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    2018 College Football Chatter

    SN's pre-preseason top 25 for 2018

    The 2017-18 season ended with the College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Georgia on Monday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    That doesn't mean it's too early to look ahead to the 2018 college football top 25 rankings. Keep in mind that last year's way-too-early top 25 had all four playoff teams — and four New Year's Day Six teams — in the top 10.

    With that in mind, here is a look at Sporting News' pre-preseason top 25 rankings for 2018:

    25. Texas A&M Aggies

    Jimbo Fisher has arrived, and that's going to raise the bar in College Station to its highest point since the Aggies joined the SEC West in 2012. Some patience is required. The Fisher era starts with an early showdown against Clemson — and Dabo Swinney — that has College GameDay written all over it.

    24. Memphis Tigers

    Mike Norvell opted to stay at Memphis after the Tigers' 10-3 season, good news for an AAC program in the hunt for that New Year's Day Six berth. Memphis loses key playmakers on offense, but there's a reason Norvell stayed: This team can compete again.

    23. South Carolina Gamecocks

    Florida and Tennessee are breaking in first-year coaches, so this is a unique opportunity for Will Muschamp to lead the Gamecocks to a breakthrough in the SEC East. Quarterback Jake Bentley is back and should continue to improve with his supporting cast, too.

    22. Texas Longhorns

    Tom Herman returns after leading the Longhorns to a bowl win in his first season. Sam Ehlinger is a quarterback the program can build around. Texas lost to USC, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State by a combined 11 points; can the Longhorns close that gap next year?

    21. UCF Knights

    Scott Frost is back at Nebraska, but incoming coach Josh Heupel inherits a fun, talented team led by quarterback McKenzie Milton. A September showdown against Florida Atlantic will be huge for the Group of 5.

    20. Oklahoma State Cowboys

    The Cowboys lose the star connection of Mason Rudolph and James Washington, but Mike Gundy decided to stay in Stillwater despite a push from Tennessee. There will be growing pains, but the Cowboys will figure things out.

    19. Florida State Seminoles

    First-year coach Willie Taggart inherits a talented team. Deondre Francois' return, coupled with the emergence of star running back Cam Akers, should make that transition easier. Will the Seminoles get back to competing for an ACC championship? Those are the expectations Taggart faces every year now.

    18. TCU Horned Frogs

    Highly touted dual-threat quarterback Shawn Robinson will take over a team capable of making a run back to the Big 12 championship game. An early test against Ohio State on Sept. 15 will be telling.

    17. Michigan Wolverines

    Too high? The arrival of Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson could be the missing piece that allows Jim Harbaugh to silence the critics after a disappointing five-loss season. To be honest, we wanted to go higher, but the Wolverines' schedule — which features road games at Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State — leaves them with a lot to prove.

    16. Michigan State Spartans

    Brian Lewerke emerged as Michigan State's quarterback of the future in 2017, and that was the key to another successful season — and remarkable turnaround — in 2017 under Mark Dantonio. Running back LJ Scott is returning, and Ohio State and Michigan must visit East Lansing. As Dantonio likes to say, “It's never over."

    15. Virginia Tech Hokies

    Justin Fuente didn't entertain some big-time coaching openings in the offseason, a testament to his commitment to Blacksburg. The Hokies have proven they're good enough to compete for the ACC championship game again. They'll have to build around quarterback Josh Jackson to take the next step.

    14. Stanford Cardinal

    Running back K.J. Costello's continued development is imperative, especially if Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love declares for the NFL Draft. The Cardinal are always in the mix with David Shaw, but the September schedule is tough, with San Diego State and USC at home followed by road games at Oregon and Notre Dame.

    13. LSU Tigers

    Ed Orgeron kept the Tigers moving in the right direction in 2017, and the quarterback competition between Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse will be the focus of the offseason. The Tigers play Miami at Jerry World in the opener and have crossover games against Florida and Georgia in consecutive weeks. We'll know enough about this team before Alabama comes to Baton Rouge on Nov. 3.

    12. USC Trojans

    Sam Darnold is leaving for the NFL, so the focus will be on the quarterback battle among Matt Fink, Jack Sears and Thomas Holden. Running back Stephen Carr should have a breakout season, however, and coach Clay Helton has reestablished a winning culture within the program.

    11. Washington Huskies

    Chris Petersen has built a consistent winner at Washington. That will be tested when the Huskies and four-year starter Jake Browning take on Auburn in the season-opener in Atlanta.

    10. Penn State Nittany Lions

    The Nittany Lions were four points away over two games from an undefeated season. James Franklin continues to build through recruiting. Penn State, however, must deal with the loss of Saquon Barkley, along with finding a new offensive coordinator to replace Joe Moorhead. But we like running back Miles Sanders' breakout potential. How much pressure will that put on quarterback Trace McSorley if he returns?

    9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    A November that saw the Irish go 2-2 overshadowed a 10-3 season, and the offensive line must replace two All-Americans in Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. Brandon Wimbush has a talented group of receivers with which to work, and that's an area of development that could put Notre Dame over the top.

    8. Auburn Tigers

    Gus Malzhan opted to stay at Auburn, and with good reason. There's enough talent on both sides of the ball to repeat as SEC West champions, and perhaps finish the job this time around. Jarrett Stidham is back, but leading rushers Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway are gone and the defense loses Jeff Holland and Carlton Davis to the NFL. The Tigers do have to travel to Tuscaloosa and Athens this time around.

    7. Miami Hurricanes

    Mark Richt and the Hurricanes arrived earlier than expected this year and — despite three losses to end the season — should be back in ACC contention with Malik Rosier and a core that includes running back Travis Homer and cornerback Malek Young. Miami's nonconference schedule features a monster opener against LSU at Jerry World and a road trip to Toledo.

    6. Wisconsin Badgers

    Wisconsin returns quarterback Alex Hornibrook and star running back Jonathan Taylor. Paul Chryst continues to improve the skill positions while following a familiar pattern with the offensive line and defense. The next step is finishing the job at the Big Ten championship game. If the Badgers can do that for the first time since 2012, they'll make the Playoff once and for all.

    5. Oklahoma Sooners

    Lincoln Riley couldn't have done a better job replacing Bob Stoops, but the Sooners will lose Baker Mayfield to the NFL and a few other key pieces. Kyler Murray — a Texas high school legend — should be ready to take the job, but early tests against Florida Atlantic (yes, really) and UCLA accelerate that learning curve.

    4. Ohio State Buckeyes

    Dwayne Haskins has the early lead on what promises to be a fierce quarterback battle in Columbus, and Urban Meyer faces the usual attrition to the NFL Draft. J.K. Dobbins and Nick Bosa are back, however, and Ohio State is still the team to beat in the Big Ten despite trips to TCU, Penn State and Michigan State.

    3. Georgia Bulldogs

    The Bulldogs were one of the big winners at the NFL Draft entry deadline last year. The defending SEC champions now have holes to fill, but the offense can build around sophomore Jake Fromm. Kirby Smart has what looks like the nation's top class coming in, however, and the Bulldogs are in great position in the SEC East.

    2. Clemson Tigers

    Business as usual for Dabo Swinney. The Tigers will suffer losses to the NFL Draft, but Kelly Bryant is back, running back Travis Etienne is a value pick for the Heisman Trophy and the defensive line can re-tool around Dexter Lawrence. The arrival of five-star freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Xavier Thomas only reinforces the point: Clemson isn't going anywhere.

    1. Alabama Crimson Tide

    Yes, we put Alabama at No. 1 again. Chances are it will be atop the preseason polls that come out in August. Nick Saban may have a QB controversy between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, but he's working with the same talented stable of skill position players. One possible concern: Saban will be working with his third different defensive coordinator in four seasons.

    Others receiving votes: Mississippi State, Louisville, Florida Atlantic, Arizona.

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    My hopes for 2018, unrelated to my team:

    • FSU excels under Taggart. Just tired of Dabo/Clemson.
    • UGA drops a game or two, but honestly I don't see anyone in the East giving them a legit fight.
    • Michigan is competitive and beats Ohio State. Dislike Harbaugh, but I hate Urban.
    • Miami continues to improve. Idk why, but college football is just better when Miami is good.
    • Virginia Tech loses every game.

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    My hopes for 2018:

    • Kliff Kingsbury gets fired
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    Evidently Clark Lea was promoted to DC at Notre Dame after Elko bolted for T A&M. Should make a relatively smooth transition since the scheme and language will probably be pretty similar. Kind of surprised he didn't follow Elko to Texas but maybe he wants to make a name for himself. Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midswat View Post
    Miami lock.

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    My observation of the teams that competed in the National Championship playoffs is that three of the teams are very close as competitors. Any of the three (Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma) could have won the title give or take a few critical plays. The biggest misrepresentation was that the # 1 ranked team, Clemson, which was expected to be the best had the poorest appearance in the tournament. They were not up to the play shown by the other three.

    Had Alabama stuck with their starting QB, they likely would have been drummed out of the title by Georgia. Funny how things work out sometimes.
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    How in the hell does Texas have a 20/1 chance of winning the championship?

    They haven't come close to appearing in a significant bowl since the 2009 season. Hell, they barely qualified for a bowl game this year after failing to qualify the previous two seasons.

    This is exactly why programs like UCF will never got a seat at the table because the powers that be always give blue blood programs a head start in the rankings. UCF will be made to start off in the 20s at best while the programs like Notre Dame and Texas will always be afforded the benefit of the doubt, even when they don't deserve it.

    I don't even think Oklahoma should be a top 5 team going into next season but I've already seen a couple of national sites list them there in their "way too early top 25 for 2018" polls. We're losing Mayfield and a few more All-Conference/All-Americans on offense. I'm expecting 3 or 4 losses next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1bigfan13 View Post
    How in the hell does Texas have a 20/1 chance of winning the championship?

    They haven't come close to appearing in a significant bowl since the 2009 season. Hell, they barely qualified for a bowl game this year after failing to qualify the previous two seasons.

    This is exactly why programs like UCF will never got a seat at the table because the powers that be always give blue blood programs a head start in the rankings. UCF will be made to start off in the 20s at best while the programs like Notre Dame and Texas will always be afforded the benefit of the doubt, even when they don't deserve it.

    I don't even think Oklahoma should be a top 5 team going into next season but I've already seen a couple of national sites list them there in their "way too early top 25 for 2018" polls. We're losing Mayfield and a few more All-Conference/All-Americans on offense. I'm expecting 3 or 4 losses next year.
    Yea, like when we were ranked going into last season and I couldn't understand why.

    We've been awful for the better part of 7 years now. We have no business being ranked headed into any season until we can actually win 8 or 9 games and have some marquee wins in there as well.
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