As a staff we agreed that we had always wanted to be a voter in one of college football's major polls. Because of this, we devised a plan to make all of our childish dreams come true - including yours. Last week we rolled out the CRFF and Friends Top 25 Preseason Poll where you, the readers, could vote alongside us as we ranked the nation.
Now of course, there were a few bizarre votes along the way. Let's take a look at a few.
- Wake Forest, Cincy and Ohio all received votes for the No. 2 spot.
- Air Force received a vote for No. 3
- Army received votes at No. 12 and No. 19
- Navy received one vote for No. 1
Don't get me wrong, I am all for supporting the troops but let's take a step back here, folks. Which one of you picked Navy as the best team in the country? Do you know something that we don't?
In all seriousness, the poll turned out pretty similar to the AP Poll but there were a few discrepancies along the way. Let's get started, shall we?
No. 25 - Missouri Tigers
No. 24 - Tennessee Volunteers
No. 23 - Arizona Wildcats
No. 22 - Oklahoma State Cowboys
No. 21 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
No. 20 - Stanford Cardinal
I think this is a good group that has a lot of the same teams as the AP Poll did including Stanford, Arizona, Mizzou and Tennessee. Boise State, No. 23 in the AP Poll would be 27th in our poll as you all didn't have as much love for the boys from Idaho. The last big shock from this group of teams was Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 16th in the AP Poll but 21st in ours. You all were generous to your Cowboys and placed them at No. 22 in the country which is the highest their rated in any poll in the nation.
No. 19 - Oklahoma Sooners
No. 18 - Arkansas Razorbacks
No. 17 - Arizona State Sun Devils
No. 16 - Ole Miss Rebels
No. 15 - Wisconsin Badgers
You all have a lot of love for the Badgers of Wisconsin as the Big 10 power were placed at No. 20 in the AP Poll but moved into the top 15 here. A lot of people are screaming that Arizona State is a legitimate competitor for the College Football Playoff but the Sun Devils will have the fight their way through a brutal Pac-12 schedule. OU, Ole Miss and Arkansas are also in this slot and could all compete for their conference titles with a little bit of luck along the way.
No. 14 - UCLA Bruins
No. 13 - LSU TIgers
No. 12 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
No. 11 - Clemson Tigers
We are so close to the top 10 teams in the country and to be honest, any of these squads could find themselves in the next tier of teams at any point in the season. UCLA is one of the best teams in the country and they'll show that throughout the season as they're expected to pummel teams most of the year. After a few "down years" that featured two three loss teams and then five losses last season, the LSU Tigers are back and they're going to compete for the SEC Championship. The Fighting Irish will look to bounce back from two poor seasons and they should have the tools to do just that. Clemson has been turned into an ACC powerhouse as Dabo Swinney has turned the program around and they'll have a legitimate shot to take the ACC crown.
No. 10 - Florida State Seminoles
No. 9 - Georgia Bulldogs
No. 8 - USC Trojans
No. 7 - Baylor Bears
No. 6 - Auburn Tigers
The bottom half of the top 10 has five different teams that none of us would be shocked to see in the CFB Playoff come January. Florida State, for the first time in a few years, will be without Jameis Winston and they'll look to former Notre Dame star, Everett Golson to lead them to victory. Baylor will be without Bryce Petty and their focus will turn to Seth Russell to lead their team. This slot of teams is full of unanswered questions but if those questions get answered then look for these teams to be in the mix at the end of the season.
No. 5 - Oregon Ducks
No. 4 - Michigan State Spartans
These two teams are two of the best in the country and could just as easily be ranked at No. 1 or No. 2 as they could here at No. 5 and No. 6. Oregon will be the fastest team on turf and Michigan State will continue to beat you up for four quarters and then win the game 10-7.
No. 3. - Alabama Crimson Tide (2)
No. 2 - TCU Horned Frogs (3)
No. 1 - Ohio State Buckeyes (155)
Is anyone really surprised here? The CRFF poll matched up exactly with the AP Poll has these are the consensus top three teams in the country. Ohio State, in the AP Poll, was the first unanimous No. 1 ever. The Buckeyes basically return every single player on both sides of the ball and have two Heisman candidates. TCU is the cream of the crop in the Big 12 as they're led by superstar quarterback, Trevone Boykin. TCU will be the toughest team to beat week in and week out. Alabama is great again - for the 93rd year in a row. Despite their questions at quarterback the Tide are ranked high again and rightfully so as their front seven is full of absolute studs.
That's our first ever CRFF and Friends Top 25 poll. Thanks to all those who voted and we will open the poll for next week on Sunday morning.