We’ve reached the Top-10 in our countdown, meaning we are getting closer and closer to the season actually starting.
On a personal note, we’ll be checking in on my favorite team in this post. Look for them at No. 8.
No. 10 Florida
When you play in the SEC, just about every week can be hell.
For the Gators, to prove themselves to be amongst the elite, they will be given several opportunities, so we need to use the rankings as they are now.
November 2, always an interesting day in the sport of college football, could see Top-5 teams Florida and Georgia square off in the “Biggest Cocktail Party.”
The game is always an intriguing one, and with the ramifications
Can Will Muschamp take that next step? Will Jeff Driskel be able to out-perform Aaron Murray? How many cocktails will be downed throughout the weekend? Oh the questions!
No. 9 Louisville
Many view the Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater as a hip-pick to compete for the national title, and a quick glance at their schedule shows why.
As of the preseason, Louisville is not scheduled to face a single Top-25 team. While that could change as the year progresses, it will definitely hurt them if it holds true.
You need a quality win, or two, or three to be mentioned with the big boys.
A pair of back-to-back road games October 26 at South Florida and November 8 at Connecticut could cause some troubles.
No. 8 Clemson
This one is easy. And one I am looking oh-so-forward too.
The Tigers and No. 5 Georgia will meet in Death Valley Week 1 of the season.
Right out of the gates we will find out which one of these teams will continue the march to a possible national title, and which one will have its work cut out for them.
Clemson can score on anybody, as proven by a bowl win over LSU last year. The key is, can they stop anybody?
Having the game in South Carolina, at night, could provide a sense of 12th man for the Tigers and Dabo Swinney.
No. 7 South Carolina
We don’t go very far for our next team, as Clemson’s rival, the Gamecocks, are here.
And, we also don’t even need to look much further in terms of their biggest test.
South Carolina and Steve Spurrier will face Georgia the week after the Bulldogs collide with Clemson.
Since we are going off preseason rankings, this game is more important right now than the Florida contest in November or the rivalry game with Clemson at this point.
If Georgia stumbles, Carolina will be heavily favored (unless they fall apart at North Carolina Week 1). Playing in Athens is never easy, and the Gamecocks will be getting one of two teams:
A. An upset bunch coming off a loss in the opener.
B. A team looking to continue their march to greatness after being stung late by the Bama bug.
No. 6 Texas A&M
Rice, followed by Sam Houston State, followed by…gulp….ALABAMA.
There it is for the Aggies, head coach Kevin Sumlin and hopefully Johnny Manziel (hey, I got Johnny Football on my fantasy team so he needs to play).
As long as all the issues with Manziel are cleared up, September 14 is going to be an epic day in college football.
Texas A&M gets the chance to play No. 1 Bama in College Station, in front of a national TV audience and with all the pressures of a possible national title game on the line – in September.
Without Manziel, we will still have a high-profile match up, but it would quickly turn into another Crimson Tide laugher, that’s for sure.