New LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is in his first year overseeing the Tigers, who check in at No. 11 in David Briggs' preseason rankings. ASSOCIATED PRESS
With our stab-in-the-dark vote in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll due next week, it is time to get cracking.
We’ll count down our top 10 teams in the coming days, but first, here’s the best of the rest:
14. Oklahoma State
20. South Florida
21. Kansas State
22. Washington State
24. West Virginia
A quick note: Remember, the highest-ranked Group of Five team earns an automatic bid to a marquee New Year’s Six bowl game. Can the Mid-American Conference crash the party for the second straight season?
We say Charlie Strong’s South Florida Bulls of the American Athletic Conference are the slight favorite. But a year after Western Michigan earned the nod, don’t count out the local guys. The lack of a clear frontrunner in the non-power leagues bodes well for a University of Toledo team from which big things are expected. The Rockets can make some serious Group of Five noise — not to mention crack this poll — with an upset at Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 23.