ONLY a fool would write off Kerry. Only a fool would write off Cork and, if 2012 proved anything, it's to be wary of Jim McGuinness' Donegal.
For the moment one team is clearly top of the pile, however, and that's Dublin. It's fair to point out that alongside the Dubs, both Kildare and Tyrone have full points.
We'd suggest, nevertheless, that the quality of football Dubin are playing at the moment and the sheer depth of their squad (and that's before the Ballymun Kickhams players return to the fold) outstrips both of those counties (more so Kildare). Bernard Brogan is back to the type of form he demonstrated in 2010/11 – a frightening prospect for all other counties.
The sight of a Tyrone team finding its way is an equally chilling prospect for those with eyes on the big prize. They can boast of the return to form of Sean Cavanagh – one of the top players of the previous decade, he's obviously hungry for his fourth All Ireland medal.
Dublin and Tyrone. Old foes and the form teams in the country. They're due to meet in Croker in two weeks time. It should be, to say the least, illuminating.