Thursday, August 28, 2014

Keytwitty's Week 1 CFB Power Rankings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Real Football is back (bye bye World Cup soccer). The great tradition and rivalries of college football have return for the fall. Hot new freshman ready to enroll and seniors looking forward for their last big party. I am super excited to get back in the swing of Saturday college football games. Gone are names/phrases like "Johnny Football" and BCS. However, there will be a playoff for the first time ever. YES PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS (Jim Mora voice).

The College Football Playoff system now means that every game truly counts for every team in every conference. There will be a four team playoff, selected by a committee of 14 well diverse individuals including former players, coaches, politicians, military personnel, athletic directors and a female Secretary of State. The committee’s task will be to select the best teams and rank them for inclusion in the playoff and selected the remaining bowl games, as well as assign the teams to sites. The four teams in the playoffs will play their semi-final games on New Year’s Day. The winners will play in the National Championship game the following week, which will be played  this year at Cowboy Stadium aka Jerry World.

Now for what I do best- ranking college football teams. Let the “Fall Madness” begin.

The Mad Hatter always has some tricks up his sleeve

#10 LSU- Not a lot of star studded players returning on this roster. LSU comes into the season losing a lot of talent to the NFL draft. However this team does not rebuild they reload. Head coach Les Miles reloaded with 5-star freshman running back Leonard Fournette. LSU also has one of the toughest schedule in the nation, as they open up the season against their mighty Big 10 foe Wisconsin.

#9 Baylor- The Bears might have the highest powered offense east of the Pacific time zone. The School will also open up a brand new stadium with a Robert Griffin III statue. An early Heisman name to watch out for is quarterback Bryce Petty. Last Season Petty threw for 4340 passing yards with 33 TDs and only 3 INTs. Petty might be playing for a different type of statue this season. 

#8 South Carolina - Bye Felicia to  Jadeveon Clowney and lets say hello to running back Mike Davis. The Gamecocks are the favorite to win the SEC East. The Gamecocks will also have the first college football game on ESPN’s SEC Network (call your local cable subscribers for coverage).  The ol' ball coach Steve Spurrier has been in the SEC for over 30 years, so he has seen it all and would love to add one more SEC trophy to his office.

#7 UCLA- The other college football team in Los Angeles has a major talent at quarterback. Brett Hundley has NFL scouts excited for next years draft already. He's got the size, arm strength and mobility to dominate at the college level and put butts in the Rose Bowl seats. If Hundley can put together a season like Cam Newton or Vince Young finished up with, UCLA will win a national championship and he will be on someones fantasy football roster next year.

#6 Michigan State- The reigning Big 10 champs and Rose Bowl winners. This team might have the easiest road to CFB's Final 4, especially now that Big 10 rival Ohio State lost their quarterback, Braxton Miller, for the season to a shoulder injury. MSU might have the toughest team in all of college football and they listen to Rich Homie Quan.

#5 Auburn - The Tigers were so close to winning a BCS championship last year but ultimately fell short. Head Coach Gus Malzahn looks to fire up that high scoring offense once Quarterback Nick Marshall returns from suspension. Auburn had one of the best runs ever in recent college football history.

#4 Oklahoma- Boomer Sooner may be back after a huge Sugar Bowl win over college football power Alabama, but I have my doubts about the Sooners. They score a lot of points but they are destined for a bad upset at some point during the season. It's not easy to get to the Final Four but Oklahoma has all the talent in the world to win a national championship.

#3 Oregon- The fastest team with the fliest uniforms in college football. The Ducks are probably the happiest team with playoff system. The Ducks coined the phrase "one loss BCS team." Now a loss to Stanford doesn't put an end to their national championship aspirations. However, the Ducks can only go as far as Marcus Mariota can take them. Mariota in his career has 63 Touchdowns and only 10 INTs.

#2 Alabama -  The Tide have a lot of talent all over the football field, but they have yet to name a starter at QB. Head coach Nick Saban is a mastermind when it comes to recruiting and game planning. #RollTide

#1 Florida State- This time last year Jameis Winston was a college football unknown. Winston was able to put FSU on his back and lead them to a BCS Championship. The two sport star had a year for the ages, taking home the Heisman and a national championship. On the field he is an unquestioned leader. Off the field there are some things he needs to work on to become a better citizen in the FSU community. With Winston FSU is my favorite to win it all heading into the season.

-Keshon (@keytwitty)


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