College football rankings: Georgia, Michigan lead way-too-early top 25 ahead of 2023 season

1 The post-Stetson Bennett IV period begins with both Carson Beck or Brock Vandegriff at quarterback. Standouts Chris Smith and Kelee Ringo go away the secondary, however the risk exists that every one 5 starters on the offensive line return. That’s a terrific place to start out each within the SEC and with UGA’s aim of dominating the nation once more. There is not any Oregon on the schedule within the nonconference slate. No Alabama, both. In the primary month, Georgia performs UT-Martin, Ball State and UAB. Can you say three-peat? 2 Harbaugh holds your entire program in his sway. It wasn’t too way back he had his wage slashed in half because the story was him being unable to beat Ohio State. That’s not the difficulty after a second consecutive CFP semifinal exit. Harbaugh & Co. have the roster to win all of it in 2023. Quarterback JJ McCarthy ought to develop right into a difference-making star as a junior based mostly on his end to 2022. Donovan Edwards would be the workhorse at operating again alongside Blake Corum, who’s returning to the Wolverines however faces a protracted restoration from his season-ending knee damage. 3 Despite the loss of CJ Stroud to the NFL, the QB room is stocked and will get stronger whether or not Ryan Day is profitable within the switch portal or not. The Buckeyes need to play Notre Dame, Michigan and Wisconsin on the highway. Despite defensive failings towards Michigan and Georgia, coordinator Jim Knowles made strides in 2022. 4 The finest offensive (Bryce Young) and defensive (Will Anderson Jr.) gamers of 2022 departure. Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson will battle at quarterback. Nick Saban should discover a receiving mixture that takes the top off the protection. That could have been the distinction between 11 wins in 2022 — tied for fewest since 2010 — and a playoff berth. 5 West Coast football is again. The Huskies are poised to dominate the Pac-12. Michael Penix Jr. is a legit Heisman Trophy candidate who ought to surpass 5,000 yards passing contemplating the expertise that’s coming again. Coach Kalen DeBoer is a turnaround artist who has the Huskies again within the nationwide dialog. Perhaps the largest motive to favor UDub within the Pac-12? It will get Oregon and Utah at residence. 6 Chandler Morris takes over at QB following an inspiring playoff run led by Max Duggan. The possible loss of main receiver Quentin Johnston to the NFL Draft will damage, however the receiver room is deep. Defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie was sneaky good with a scheme (3-3-5) that’s the sum of its elements. In the primary yr of the brand new Big 12, search for the Horned Frogs to have a legit likelihood at repeating. 7 Last we noticed, the Nittany Lions had been dancing off the Rose Bowl turf like that they had gained the nationwide championship. Being the third-best workforce within the Big Ten by no means felt so good. The roster is loaded in ’23. Celebrated QB Drew Allar makes his debut as a starter. Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen give Penn State one of probably the most explosive backfields within the nation. If the Nittany Lions can discover a technique to knock off one or each of their masters within the Big Ten East (Michigan, Ohio State) they have an opportunity to be within the playoff. 8 Brian Kelly overachieved in his first season profitable 10 video games and the SEC West. Now the mandate is to be higher. That means beating Alabama once more and taking part in for the SEC West title (once more). The considerably shocking return of QB Jayden Daniels provides the Tigers an opportunity offensively. Mason Taylor could be the perfect tight finish within the nation. Linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. might need been the perfect freshman in 2022. 9 This is a key yr for Dabo Swinney and Clemson football. Sure, the Tigers have gained no less than 10 video games for 12 consecutive seasons, however lacking the CFP in 2023 would mark three years in a row with out a Football Four berth. The at-times messy transition to Cade Klubnik appears to have settled the offense. It’s going to be robust changing sort out Bryan Bresee and finish Myles Murphy on protection. Miami and South Carolina are on the highway, however can the Tigers win one other ACC title? Florida State may have a say. 10 The addition of Sam Hartman at QB within the switch portal provides the Fighting Irish some CFP buzz. The ACC’s all-time chief in landing passes (110) should combine himself right into a thinned receiving corps that misplaced TE Michael Mayer. Marcus Freeman did a tremendous job after beginning 0-2 (0-3 for those who depend the Fiesta Bowl). 11 Bo Nix’s two finest seasons (one at Auburn, one at Oregon) got here beneath former offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who left to change into Arizona State coach. Nix surprisingly returned with a renewed repute. The dude can play and make the distinction in a Pac-12 title. The protection must be retooled in Dan Lanning’s second season. 12 After the largest turnaround within the historical past of FBS (10 video games, from 2-10 to 12-2), the Green Wave have arrived. The return of QB Michael Pratt will assist Tulane keep on the top of a retooled American. Four starters return on the offensive line. Tulane knocked off each Kansas State and USC on its technique to profitable the AAC and the Cotton Bowl. Ole Miss higher be careful in a September go to to New Orleans. 13 Until Lincoln Riley finds a constant protection, will probably be onerous to contemplate the Trojans a playoff contender. They had been dealt with twice by Utah, and the collapse towards Tulane within the last minutes was epic. But USC at all times has an opportunity with quarterback Caleb Williams on the helm. Expecting him and the offense to outscore everybody, although, is simply an excessive amount of to ask. 14 If you need a stylish ACC choose, take the Seminoles. In Year 4, coach Mike Norvell has positioned FSU for a New Year’s Six run. The Noles gained 10 video games for the primary time in 2016 as QB Jordan Travis laid the groundwork for a Heisman Trophy chase. The protection was bolstered by the returns of finish Jared Verse and sort out Fabien Lovett. 15 The Beavers might be one of probably the most fascinating groups to observe in 2023. DJ Uiagalelei selected Oregon State to reset his profession. It will proceed to contend within the Pac-12, and if coach Jonathan Smith’s year-over-year enhancements proceed, it could possibly be a particular season. Oregon State comes off a 10-win marketing campaign for the primary time in 16 years. It bears watching to see if All-Pac 12 linebacker Omar Speights returns. UCLA, Utah and Washington are at residence. 16 There have been too many losses for a repeat of the 11-win season, however in Josh Heupel’s third marketing campaign, the Volunteers proceed their ascension to turning into a nationwide program once more. The quarterback battle might be fascinating between strong-armed veteran Joe Milton and prodigy Nicol Iamaleava, who might be taking part in for a contract the second he steps on campus. (He has a possible $3 million NIL cope with a neighborhood collective.) Pass catchers Bru McCoy and Squirrel White needs to be sufficient to maintain Heupel’s offense buzzing. 17 As normal, this might be an uncommon yr on the Forty Acres. Steve Sarkisian is coming off an eight-win season however continues to be solely 13-12 at Texas. That makes this a pivotal yr with the arrival of savior QB Arch Manning whereas Quinn Ewers makes an attempt to carry onto the beginning job. Bijan Robinson might be onerous to switch within the backfield. Sark has recruited properly, but when the Horns do not beat Oklahoma and problem for the Big 12, there might be rumblings. 18 The subsequent step is evident for Kyle Whittingham and the Utes: Get to the CFP. They are two-time defending Pac-12 champions coming off consecutive 10-win seasons for the primary time in 13 years. They’ve misplaced consecutive Rose Bowls to Big Ten opponents. Another run hinges on the play of QB Cam Rising, who introduced his return Monday, together with an already stout protection. 19 The defending Big 12 champions are peaking beneath Chris Klieman. The solely Big 12 workforce to defeat TCU loses RB Deuce Vaughn, however QB Will Howard can run round and make sufficient area to maintain the Wildcats in each sport. 20 With or with out NIL riches, QB Drake Maye’s return provides the Tar Heels an opportunity. Let’s not overlook UNC performed for the ACC title final season. Mack Brown nonetheless has fuel left within the tank. He has to get away from profitable shootouts. The protection should enhance. 21 Lane Kiffin is entertaining as hell, however the finish of the 2022 season was a disappointment with a four-game dropping streak. That included a loss to Mississippi State within the Egg Bowl. Did Kiff’s flirtation with Auburn influence the Rebels’ consideration span? The offensive items are in place for 9 wins, however the protection has to get higher. 22 Better to overdeliver than underachieve. Ask Shane Beamer how he feels going into his third season. Defeating top 10 opponents in consecutive weeks (Tennessee and Clemson) makes the Gamecocks the upset kings of the SEC. Ignore them at your individual peril. A return by QB Spencer Rattler would assist cut back concern over a rash of transfers. 23 Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaves, however Chip Kelly made recruiting headlines when he flipped Dante Moore away from Oregon and Ohio State. Kent State switch Collin Schlee helps ease the loss of RB Zach Charbonnet. The protection should get higher, significantly towards the go. 24 Jeff Traylor has gained 23 video games and consecutive Conference USA titles during the last two seasons. The return of QB Frank Harris was big. If Traylor can hold bigger packages from poaching his gamers, he’ll be at UTSA without end. If not, he might need to take a Power Five job. The tampering for him has change into maddening. 25 OK, name it a charity rating. The Sooners have so much of work to do after their first dropping season since 1998. Dillion Gabriel was simply OK AT QB. His finest receiver (Marvin Mims) and rusher (Eric Gray) have left. There’s going to be some stress on Brent Venables in his second season after his D gave up 35 factors per sport. A top 10 recruiting class ought to assist.

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