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Hawks #6 in Sports Illustrated Poll

August 10, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

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The Iowa football team checks in at #6 in Sports Illustrated’s annual preseason Top 25 poll for 2010. Mike Hlas of the Gazette says that Adrian Clayborn was named a first team all American, while two of the 16 biggest college football games of the year will be played in Iowa City.

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
4. Texas
5. TCU
6. Iowa
7. Florida
8. Oregon
9. Nebraska
10. Virginia Tech
11. Wisconsin
12. Oklahoma
13. North Carolina
14. Georgia Tech
15. Miami
16. Pitt
17. USC
18. Cincinnati
19. Penn State
20. Oregon State
21. LSU
22. Utah
23. Arkansas
24. Stanford
25. Florida State

This is actually a poll that I can agree with in many ways, save for the teams in bold. Given there are only two of those, that is pretty good. I just don’t think Texas is going to be a Top Four team this year, but then again, when you look at their schedule, it’s hard to give them a third loss, so perhaps this will be like Penn State in my mind from a year ago. I felt they were very overrated, but their schedule was manageable. I feel the same this year, that they are not a Top 20 team on paper, but find a sure fire fourth loss?

Florida loses nearly their entire defense along with Tim Tebow, arguably one of the best and most effective college football players in history, a player that was built for Urban Meyer’s offense. I just don’t see them being an 11-1 or 10-2 team, either.

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Iowa at six is high praise from a magazine that has never been afraid to take chances. I still remember the ‘Desert Swarm’ cover from many moons ago, picking Arizona #1. I think through the years, they more big misses than big hits, yet they are playing it safe with Alabama this year. I realize that most people run their preseason polls NOT based on where they see the teams ending the season. In my opinion, that seems pointless. They will say ‘this is how good we think the teams are right now.’ Well, if you think they are good now but will fade, why vote them where you voted them? I see Alabama as a nine or ten win team, with all they have lost on defense.

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I also think Ohio State is the team from a BCS conference with the least question marks. Boise State and TCU have the least question marks of any team in the FBS level, but we already know what they have to do; run the table.

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