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Early favorite to win '11 title? Oklahoma

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08:12 AM ET 12.22 | While the 2010 bowl season has yet to kick into high gear, one website is already calculating a 2011 national title. The Sooners get the nod over Alabama, the early choice at No. 2. But the prognosticators envision a tough road for OU to travel, with four Big 12 teams ranked among the nation's top 11 teams: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 8 Missouri, No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 11 Oklahoma State. TCU checks in at No. 17 in the extremely early rankings but Texas, coming off a 5-7 season, does not crack the Top 25. The website lists the Longhorns at No. 31, five spots ahead of SMU (No. 36) and 14 places in front of Baylor (No. 45). Texas Tech did not crack the Top 50.

The Dallas Morning News

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December 22, 2010  08:20 AM ET

Hey, hasn't it been a little long since the last Notre Dame thread?

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December 22, 2010  08:25 AM ET
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Hey, hasn't it been a little long since the last Notre Dame thread?

STU, why do you say that? Their not favorite to win the 2011 title. LOL.

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December 22, 2010  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Don't worry, the poll that the thread mentions has ND ranked number 20http://www.nationalchamps.net/2011/earlybird/index.htm1. Oklahoma2. Alabama3. Louisiana State4. Oregon5. Auburn6. Ohio State7. Arkansas8. Missouri9. Stanford10. Texas A&M11. Oklahoma State12. Michigan State13. Wisconsin14. Boise State15. Nebraska16. Virginia Tech17. TCU18. Florida State19. South Carolina20. Notre Dame21. Georgia22. Connecticut23. Mississippi State24. Michigan25. Tulsa

That's about right.

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December 22, 2010  08:34 AM ET
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Agreed, I think that is a pretty fair top-25 for next year

piratey, actually it is a very fair top-25 for next year, but as you know it could change in a heartbeat.

December 22, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Is this the same site that said Alabama would win it again this year?

December 22, 2010  08:35 AM ET
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STU, why do you say that? Their not favorite to win the 2011 title. LOL.

Come on, Oldtimer, you gotta let me support my team!

December 22, 2010  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's about right.

Alabama at #2? McElory is out of eligibility and Ingram will be in the NFL.
Auburn at #5? Cam will be in the NFL. Will Nick Fairley be coming back?

This list assumes a lot ...

December 22, 2010  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Come on, Oldtimer, you gotta let me support my team!

STU, just giving you some **** this morning! LOL. Have a good day.

December 22, 2010  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Alabama at #2? McElory is out of eligibility and Ingram will be in the NFL.Auburn at #5? Cam will be in the NFL. Will Nick Fairley be coming back?This list assumes a lot ...

Dr. B-f-G, you're right, as preseason polls always assumes a lot.

December 22, 2010  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Dr. B-f-G, you're right, as preseason polls always assumes a lot.

Then again, the NFL could lockout and force the kids to stay in school ...

December 22, 2010  08:47 AM ET
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Then again, the NFL could lockout and force the kids to stay in school ...

Dr. B-f-G, the NFL could lockout, but IMO I don't think that will happen. Too much money to lose.

December 22, 2010  08:50 AM ET
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Alabama at #2? McElory is out of eligibility and Ingram will be in the NFL.Auburn at #5? Cam will be in the NFL. Will Nick Fairley be coming back?This list assumes a lot ...

Yeah I am with you on that. I heard Auburn is losing quite a few players. Not sure who Bama's QB will be but their team is young so I can see their ranking.

How 'bout those Hogs at #7?

December 22, 2010  08:51 AM ET
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Yeah I am with you on that. I heard Auburn is losing quite a few players. Not sure who Bama's QB will be but their team is young so I can see their ranking.How 'bout those Hogs at #7?

Ryan Mallet will probably be in a Cowboys uniform next year ...

December 22, 2010  08:52 AM ET

I can assure you that if Texas doesn't improve a lot Mack will start feeling the heat. OU, Aggies, Mizzou and Okie State ahead of them? That's unacceptable 2 years in a row in Austin. And it should be.

December 22, 2010  08:52 AM ET

Aren't they somebody's favorite every year?

Including the one just past? I think it was Phil Steele.

We know how that worked out.

Pure speculation at this stage. Any rankings before the end of spring ball are totally meaningless...and even those are sketchy at best.

December 22, 2010  08:53 AM ET
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Ryan Mallet will probably be in a Cowboys uniform next year ...

A lot of people hope for that. I guess it all depends on who gets what pick.

 
December 22, 2010  08:54 AM ET
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Aren't they somebody's favorite every year?Including the one just past? I think it was Phil Steele.We know how that worked out.Pure speculation at this stage. Any rankings before the end of spring ball are totally meaningless...and even those are sketchy at best.

It is but most people thought Bama would run the table. I sure did. I had no idea they would finish 4th in their own division. Remember, Texas was a top 5 team early season this year too.

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