3||Oregon Ducks||12-1 (8-1 Pac-12)|
|4||4||Texas A&M Aggies||11-2 (6-2 SEC)|
|5||5||Georgia Bulldogs||12-2 (7-1 SEC)|
|6||6||Stanford Cardinal||12-2 (8-1 Pac-12)|
|7||7||Louisville Cardinals||11-2 (5-2 Big East)|
|8||8||S.C. Gamecocks||11-2 (6-2 SEC)|
|9||11||LSU Tigers||10-3 (6-2 SEC)|
|10||12||Clemson Tigers||11-2 (7-1 ACC)|
|11||13||Texas Longhorns||9-4 (5-4 Big 12)|
|12||14||Florida State Seminoles||12-2 (8-1 ACC)|
|13||9||Florida Gators||11-2 (7-1 SEC)|
|14||16||Michigan Wolverines||8-5 (6-2 Big Ten)|
|15||18||Boise State Broncos||11-2 (7-1 MWC)|
|16||10||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||12-1|
|17||21||UCLA Bruins||9-5 (6-3 Pac-12)|
|18||15||Oklahoma Sooners||10-3 (8-1 Big 12)|
|19||17||TCU Horned Frogs||7-6 (4-5 Big 12)|
|20||22||Northwestern Wildcats||10-3 (5-3 Big Ten)|
|21||20||Nebraska Cornhuskers||10-4 (7-1 Big Ten)|
|22||23||Oklahoma State Cowboys||8-5 (5-4 Big 12)|
|23||19||Oregon State Beavers||9-4 (6-3 Pac-12)|
|24||NR||Baylor Bears||8-5 (4-5 Big 12)|
|25||NR||Michigan State||7-6 (3-5 Big Ten)|
Others to watch: Kansas State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.), USC, Fresno State, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Virginia Tech.
Follow @Tyler_Waddell on Twitter