RELEASED DECEMBER 2008 (RELOADED January 19, 2009)
taking into account the bowl games and NFL Early Departures

2009 Early Bird
Top 25 Preview
Click on each team for breakdown

1. Florida
2. Texas
3. Oklahoma
4. Southern California
5. Alabama
6. Oklahoma State
7. Ohio State
8. Ole Miss
9. Virginia Tech
10. Louisiana State
11. Georgia Tech
12. Penn State
13. Georgia
14. Utah
15. Boise State
16. California
17. Iowa
18. Florida State
19. Oregon
20. Kansas
21. Texas Tech
22. Pittsburgh
23. North Carolina
24. Brigham Young
25. East Carolina

Notes From The Site Owner

Don't agree with our Early Bird Preseason rankings? Here is the first glimpse of what the 2009 Preseason Polls will look like taking into account five different sources... (continue)


Others Receiving Consideration
depth charts included

Boston College
Miami FL
Michigan State
North Carolina State
Notre Dame
Oregon State
South Carolina
West Virginia


When the media makes their BCS Conference August predictions, here is how they should look:

ACC Atlantic - Florida State
ACC Coastal - Georgia Tech
Big East - Pittsburgh
Big Ten - Ohio State
Big XII North - Kansas
Big XII South - Oklahoma
Pac Ten - Southern California
SEC East - Florida
SEC West - Alabama

Are we too early? Not quite.
The NationalChamps.net Early Bird Preview has predicted almost the same Top 10 the official AP Poll puts out eight months later in August. If you want to see what next year's 2009 Preseason Poll will look like, check out the Early Bird Preview. The process of selection is not that difficult if you know what pollsters look for. We give you most of that information now.


DO NOT MISS THE POINT: NationalChamps.net is proud to once again present our annual Early Bird College Football Breakdown (eighth season). For those of you concerned with the rankings and the fact this #16 team is better than that #9 team, then YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT! Our presentation was created as nothing more than a rough guide for listing whether key players return or depart as evident in our depth chart formatting. So many of the selections are evidently interchangeable and will adjust continuously until next season arrives.

So sit back, unbutton those tight pants from your holiday dinners and leftovers, and take this preview for what it's worth. We think you will gain much more by realizing that the rankings and their explicit accuracy are not the primary goal. This is not about predicting where these teams will finish by season's end, a flaw in logic many assume - it is about where each deserves to be ranked as the season starts.

However, in the eighth season of compiling this Early Bird Preview, NationalChamps.net has eerily predicted a very close result to what the official polls will show come August. Returning starters and key losses are not hard to figure out. Unpredictable at this point, though, is just how early NFL departures and bowl game results tend to change these rankings more than any other aspect. We rank what we know and take the rest in stride.



Please check back this spring when NationalChamps.net releases our entire 2009 College Football Preview... complete with full depth charts, analysis from our writing staff, rankings, unit power ratings and lots of new digital photos.