Earlier this summer, a new football side called OnsideKick.com was launched. On it, they cover the sport of football- both at the collegiate and professional levels- about as well as anyone can. OnsideKick has breaking news, injury reports, fantasy stuff, and plenty of original content. Two of my good friends in this business, Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder are both contributors.
As the summer rolled into fall, Onside Kick decided they would put together a weekly college football Top 25 poll, and after scouring the internet for some of the sport’s better writers, for some reason, they decided to askme to join and become a voter. Why, I’m still not entirely sure. Either way, I gladly accepted, joining an impressive group of voters, including the two guys I mentioned above, and a bunch of others from the world of journalism, blogging, radio and beyond. Quite frankly, I’m flattered to be included with this group.
And now, with the first weekend of college football’s season in the books, I’ve gone ahead and submitted my first Top 25 ballot to Onside Kick. Every week from now until bowl season, I’ll post my picks in this space, as well as a sentence or two on why the selection was made. Most weeks these picks will be made Monday, but because of the long weekend, this week, it was obviously pushed back a day.
Before revealing my selections, I should probably start by saying that this particular vote was probably the toughest that I’ll have all season. Simply put, we really don’t know a ton about these teams or their competition, so it’s hard to figure out how impressive what happened this past weekend was. For example, was Florida State beating UL-Monroe more impressive than Georgia playing Boise State close? Is Oregon losing to LSU better than Stanford stomping out San Jose State? I don’t know, but clearly voting this early in the season isn’t easy.
Anyway, what I tried to do in this vote is to take everything I knew about a team coming into the season, plus what I saw Saturday and put it into some type of context. As the season goes on, I’ll obviously use my preseason opinions less, and on the field results more, but until then, I’ve tried to use a combination of both. I also found myself rewarding teams like Georgia, TCU and Oregon for playing tougher opening games (all either on the road, or neutral fields), more so than schools like Missouri and Penn State for beating up on weaker competition.
Regardless, my Top 25 is listed below, along with a sentence or two on why I ranked every team in the order I did.