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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.

9 - Texas Longhorns (2007 Record: 11-3)

With a big win against the Sun Devils in the Holiday bowl, Colt McCoy looks to continue the winning way in 2008. The losses of Limas Sweed and Jamaal Charles hurts the Longhorns, but with up and coming stars at the position, they'll be fine. The defense will be the question especially with Will Muschamps arrival.

10 - Clemson Tigers (2007 Record: 9-4)

Cullen Harper, Aaron Kelly, James Davis, CJ Spiller. No question, the Tigers are talented, but will that translate into wins and a bcs bowl game berth this season. They should, but that hasn`t been the result in the past. With the talent on this team, they should be in the Top 10, but they will have to prove the critics and more importantly themselves that they deserve it.

11 - Virginia Tech Hokies (2007 Record: 11-3)

Despite losing a bunch of player on both sides of the ball, the Hokies manage to snag the 11th spot. Players like Vince Hall, Xavier Adibi, Brandon Flowers, Chris Ellis, Justin Harper, and now Brandon Ore, the Hokies will be a very young team at numerous spots on the field. The respective leaders on both sides of the ball, Sean Glennon (QB) & Macho Harris (CB) needs to step up the game and lead the young players.

12 - Illinois Fighting Illini (2007 Record: 9-4)

After a surprising 07 season campaign, Ron Zook and the Fighting Illini look to rebound from a horrific loss to USC in the Rose Bowl. It will be a tough task for the Illini, as they lose the Big 10 Offensive POY in Rashard Mendenhall and defensive leader, J. Leman, both to the NFL Draft. QB Juice Williams will have to step his game up to prove that their team wasn't just a one-year wonder. Illini lands here @ #12.

13 - Wisconsin Badgers (2007 Record: 9-4)

The Badgers return an ample amount of solid players for the upcoming season, noteably PJ Hill and Travis Beckum on the offensive side of the ball. The question mark surrounds the QB position, in which, Allan Evridge will most likely take the helm. On defense, they lost Jack Ikegwonu (sp?) and a few other starters, but they are likely in contention for next years Big 10 title, we`ll see.

14 - Kansas Jayhawks (2007 Record: 12-1)

The Jayhawks look to prove that last season wasn't just a one-year wonder. With a solid outing against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, the Jayhawks look to continue the momentum this season. QB Todd Reesing will have to lead the Jayhawks with a tough OLine coming back, but the question is how will they replace CB Aqib Talib and a few other vital pieces to their run last season.

15 - Tennessee Volunteers (2007 Record: 10-4)

Uncertainty at the QB position and Offensive Coordinator prevents the Voltunteers from being higher in the rankings. The will be a tough task for the Vols to replace Erik Ainge, but a big decision to come back in Arian Foster along with a young taleneted OLine. The defense lost two vital pieces to puzzle in Hefney and Mayo, both studs at their respecitve position. The Vols will be young, but could be the surprise of the SEC.

16 - Auburn Tigers (2007 Record: 9-4)

The talent on Auburns roster is a very impressive, but the adjustment to a new offense and without Will Muschamp can come back to work against them.  Although, I wouldn`t count out Auburn in the SEC because of their sole talent alone.  Look for Brad Lester to be a big part of that success along with an extremely talented and young OLine. The nucleus of the offense will also derive upon the more wide-spread offense, thus the receivers will play a major role as well. But the defense will be the key as to how far this team can go.

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