|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on NCAAFThe Top 10 teams in NCAA football are all going to go after spots in the big four-team playoff that the NCAA is establishing starting this year. This will certainly create more of interest in the postseason but only the best teams are actually going to be picked for it. Here's a look at the top ten teams according to the Associated Press.
The Baylor Bears are going to start playing this year on a new on-campus stadium. The team's non-conference schedule is not too exciting but matches with Kansas State and Oklahoma this year will be enticing.
#9 South Carolina
The departures of Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw are not expected to hurt the Gamecocks too much. Dylan Thompson will be the new quarterback and while he has good stats, they have been in blowout situations for the most part.
#8 Michigan State
Connor Cook is back at quarterback bur the Spartans will need to fill a void at cornerback left by Darqueze Dennard. Sparty's biggest challenge will be on September 6 against Oregon.
The Bruins are coming in with some experience. Fifteen of the team's starters from last year are back. Anthony Barr's departure will leave the Bruins with the need to get some depth at the linebacker position. They also have their final three games against Washington, USC and Stanford.
After losing in the last BCS Championship game, the Tigers are hoping to ride along with quarterback Nick Marshall to win the SEC once again and get the playoff title. The War Eagle will have seven Top 25 teams on its schedule this year including the Iron Bowl on November 29 against Alabama.
#5 Ohio State
There are two factors that could work against the Buckeyes this year. First, quarterback Braxton Miller is out for the season with a shoulder injury, thus prompting freshman J.T. Barrett to be the new starter. Second, the Bucks only have one Top 25 team on their schedule; they will take on Michigan State on November 8.
#4 Oklahoma (1 first-place vote)
The Sooners have only two games with Top 25 teams this year, thus contributing to a bit of concern for the team. One interesting point about the Sooners this year is that Blake Bell is moving from the quarterback position to the tight end slot. Trevor Knight became a much more prominent quarterback last year.
#3 Oregon (1 first-place vote)
There is a very realistic potential that junior quarterback Marcus Mariota may get out of Eugene and enter the NFL Draft after this year. Many draft experts have him pegged as the top overall pick. Games with Michigan State, UCLA and Stanford will give him a chance to prove his mettle.
#2 Alabama (1 first-place vote)
The Tide has some real competition with Mississippi and Texas A&M this year. However, it is the team's match with Auburn this year at the end of the regular season that may end up determining whether or not Bama will go for a title.
#1 Florida State (57 first-place votes)
Considering how quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy and how the Seminoles won the BCS title last year, it is no secret that the Noles are looking to compete for another title. Winston will particularly be motivated to try and become the second player ever to get a second Heisman. The addition of Louisville in the ACC Atlantic Division may help the team's strength of schedule too.