Oklahoma State seems to be getting much respect and we'll find out if they are for real or not on September 5th when Georgia (#14) rolls into Stillwater. Show me a defense against a weak Georgia offense and I'll start buying in. Virginia Tech looks like they'll be our first crack at a Top 10 team next season which I think is a win-win for us. If our defensive backs and passing game show up in Blacksburg, I believe we have a real chance for that game to catapult us much higher in the rankings. Kansas can't seem to get any love from the pollsters despite returning 18 starters. The Florida Gators are already out of the gate fast and were #1 in all but 2 of the polls. And for that, we congratulate you.
For a great Big 12 projection and team overview, check out Lee Barfknecht's Big 12 spring preview by clicking here.
And since we are talking about the 2009 preseason, let's talk about the 2009 postseason. Scout/Fox Sports has released their 2009 bowl projections. Click on the link to view them all and here is where they have Nebraska:
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Dec. 30 / 8 p.m. ET San Diego, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2
Way Too Early Projection: Nebraska vs. Oregon
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) California, 2) Oklahoma State, 3) Oklahoma, 4) Texas, 5) Arizona State
#3 in the Big 12 huh? I'll be happy with that, I guess. And what the hell, since it's apparently never too early to preview games, I like this match-up with Oregon. Not only did the Ducks lose Jeremiah Johnson and their top two receivers, but their defense returns corner Jairus Byrd Jr. and that's it for star power. ESPN has the Ducks at #12 but early games @ Boise State and at home vs. Purdue will dictate how their season goes as USC comes to Eugene in October. Nonetheless, I'm sure the Ducks are expecting bigger things than the Holiday Bowl.