College Football Preseason Top Five in Power RankingsBy David A.
Each week of the college football season, the power rankings are released by different sports sites. The rankings help give the sports bettors an idea of how the team is playing on both sides of the ball leading up to their next game and the next possible bet wagered by the sports bettor.
The college football season opens today with a game down under between Hawaii and California. A full lineup of games begins on Thursday September 1 through Saturday September 3 to kickoff the season.
Here are the power rankings for the first week of the season for the top five teams.
The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide tops the list. The Tide lost a great deal of talent from its championship team, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
The Tide has to replace its quarterback, but the two biggest losses were running backs Kenyan Drake and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.
A number of defensive players also are now in the NFL and the recruiting class will be pressured to fill those big holes. Nevertheless, the Tide is the Tide and until they are knocked from their perch, the champion will be at the top or near it each week.
The Tigers went down fighting in last season’s national championship game losing to Alabama 45-40. DeShaun Watson the Tigers dual threat at quarterback returns for another season, is one of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy, and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
The Sooners begin the season with one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback Baker Mayfield. Last season Mayfield had 36 touchdown passes. With a few holes to fill on the offensive line, the Sooners should once again be battling for the Big 12 title.
The Buckeyes will have their biggest rivals the Michigan Wolverines to contend with but with J.T. Barrett under center, the offense will once again be a force.
Even though the Seminoles will have a freshman at quarterback, the offense should be tough with Dalvin Cook at running back and a strong offensive line. They have a tough schedule but with an October showdown against Clemson.
Of course over the season these the teams will move up and down and some will stay in the top five while others will fall out of even the top 20. The important thing is to be up high on this list when the College Football Playoff rolls around since it means the team is playing well on both sides of the ball.