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ESPN Predicts The Best College Football Program In 2020

An Alabama Crimson Tide Helmet

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The best college football program right now in Alabama. That's not really up for debate, either. The Crimson Tide are the reigning national champions and have won five national titles since 2009.

How much longer is Nick Saban's dominance going to last? Probably for a while.

ESPN published today its "future power rankings," attempting to predict which college football programs will be great through the year 2020.

Alabama, unsurprisingly, comes in at No. 1.


Usually there's some debate about the top spot, but not this year. Alabama comes off of its fifth national championship in the past nine seasons. Coach Nick Saban turns 67 on Halloween but has shown every intention of coaching for a while longer. The Tide's defense, their signature unit, continues to stockpile talent and should feature arguably the nation's best linebackers in 2018, complementing All-America candidate Raekwon Davis at defensive end.

"They just look different when you step on the field," an opposing offensive coordinator said. While Alabama's quarterback situation is drawing more attention than normal because of the unique dynamic, the outlook could be better than ever. Jalen Hurts is a proven winner, and Tua Tagovailoa gives Alabama a passing element it has lacked during this historic run. The only potential concerns, other than Saban retiring before 2020, are how a shuffled coaching staff will adjust this season, and whether there's enough quarterback depth if and when one of the top contenders departs.

Good luck, college football teams not named Alabama.

You can view the full rankings here.