Pre-Release Power Rankings I'm starting out my pre-release power rankings to get some chatter/trash talk going before the release hits next week. I will do this in 3 stages going 1-4, 5-8, 9-12. Feel free to critique me as I am doing this now to get ideas, suggestions or whatever. I realize this may not be completely accurate as I dont know most of you but I feel by week 6 I will have a better understanding of everyone and where they should rank on the power rankings. Without any further delay I give you my pre-release top 4. Trifecta's Pre-Release Power Rankings - Rank Logo Team Record Change Comments 1 Ohio State 11-2 Bravejaf and his Buckeyes start out on top arguably the best team on paper. The age-old Big Ten formula is alive and well in Columbus - run the ball and play stout defense. Pryor, Saine and Herron have developed into formidable ball carriers. The entire defense will continue to rank in the Top 5 nationally. The nation's 106th ranked passing attack has to do more to take the next step as a unit. Pryor has shown to have the wheels, but his arm has not yet proved capable of winning the tight ones, especially if/when trying to come from behind. Accordingly, the quality and depth at receiver is still a long way from striking fear into opponents. 2 Texas 13-1 Big Slick and his Longhorns come in at #2 despite losing Colt McCoy, Jordan Shipley, and 3 Senior Offensive lineman. Tats the bad news, the good news is Texas has the best defensive backfield in the Big 12. Despite losing Earl Thomas to the NFL, this group still brings back plenty of proven talent to cover. 3 Oklahoma 8-5 Twister and oklahoma look to turn around a very forgettable 2009 season. Running back DeMarco Murray is returning to the offense in 2010, as is leading receiver Ryan Broyles. Quarterback Landry Jones started 11 games for the injured Sam Bradford last year, so experience shouldn't be a concern at the position. Expect Oklahoma to Challenge Texas for the Big 10 title and if all goes right in Norman possibly a National Championship. 4 Penn State 11-2 Hokie comes in at 4 with a very good Nittany Lions squad. Senior Heisman Candidate Evan Royster, running downhill behind a veteran group of blockers led by one of the best centers in college football (Stefan Wisniewski) â€“ well, that just smells like a Big Ten contender. If anyone is going to challenge Ohio State this is the team to do it. Like many Big Ten powers, the Nittany Lions live or die with defense, and this upcoming campaign will be no different. 5 Florida State 7-6 Florida State is loaded with talent, athleticism, and veterans (at least on offense), and now it'll be up to the new head man, Jimbo Fisher, to show he can produce. With a great piece to the puzzle, heisman hopeful QB Christian Ponder, healthy again, the sky's the limit. 6 Clemson 9-5 Clemson returns six starters from a solid D that ranked in the Top 25 in scoring and total defense last year. They probably have the best duo at safety in the country and they will have to continue to dominate to make up for losing both their starting CB's. Losing CJ Spiller to the NFL will hurt but the bigger question mark will be in the passing game, where all eyes are on QB Kyle Parker, whoâ€™s deciding between continuing his football career or signing a baseball contract to play for the Colorado Rockies. If he goes pro, the Tajh Boyd era begins at least one year earlier than anyone anticipated. 7 Michigan 5-7 Call me crazy but I see Recchem and the Wolverines returning to the spotlight of the Big 10 and while I dont think they will win the Big 10 I do beleive they will be competitive and for the 1st time in a long time become bowl eligible. The Wolverines return every siginifcant starter on offense plus 8 starters return on defense from a season ago which can be viewed as a bad thing. It will be interesting to see if Recchem can turn the program around. 8 Minnesota 6-7 The offense, although it struggled last season, returns almost intact, with all five starting linemen and Weber, who has started for three seasons. The key to improvement will rest on getting the offense going, and there is alot of potential with receivers Stoudermire and McKnight.At least nine starters are being replaced. Coordinator Kevin Cosgrove is counting on athletic ability trumping inexperience. This is especially true in the front seven. Defensive tackles Jewhan Edwards and Brandon Kirksey fIgure to be the heart of the new defense, but the verdict is still out at defensive end.