The Top 25 for 2014: FSU’s No. 1, UGA’s No. 12

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In today’s AJC and on myajc.com, our premium site, we present our Top 25 for the 2014 college football season. Much will change between now and then — Georgia might just hire a new defensive coordinator, and the bold guess here is that Vanderbilt will name a new head coach — but this is where we begin.

The contrarian in me would love to report that surprises abound in this listing, but they don’t. This Top 25 starts where you’d expect and continues more or less apace. But enough with the blather. Here’s the rundown.

  1. Florida State.
  2. Oregon.
  3. Ohio State.
  4. Alabama.
  5. UCLA.
  6. Michigan State.
  7. Stanford.
  8. Auburn.
  9. Notre Dame.
  10. Oklahoma.
  11. Baylor.
  12. Georgia.
  13. Washington.
  14. Wisconsin.
  15. South Carolina.
  16. LSU.
  17. Duke.
  18. Missouri.
  19. Clemson.
  20. Southern Cal.
  21. Louisville.
  22. Arizona State.
  23. Ole Miss.
  24. Texas.
  25. Central Florida.

The list includes seven teams from the SEC, six from the Pac-12, four from the ACC (Louisville newly included), three from the Big Ten, three from the Big 12, one from the AAC and one from South Bend, Ind. Some folks really get into this conference thing, I’m told.

Keen observers will have noted that I have Alabama rated higher than Auburn and Georgia above South Carolina, and you can take that to mean I’m projecting the Tide and the Bulldogs to win their respective divisions. You’ll also note that I include only one team from the ACC Coastal, which is Georgia Tech’s division, and it’s not Tech. It’s Duke. I thought about including Miami and North Carolina, but I’m really not high on any team in the Coastal.

And, if you’re looking ahead to the College Football Playoff, please note that one semifinal would match Oregon against Ohio State, presumably in Pasadena, Calif. The other would be staged in New Orleans and would feature Florida State, the 2013 BCS titlist, against Alabama which won in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Whoa, Nellie.

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gt13
gt13

How many years in a row is this that UGA is picked to win the SEC Least? I called 8-4 last year and I'm calling it again this year. 

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

ThomasBrown-  I was in Athens for the UGA/SC game. The reason UGA won- they were sky high (fans and players) to beat SC this year, and it showed on the field.  SC game and LSU game were the only two games UGA played well all season.  These are pointed to as "signature wins". How far has UGA fallen when winning a HOME game is a signature win?  SC competed with Dawgs this year even though Dawgs were fired up.  Will the Dawgs compete with SC next year or just lay down like 2012?  Probably lay down, as it takes HEART to compete on the road, and UGA go NO HEART!

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Georgia's the best in the east ?    Maybe the Big East which is the conference that Georgia belongs in.

The Big East would allow the dwags to be relevant every year.  But the natives demand that the dwags stay in the "club".

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Thomas Brown:  I hope you get the attention you think you deserve.

Peachs
Peachs

Duke played Texas A&M evenly.  They would have killed Texas Tech.

Peachs
Peachs

Here we go again.South Carolina is better than Georgia. The win this year was due to some bazaar behavior by Clowney, saving himself for the pros. They play in Columbia next year and Spurrier has been and still is the master of Richt.

Auburn showed more losing than FSU did winning.Auburn was undermanned but made a game of it, more than Clemson could do which then went on to handle Ohio State easily. Duke played evenly with Texas Tech yet got scalped by FSU in the championship game. Apparently Auburn gets better as they get more of Gus’s coaching, just like South Carolina. Georgia will be a complete mess by the time the year is over. It is the type players they recruit.How do you get caught smoking weed by the Athens police in a University of Georgia dormitory, and not be supervised by the athletic department, that should have caught this player first? Georgia is like taking a bus going down to an area where a lot of day workers hang out, filling that bus up with them and coming back and playing football. Out of condition, under coached, overhyped, and no disciple, yet they are going to be ranked nationally above real football programs. How do they still get credit when they never pay their bills?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Come on ThomAss, Bueller...........

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Your right ThomAss, instead of bringing Louisville in we should have just let the Georgie dwags in, yall might actually win another conference title in this decade.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Oh yea ThomAss, SEC 0-2 in BCS, ACC 2-0 with a NC. sec,sec....ACC,ACC,ACC

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Look ThomAss, just because Tech didnt have that Housing degree available and you couldnt comprehend Calculus dont blame us. You did the best you could, be proud of that, and try not to be so bitter,

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

ThomAss, where is the vaunted, storied, elite, program you speak of all the time? Oh yea, you dont have one. Overated again ThomAss? Look at the bright side, when yall start sinking next year youll only have to drop 14 spaces to your place in history. And Pruitt is going down with yall, from chicken salad to chicken sh$t.

UncleMike
UncleMike

Oh Thomas Brown, being the normal nagger!

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Here we go again. And as always, the dwags will self-implode and finish well out of the top 25.


At least they're good for Kool-Aid sales.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Where is Georgie tek with their better defensive coordinator Ted Roof 6-45 as head coach who never expected us to rely on just Todd Gurley II every play both overtimes ?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrownWhere is that storied, elite, Georgie Football Program you talk about all the time. Well at least you only have to fall 14 spots next year to become irrelevant again. Pruitt goes from chicken salad to chicken sh%t.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Sure, UGA stunk it up this year, instead of winning the East as always predicted in the AJC. And just a week or two removed from a pathetic effort in the bowl game, and Bradley has UGA ranked again? Joke joke joke. More likely the Dawgs end up UNRANKED again. But Dawgs do dominate the preseason, way to go. SC will skin the Dawgs alive in 2014, just like 2012!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@WeRunTheEast


If we stunk it up so badly:


       what is your excuse we beat your sorry South Carolina team 41-30 ?


How badly did you stink it up in that game, then ?


Or, the vols' game ?


You didn't stink it up against the vols ?


Good Heavens !


5-7 and the vols beat your sorry South Carolina team.

gt13
gt13

@ThomasBrown UGA shouldn't even have beaten the vols, that was a really lucky game for you guys. 

cloudodust
cloudodust

Would like to see the experts put together a top ten list of possible College Football Upstarts, those that may possibly derail the expected. Kind of a tougher row to hoe to be that good I reckon.

dg41
dg41

Those bee teamers on this site sounds like a bunch of jealous wanna "bees"! Instead of talking up their team they continually try to talk down Georgia! It is true Georgia has not lived up to it's preseason predictions! Tech hasn't even smelled the charts in how long? The dawgs may have had the bad year, but beat YOU! Rambling wreck is a fitting name!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@dg41


I am with you on that dg41.  They say UGA underachieves compared to them when we went 8-5 beating their sorry 7-6 butts.


The theory ?


We have better team, better players, better coach, more money, more attendance, higher ranked all-time, win more bowl games, have twice as many ladies, are actually a more fun place for college kids, can step outside our rooms, have a better mascot, are closer to Georgie tek than Georgie tek is to # 1 Princeton or Harvard 24 rather than 35 places acting like # 36 is # 1 best school.


See ?


We are better than they since 1957 : them with only 1 conference championship, 0 Major Bowls won, and tied with # 34 Toledo in won/lost record - all since 1957.


While we are tied with Auburn # 9 since 1957 in won/lost record.


And, # 10 in wins all-time to Georgie tek only # 18.


Georgie tek on NCAA Probation again all 2014, in Football, which they've been almost the entire time Mark Richt has been our coach.


Mark Richt who they've beat once in 13 seasons.


Losing 8 of their current 9 bowl games, including to another SEC team, again.


We underachieved and they did great, you see ?


Me either.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Mark, no Miami or Va Tech or North Carolina !!!!   Congratulations on not biting on those annual media favorites.

At the same time,  no room for Central FL or TCU or Boise State or Fresno State or OK State ?   Two or more of these will be on this list at the end of the season.

At least you put a stake in the ground.  We would have nothing to talk about if we couldn't criticize someone else's preseason choices.  So , thanks. 

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@wreckmaniac


"We would have nothing to talk about if we couldn't criticize someone else's preseason choices."


Wrong.  All the rest of us are in here talking about our ranking.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

TheBuckeye:   I wondered how long you were going to be hospitalized following the Clemson loss.  You boys need to stay away from Clemson.  They got Saint Woody Hayes fired and bought Coach Meyer down to earth.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@wreckmaniac


"I wondered how long you were going to be hospitalized following the Clemson loss."


How long were you hospitalized following the UGA loss, 12 of 13 vs Mark Richt ?


Georgie tek doesn't even care about football with half your stadium blown up and removed and still only half full.  You beat us once in 13 seasons for our coach, go 7-6 losing your 8th bowl game of the current 9 for Georgie tek, and you are happy and do nothing to improve your team.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Mark, with Louisville's new hires, they will end the season ranked ahead of UGA.  Book it.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@wreckmaniac


Louisville beat no team ranked for the 2013 season, and lose 6 games 2014.


Nice fit there with the ACC bringing on Louisville, the # 161 best college.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

Come to think of it, has any UGA coach left UGA to accomplish anything ? 

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@GTBee


Based upon what ?


That you lost to us at your house to be 7-6 to our 8-5 ?


Or, just plain jealousy, with your best football player up and quitting your stinking sinking ship team.


Vad Lee just quits your team as your Starting QB, and you move Georgie tek into the Top 25 and UGA out, when Georgie tek has not beat a team ranked in the Top 25 that season last year or the year before that.


And, you call yourself smart ?

GTBee
GTBee

Must be a slow week Mark.  Aren't you tired of writing this article EVERY year?  The one where you place UGA real high in the rankings?  Year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@GTBee


You want Mark Bradley to put Georgie tek in the Top 25 preseason because Paul Fish Fry Johnson went 9-4 and 10-3 his 1st two seasons with Chan Gailey's recruits, and then once he got his own recruits # 52 recruiting average, only :


6-7

8-5

7-7

7-6


with a 1-5 Bowl record.


Then, your best football player Vad Lee just quit Paul Johnson.


For this, then, you want Mark Bradley to put Georgie tek into the Top 25 preseason.


And, you call yourself smart ?


Delbert_D
Delbert_D

The first 10 look okay. For the rest, put 15 cards in a stack, shuffle, and deal. Repeat 10 times, and figure the averages.

Stinger2
Stinger2

Good article Mark. You wrote about a perfect subject that was sure to entertain GTBob, Buckeye and POAD

along with a few of the Dawg fans.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Florida remains very talented on defense......and if Roper gets Driskel and the offense going and Summers has a positive impact on the OL....watch out for my Gators in 2014.  Auburn type comeback possible in THE SWAMP.  

POAD2013
POAD2013

39......single.............?


Is a PENN STATE issue in UGa's future?


POAD2013
POAD2013

UGa is the GREATEST JOB in the college football world...............

It has been since Herschel Walker....his sister and the the UGa backers paid for a Trans Am..chose UGa in 1979...but Name us 1...ONE...Any...UGa coach that has gone on to GREAT THINGS after being the UGa head coach! The BEST a UGa coach can hope for is to be a coach that isn't a HC.

Pruitt is smart....he used the MEDIA HYPE to leave FSU to get money at UGa and if he is SMART he will leave UGa on the media hype to a GOOD JOB.

The longer a coach stays at UGa the more his STOCK DROPS...FACT.


NAME a UGa coach that has gone on to better things HIGHER at his position.


jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@POAD2013 Off the top of my head, Kirby Smart was a grad assitant and the runnings back coach...he's done pretty well.  You seem fairly uneducated in this.  I'm sure you can Google our assistants and see where they are now.

cwwb2014
cwwb2014

@jarvis1975@POAD2013



Yes your most of your assistants serve me my food over at McDonalds.


The lucky ones help coach my sons pee wee league as I prepare him to play ball at a REAL football school down at FSU.


#Noles are back


jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@POAD2013 Tech is like going the deli at Walmart.  You know you're going to get crap, and you're never pleasantly surprised.

BMOC_
BMOC_

Some people just LOVE Ohio State & Notre Dame.  Nevermind the fact that Ohio State gets smoked everytime they play an SEC opponent & Notre Dame has only won 2 bowl games in the last 25 years & got run-over in last years' NC game.

GTBee
GTBee

@BMOC_ OSU and Urban Meyer are winners!  He is 24-2 in 2 yrs at OSU.  OSU could have easily won both games they lost to MSU and Clemson.  #3 is an appropriate ranking for them.  

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@BMOC_ Don't talk smoke unless you're talking dope in a dog dorm room.

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