2016 College Football Preseason Power Rankings
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We’re just a few weeks away from the 2016 college football season kicking off and you can just feel the excitement. Sports Chat Place will have more coverage during the season than any other site and we can start with the preseason power rankings.
Here are the top 25 teams entering the 2016 college football season.
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1. Alabama Crimson Tide - No team reloads like Alabama and despite losing some key pieces on both sides of the ball, the Tide have a loaded recruiting class to keep things going. It’s title or bust in Tuscaloosa.
2. Clemson Tigers - The Clemson Tigers defense took a major hit, but quarterback Deshaun Watson is the best in the country. That alone makes Clemson good enough to get back to the big game.
3. Florida State Seminoles - Florida State returns majority of the team that won double-digit games last season and has a game changer in running back Dalvin Cook.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes - Ohio State has a new team on both sides of the ball but top tier recruits everywhere. Also, JT Barrett is still pretty good at quarterback last time I checked.
5. Oklahoma Sooners - The Oklahoma Sooners have an offense that can go toe-to-toe with anybody and a defense that’s as physical as you’ll find in the Big 12.
6. Michigan Wolverines - Michigan still has questions to answer offensively, but good luck moving the ball on that defense. The Wolverines will compete with the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten.
7. LSU Tigers - The LSU Tigers are my preseason pick to win the national championship, as the defense is legit and Leonard Fournette is unstoppable. Just need Brandon Harris to be more consistent at quarterback.
8. Tennessee Volunteers - Tennessee returns 18 starters from a team that showed flashes of greatness last year. Butch Jones has the Vols on the cusp of their glory days.
9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame has playmakers on both sides of the ball and two reliable quarterbacks it can play. The Irish should be in the college football playoff convo all season.
10. Washington Huskies - Washington is that potential surprise team this season with an explosive offense and a veteran defense that flexed it's muscle last season. Don’t sleep on the Huskies this year.
11. UCLA Bruins - I may be slightly higher on UCLA than most, but that’s because of my confidence in Josh Rosen. If you haven’t seen the kid play much, get familiar with the future first round pick.
12. Ole Miss Rebels - Ole Miss still has a handful of high profile recruits who will help replace the losses during the offseason and Chad Kelly is a proven quarterback. Rebels are still a threat in the loaded SEC West.
13. Houston Cougars - Greg Ward Jr. is one of the best players in the country regardless of position. If Houston gets off to a fast start, be prepared for playoff talk surrounding this program.
14. Stanford Cardinal - Stanford is a well oiled machine and should be able to stay afloat despite losses on both sides of the ball. Also, running back Christian McCaffrey remains a legit Heisman candidate.
15. Georgia Bulldogs - Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Jacob Eason create an offensive trio that makes Georgia one of the more dangerous teams in the SEC. Bulldogs just need to figure things out quickly on the defensive side.
16. Michigan State Spartans - Michigan State has earned the reputation to be given the benefit of the doubt, but Sparty lost a lot this offseason. Mark Dantonio will be forced to earn his paycheck like never before.
17. USC Trojans - The USC Trojans have a let of questions on both sides of the ball, but if you know anything about USC, it’s that recruiting keeps this one of the more talented teams in the country. Trojans shouldn’t be looked over.
18. Louisville Cardinals - Louisville finished last season very strong and has a lot of guys returning. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is one of the more underrated players in college football and is just scratching the surface of his potential.
19 North Carolina Tar Heels - North Carolina returns pretty much last year’s squad besides quarterback. If the Tar Heels can get anything out of Mitch Trubisky, they’re a contender in the ACC.
20. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Oklahoma State has one of the more explosive offenses in the country and a defense that makes plays. Cowboys just need to be more consistent in order to take that next step.
21. Iowa Hawkeyes - Iowa returns eight starters from a defense that ranked 22nd in the country and has a quarterback who manages games well. The Hawkeyes can get back to the Big Ten Championship.
22. Florida Gators - The Gators will once again have one of the best defenses in the land. However, Florida hasn’t found a quarterback since Tim Tebow left town.
23. Miami Hurricanes - Miami is a sleeping giant this season with Brad Kaaya at quarterback. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Hurricanes make a run in the ACC this season.
24. Baylor Bears - Even with the scandals and what not, Baylor is still a talented football team that's going to continue putting points on the board at a high clip. The Bears aren’t going anywhere just yet.
25. Oregon Ducks - Oregon has an offense that will continue to put up points, but new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke has his work cut out for him on the defensive side.