2010 (Year 1) Power Rankings This is being done based only on the team itself, not the person running the team. 1. The defending national champs come back loaded this year including reigning Hesiman winner Mark Ingram, one of the best WR's in the country in Julio Jones and QB Greg McElroy comes back with another year of experience under his belt. They do draw a loaded Florida team once in the regular season, and will probably have to beat them twice to get back to the title game. 2. The Buckeyes are #2 on this list but very well may be the best team in the country right out of the gate. Terrelle Pryor is poised for a breakout season after a convincing win in the Rose Bowl over Oregon last year. This team is loaded at all positions including the 1-2 punch of Brandon Saine and Boom Herron at RB. 3. Even after losing All World DT Suh to the draft last year the Cornhuskers may have the best defense they've had since the glory days of the late 80's /early 90's in 2010. The offense comes back mostly intact. Expect big things from SR QB Zach Lee and SR HB Roy Helu Jr. 4. Florida lost a ton of talent after last year including arguably the best college football player ever in Timothy Richard Tebow (good riddance) but Urban Meyer has this program loaded with talent from top to bottom so don't expect a huge drop off in production. There are question marks at several positions but expect this team to be nasty. They do have the same problem as Alabama though as they would need to beat the Tide twice and survive a meat grinder schedule to make a National Championship appearance this year. 5. Even though they lose Jeremiah Masoli at QB after an eventful offseason the Oregon Ducks should be even better in 2010 than they were in 2009. They will be strong at just about every position and on paper very well may be the best team lb for lb in the PAC 10. I give them a slight edge over USC, even though the QB position will be a major question mark. 6. In the real world USC is toast...but fortunately for Twist it won't be that way in the game. USC has a ton of young talent including SO. QB Matt Barkley and a stable of young and deadly RB's...not to mention a loaded defense. They play Oregon at home and the PAC 10 although improved isn't necessarily daunting. USC could have a huge first season. 7. Texas has a few question marks as well after losing Colt McCoy and their top WR Jordan Shipley but the defense is loaded, and I mean LOADED with young talent. They are going to be explosive and nasty, however they have to go to Lincoln and play a legitimate title contender in OU in Dallas. They will also need one of their RB's to step up big time this year to take pressure off Garret Gilbert in order to be a title contender. 8. The Hokies come into this season as a serious national title contender. The defense and special teams are the hallmark of the team as usual but this team will only go as far as Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans and Ryan Williams will take them. The three of them combined might be the most explosive backfield in the country. 9. Notre Dame comes off of a disappointing 2009 campaign but should rebound nicely in 2010. QB Dayne Crist has to step in to replace Jimmy Claussen but has been impressive in spring ball and this team returns alot of talent including WR Michael Floyd. This team under achieved last year but could very easily top double digit wins for the first time in quite some time. 10. The defense was dismal last year but it is a young defense and won't be that bad again this year, that I can guarantee. Christian Ponder could be a dark horse heisman candidate. The schedule is viscious including games v. OU, Miami, N.C., Clemson, and Florida, not to mention a possible ACC title game. 11. West Virginia is a sneaky team. They are going to start the season right around #25 but have a good defense, and an explosive offense with RB Noel Devine ready to break out this year. They do play some tough games including Pitt and LSU on the road, and a conference game vs. Notre Dame but they could easily win the Big East and play in a BCS game. 12. Michigan will need to play much better in conference play this year to make it to a bowl game. The Big 10 is much improved this year so it will be tough sledding. A OOC game vs. Notre Dame will loom large for the Wolverines early. The 1-2 combo of Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier could be dynamic in Rich Rodriguez's offense with a year of experience under them. Ok this is where the rankings will start when the season starts, and I'll update every 2-3 weeks. Feel free to post comments, questions, one liners, or commentary regarding these rankings!