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BOZICH | Where will Louisville rank in AP pre-season poll? My top 25

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The Associated Press will release its college football pre-season Top 25 Sunday at 10 a.m. The Associated Press will release its college football pre-season Top 25 Sunday at 10 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The final -- and most interesting (to me) -- college football pre-season poll will be released Sunday at 10 a.m.

That, of course, is the Associated Press Top 25. Accept no imitations.

Who has time to wait?

Maybe Nick Saban. But not you. Not me.

I don't have a vote in AP football poll. Basketball, yes. Football, no.

But I will have a top 25 every week. Here are my pre-season selections.

1. Alabama (14-1 last season) -- I won't get points for creativity by going with the consensus Number One pick, but I also won't lose points for reckless stupidity by going against Nick Saban.

2. Clemson (14-1) -- Clemson or Florida State? Florida State or Clemson? Picking the top team in the ACC is tricky, but I'll give the edge to the Tigers because of the superior quarterback (DeShaun Watson) and because unlike FSU, Clemson gets Louisville at home.

3. Oklahoma (11-2) -- The Sooners play four of their first five against Houston, Ohio State, TCU and Texas. Does Bob Stoops have a playoff team? We'll know by the end of September.

4. Florida State (10-3) -- Some people are talking about the Seminoles as the best team in the country. I'm not buying that until I see extended proof of dazzling quarterback play.

5. Ohio State (12-1) -- No team lost more underclassmen to the NFL Draft, which is one reason the Buckeyes are down 16 starters. No Kleenex. Urban Meyer recruits like John Calipari.

6. Louisiana State (9-3) -- We'll learn a lot about the Tigers on opening weekend because Les Miles will take his team to Green Bay to play Wisconsin Sept. 3 and halfback Leonard Fournette was fitted in a walking boot for a bad ankle this week.

7. Michigan (10-3) -- The Wolverines play their first five at home, but will pay the price down the stretch with visits to Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State.

8. Stanford (12-2) -- I like David Shaw. I like Christian McCaffrey. I'd like the Cardinal more if they had a proven quarterback.

9. Notre Dame (10-3) -- No team overcame more injuries than the Fighting Irish last season. The hope is this team will benefit because of all the younger players who were forced to perform last season.

10. Houston (13-1) -- It's asking a lot of the Cougars to replace 11 starters and open with Oklahoma, but there is a reason Tom Herman sits atop the list of Best Coaching Candidates.

11. Tennessee (9-4) -- Anything less than an SEC East title and Vols' fans are going to be disappointed in a squad with 17 returning starters. No pressure there, Butch Jones. None at all.

12. Iowa (12-2) -- The Hawkeyes were scheduled for success last season and, believe it or not, they should win their first eight this season, too.

13. Georgia (10-3) -- By contesting Nick Saban's refusal to let defensive back Maurice Smith transfer to Athens, Kirby Smart showed he's not afraid to challenge The King. I can't wait to see Jacob Eason, the Bulldogs' freshman quarterback.

14. Michigan State (12-2) -- The Spartans lost a solid, veteran quarterback and 11 other starters. Could be time for a season in reverse.

15. Ole Miss (10-3)  -- The Rebels are dealing with the NCAA, a talent drain and a season opener with Florida State in Orlando. Sell.

16. Washington (7-6) -- I've heard this is the season that former Boise State coach Chris Petersen makes his move in the Pac-12. We'll see.

17. North Carolina (11-3) -- The Tar Heels are the pick in the ACC Coastal, but will have to prove their grit by playing Georgia and Florida State in two of their first five.

18. TCU (11-2) -- The Horned Frogs have won 23 games the last two seasons but Gary Patterson needs eight replacement parts on offense.

19. USC (8-6) -- I'm not sure who decided it would be a great idea to play three of the first four against Alabama (neutral site), Stanford (away) and Utah (away), but I doubt it was head coach Clay Helton.

20. Oklahoma State (10-3) -- I'm not as gaga about the Cowboys and their 17 returning starters as many others because the record shows they're on a three-game losing streak.

21. Louisville (8-5) -- Bobby Petrino's team should score like a Bobby Petrino team -- and the Cardinals will need that offense considering they'll face trips to Marshall, Clemson, Virginia and Houston.

22. Oregon (9-4) -- They say Mark Helfrich will start the season on the Hot Seat, although I have not checked with Phil Knight this summer.

23. Florida (10-4) -- The Gators need another recruiting class or two to make a real move in the SEC but Jim McElwain stabilized Gator Nation last season.

24. Washington State (9-4) -- The most overlooked story in college football last season was that Mike Leach bumped the Cougars from three wins to nine and beat Miami in a bowl game. Don't sleep on The Pirate.

25. Baylor (10-3) -- Art Briles doesn't live here any more -- and neither do a number of the Bears' most talented players or recruits. I wouldn't be shocked if Charlie Strong and Texas took this spot. I see you Charlie.

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