Chris Dufresne's Top 25

December 10, 2009

My preseason top 15 had 10 teams that made the top 15 of the final Bowl Championship Series standings. My preseason No. 1, Texas, is in the BCS title game. Riskiest pick: Oregon at No. 6 (thank you, Ducks!). Biggest whiffs: Oklahoma at No. 3 (injury waiver claims for Jermaine Gresham and Sam Bradford). USC at No. 4 (formulated before Kindergarten Quarterback named starter). Off the Top 25 radar: Cincinnati (replacing 10 defensive starters was obviously not a big deal). Hit it on the number: Ohio State at No. 8.

Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Texas, 13-0 (1): Pro scouts say Colt McCoy needs to work on footwork and clock work.

2. Alabama, 13-0 (4): Figures: Tide fans who ripped us all year now want … BCS tickets.

3. Texas Christian, 12-0 (3): Took out full-page ads … now they're in the Fiesta Bowl.

4. Cincinnati, 12-0 (5): Tonight on Ed Sullivan: Irish Kelly and his dancing Sugar Bowl Bearcats.

5. Boise State, 13-0 (6): Goes from blue turf to bowl where grass field will be rolled in from outdoors.

6. Oregon, 10-2 (8): Receiver Dickson (Ed) and deliverer Knight (Phil) named to All-Pac-10 team.

7. Florida, 12-1 (2): Tim Tebow's Sugar Bowl promise: "No player will try harder to stay in hotel room all week."

8. Ohio State, 10-2 (8): Coordinator runs screaming out of room after first look at Oregon's spread.

9. Georgia Tech, 11-2 (10): Orange Bowl storyline: triple option offense vs. Bermuda Triangle.

10. Iowa, 10-2 (9): "M*A*S*H" star Gary Burghoff will ride shotgun on school's Orange Bowl float.

11. Penn State, 10-2 (11): Capital One Bowl pits Mike the Tiger against Joe the Lion.

12. Virginia Tech, 9-3 (12): Taking on what's-their-names in the Chick-fil-A-in-the-blank bowl.

13. Brigham Young, 10-2 (13): Regulars to Las Vegas Bowl will stay, as usual, at Wayne Newton's ranch.

14. Oregon State, 8-4 (14): Beavers opt for Las Vegas because it was closest bowl to dam.

15. Stanford, 8-4 (16): Toby Gerhart warned not to run over Heisman busts of Notre Dame players.

16. Nebraska, 9-4 (23): Heisman script calls for McCoy to "take a knee" when Ndamukong Suh enters room.

17. Arizona, 8-4 (25): Holiday Bowl payout funded by speeding tickets from fans driving over from Tucson.

18. Miami, 9-3 (19): Facing Wisconsin in Champs Sports even though neither team won a championship.

19. Pittsburgh, 9-3 (20): Wonder when Dave Wannstedt woke up and realized Brian Kelly outcoached him?

20. Louisiana State, 9-3 (22): Cashed in ranking points to upgrade to better poll position.

21. Oklahoma State, 9-3 (21): Billing for Cotton Bowl matchup vs. Mississippi: "Greed vs. Snead (Jevan)."

22. Houston, 10-3 (18): Funny how nation's top air attack got matched against Air Force.

23. Utah, 9-3 (24): Playing Cal is OK, but Utes were hoping for another pushover like Alabama.

24. Central Michigan, 11-2 (NR): Dick Enberg, after his school moved ahead of USC: "Oh, my!"

25. USC, 8-4 (17): Matt Barkley's objective: Keep Emerald Bowl passes out of McCovey Cove.

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