The CFB 24/7 version took seven voters, consisting of NFL analysts Gil Brandt, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis, and Daniel Jeremiah, and CFB 24/7 writers Bryan Fischer, Chase Goodbread, and Mike Huguenin. The point totals from the ballots are in parenthesis.
Here is how their poll looks:
1. Florida State(175): The Seminoles took all seven first place votes.
2. Oregon(161): Can their defense hold up?
3. Alabama(160): They are number two in most publications.
4. Oklahoma(153): The beating of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl aside, this team still has more questions than answers.
5. Auburn(140): They should have a better defense than last year, but will they get all of the lucky breaks?
6. Ohio State(137): What happens if the first committee snubs tOSU for the playoffs?
7. UCLA(131): Tim Brando had them number one. He may be the only one that believes the Bruins win the Pac 12.
8. Michigan State(126): We will see what this team is made of early. They play Oregon on September 6th.
9. Baylor(124): Great offense, so-so defense. Nothing new here.
10. South Carolina(116): Shaw was a better game manager than people think. You will see that early in the year.
11. Stanford(107): The schedule bites back this year. They have too many (Washington, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA) tough road games.
12. Georgia(98): This all depends on who is under center.
13. LSU(81): They are unproven, but we have seen Les Miles do more with less before.
14. USC(77): Their schedule is tough. So tough that this may be a generous ranking.
15. Wisconsin(76): The QB job is still up in the air. That’s usually not a good sign.
16. Notre Dame(57): QB Everett Golson is back. Are the Irish?
17. Clemson(55): They lost WAY too many offensive weapons.
18. Mississippi(48): They could sneak up on some in the brutal SEC West.
19. Arizona State(40): Good offense, little defense. They should be in the Big 12…..
20. Washington(36): Price and Sankey are gone. Did Sarkisian reload?
21. Kansas State(34): No one is better at getting more from less than Bill Snyder.
22. Texas(25): That is, if the whole team isn’t suspended in the next two weeks.
23. Nebraska(20): It’s addition by subtraction in losing Taylor Martinez, but will the defense hold up?
24. North Carolina(15): They could win the ACC Coastal, but that isn’t saying much.
25. Florida(13): Muschamp in on the hot seat, but Florida could be good. Then again, we thought that last year.
25. Iowa(13): Will an easy schedule translate to a ten win season?
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M(10), Michigan(9), Mississippi State(8), Duke(6), Louisville(6), Missouri(5), BYU(2), TCU(2), Miami(FL)(1), Oregon State(1).