Some college football preseason rankings 2010 were already released. But the college football preseason rankings 2010 for the AP poll just came out, as these college football preseason rankings 2010 have many similarities to the others. The AP poll has Alabama and Ohio State as 1-2, which is the national consensus, by and large. Since the Tide are the defending champions, and the Buckeyes have a Heisman favorite. Yet the college football preseason rankings 2010 in the AP poll have a notable difference, starting with Boise State.
The Broncos were ranked fifth in the USA TODAY coaches poll, which wasn’t a huge shock. This is supposed to be the Broncos year to break the glass ceiling, assuming they beat Virginia Tech on September 6. Yet the college football preseason rankings 2010 for the AP poll have put an even bigger bulls-eye on Boise State.
The Broncos jumped up to No. 3 in the AP poll, over both Florida and Texas. In contrast, Virginia Tech was ranked sixth in the USA TODAY, but was only 10’th in the AP. Yet if the Broncos defeat the Hokies in two weeks, it will still be a mild upset, and a potential early game changer.
All of the college football preseason rankings 2010 put high hopes on Boise State. The AP poll took an even bigger leap of faith on the Broncos, but now it puts even greater pressure on them. If they beat Virginia Tech, and then Oregon State later in the month, Boise State will be considered a national title favorite at last.
However, the college football preseason rankings 2010 in the AP poll confirm title hopes for many others. TCU is also high up at sixth, which is one spot higher than in the coaches poll. Oklahoma got one first place vote at seventh, while Nebraska, Iowa and Virginia Tech round out the top 10.
Oregon, Wisconsin and Miami start the next 15, but the AP college football preseason rankings 2010 have USC at No. 14, although they couldn’t be in the coaches poll. Penn State was 14’th in the coaches rankings, yet the AP poll has them at 19’th. LSU wound up at 21’st, after being put in 16’th by the coaches.
Utah is the only team from the USA TODAY poll that’s not in the AP top 25. Other than that, the top teams are the same in both, even if there is a different order in some cases.
With the college football preseason rankings 2010 now out for both the AP poll and USA TODAY, the actual action can get under way soon. The Boise State-Virginia Tech showdown now has even more significance, although the AP poll doesn’t count in the BCS. However, a Broncos win could get them to third in the USA TODAY soon enough.
SI.com- “The Associated Press Top 25 Poll”
ESPN- “2010 NCAA Football Rankings – Preseason”