Monday, April 29, 2013
Oregon third, Stanford fifth in latest top-25
By Ted Miller
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach has released the third edition of his 2013 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25, and there are a lot of changes.
For one, there's a new No. 1:
Ohio State, which went 12-0 in coach Urban Meyer's first season, jumps two-time defending national champion Alabama for the top spot. I'm not saying the Buckeyes are a better football team than the Crimson Tide; I'm saying Ohio State has an easier path to an undefeated record this coming season.
As for the Pac-12, there's also plenty of movement.
Oregon moves up to No. 3 from No. 5, while Stanford falls from No. 2 to No. 5.
UCLA is No. 19, and USC, unranked last time, is No. 23. Oregon State fell out of the top-25.
As for Pac-12 nonconference opponents: Notre Dame is No. 10 (Arizona State, Stanford, USC), Boise State is No. 21 (Washington), Nebraska is No. 22 (UCLA), Northwestern is No. 24 (California) and Wisconsin is No. 25 (Arizona State).
So lucky-Bear California plays No. 1, No. 3, No. 5, No. 19, No. 23 and No. 24.
Welcome to Berkeley, Sonny Dykes.