Spring football around the college landscape is wrapped up, and we know a bit more about the sport’s top teams. Of course, spring is always a season of optimism in the sport, so most fan bases should feel pretty good about their teams.
ESPN used the end of spring as an opportunity to update their 2019 preseason college football Top 25. A group of the site’s college football writers used what we learned about these teams during their spring practices and games to inform the new rankings.
14 people voted on the rankings and contributed to the list: Andrea Adelson, Joel Anderson, Edward Aschoff, Kyle Bonagura, David Hale, Sam Khan Jr., Chris Low, Ryan McGee, Dan Murphy, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Mark Schlabach, Jake Trotter, and Tom VanHaaren. Many of the usual suspects find themselves at the top of the list.
Here is the Top 8 of ESPN’s post-spring 2019 college football rankings.
With brief excerpts from their full write-ups:
- Clemson: “They return one of the most dynamic offenses in college football, and appear to have even enhanced that unit with some early-enrollee freshmen who could make a difference.”
- Alabama: “While Josh Jobe and a few other players created a buzz, the defense must find a way to replace a bunch of draft picks and bounce back from a rough end to last season.”
- Georgia: “We’re going to have to trust Jake Fromm when he says he and the offense made strides this spring, because it didn’t show up on G-Day, with the exception of a seemingly rising star in wideout Jeremiah Holloman.”
- Oklahoma: “Not only was (quarterback Jalen) Hurts spectacular in OU’s spring game, he has quickly taken over a prominent leadership role in the locker room despite being in Norman only four months.”
- Ohio State: “If (quarterback Justin) Fields stays healthy, Ohio State should be in the playoff discussion.”
- Notre Dame: “If Fields stays healthy, Ohio State should be in the playoff discussion.”
- Michigan: “If it doesn’t end with a conference championship or playoff berth, there will be quite a bit of grumbling around Ann Arbor.”
- Florida: “The Gators set multiple spring-game records on offense, a surprising breath of fresh air considering how poorly that unit has performed over the past decade.”
Other notable inclusions: LSU (No. 9), Oregon (10), Texas (11), Texas A&M (12), Penn State (13), Auburn (18), Nebraska (20), Wisconsin (21), and Iowa (23).
For the full list and write-ups, head to ESPN.