Paul Zeise's preseason college football top 25

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1. Alabama

Nick Saban believes he has the best collection of skill players he has ever had with the Crimson Tide. Good luck, SEC.

2. Ohio State

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller will be the key. If he has a big year, watch out for the Buckeyes.

3. Stanford

NCAA Division I-A's best defense should carry the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl, if not further this season.

4. Clemson

The Tigers should light up scoreboards given all of their skill on offense; with a competent defense they could run the table.

5. Georgia

Quarterback Aaron Murray is one of the best in nation and the Bulldogs are loaded with young talent on defense.

6. Oregon

No Chip Kelly? No problem. New coach Mark Helfrich was the Ducks offensive coordinator and he is again loaded with talent.

7. Louisville

QB Teddy Bridgewater and an experienced defense are two reasons the Cardinals should run through the AAC and could go undefeated.

8. South Carolina

Some believe that the Gamecocks are the best team in the SEC, but a team with two QBs sometimes struggles to find consistency.

9. Oklahoma

The Sooners have a depth at skill positions but a new starter will be at QB. If Trevor Knight or Blake Bell can play, the Sooners can roll.

10. LSU

The Tigers lost a ton to graduation and early exits to the NFL, but they have an experienced quarterback. They will just reload.

11. Texas A&M

Even if Johnny Manziel plays, this team has some flaws on defense. And the distraction he created can't be good for team chemistry.

12. Florida

The Gators lost 13 starters from last year's team, but the defense should be strong and they should be able to grind out rushing yards.

13. Nebraska

The Cornhuskers under Bo Pelini are close to becoming an elite program again, especially on defense.

14. Notre Dame

The Irish have a lot of talent returning from last year's title game run, but Tommy Rees at QB? Really?

15. Michigan

The Wolverines have had a few good recruiting classes in a row but are likely a year away, despite the presence of QB Devin Gardner.

16. Texas

The Longhorns have 19 returning starters. That's a good thing, assuming the returning defensive players improve dramatically.

17. Florida State

The Seminoles have an experienced O-line, but rebuilding to do elsewhere. Jimbo Fisher has recruited well so talent isn't a problem.

18. Baylor

As usual, the Bears should have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. But will they ever be able to stop anybody?

19. Michigan State

This will be an old-school Big Ten team: great defense, a strong, experienced offensive line and a lot of 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

20. Boise State

The Broncos have only seven returning starters, but one of them, QB Joe Southwick, should be one of the nation's most prolific passers.

21. UCLA

The Bruins have a lot of skill returning on both sides of the ball, including maturing sophomore QB Brett Hundley.

22. TCU

The Horned Frogs proved last year they can compete in the Big 12. This year, they have enough talent to contend for the league title.

23. Northwestern

The Wildcats offense will again be a pain for opponents. They have a stable of versatile backs and two completely different QBs.

24. Miami

Al Golden seems to have done a good job of cleaning up a mess and laying the foundation for a successful program.

25. Southern California

The Trojans have the talent to be ranked higher, especially if their defensive scheme change helps. But Lane Kiffin? C'mon!

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