Early college football top 25

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The college football season will begin in 72 days – not that I’m counting of course. My top 25 will inevitably be wrong, but it’s still worth putting my early predictions in stone.

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide- Alabama already has an NFL defense for the most part. Almost every single starter on their defense is going to get drafted. They have a young quarterback who should theoretically only get better, a top wide receiver in Calvin Ridley, and a top running back in Bo Scarbrough. Undoubtedly the #1 team in the nation.
  2. Florida State Seminoles- Florida State is in a similar situation to Alabama. Great defense, a young QB, and some nice weapons around him. They should start off the year at #2.
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes- Yet another team with a suffocating defense. Unlike Alabama and FSU however, their offense is very experienced.
  4. USC Trojans- When you have arguably the best QB in the nation and finish with the fourth best recruiting class, things will most likely go well for you.
  5.  Clemson Tigers- They lost Deshaun Watson, but a lot of their key pieces are returning. Don’t be surprised if they end up in the playoffs again.
  6. Penn State- The Nittany Lions have the best QB/RB combo in the nation in Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley, along with a solid recruiting class. I think they’ll be up there when it’s all said and done in 2017.
  7. Oklahoma Sooners- Chances are Oklahoma will take care of business in the Big-12 without much struggle. Baker Mayfield and company are going to give teams fits.
  8. Michigan Wolverines- Other than Alabama, I don’t think any defense in college football is better than Michigan’s. Harbaugh also ended up with the fifth best recruiting class, so there’s that.
  9.  Georgia Bulldogs- It seems like every year we hype Georgia up and every year they disappoint. Could this be the year they make something happen? They’re bringing in a fantastic recruiting class, let’s see if they actually take advantage of that this season.
  10. Louisville Cardinals- When you have a guy like Lamar Jackson, you’re in good hands. He’s the type of player who could single-handedly win you games. The Cardinals disappointed during recruiting season, but they’re bringing back a lot of key guys, including Jaire Alexander, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in college football.
  11. Washington Huskies- Like Penn State, the Huskies will be returning their star QB in Jake Browning and their star RB in Myles Gaskin, both are highly touted NFL prospects. Oh, and their defense is among the best in the nation.
  12. Auburn Tigers- Auburn landed transfer QB Jarrett Stidham, which is a huge get. He’s the most talented QB they’ve had since Cam Newton and people say he could even be better. Watch out.
  13. Wisconsin Badgers- Favorites in the Big Ten West. Wisconsin never have big name recruits, but are always gonna be up there in the Big Ten.
  14. Oklahoma State Cowboys- The best QB/WR combo are returning for their senior years. Mason Rudolph and James Washington are going to tear up the Big-12 for another year.
  15. Florida Gators- Florida will always have one of the best defenses in football, but we’ll see how well they can compete on the offensive side of the football.
  16. LSU Tigers- Much like Florida, LSU is going to have a top defense year in and year out, but they need to find a QB that’ll give them a chance to compete.
  17. Miami Hurricanes- Mark Richt has this program on the rise, their recruiting class for 2018 is going to be fantastic, but they’ll be good for 2017.
  18. Texas Longhorns- Tom Herman comes into a program that is getting ready to compete. Another program that’ll have to hold up for 2017 until their great recruiting class hits in 2018.
  19. Stanford Cardinal- The departure of RB Christian McCaffrey is a huge blow, but Stanford will find a way to compete this year. Ryan Burns will likely get the QB spot.
  20. West Virginia Mountaineers- Will Grier will be in good hands this year with some decent weapons around him. It’s not saying much, but WVU is going to have the best defense in the Big-12.
  21. Virginia Tech Hokies- Arguably the best secondary in college football is going to be really fun to watch this year. Their first game is against West Virginia, which will be a good test for QB Josh Jackson.
  22. South Florida Bulls- Quinton Flowers is one of the top QBs in college football, he’s only going to get better after a fantastic year last season.
  23. Kansas State Wildcats- One of the best offensive lines in football in front Jesse Ertz will be interesting to watch this year. As long as they’re healthy, they’ll be competing in the Big-12.
  24. Tennessee Volunteers- Returning stud WR Jauan Jennings is going to benefit that offense, but the Volunteers have a huge void to fill at the QB position. Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano will battle for the starting QB position.
  25. Washington State Cougars- Luke Falk is back for his senior year and Cougars fans couldn’t be happier. With their air-raid offense, it’s going to be fun to watch Falk sling it for another year.

 

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