Tweet this! #Top50 includes FSU, UGA, Tech and … Kiffin?
Another national title for Jimbo? (AP file photo)
These ratings differ from our norm. For one thing, this is a Top 50, not a Top 25. For another, we’ve done these Twitter-style, which means: No more than 140 characters per team. Which means: For the sake of character count, we’ve flouted #NewspaperStyle a time or two. But #BrevityIsTheSoulOfWit, as I believe @AmosAlonzoStagg once said. And away we go:
1. Florida State
If you can win @theACC Atlantic, recent history proves you can win @CFBplayoff. Here’s next division/national champ — @FSU_Football.
Sans @Lane_Kiffin, Tide simplifies offense, meaning more #PowerRunning. But will @Tuaamann_ create #QBcontroversy for @AlabamaFTBL?
3. Ohio State
Crushing loss to @ClemsonFB was unlike @OSUCoachMeyer. @OhioStateFB will win nothing of consequence if @JT_theQB4th can’t complete a pass.
@USC_Athletics won nine straight to close last season. Hype for Sam Darnold, who doesn’t have @Twitter account, is off the charts.
@pac12 title game will match UW_Football vs. @USC_Athletics. They don’t meet in regular season, which is why both are ranked this high.
@OU_CoachStoops coaches @OU_Football no more. Job belongs to @LincolnRiley, who’s 33, but who still has QB @baker_mayfield6.
7. Penn State
@PennStateFBall shook @bigten by stunning @OhioStateFB and reaching @rosebowlgame. Is there a follow-through for @coachjfranklin?
@deshaunwatson was best player in @ClemsonFB annals. No way he’s not missed. But Dabo (#NoTwitter) Swinney has built his program to last.
9. Oklahoma State
@CoachGundy is 50, meaning he’s not just a #MAN but a middle-aged one. There’s opportunity here for @CowboyFB to win @Big12Conference.
@GatorsFB has won @SEC East twice in a row but still wasn’t picked as division favorite at #SECMD17. #NoRespect for @CoachMcElwain!
Talk about your #BunnySchedule. @BadgerFootball doesn’t play @OhioStateFB or @PennStateFBall, gets @UMichFootball at home.
Is @Jarrett_Stidham the next @CameronNewton? No, but the @BUFootball transfer could lift @AuburnFootball and save @CoachGusMalzahn’s job.
Lest we forget, @Lj_era8 won @HeismanTrophy. He’s back. So’s @CoachPetrinoUL. Did we mention that @theACC Atlantic is wicked?
Minus @run_cmc, @StanfordFball will have need alternative
facts ways to #MoveTheBall. But @KellerChryst and @Blovee_20 seem capable.
@CoachJim4UM is undefeated on @Twitter, but he hasn’t won @bigten and won’t this time. Which isn’t to say @UMichFootball won’t be good.
Another strong #SigningDay for @FootballUGA and @KirbySmartUGA. But does @JimChaneyUGA know what to do with @skinnyqb10?
Year 2 for @MarkRicht and his @CanesFootball program will commence without @Kaaya323. But @MarkRicht did OK in Year 2 with @FootballUGA.
There are those who believe @LSUfootball can win @SEC West. We @Twitter folks call that #FAKENEWS @Coach_EdOrgeron is not a head coach.
@CoachTomHerman gets his #BigStage, there being not much bigger than @TexasFootball. @UHCougarFB shares a state, but it’s a #DifferentWorld
20. South Florida
@CoachStrong_USF works here, having been dumped by @TexasFootball. What you mightn’t know is that @USFFootball is coming off an 11-2 season.
21. Kansas State
@CoachBillSnyder is 77 and recovering from throat cancer. He and @KStateFootball have outside shot at winning in-flux @Big12Conference.
22. West Virginia
As does @WVUfootball. @willgrier_ will be the QB, having transferred from @GatorsFB. Maybe he’ll be better under @Holgorsendana
23. Western Kentucky
@WKUFootball has real chance to go unbeaten and make #NewYearsSix run. #Power5 opponents are @IlliniFootball and @VandyFootball.
24. Boise State
As long as @MarkBradleyAJC is doing these rankings, @BroncoSportsFB makes the #Top25. Last year was a down year — at 10-3. #Isaynomore.
25. Washington State
Speaking of @BroncoSportsFB, it plays @wsucougfb in Pullman on Sept. 9. #BigGame. Be advised that @Coach_Leach will #SwingHisSword.
Could be this year’s @WMU_Football, which went unbeaten in regular season and left @ToledoFB in 2nd place in @MACSports West.
@Utah_Football lost 4 games by a total of 19 points last. This year brings a rough schedule, with road dates @USC_Athletics and UW_Football.
28. Georgia Tech
@GeorgiaTechFB drops seven spots in these rankings w/o @MillsDedrick. @GTPaulJohnson still gets chance to stick it to @SEC on #LaborDay
@NavyFB had designs on #NewYearsSix bowl. That ended with loss in @American_FB title tilt. This year could be better. #AnchorsAweigh
30. Appalachian State
Before @FootballUGA heads to @NDFootball, there’s @AppState_FB, which went 10-3 and nearly beat @Vol_Football last year. #ReallyScaryOpener
Really want to put @BYUFootball higher. Went 9-4 with losses by a total of 8 points. Schedule, alas, includes 4 games vs. #Power5 teams.
Not long ago, @TCUFootball seemed the class of @Big12Conference. It went 6-7 last year. @TCUCoachP is too clever to let that continue.
33. Virginia Tech
It was a heady first season for @CoachFuente with @HokiesFB. @theACC Coastal title will be tough to repeat without QB @rodfor6_, though.
34. North Carolina State
What’s prize for finishing fourth in @theACC Atlantic? A bid to @belkbowl? Were @PackFootball based in Coastal, it might finish first.
35. Notre Dame
@NDFootball lost eight games last season. Apparently none of it was the fault of @CoachBrianKelly, who might soon be ex-@CoachBrianKelly.
@HawkeyeFootball schedule has become #nationaljoke. With @OhioStateFB aboard, it’s slightly tougher. Could finish 2nd in @bigten West.
So could @NUFBFamily, which doesn’t face @OhioStateFB. @coachfitz51 has led program to 37-26 record over past five seasons. #PurplePower
Minus @CoachTomHerman, @UHCougarFB could #breakbad. But @CoachApplewhite seems an OK hire, and @KyleAllen_10, ex-@AggieFootball, is the QB.
39. Texas A&M
Still seeking next @JManziel2. Still wondering if @CoachSumlin is the guy. Since 2012, @AggieFootball 12-15 in @SEC play. #betterdobetter
40. San Diego State
@Aztec_Football is coming off consecutive 11-3 seasons. Schedule’s tougher, with September games against @FootballASU and @StanfordFball
That the breakthrough hasn’t happened for @UTCoachJones indicates it probably won’t. No matter, though. @Vol_Football = #ChampionsOfLife
@oregonfootball played for first @CFBplayoff title. Three years later, it has a new man in @CoachTaggart, who did well @USFFootball.
As @AtlantaFalcons know, first days of @UCLAJimMora are fine. Record over 1st 3 years @UCLAFootball: 29-11. Record over past 2: 12-13.
@BretBielema’s overall record @RazorbackFB: 25-26. His @SEC record: 10-22. It just hasn’t worked. It better work this year. #HotSeatAlert
45. Louisiana Tech
Under @CoachHoltz, son of @ESPNDrLou, @LATechFB nearly beat @RazorbackFB last. It gets a shot @HailStateFB and @GamecockFB this time.
If it’s going to happen for @UKCoachStoops, this is the time. @UKFootball went 7-6 last year. Of its 4 toughest games this season, 3 are @KrogerField.
@HuskerFBNation lost 4 of final 6 to finish 9-4 for 4th time in the 6 years since joining @bigten. #slouchingtowardirrelevance
@CoachMikeMac, once a DB @GeorgiaTechFB, won 10 games his first three seasons @RunRalpieRun. He won 10 last season. #wasitafluke
49. North Dakota State
Yes, @NDSUfootball is an FCS program. It’s also THE FCS program. Its title game loss to @JMUFootball snapped run of five national crowns.
50. Florida Atlantic
#WhyTheHeckNot. @Lane_Kiffin now coaches @FAU_Football. He’ll either win big and make us all mad or get fired on the tarmac at FLL.