Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 May 2011

SI: Why Alabama, Not Oklahoma, Should Be Preseason No. 1

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel stakes a claim for a different No. 1 team this fall and uses Football Outsiders data as backup.

Posted by: Bill Connelly on 25 May 2011

4 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2011, 11:30pm by Arrow


by Hank Hardy Unruh (not verified) :: Wed, 05/25/2011 - 6:05pm

Preseason polls would be incredibly irrelevant if they weren't so unfortunately relevant.

by Will :: Wed, 05/25/2011 - 8:25pm

Agreed, I hate how voters are so afraid to change their preseason rankings.


by JonFrum :: Thu, 05/26/2011 - 8:54pm

This would be one of those 'what kind of a moron' exercises - if they didn't cite FO. But they did, so...

by Arrow (not verified) :: Sat, 06/11/2011 - 11:30pm

A look into the facts. Alabama is loaded and returns one of the Nations most complete teams intact. You say BAMA lost Greg McElroy. Big Deal the two QB's who replace Greg are better Athletes and have a good understanding of the offense. The two (McCarron and Simms) have better arm strenght and run better than Greg. Game Management with better talented QB's. A plus for Alabama. Alabama lost its Heisman Running Back in Mark Ingram. Big Deal. Trent Richarson is the best RB in the Nation and and better than Ingram. Trent's backup is Eddie Lacy a freak. He is 6'1" 228 lbs of man who runs a 4.39 40. He can out run you or run over you. Alabama has the most powerful RB in the Nation. The Offensive Line is the best in the Nation. The defensive line is in the Top 5 of any college. The LB's an DB's have no equal in college football. If Alabama shows up every game they will Play Oklahoma or Oregon in the National Title game. No team in college football has anything close to talent and coaching as does Alabama. For the BAMA haters it will be a long year. As far as Auburn is concerned they will be lucky to finish 6-6 with on 6 starters returning.