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The best college football player in the country is...

The best college football player in the country doesn't play in a Power 5 conference.

According to, the best player in America this year is Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver.

The former top recruit surprised many when he pledged to the Cougars out of high school and he's lived up to the hype so far. Oliver was a standout as a freshman and should wreak havoc on offensive lines all season long.

Here's the top five, per

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: Oliver was the most impressive freshman defender in recent college football history. He'll be a constant thorn in the side of offenses for the foreseeable future.

2. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson did not end the year on a high note, but his talent as a thrower and runner gives him a great chance to be the first repeat Heisman winner since Archie Griffin.

3. Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Darnold is considered the nation's top young quarterback in NFL scouting circles due to his physical attributes and mental aptitude. He'll carry his young receiving corps in 2017.

4. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: The former walk-on and Texas Tech transfer could be a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second year in a row. His mobility, toughness and ability to stretch the field help him overcome a lack of size to be a dangerous offensive threat.

5. Derwin James, S, Florida State: James was injured two games into last season, but will be full throttle in 2017. The tall, long safety is a secure tackler against the run and has the ball skills to create turnovers in coverage.

You can view the full rankings here.