10 for 10 – The 2014 Preseason College Football Rankings (and 10 hat giveaways)

How refreshing is it to see college football news and reports starting to frequent the Interwebs and the local sports reports?  With Spring practice in full swing, it’s a great sign that we are only a few short months away until kickoff.  With that, I’ve put together the Red Clay Soul pre-season College Football Rankings, sponsored by my friends over at State Traditions.  I’ve picked my top ten, and to commemorate the event, the boys from Birmingham want to give away ten hats and koozies to ten lucky readers:

1. Florida State Seminoles – 8 returning starters on offense including Jameis Winston and 6 on defense…no reason that they won’t be back at the dance this year.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide – They have a machine in Tuscaloosa.  They just reload.
3. Auburn Tigers – Will the 2013 luck continue into 2014?
4. Oklahoma Sooners – Sophomore QB Trevor Knight is the real deal, folks.
5. Oregon Ducks – An easy schedule and Heisman frontrunner QB Mariota.
6. Michigan State Spartans – Wins over Ohio State and Stanford in 2013 will provide some serious momentum.
7. Stanford Cardinals – They’ve played in four straight BCS games, and don’t show any signs of slowing down.
8. UCLA Bruins – Averaging almost 10 wins a year and a strong returning offense.
9. Baylor Bears – They may rack up a million yards on offense this year.
10. Georgia Bulldogs – They have as much talent as anyone in the country.  If they can stay healthy, look out…

As I mentioned, the good folks at State Traditions want to give away a hat and a koozie of their choice to ten lucky readers.  Leave a comment to this post with your thoughts to enter.

For additional entries:

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  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘The Preseason CFB top 10 from @statetraditions X @redclaysoul and I entered to win a new hat! Go here to enter: http://www.redclaysoul.com/?p=5826’

Entries must be in by midnight on Monday, March 31st.  I’ll announce the ten winners on Tuesday, April 1st around lunchtime, who gets a State Traditions hat and koozie from the school of their choice.

Special thanks to State Traditions for providing the goods for the giveaway…

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  • Scott Tremoulis03/24/2014 - 8:33 AM

    1) Florida State 2) Alabama 3) Oklahoma 4) Auburn 5) Oregon 6) Michigan State 7) South Carolina 8) Ohio State 9) UCLA 10) MissouriReplyCancel

  • Steven Bremer03/24/2014 - 8:45 AM

    FSU will repeatReplyCancel

  • MBB03/24/2014 - 8:52 AM


  • Nate Stroup03/24/2014 - 9:02 AM

    Sad to see Cincinnati’s not in it. The American Athletic conference is not helping them out any.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor03/24/2014 - 9:04 AM

    GO DAWGS!!ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Smith03/24/2014 - 9:06 AM

    Auburn is going to run the table next year with a light speed offense! WDE!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Perdue03/24/2014 - 9:11 AM

    Auburn will be back in the National Championship game with a faster offense. WDE!!ReplyCancel

  • Colby Register03/24/2014 - 9:26 AM

    People will know what to expect with Winston in year two (See Tim Tebow) … And for all you Barners, I just want to say (8-5) and (3-9). RTRReplyCancel

  • Zachary Hays03/24/2014 - 9:26 AM

    Can’t wait to see my Noles repeat. Starting the season in Dallas for the Cowboy Classic, and it ends there with a second consecutive national title. Scalp ’em!ReplyCancel

  • Ben03/24/2014 - 9:29 AM

    I’m always ready for football season!ReplyCancel

  • Chris03/24/2014 - 9:32 AM

    Bama is going to come out ready to prove that the last two games of last season aren’t part of the norm. They’ll have their eyes set on championship this year.ReplyCancel

  • Drew03/24/2014 - 9:53 AM

    Sad to say it, but FSU will probably repeatReplyCancel

  • CJH03/24/2014 - 10:03 AM

    Not to be picky, but Stanford Cardinal, not Cardinals, regardless love seeing them in your top 10!ReplyCancel

  • Drew03/24/2014 - 10:25 AM

    My Cowboys never getting any respect!ReplyCancel

  • HerschelWalker03/24/2014 - 10:26 AM

    Dawgs On Top!ReplyCancel

  • BMO'C03/24/2014 - 10:31 AM

    I am an Ole Miss fan but if I had to pick from this line-up I’d say ROLL TIDEReplyCancel

  • Camille Logan03/24/2014 - 10:48 AM

    That Florida hat looks WAY better in orange and blue 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tad Derrick03/24/2014 - 10:48 AM

    I think Texas under Charile Strong is going to suprise people in a hurry! Also a healthy UGA will be much higher then 10thReplyCancel

  • Camille Logan03/24/2014 - 10:50 AM

    I also tweeted and follow @statetraditions on twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Ellison03/24/2014 - 10:50 AM

    It’s sad but true about Georgia…ReplyCancel

  • Cory F03/24/2014 - 10:51 AM

    nice to see the SEC well represented as always!ReplyCancel

  • Will Shannon03/24/2014 - 10:58 AM

    Roll Tide!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Budesa03/24/2014 - 11:01 AM

    Noles play Bama and repeatReplyCancel

  • Jeff03/24/2014 - 11:22 AM

    Mich St
    South Carolina

  • Ben03/24/2014 - 11:29 AM

    Always need a new hat.ReplyCancel

  • Justin03/24/2014 - 11:38 AM

    Florida St
    Ohio State
    Mich St

  • Alex Bryan03/24/2014 - 11:46 AM

    I’m a proud dogs fan through and through! I bet my brothers some beers I’d win a hat for em so I’d appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • Xander Kirsch03/24/2014 - 11:52 AM

    Without all of the injuries I’m looking for the bulldogs in 2014! Love the hats too!ReplyCancel

  • Justin03/24/2014 - 12:23 PM
  • Andrew03/24/2014 - 12:24 PM

    Don’t sleep on the wolfpack…in 2015ReplyCancel

  • Weston Awtry03/24/2014 - 12:31 PM

    Auburn is one of only a couple teams in the SEC returning its quarterback. They should be ranked above bammer.ReplyCancel

  • Fritz03/24/2014 - 12:33 PM

    Trevor Knight may fall back to realityReplyCancel

  • Stephanie S03/24/2014 - 12:38 PM

    Sic ’em bears! Going to go even farther this year!ReplyCancel

  • Scott03/24/2014 - 12:44 PM

    If a team didn’t make the too ten rankings are we still able to get a hat from that state? I would love a state traditions hat for Minnesota!ReplyCancel

  • Jeff M03/24/2014 - 12:54 PM

    I can always use a hat and a koozie!ReplyCancel

  • Jacob S03/24/2014 - 1:30 PM

    Auburn will be back in the championship against FSU but they will prevail this time around.ReplyCancel

  • Jacob S03/24/2014 - 1:31 PM

    Auburn will be in the national championship again but will win this time around.ReplyCancel

  • Ivy Brandon03/24/2014 - 1:47 PM

    1. FSU 2. Alabama 3.Oklahoma 4. Auburn 5. Michigan State 6. Stanford 7.Oregon 8.Baylor 9. Georgia 10. UclaReplyCancel

  • Kyle S.03/24/2014 - 1:49 PM

    never too early to start thinking about fall tailgatesReplyCancel

  • Emily B03/24/2014 - 1:52 PM

    Roll TideReplyCancel

  • Pete03/24/2014 - 2:03 PM

    Those hats are awesome. Go Dawgs!ReplyCancel

  • Pete03/24/2014 - 2:04 PM

    Those hats are awesome. Go Dawgs!ReplyCancel

  • carrie03/24/2014 - 2:32 PM

    Love these hats!!ReplyCancel

  • Brad03/24/2014 - 2:41 PM

    Clemson knocking the Dawgs out week 1ReplyCancel

  • Caleb03/24/2014 - 4:02 PM

    War Eagle!ReplyCancel

  • Josh Chrzanowski03/24/2014 - 4:07 PM

    Roll Tide!ReplyCancel

  • Scott03/24/2014 - 5:40 PM

    would love to win.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan03/24/2014 - 6:20 PM

    Ohio State not being on that list is a crime.ReplyCancel

  • DCW03/24/2014 - 6:53 PM

    UGA – DHWatson on FB, Thanks and Great Contest! I’m up in MA and I have a couple ST hats already. I would LOVE to add to them, Great quality Stuff.ReplyCancel

  • WB03/24/2014 - 7:20 PM

    Boomer Sooner!ReplyCancel

  • G03/24/2014 - 7:42 PM

    Go DawgsReplyCancel

  • MRJ03/24/2014 - 8:55 PM

    Chasing XVI in the Fall, Roll Tide!ReplyCancel

  • Preston M03/24/2014 - 9:53 PM

    The state of Michigan looks so sad with green and white around itReplyCancel

  • Nick03/24/2014 - 10:38 PM

    Go Gators!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Weaver03/24/2014 - 10:57 PM

    Excited to see AU at 3ReplyCancel

  • Riley Chandler03/24/2014 - 10:58 PM

    Alabama’s defense will be stronger than ever this year. And although we lost McCarron, Coker will be a boost in out offense and having Kiffen as our offensive coordinator we will utilize our weapons at Wide Reciever. It should all around be a good season. We just have to make kicks.ReplyCancel

  • Lance03/25/2014 - 3:06 AM

    We love our baylor bears! Sic em!ReplyCancel

  • Conor03/25/2014 - 7:20 AM

    What no LSU is the mix?

    As a New Englander I feel like I should at least point out that BC at least had the hail mary thanks to Flutie….I’ll now return to College football irrelevance.ReplyCancel

  • Mikey03/25/2014 - 9:36 AM

    UGA was plagued by injuries last season with a very disappointing loss to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl.Despite Murray moving on,we have enough talent/depth at the skill positions (Gurshall) to help Mason & take control of business on the road to Atlanta.GO DAWGS!!ReplyCancel

  • Mikey03/25/2014 - 9:37 AM


  • Katharine Radvak03/25/2014 - 9:45 AM

    Roll tide all day long!ReplyCancel

  • Patrick03/25/2014 - 10:07 AM

    Roll tideReplyCancel

  • Brad03/25/2014 - 10:19 AM

    Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • Mike03/25/2014 - 10:20 AM

    Let’s Go MountaineersReplyCancel

  • Kenny Do03/25/2014 - 10:38 AM

    WAR DAMN.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer03/25/2014 - 10:43 AM

    That garnet & gold State Traditions hat would look great down here in south Florida! Here’s hoping I can sport it all spring, summer, and fall!ReplyCancel

  • Chris03/25/2014 - 10:47 AM

    War Eagle. ’nuff said.ReplyCancel

  • Tim03/25/2014 - 11:18 AM

    GO DAWGS!!! SIC EM!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chad03/25/2014 - 12:27 PM

    1. FSU
    2. Bama
    3. Oregon
    4. Oklahoma
    5. AuburnReplyCancel

  • RJ Sewell03/25/2014 - 12:42 PM

    That third hat is where it’s at!ReplyCancel

  • Will03/25/2014 - 3:57 PM

    Go Dawgs! Following both accounts on Twitter too.ReplyCancel

  • Steven B03/25/2014 - 7:33 PM

    1. Jameis and the Noles
    2. Boomer Sooner
    3. Auburn
    4. Bama
    5. Michigan St.
    6. Baylor
    7. Stanford
    8. Ducks
    9. Bruins
    10. LSUReplyCancel

  • Travis03/26/2014 - 7:22 AM

    Florida State going all the way again this year.ReplyCancel

  • Trevor03/26/2014 - 1:44 PM

    We’ll see, I don’t think baylor stays up thereReplyCancel

  • Austin Coker03/26/2014 - 1:48 PM

    FSU repeats easilyReplyCancel

  • Hudson W.03/26/2014 - 2:49 PM

    Go DawgsReplyCancel

  • Tom03/26/2014 - 11:22 PM

    Go Dawgs!ReplyCancel

  • Emily03/27/2014 - 10:16 AM

    FSU will repeatReplyCancel

  • Zach03/27/2014 - 10:28 AM

    Roll Tide!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Clingan03/27/2014 - 11:24 AM

    Roll tideReplyCancel

  • Jackie03/27/2014 - 12:44 PM

    Get on the Gus Bus! Auburn is back to stay! War Eagle!ReplyCancel

  • Sawyer Biven03/27/2014 - 2:04 PM

    There’s only one problem… UofL isn’t on that list!ReplyCancel

  • Matthew T. Cornelius03/27/2014 - 11:00 PM

    Love these caps. Would be very keep to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Layne Saliba03/28/2014 - 11:39 AM

    1) Florida State Seminoles – As long as Winston doesn’t get injured while playing baseball, there’s no reason FSU shouldn’t be the top team.

    2) Auburn Tigers – Talent and coaching from Malzahn should keep the Tigers in the top 3

    3) Michigan State Spartans – Bringing back key offensive players and having a solid defense could make the Spartans a National Title team this year.

    4) Oklahoma Sooners – After the win against Bama, the Sooners have the momentum to keep themselves in the top 5.

    5) Alabama Crimson Tide – It will be hard to replace McCarron, but there is so much talent elsewhere on the field that the Tide shouldn’t have a problem competing.

    6) Oregon Ducks – With Mariota returning, the Ducks should be able to contend for another Conference Title, if not National Title.

    7) Georgia Bulldogs – With the 2013 season behind them, Hutson Mason should be able to do big things with the Bulldogs. Assuming players stay healthy and out of trouble.

    8) UCLA Bruins – Shoube be a good offensive year with Hundly returning. Defense could be a problem, but some spots were filled with solid players.

    9) Ohio State Buckeyes – Assuming Braxton Miller stays healthy, the Buckeyes should be able to make it back to where they have been the past two years.

    10) Baylor Bears – With Petty on the field again, there’s no reason that we won’t be looking at a possible back-to-back Big 12 Title team in the Bears.ReplyCancel

  • Eric L03/28/2014 - 3:49 PM

    Countdown begins!ReplyCancel

  • Joshua Kaplan03/28/2014 - 6:11 PM

    Really looking forward to this season. Cliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders are looking good.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle03/28/2014 - 11:54 PM

    Don’t forget about the cowboys in Stillwater. Hopefully they can be back on top. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Hammerle03/29/2014 - 4:35 PM

    #1 to the tide. No way Saban settles for anything less than first.ReplyCancel

  • Kameron03/30/2014 - 10:47 PM

    Let the SEC domination continue. Time to take the national championship and bring it back to Alabama!ReplyCancel

  • Ian Lindsey03/31/2014 - 10:44 AM

    First year no longer in Florida to root for the Gators, but will be supporting them from Delaware! Gators going to rebound in a big way!ReplyCancel

  • Jessierenaye703/31/2014 - 10:45 AM

    Bama baby! We’ll miss AJ and the others but Saban will have no problem reloading us to get #16 #RTRReplyCancel

  • Jonathan B.03/31/2014 - 10:47 AM

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Auburn
    4. Oklahoma
    5. Oregon
    6. Michigan State
    7. Stanford
    8. UCLA
    9. Baylor
    10. Ohio StateReplyCancel



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