Five days, 25 teams: Part 4
Dooley's early college football rankings
Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.
This is the fourth in a five-part series with an eye on the 2013 college football season. Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley has picked his preseason Top 25 and will reveal five a day. Today, Nos. 6-10.
No. 10: LSU
The good news: Do they grow defensive studs in the bayou? It seems like coach Les Miles is able to develop defensive players as well as anyone.
The bad news: There is no time for this young team to wade into the season. The schedule is brutal. There's a reason Miles has been complaining about it.
No. 9: South Carolina
The good news: The Gamecocks have Jadeveon Clowney, which is all you need to know. They also have a pretty good head ball coach.
The bad news: Coach Steve Spurrier plans to play both quarterbacks and you never know how that's going to go.
No. 8: Oregon
The good news: The Ducks got their NCAA mess behind them with a slap on the wrist so there will be no distraction during the season.
The bad news: The first time Oregon goes three-and-out, the fans will be questioning new coach Mark Helfrich.
No. 7: Oklahoma
The good news: Bob Stoops is entering his 15th year as the Sooners' head coach so there is nothing that is going to surprise him.
The bad news: Stoops has to replace Landry Jones at quarterback, but more importantly, he has to find his mojo. The Sooners have gone two straight seasons without a BCS bowl and were destroyed by Texas A&M to end last season.
No. 6 Louisville
The good news: Coach Charlie Strong has plenty of talent returning and an influx of new players, including UF transfers Gerald Christian and Robert Clark. He also has an incredibly easy schedule.
The bad news: Louisville is playing with new expectations after last year's surprising season. That can be difficult to handle for some teams.