We may have to wait another three months until the 2018 College Football season kicks-off, but that doesn’t mean we have to sit around twiddling our thumbs until late August. Today marks the first day of a weekly series where I will reveal one fifth of my preseason top 25. So without further ado, I present to you the worst best teams coming into the 2018 College Football Season:
After Rich Rodriguez was fired for some nasty stuff, the Wildcats went out and got Kevin Sumlin as a replacement at head coach. Sumlin will have pre-season Heisman candidate Khalil Tate who can beat you on the ground (1353 rushing yards in 2017) or rip it through the air (1,248 passing yards in 9 games). On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats defense is young and are looking to make a substantial jump in the 2018 season. So far, they are off to a strong start as they came out forced 5 turnovers in their spring game. Look for linebackers Colin Schooler and Tony Fields II to have big seasons down in Tucson.
Longhorn fans have reason to be excited for the first time in what feels like a millenia as second year Head Coach Tom Herman will lead the third best recruiting class of 2018 and Dual-threat Quaterback Sam Ehlinger looks to solidify himself as the starter of a Texas team loaded with potential.
23. South Carolina
Due to coaching turnover in the SEC East, Will Muschamp has the chance to give Georgia a run for their money for the division title. They’ll face the Bulldogs at home on September 8th, and if you want to talk about home-field advantage, imagine playing at at one of theloudest stadiums in all of college football (Williams-Brice) in the middle of a late summer day in South Carolina. Their defense lost Skai Moore to the draft, but second leading tackler TJ Brunson returns to lead an experienced group. As for the offense, Quaterback Jake Bentley retained his favorite target Bryan Edwards.
22. San Diego State
Rocky Long will look to lead his program to it’s fourth straight double digit win season. Third year starter Christian Chapman will have his work cut out for him after the Aztecs lost another 2,000 yard rusher Rashad Penny, but with an experienced and talented offseason line it’s hard to imagine San Diego State will struggle to find a replacement.
21. Florida Atlantic
Lane Kiffin has won the offseason on Twitter, but now it’s (almost, still got 3 months) time for the Owls to continue the begining of an era and remain a Group of 5 force. Devin Singletary, is one of the nation’s best Runningbacks and will anchor an offense that will feature a new Quarterback, Last Chance U season 2 star: De’Andre Johnson. Speaking of Last Chance U, JF3 may have moved on from FAU, but Tim Bonner from season 2 is expected to have a larger role on the team’s defense in 2018.
College Football America’s sweetheart: Lane Kiffin
Come back next Sunday for more rankings!