NCAA Football Preseason Rankings: The Top 25

Every year, every sports site known to man releases their preseason rankings for college football. We all pick similar teams, and we all throw in a few wild cards. Every year, we are all proven wrong. Yet, we still rank.

Take a peak at my rankings for the 2015 year. Maybe this year, I’ll get it right.

1) Ohio State

Ohio State comes into this season with three players who could all start at quarterback for most of the best teams in the country. Cardale Jones, JT Barrett, and Braxton Miller all provide killer offensive help. Adding to their chances, Miller has agreed to convert to wide out and H-Back.

2) Alabama
3) TCU

QB Trevone Boykin leads an offense with 10 returning starters, creating a force to be reckoned with. With an already solid defense, TCU is a shoe-in.

4) LSU
5) Baylor
6) Oregon
7) Notre Dame
8) Ole Miss
9) Georgia
10) Arkansas
11) Texas A&M

Texas A&M return with young talent and a new defensive coordinator John Chavis. If they can turn around a struggling defensive, they’ll make it high enough on the rankings.

12) UCLA
13) USC
14) Tennessee

While not on most people’s top 25, Tennessee has great potential, and a proven strong team chemistry.

15) Oklahoma
16) Michigan State
17) Stanford

Senior QB Kevin Hogan had a strong end to his 2014 season, surrounded by seven of his top eight receivers, several solid running backs, and four returning starters on a massive offensive line. The defensive side is a concern, but if they can properly develop the starters in fall camp, they are a sure-fire for the Pac-12.

18) Auburn
19) Clemson
20) Arizona State
21) Florida State
22) Mississippi State

Another bold choice, but, any given Saturday.

23) Georgia Tech
24) Wisconsin

New coach Paul Chryst inherited a talented roster and favorable schedule for 2015. The secondary returns intact, along with the starting outside linebackers. Chryst lured offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph back, which is a huge plus for the staff.

Melvin Gordon carried the majority of the load, however, and will be greatly missed on the offense. The Badgers must fix the passing game, which was ranked 116th among FBS teams (148.7 yards per game), and replace three starters on the offensive line, if they plan on making the top 25.

25) Michigan

Kristen Ashly is an editor and contributor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristenAshly.

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