Scout College Football Top 30- Preseason

Scout College Football Top 30- Preseason

The top 30 teams in college football in the preseason poll by Scout.com...

 #1 Florida State Seminoles
2013 Record: (14-0)Pts.: 5982013 Rk.: #1Trend: --
What will Famous Jameis do for an encore? He won a national title and a Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman. Repeating at one, if not both, is certainly possible.
Next Opponent: Oklahoma State
 #2 Alabama Crimson Tide
2013 Record: (11-2)Pts.: 5492013 Rk.: #7Trend: 5
One of the wildest endings in college football history kept the Tide from a chance at a third straight national championship. Something tells us Nick Saban hasn't forgotten that.
Next Opponent: West Virginia
 #3 Oregon Ducks
2013 Record: (11-2)Pts.: 5482013 Rk.: #9Trend: 6
Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu returned for one more shot at the national title, turning down likely first round selections to deliver an elusive crown to Eugene.
Next Opponent: South Dakota
 #4 Oklahoma Sooners
2013 Record: (11-2)Pts.: 5312013 Rk.: #17Trend: 13
Big Game Bob and the Sooners knocked off Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year and are a trendy pick to be playing for much, much more this year.
Next Opponent: Louisiana Tech
 #5 Auburn Tigers
2013 Record: (12-2)Pts.: 4972013 Rk.: #2Trend: 3
The Tigers had everything go right for them a year ago, but now Gus Malzahn has a year under his belt on the Plains and a team that still believes it can win every game.
Next Opponent: Arkansas
 #6 Ohio State Buckeyes
2013 Record: (12-2)Pts.: 4972013 Rk.: #12Trend: 6
Salty after losing their last two games, the first two losses under Urban Meyer at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are playing to erase those wounds and win a title in year three.
Next Opponent: Navy
 #7 UCLA Bruins
2013 Record: (10-3)Pts.: 4822013 Rk.: #16Trend: 9
Jim Mora has built the UCLA program in his image in just two short years, but now they're not settling for good- they have their eyes on bigger things than just 10 wins.
Next Opponent: Virginia
 #8 Michigan State Spartans
2013 Record: (13-1)Pts.: 4652013 Rk.: #3Trend: 5
Black, blue and green. That's how the Spartans left their opponents last year. After beating Ohio State and Stanford in their last two games, are people finally ready to give them the respect they've earned?
Next Opponent: Jacksonville State
 #9 South Carolina Gamecocks
2013 Record: (11-2)Pts.: 4472013 Rk.: #4Trend: 5
No more Jadeveon Clowney, but still plenty of the Ol' Ball Coach. That in itself gives the Gamecocks all the reason to think they can continue their success.
Next Opponent: Texas A&M
 #10 Baylor Bears
2013 Record: (11-2)Pts.: 4182013 Rk.: #13Trend: 3
Despite their loss in the Fiesta Bowl, it is Baylor, not Texas A&M, that is the hottest program in the Lone Star State and Art Briles isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Next Opponent: SMU
 #11 Stanford Cardinal
2013 Record: (11-3)Pts.: 4092013 Rk.: #11Trend: --
They've suffered a slew of graduation losses on defense, but after not skipping a beat when Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck left town, why start questioning the Cardinal now?
Next Opponent: UC Davis
 #12 Georgia Bulldogs
2013 Record: (8-5)Pts.: 3672013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
The opposite of Auburn, Georgia had just about everything go wrong that could last year, with their entire backfield getting the injury bug. But Todd Gurley is back and ready to rebound.
Next Opponent: Clemson
 #13 LSU Tigers
2013 Record: (10-3)Pts.: 3522013 Rk.: #14Trend: 1
Les Miles has had more players leave early for the NFL Draft than anyone in the SEC. Even John Calipari thinks he's losing a ton of guys early. But LSU keeps winning.
Next Opponent: Wisconsin
 #t14 USC Trojans
2013 Record: (10-4)Pts.: 3042013 Rk.: #19Trend: 5
Steve Sarkisian is in as head coach, the circus that was last year is out. Marqise Lee is gone, but Nelson Agholor is the next start receiver in Troy.
Next Opponent: Fresno State
 #t14 Wisconsin Badgers
2013 Record: (9-4)Pts.: 3042013 Rk.: #22Trend: 7
Melvin Gordon continues the Badgers' hold on 'best running back you never heard of until he ran for a billion yards this season.'
Next Opponent: LSU
 #16 Clemson Tigers
2013 Record: (11-2)Pts.: 3032013 Rk.: #8Trend: 8
So much offense graduates but Dabo Swinney has the program chugging along with more talent then they've ever had, and that should help their rebuilding year.
Next Opponent: Georgia
 #17 Mississippi Rebels
2013 Record: (8-5)Pts.: 2532013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
Hugh Freeze and the Rebels are ready for that next step that many SEC teams have taken but Ole Miss has had to watch. The team is in place for them to make the jump.
Next Opponent: Boise State
 #18 Arizona State Sun Devils
2013 Record: (10-4)Pts.: 2252013 Rk.: #21Trend: 3
The Sun Devils said goodbye to several key defensive players, including all-American Will Sutton, but Taylor Kelly leads an underrated offense.
Next Opponent: Weber State
 #19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2013 Record: (9-4)Pts.: 2062013 Rk.: #20Trend: 1
There was no fairy-tale season in South Bend last year, but with Everett Golson back with the Irish, they're hoping their offense isn't a nightmare this season.
Next Opponent: Rice
 #20 Kansas State Wildcats
2013 Record: (8-5)Pts.: 1752013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
By now, the average college football fan has learned to never, ever, doubt Bill Snyder. Never.
Next Opponent: Stephen F. Austin
 #21 Missouri Tigers
2013 Record: (12-2)Pts.: 1442013 Rk.: #5Trend: 16
The Tigers surprised everyone with their 2013 season, which had them playing for the SEC title. A return to Atlanta is unlikely but a return to a bowl game is.
Next Opponent: South Dakota State
 #22 Washington Huskies
2013 Record: (9-4)Pts.: 1382013 Rk.: #25Trend: 3
We finally get to see what Chris Petersen can do if he ever left Boise State. The Huskies lost a ton on offense, but a good defense, with a new staff, could keep the momentum going.
Next Opponent: Hawaii
 #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers
2013 Record: (9-4)Pts.: 1342013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
Could "The Cat" be the key for the Huskers this year? Bo Pelini thinks it might.
Next Opponent: Florida Atlantic
 #24 Texas A&M Aggies
2013 Record: (9-4)Pts.: 1322013 Rk.: #18Trend: 6
A certain quarterback is gone from College Station which means the spotlight could be too. That makes it easier for Kevin Sumlin and Kenny Hill.
Next Opponent: South Carolina
 #25 Florida Gators
2013 Record: (4-8)Pts.: 1172013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
Rock bottom would have been optimal for the Gators, who season may have been even worse than that. The Gators can't be that bad again, and should rebound in a big way.
Next Opponent: Idaho
 #26 North Carolina Tar Heels
2013 Record: (7-6)Pts.: 1102013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
Larry Fedora has his best team in Chapel Hill and the Heels are looking to reach the ACC title game for the first time.
Next Opponent: Liberty
 #27 Texas Longhorns
2013 Record: (8-5)Pts.: 1052013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
Charlie Strong takes over in Austin, the first time since 1997 that Mack Brown wasn't the Longhorns' head coach, and his job is simple: Win and retake the state.
Next Opponent: North Texas
 #28 Oklahoma State Cowboys
2013 Record: (10-3)Pts.: 822013 Rk.: #17Trend: 11
Can the Cowboys bring the Seminoles down to earth right off the bat? Win in Dallas and that could change the complexion of the whole season.
Next Opponent: Florida State
 #29 Louisville Cardinals
2013 Record: (12-1)Pts.: 652013 Rk.: #15Trend: 14
No Teddy, no Charlie but now, Bobby. A busy offseason for the Cardinals has them coming full circle with Petrino back in charge.
Next Opponent: Miami (Fla.)
 #30 Mississippi State Bulldogs
2013 Record: (7-6)Pts.: 652013 Rk.: #NRTrend: NEW
Ended the season with a win in the Egg Bowl and the Liberty Bowl and try to carry that momentum in 2014.
Next Opponent: Southern Miss

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
Iowa 49, Duke 34, UCF 33, Miami 27, TCU 26, Penn State 22, Michigan 18, Texas Tech 17, Marshall 15, Arizona 7, Boise State 5, East Carolina 5, Cincinnati 4, Vanderbilt 4, Fresno State 3, Northwestern 3, Maryland 2, Virginia Tech 2, BYU 1, Syracuse 1

VOTERS
The Scout Top 30 College Football Poll is voted on by 20 publishers, writers and analysts from the Scout network.  Voters include: Ben Love (@BenLoveTSD), Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo), Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Brian Dohn (@BrianDohnScout), Casey Cosgrove (@caseycosgrove), Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD), Chris Fetters (@Chris_Fetters), Dan Weber (@dweber3440), Dean Legge (@Dawg_Post), Jamie Newberg (@JamieNewberg), Jarret Johnson (@JohnsonJarret), Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason), Jody Demling (@jdemling), John Garcia (@JohnGarcia_Jr), Josh Harvey (@JoshHarveyScout), Mark Rea (@MReaBSB), Mike MacAllister (@McAllisterScout), Ryan Gorcey (@rgbearterritory), Scott Kennedy (@ScoutKennedy) and Tim O'Malley (@timomalleyND‎).

VOTES
The votes were tallied with 30 points for No. 1, 29 for No. 2, 28 for No. 3, etc.

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