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ESPN: First 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25

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43 minutes ago, Redux said:

So which of those 25 teams have?  Considering it's a ball park guess on what teams are worthy and all you can base it off is the previous seasons results, what they return and who they play....yeah I'd say we are as deserving as the next team.

 

 

It's also, imo, a guess at how good the teams will be. It's basically a prediction for where they think the teams will be at the end of the year. Clemson and Alabama haven't "earned" it either, seeing as they haven't played any games. They're just the easiest teams to make predictions for. There are teams every year that sucked or were mediocre the year before that end up ranked.

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It's an arbitrary shot in the dark 4 months before the season actually starts that holds zero merit on anything that will actually happen during week 1.  By week 2, the pre season poll from May will be a fart in the wind.  Every year someone gets worked up that we aren't high enough or that we are too high and haven't earned it.  It's even dumber when you consider that the only pre season poll that actually may matter are the ones that come out right before the season, even then they are mostly just a way to push the idea specific teams are better than they are so that when they play the favorites and lose it will look like some sort of achievement.

 

Talk to me in week 6 about top 25 rankings, until then I'll enjoy the love the talking heads toss our way, even if we haven't "earned" it.

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On 4/29/2019 at 6:04 PM, Scarlet Overkill said:

 

 

 

BTN posted this info on their Instagram: 

 

Lots of salty Squawkeye fans

 

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I think it's really easy to believe Nebraska doesn't belong in these types of listings, and I'd be inclined to agree even if it is a preseason list, but we also have to keep in mind that other teams are also going through roster turnover, too. Other teams have big questions and concerns like Nebraska does. In fact, there are very few teams in the country with enough depth and talent to remain consistently good year over year. I'm often guilty of focusing too much on Nebraska's weaknesses over the weaknesses of other teams.

 

The season will obviously answer those questions. Admittedly, I don't have a solid gauge of other college football teams save a select few, but it stands to reason that some teams on that list might end up having bad seasons, and there may be an unlisted team that wins 11 games in 2019.

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After back-to-back 4-8 seasons I have a hard time seeing how they warrant a top 20 rating this year. Especially considering the lack of a standout RB, depth at WR and a questionable OL. Plus the defense is a concern overall IMHO with some big holes in the back 8. I'll be happy if they can pull off a 7-5 season and just get to a bowl.

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19 minutes ago, Dogs In A Pile said:

After back-to-back 4-8 seasons I have a hard time seeing how they warrant a top 20 rating

 

On 4/30/2019 at 5:12 PM, Redux said:

It's an arbitrary shot in the dark 4 months before the season actually starts that holds zero merit on anything that will actually happen during week 1.  By week 2, the pre season poll from May will be a fart in the wind.  Every year someone gets worked up that we aren't high enough or that we are too high and haven't earned it.  It's even dumber when you consider that the only pre season poll that actually may matter are the ones that come out right before the season, even then they are mostly just a way to push the idea specific teams are better than they are so that when they play the favorites and lose it will look like some sort of achievement.

 

Talk to me in week 6 about top 25 rankings, until then I'll enjoy the love the talking heads toss our way, even if we haven't "earned" it.

 

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I'm obviously biased but I don't see why someone would look at Iowa, Ohio State, and Nebraska and not think Nebraska will improve the most this season. And we almost beat both of those teams.

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I can't believe how near and dear some people hold these arbitrary rankings...

(Edit- and a freaking Bo 9 win reference...outstanding!)

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13 minutes ago, commando said:

i assume this is why we call it the way too early top 25 ranking

 

Woah Nelly, hold on there bud with that logical thinkin stuff!

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This seems way too high for a consecutive 4-8 team even if they seem like they are on the upswing.  I would have preferred to be ranked outside the top 25 and earn our way into it.  Regardless, is it September yet?  Go Big Red!!

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