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BOZICH | Monday Muse: The Pick Your Top Team, Player, Job Opening, Venue Edition

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Rick Bozich of WDRB presents his List Edition of the Monday Muse. Rick Bozich of WDRB presents his List Edition of the Monday Muse.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It’s that time of year. Time to pick the number one pre-season team in college basketball. Time to pick the four teams most likely to play in the college football playoffs. Time to rate the available job openings in college football.

I get the hint. Obviously, it is time for The List Edition of the Monday Muse. Pull out your legal pad and play along.

1. College Hoops Top 10

Ballots for the Associated Press college basketball poll are due Wednesday. Here is your chance to speak up. I’ve been working on my Top 25 since Friday and have already revised it twice.

Here is my Top 10. If you have any strong objections, now is the time to make your case. Send your top five or 10 to rbozich@wdrb.com:

1. North Carolina; 2. Kentucky; 3. Maryland; 4. Duke; 5. Kansas; 6. Virginia; 7. Gonzaga; 8. Iowa State; 9. Villanova; 10. Michigan State.

Why the Tar Heels?

The two national championship teams that Roy Williams has coached at UNC have been stuffed with veterans. Carolina has Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Kennedy Meeks and others who have played solid basketball in Chapel Hill.

But I can be talked out of this one. Promise.

2. Pre-Season All-Americans

I considered at least 25 guys here. I’ve shuffled my ballot time after time. I’ll likely shuffle it a few more times.

But eventually you have to make a call. Here is mine:

Guards: Kris Dunn, Providence; Buddy Hield, Oklahoma; Forwards: Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin; Ben Simmons, LSU; George Niang, Iowa State.

Make your case for Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker of Wichita State, Melo Trimble of Maryland, Skal Labissiere of Kentucky, Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga, Yogi Ferrell of Indiana or Paige.

I’m listening.

3. Top 5 Teams in the ACC

Time to sprinkle some University of Louisville chatter into the muse. Rick Pitino is not going to the ACC’s Operation Hoops in Charlotte Wednesday but Eric Crawford and Tom Lane of WDRB will be there.

Where will the media rank the Cardinals?

Here is my prediction for the top five teams in the league:

1. North Carolina; 2. Duke; 3. Virginia; 4. Notre Dame; 5. Louisville.

4. College Football Job Draft

Unless I have missed something, there are already seven jobs open in college football. If you’re Chip Kelly and have the first pick in the College Football Job Draft, how do you rank the openings?

Like this: 1. Hollywood (USC); 2. South Beach (Miami); 3. Spurrierville (South Carolina); 4. Under Armour (Maryland); 5. Mickey Mouse (UCF); 6 Butkus Tech (Illinois); 7. Phyllis George U (North Texas).

It’s a perfect time for a heavy hitter to roll into Troy. The last two coaches – Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian – have bombed. They’re looking for somebody to love at The Coliseum.

5. College Football Playoff Fab 4

One of these days the college playoff selection committee is going to begin ranking its top 25 as we begin to narrow the contenders for the four-team playoff.

Patience is not one of my strengths. I’ve already got my Fab Four:

1. Ohio State; 2. Clemson; 3. LSU; 4. Baylor.

Four unbeatens from four of the five power leagues.

Discuss.

6. Favorite College Football Venues

Mike Lacett and I made the trip to Baton Rouge with the Western Kentucky football team over the weekend. On Friday, I went to Tiger Stadium and enjoyed a tour of the facility that lasted more than an hour.

The home team locker room is nicer than Valhalla. The visiting locker room is one stop above a janitor’s closet. But the people who work at LSU deserve a 10-plus for their hospitality. Amazing cooperation from LSU and WKU.

Tiger Stadium is a treasure, one of my absolute favorite venues. Here is my top five:

1. Michie Stadium (Army), amazing history, scenery and pageantry; 2. Tiger Stadium, listen to the roar; 3. Notre Dame Stadium, first college venue I ever visited; 4. Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama), spectacular tail-gating scene and venue; 5. Rose Bowl (UCLA) seems as if it holds 200,000.

7. Heisman Trophy Contenders

The race is likely over. Hard to overtake a guy who has rushed for at least 150 yards in every game for the best team from the Southeastern Conference.

But here are my Top 5:

1. Leonard Fournette, LSU; 2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford; 3. Trevone Boykin, TCU; 4. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State; 5. Dalvin Cook, Florida State.

8. Ken Pomeroy’s Pre-season Top 10

The number one college basketball analytics site brightened my weekend by posting its pre-season rankings. I wonder how he can rank teams that will be so reliant on freshmen with a computer formula before they have played any games. But I don’t care. I admire Pomeroy’s work.

Here are the KenPom Top 10:

1. Duke; 2. Kentucky; 3. Virginia; 4. Kansas; 5. Villanova; 6. Arizona; 7. North Carolina; 8. Gonzaga; 9. Wisconsin; 10. Baylor.

9. Five Most Bizarre AP college football poll ballots

If you enjoy tracking the college football and basketball polls, I have a wonderful web site for you – collegepolltracker.com. The site collects the ballots from every voter in the polls and shares them.

That leads to interesting reading. I’ve selected the five most bizarre ballots.

1. Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News. His number one team is Alabama, loser to Ole Miss and struggling winner against Tennessee. He also has unbeaten Baylor ninth and unbeaten TCU 13th.

2. Brett McMurphy, ESPN. I know Ohio State has not played spectacular football this season. But the Buckeyes are unbeaten and the defending national champs.

McMurphy ranks the Buckeyes sixth, behind Stanford, which lost to Northwestern.

3. Rob Long, WJFK, Baltimore. Long likes Michigan State as much as Mark Dantonio likes the Spartans. He ranks MSU second. No other voter has the Spartans that high. Too high. Much too high,

4. Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald. Notre Dame has had a solid season. The Fighting Irish have lost once, at Clemson. But McKewon has ND ranked fifth, ahead of unbeaten TCU, Michigan State, Iowa and Oklahoma State.

5. Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette and Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: Neither believes in unbeaten Clemson, ranking the Tigers  seventh behind one-loss Alabama.

10. Poll Results

Last week’s question was this: How many regular-season games will the Louisville football team win this season?

Seven – 35.4 percent

Five or less: 29.2

Six – 27.1

Eight – 8.3.

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