Five days, 25 teams: Part 5
Dooley's early college football rankings
Published: Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.
This is the final 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 has revealed five a day. Today, Nos. 1-5.
No. 5: Georgia
The good news: The Bulldogs return quarterback Aaron Murray, who needs to cut down on turnovers in big games, but certainly should provide plenty of big plays.
The bad news: Coach Mark Richt lost a lot on defense and an opening game with Clemson could get the Dawgs off to a bad start.
No. 4: Clemson
The good news: Quarterback Tajh Boyd has a legitimate shot at a Heisman Trophy, especially if wide receiver Sammy Watkins plays like a first-rounder.
The bad news: The Tigers' defense has a penchant for giving up big plays, ranking 110th in the nation last year in allowing plays of 30 or more yards.
No. 3: Stanford
The good news: OK, raise your hand if you thought the Cardinal would slide when coach Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL? Didn't happen because David Shaw can coach.
The bad news: This team lacks an elite running back and perimeter playmakers. The defense may have to keep the Cardinal in games.
No. 2: Ohio State
The good news: Coach Urban Meyer is in his second year and we know about Meyer's second seasons. It helps that the schedule is amazingly soft.
The bad news: This was a team that won a lot of close games against mediocre teams last year. The Buckeyes will need to take a step up if they are going to play for it all.
No. 1: Alabama
The good news: Quarterback AJ McCarron is underrated but not undervalued. He makes the big plays when Alabama needs them and has plenty of weapons.
The bad news: Coach Nick Saban is great at dealing with distractions, but there are going to be more than ever as the Tide goes for a three-peat.