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It's the beginning of the college 7s season, and it's time to rank the best teams in the country.

We have looked carefully at not only the teams' 2011-2012 performances, but who they are returning.

It's a tough call. Life University won the national title, and finished 4th at the CRC, so could well be #1. Dartmouth is always strong, but lost some really outstanding players.

Cal didn't have the best year, although they did finish 3rd at the CRC. However, they have some very strong 7s athletes, are making a bigger push toward their 7s training this year, and return virtually everyone.

In the end, we have Kutztown at #1 because the program takes 7s very seriously, is always good, and returns most of their best players from last season. We think Kutztown is primed for a run at the national title and a qualification spot in the CRC.

What is really exciting about this, is that the top 15 or so are potential national champs. The competitive balance within this group, and the 10-15 teams we could have listed but didn't, is quite good. 2012-2013 Preseason 7s College Top 25
1 Kutztown Almost all their best 7s players return.
2 Life Older than last year
3 Cal Older than last year
4 Utah Always dangerous
5 Arkansas State Still lots of young talent
6 Dartmouth Lost Jarvis, Fish, and Brakeley; return Hughes
7 Davenport Eloff's return key
8 Delaware Probably a year better
9 St. Mary's Top backs return
10 Central Washington Always strong - Tanner Barnes breakout?
11 BYU An unknown, but a talented unknown
12 SD State If Hark gets them going they will be good
13 Arizona A lot of work to do after losing Tiberio, Thompson
14 Tennessee
15 Cal Poly
16 Navy
17 Army
18 Texas A&M
19 UC Davis
20 Oklahoma Not bad in spring and getting more experience
21 Air Force
22 Colorado Some rebuilding to do
23 Florida Good CRC performance.
24 Indiana Won tournament last week!
25 Penn State