Preseason Top 25
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Iowa State
- Michigan State
- Virginia Tech
- Oklahoma State
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Projected Record: 13-0 (8-0 SEC)
Alabama has a complete team this year. Their offense is loaded on the offensive line and wide receiver position. All this will help Tua lead one of the most explosive offenses in College Football history. Defensively, the only concern is at middle linebacker and defensive line depth. The only competition on their schedule that could realistically beat them is against Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, or in the SEC Championship game. Alabama should win all of these as long as they don’t have a mental collapse.
2. Clemson Tigers
Projected Record: 13-0 (8-0 ACC)
Their offense is going to be great and only Texas A&M will give them any sort of a challenge. The defense will take a step back, but they have enough talent to replace the starters they lost. If Bama and Clemson go undefeated Alabama has the edge based on their schedule.
3. Oklahoma Sooners
Projected Record: 12-1 (8-1 Big 12)
I’m not high on this Oklahoma team even though I have them in the playoffs. I just don’t think they will be challenged in the Big 12. Jalen Hurts does well playing against lackluster defenses and I don’t see a defense on their schedule that will challenge them. Add the fact I think their defense will be average equals a one loss playoff team. They will get stomped by Clemson or Alabama, but I think they’re good enough against bad teams to make the playoffs.
4. Oregon Ducks
Projected Record: 12-1 (8-1 Pac 12)
I love this Oregon team. Their offensive line is one of the best in the country and they have a top 3 QB with Justin Herbert. Add in a tough non-conference game against Auburn and they’ll have the resume to get to the playoffs. As long as their defense is decent they can get through Pac-12 play.