Bob's early Top 10 for 2013

With the 2012 season in the books, here is college football beat writer Bob Asmussen’s extremely early look at the 2013 season:

1. Ohio State
Urban Meyer went undefeated without a bowl-game carrot. So, how good will the motivated Buckeyes be? Braxton Miller is part of the early Heisman conversation.

2. Oregon
Smart move by Chip Kelly to stay in college, which shows he learned from John Blutarsky. Marcus Mariota is a good starting point.

3. Texas A&M
Speaking of starting points, did you see Johnny Manziel in the Cotton Bowl? Better than in the regular season. We trust Kevin Sumlin will fill in the holes on the offensive line.

4. Alabama
A.J. McCarron will make a serious run at the Heisman Trophy, though he is going to miss Barrett Jones. Something tells us Nick Saban has continued recruiting.

5. Florida
Some in Gatorland are freaked out after the loss to Louisville. Instead, Will Muschamp will use it for spring and summer reminders that they aren’t back yet.

6. South Carolina
While you were reading this, Jadeveon Clowney was sacking your family. Play like he did against Michigan and Clowney is the favorite for the 2013 Heisman.

7. Stanford
Turns out that David Shaw and the Cardinal can win without quarterback Andrew Luck. Shaw wants his team to be the Alabama of the West. He’s getting there.

8. Georgia
Aaron Murray’s decision to stay isn’t as good as if Jarvis Jones decided to come back. But the guy did just throw five TD passes in a bowl game.

9. Notre Dame
The Irish are going to miss Manti Te’o in a big way. But like Saban at Alabama, Brian Kelly has been piling up players in South Bend.

10. Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater showed his stuff in New Orleans. Just wait until he gets fully healthy. Great for the Cardinals that coach Charlie Strong decided to stay put.
 

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JimOATSfan wrote on January 08, 2013 at 5:01 am

In addition to the Bill Cubit as new OC statements by espn, sb nation has this interesting post: http://www.thechampaignroom.com/2013/1/6/3842464/illinois-offensive-coor....

I read a comment at the bottom of the above post, that the Rochester HS head coach Derek Leonard is coming to the Illini too. Wes Lunt (Illinois POY 2011) played for him, among other qb's in Div1 ball.  His offenses sound like what Coach Beckman was championing last summer. (http://www.sj-r.com/sports/x1783175095/Fast-paced-Rochester-offense-has-...).

These two hires could be very interesting for the Illini. Hope they bring offensive lineman and swift receivers too. Cheers!

Moonpie wrote on January 08, 2013 at 11:01 am

Clearly ND was overrated this year. Just another top 20 program living off a dated reputation made harder to stomach with their unjustfied sense of entitlement.

Piemoon wrote on January 09, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Your internet access gives you an unjustified sense of importance.

bigteddy10 wrote on January 08, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Well apparently you didn't learn your lesson from last season, if I'm correct you picked Michigan #1 and they were dismantled in week 1 by Alabama. The SEC is by far the top conference and Alabama has shown that you have to beat the man to be the man. No knock on Ohio State but even if they were able to go to a bowl game they would've beaten just as bad as Notre Dame did last night. This is the making of a dynasty for Saban, so your poll is totally off. Here's how it should look:

1. Alabama

2. Texas A.M.

3. Oregon

4. Ohio State

5. Georgia

6. Stanford

7. Notre Dame

8. Clemson

9. South Carolina

10. Louisville

STUMPWALSH wrote on January 09, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Bob, Please contact me before you predict, so I can remind you that real football is played down SOUTH.  Surprise team for 2013 The Ole Miss Rebels.  But you have to keep the Champ on top and follow that up with the one team which beat them.  Roll Tide Roll.

 

Stumpwalsh, Tupelo,MS,   Birthplace of Elvis Happy Birthday King

CecilColeman wrote on January 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Ohhh boy - A coach and big time linemen and QB's from 2A-3A Rochester. Just what we need - studs who's competition in Central Illinos rivals SEC junior high teams.