#Countdown2Kickoff T25

Without further adieu and after much speculation, we save the best pre-season top 25 for last, #Countdown2Kickoff’s T25. Unlike the Amway or AP Poll, our poll ignores the hype of unproven so-called *5 stars, refuses to be suckered  into the last look test, and places an emphasis on the non-glamorous positions which often decide games but don’t get the press clippings. Games may be won or lost in the trenches, but its the specialist, who dictate field position which ultimately determines the outcomes of most games:

  1. Clemson: Why? Mike Williams and DC Brent Veneables
  2. FSU: Why? Jimbo Fisher, QB whisperer Why Not? Clemson & Health of Dalvin Cook
  3. Alabama: Why? 6 No.1 recruiting classes Why Not? Inexperienced RBs & depth at DB
  4. Ohio State: Why? J.T. Barrett Why Not? J.T. Barrett
  5. LSU: Why? Leonard Fournette Why Not? Brandon Harris
  6. Michigan: Why? Weak schedule Why not? 42-13
  7. Stanford: Why? Christian Mccaffrey Why not? 337+ carries
  8. Oklahoma: Why? Lincoln Riley Why not? Mike Stoops
  9. Iowa: Why? CJ Beathard Why not? Michigan
  10. Houston: Why? Tom Herman Why not? Greg Ward Jr health & secondary overhaul
  11. Tennessee: Why? Joshua Dobbs & Butch Jones Why not? Joshua Dobbs & Butch Jones
  12. Michigan State Why?  Mark Dantonio Why not? No Connor Cook
  13. UCLA Why? Josh Rosen Why not? Defense
  14. Notre Dame: Why? Deshone Kizer & Malik Zaire Why not? Deshone Kizer Malik Zaire
  15. USC: Why? Abundance of talent Why not? Schedule & lack of depth
  16. Oklahoma State: Why? Mason Rudolph & James Washington Why not? Defense
  17. Florida: Why? Jim McElwain Why not? Off the field distractions
  18. Oregon Why? Royce Freeman Why not? Defense
  19. Ole Miss Why? Chad Kelly Why not? Chad Kelly
  20. TCU Why? Gary Patterson Why not? Kenny Hill is no Trevone Boykin
  21. Washington Why? Browning, Gaskins, & Death Row Why not? Wideouts
  22. Georgia Why? Nick Chubb & Sony Michel Why not? Kirby Smart
  23. Louisville Why? Lamar Jackson Why not? FSU, Clemson, & Houston
  24. Boise State Why? Brett Rypien Why not? Defensive Line Overhaul
  25. Baylor Why? Russell, Cannon, & Linwood Why not? Art Briles scandal far from over


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