I already miss college football, so I figured what the heck, let’s go ahead and look towards next year and see how the preseason top-25 might shake out.
1) Alabama Crimson Tide – The SEC is still a top heavy conference and Alabama returns a ton from this year’s National Title team, and you know they will have some game-ready freshman to add into the mix.
2) Clemson Tigers – The Tigers look to be loaded on defense again and Kelly Bryant is only going to get better.
3) Ohio State Buckeyes – The Buckeyes, as always, will be talent-stacked and they should be better at the quarterback position next season. As long as Urban Meyer is at the helm, they are a legitimate threat.
4) Michigan State Spartans – The Spartans will return 21 out of 22 starters and will be the biggest threat to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten.
5) Georgia Bulldogs – The Dawgs will be strong again and the SEC East will be weak once again, so at the very least they will be in the SEC Championship.
6) Oklahoma Sooners – Kyler Murray will replace Baker Mayfield and the Sooners’ offense won’t miss a beat.
7) Penn State Nittany Lions – Heisman candidate and quarterback Trace McSorley will be good once again.
8) Miami Hurricanes – The Canes defense will be even better and most of the offense will return. This is a possible playoff team.
9) Virginia Tech Hokies – The Hokies will be lead by quarterback Josh Jackson, who should be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.
10) Stanford Cardinal – The Cardinal have a lot of questions but with David Shaw still the Head Coach, the Cardinal at worst wins 9 or 10 games.
11) Wisconsin Badgers – The Badgers look to be loaded and the Big Ten west is terrible. With that being said, if the Badgers want to be taken seriously they need to either step up the non-conference schedule or finally win the Big Ten Championship game.
12) Michigan Wolverines – This ranking is assuming that quarterback Shea Patterson’s transfer waiver comes through and if it does, Harbaugh will finally have a high-quality quarterback.
13) Washington Huskies – The return of Jake Browning and a big-time offensive line makes the Huskies a dark horse pick for the playoffs.
14) Auburn Tigers – The Tigers return with quarterback Jarrett Stidham but they need to find replacements at the running back position.
15) Boise State Broncos – The Broncos are poised to make noise nationally again.
16) LSU Tigers – The heat will be on Coach O down in the Bayou again.
17) TCU Horned Frogs- As long as Gary Patterson is the head coach the Frogs will be in contention.
18) Central Florida Knights – The Knights will return with do-everything quarterback McKenzie Milton and therefore should still be a very good team.
19) USC Trojans – If the Trojans can find a replacement for Sam Darold they will have a shot at the Pac 12 title. Having quarterback McKenzie Milton means they should still be a very good team.
20) Notre Dame Fighting Irish – A quarterback battle is looming between Ian Book and Brandon Wimbush.
21) Florida State Seminoles – The Seminoles are ready for a bounce-back season but the departure of head coach Jimbo Fisher leaves a lot of questions to be answered.
22) Iowa State Cyclones – The Cyclones return with one of the best running backs in the nation in David Montgomery.
23) Purdue Boilermakers – The Boilermakers are coached by Jeff Brohm, who did a magnificent job in turning the Boilermakers’ program around.
24) South Carolina Gamecocks – The Gamecocks will be the Georgia Bulldogs main competition in the SEC East.
25) Texas A&M Aggies – With Jimbo Fisher at the helm, 8 wins should be expected.
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