Below is my tentative preseason Blog Poll ballot. I won't cast the real ballot until Sunday evening (Aug. 19), so I am quite open to persuasion here...
--Zero points for originality regarding my #1 pick.
--I really like those Longhorns, and it's just too perfect and storybook for their QB to have the name of Colt McCoy.
--Wisconsin is the ACCFR Official Darkhorse National Title Contender. OK, so they went 12-1 last year (not exactly "darkhorse" material), but nobody's talking about them this summer.
--Aside from Ramblin' Racket, I trust that no one else will have the Jackets anywhere near the Top 10. Shoot, I'm betting that half the pollsters won't have Georgia Tech in their Top 25. Fools.
--Florida State may be too high. Sure, being a Seminole alum, I'll likely always be a bit biased, but I put them at #14 by default. I couldn't think of another team that should be better.
--Hawaii is probably too high, but they'll have one-loss at most and that offense should be holy-frickin-poi incredible.
--I could see Arkansas going anywhere from 10-2 to 4-8. The hillbilly upheaval in Fayetteville this offseason has been almost Shakespearean, but Darren McFadden alone should be good enough for bowl eligibility.
--Rutgers, Nebraska, Missouri, Penn State...meh. 8-4, all of you.
--Wake Forest is every bit a Top 25 program this year. Just watch.