Spring practice is over and it's time to update my top 25. The top 25 will continue to change until my college football preview is posted in August. This is just a quick update so I only gave a description on the Top 5, in my final one all of the Top 25 teams will have them.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
I've been flip-flopping the Tide and the Buckeyes lately at this spot but Alabama remains here for a bit. The defending champ's offense will be superb next year with reigning Heisman Winner Mark Ingram and speedster Trent Richardson taking the handoffs from QB Greg McElroy, who should be more efficient in his second year. Even with the loss of nine starters on defense the only place on that side of the ball where they are real young is the secondary. Expect Dre Kirkpatrick to have a breakout year, he has the speed and coverage skills to be as good Arenas and Jackson were.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes appeat to be the favorites in the Big Ten thanks to what should be one of the best defenses in the nation, led by DE Cameron Heyward and LBs Ross Homan and Brian Rolle. The offense should be more effecient next year with the return of both of the starting backs and QB Terrelle Pryor. A lot of the Buckeyes success on offense will depend on if Pryor can take that next step and build off his great Rose Bowl performance.
3. Virginia Tech Hokies
The Hokies defense will be strong as usual and should cause lots of problems for opposing offenses. However, the Hokie's backfield appears to be one of the few that are as good as Bama's solid 1-2 punch with Ryan Williams and Darren Evans returning. A huge X-factor will be the improvement of Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies will be able to win a bunch of their games with just their running game and defense, but if Taylor has even a somewhat solid year Virginia Tech will be even harder to beat.
4. Iowa Hawkeyes
A lot of people may think this is to high but I really like the Hawkeyes this year. I actually see them losing only one game this year (to Ohio State in November). They have a great defense and are extremely well coached which will win you games very often. The running game will be better without the number of injuries Iowa had at RB last year (too many too count), and Stanzi should be more effecient but still needs to cut down on some his mistakes.
5. Texas Longhorns
The good thing about new QB Garrett Gilbert playing in the BCS Championship Game was that he will never face that much pressure again for the rest of his career. He will make his mistakes but will be a solid QB as Texas will start to run more pro sets to establish a running game that has dissapeared since Jamaal Charles left. The defense will be solid and will have some youngs that will make their mistakes but should be solid. The Longhorns will lose at least 1 game this year but I still think them or Oklahoma will win the Big 12.
The rest of the Top 25:
9. Southern California
13. Boise State
15. Miami (FL)
16. Oregon State
17. Florida State
20. Penn State
22. North Carolina
23. Georgia Tech
Right on the Edge: Texas Tech, Clemson, Arizona, BYU, Auburn