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AFMB Preseason NCAAF Top 25 Rankings

1 - Georgia Bulldogs - (2007 Record: 11-2)

With arguably one of the best QB-RB tandem in the nation returning next season; Stafford & Moreno, Georgia looks to keep the momentum going after a thrilling ending in the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii. Although they lose a few key players on offense and defense, the Bulldogs rebounded with the 4th ranked recruiting class that includes 3-5 star prospects and 10-4 star prospects. Look for Richt and the Bulldogs to be the class of the SEC.

2 - USC Trojans - (2007 Record: 11-2)

Despite losing a key ample amount of players, USC is still a viable threat next season. With 2 solid QB`s in Mark Sanchez & Mitch Mustain and big play threat playmaker in Joe McKnight & CJ Gable. The anchor of the defense will be 1st round prospect Rey Maualuga. The Trojans look to continue their momentum after a blowout win in the Rose Bowl against Illinois.

3 - Oklahoma Sooners - (2007 Record: 11-3)

After a disappointing loss to West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners led by Sam Bradford will look to bounce back as the class of the Big 12 next season. With the playmaking Demarco Murray coming back full-speed and a stout OLine led by Duke Robinson & Phil Loadholt and the defense led by Auston English, the Sooners look to be in talks again for the National Championship glory.

4 - Ohio State Buckeyes - (2007 Record: 11-2)

After another disappointing showing in the National Championship Game against another SEC team, the Buckeyes finally garners a win against a SEC team in this poll. HAHA. On a serious note, the Buckeyes return a bevy amount of talent to their team on both sides of the ball. Notably, Boeckman, Beenie Wells, and Alex Boone on offense, on defense James Laurinaitis & Malcolm Jenkins. Ohio State could earn their stripes and respect with an early season victory against USC in the second week of the upcoming 2008 season. But, we`ll see.

5 - Florida Gators - (2007 Record: 9-4)

The Gators return last years Heisman winner, QB Tim Tebow and big time playmaker in Percy Harvin. The defense will again be considered an achilles heel for the Gators, but with the an offense led with a finesse and power, the Gators look to reclaim themselves as the class of the SEC, but they will have to hold off Georgia.

6 - Missouri Tigers - (2007 Record: 12-2)

The surprising Missouri Tigers flourished last season with the play of Heisman hopeful QB, Chase Daniel. Daniel clearly was the spark plug on that team last year and with the return of a superb athlete in Jeremy Maclin, the offense will seem to continue where they left off. The defense led by All-American Safety William Moore, looks to be the class of the Big 12 again.

7 - LSU Tigers (2007 Record: 12-2)

The defending National Champs land here at #7. A generous spot, but they are the National Champs. Despite losing a lot of players, mostly on defense, Glenn Dorsey, Craig Steltz, Ali Highsmith, Jonathan Zenon, Chevis Jackson, LSU still has a solid defensive line led by Kirston Pittman. On the other hand, the QB position will be the question mark headed into the season. With Flynn gone, and Perriloux sustaining a suspension, the Tigers will have to rely on their running game led by Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, just to name a few.

8 - West Virginia Mountaineers (2007 Record: 11-2)

The Mountaineers look to continue their momentum sustained through a thromping of Oklahoma in the Fiest Bowl last season. Despite losing Steve Slaton, Darius Reynaud, and numerous defensive players, the Mountaineers bounce back with the return of Pat White and speedster Noel Devine. The question mark posed up for the Mountaineers is the coach, Bill Stewart.

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