published Sunday, August 28th, 2011

High Fives: Things to look for in college football

This Jan. 3, 2011 file photo shows Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck calling a play during the second half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
This Jan. 3, 2011 file photo shows Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck calling a play during the second half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Photo by Associated Press.

TOP FIVE PLAYERS

1-- Andrew Luck, Stanford: Luck would have been the first pick in last April’s draft but decided to return to school. He may be the best college QB since Peyton Manning.

2-- Trent Richardson, Alabama: Luck may be the best player in the country, but Richardson is arguably the most valuable. With all of two scholarship tailbacks behind him, the key to the Tide’s title hopes rests on keeping Richardson healthy.

3-- Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina: The ultimate game-changing wide receiver, he’s big, fast and catches everything.

4-- Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: His numbers (116 catches) from last year will be tough to duplicate because they were so impressive.

5-- Tank Carden, TCU: Best non-BCS player around.

TOP FIVE GAMES TO WATCH

1-- LSU at ALABAMA, Nov. 5: Each team starts the year in the top 5, and each could still be there when they meet in Tuscaloosa.

2-- LSU vs OREGON, Sept. 3: Part of an amazing opening weekend, the Tigers and Ducks meet in Dallas in a game that could signify the front-runner for the BCS crown.

3-- OKLAHOMA at FSU, Sept. 17: Another earlyseason matchup of top-5 programs. The Seminoles were thumped last year in Norman, Okla.

4-- BOISE STATE vs GEORGIA, Sept. 3: By far Boise State’s biggest hurdle of the season comes in the opener in the Georgia Dome.

5-- SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, Dec. 3: What other game has the winner won the last five BCS titles?

TOP FIVE NEWCOMERS

1-- Isaiah Crowell, Georgia: There are huge expectations on the Bulldogs tailback, and there is also huge opportunity. If Crowell shores up the running game, the Bulldogs could make a run.

2-- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: A freakish athlete, Clowney was tough to block in preseason practice.

3-- Savon Huggins, Rutgers: Freshman running back had more than 160 yards on 26 carries in his first scrimmage with the Scarlet Knights. Say hello to the next Ray Rice.

4-- Aaron Lynch, Notre Dame: Big-time pass rusher will play early for the Irish.

5-- Curt Maggitt, Tennessee: Vols have a huge need for play-making linebackers, and Maggitt fits the bill perfectly.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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