Pete’s Way Too Early CFB Top 25

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Although sports may be on hold, it doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing for their return. In anticipation for the (hopefully) return of the CFB season, I am taking it upon myself to make a WAY TO EARLY preseason poll. Keep in mind that these rankings are very raw and could shift drastically by the time things get underway come fall.

25. Cincinnati

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Last Seasons Record: 11-3

Key Returners: QB; Desmond Ridder, Safety; Ja’von Hicks

Biggest Losses: RB; Michael Warren II, WR; Malick Mbodj

Key Acquisitions: WR; Michael Young (Grad transfer from Notre Dame), OL; Luke Collinsworth, CB; Iesa Jarmon, Safety; Leroy Bowers

24. Utah

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Last Seasons Record: 11-3

Key Returners: TE; Brant Kuithe, WR; Britain Covey, LB; Devin Lloyd

Biggest Losses: QB; Tyler Huntley, RB; Zack Moss, CB; Jaylon Johnson, Safety; Terrell Burgess, Edge; Bradlee Anae

Key Acquisitions:  DL; Xavier Carlton, LB; Graham Faloona, CB; Faybian Marks, LB; Jeremy Mercier, QB; Jake Bentley (Transfer from South Carolina)

23. UNC

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Last Seasons Record: 7-6

Key Returners: QB; Sam Howell (Heisman Sleeper,)  LB; Chazz Surratt; WR; Dyami Brown, WR; Dazz Newsome, RB; Michael Carter

Biggest Losses: DL; Aaron Crawford, DL; Jason Strowbridge, Safety; Myles Dorn

Key Acquisitions: WR; Josh Downs, DT; Kedrick Bingley-Jones, Safety; Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, DE; Desmond Evans

22. Florida State

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Last Seasons Record: 6-7

Key Returners: WR; Tamorrion Terry, WR; D.J. Matthews, RB; Khalan Laborn, QB; James Blackman

Biggest Losses: RB; Cam Akers, WR; Keith Gavin, CB; Stanford Samuels III, CB; Levonta
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Key Acquisitions: Mike Norvell (Head Coach,) OLB; Stephen Dix Jr., CB; Demorie Tate

21. Arizona State

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Last Seasons Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB;  Jayden Daniels (Heisman Sleeper,)  WR; Frank Darby

Biggest Losses: RB; Eno Benjamin, WR; Brandon Aiyuk, CB; Kobe Williams

Key Acquisitions: All-Purpose Back; Daniyel Ngata,  RB; DeaMonte Trayanum, Marvin Lewis (New Defensive Coordinator)

20. Tennesse

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Last Seasons Record: 8-5

Key Returners: OL; Trey Smith, QB; Jarrett Guarantano, WR; Josh Palmer

Biggest Losses: Safety; Nigel Warrior, WR; Jauan Jennings, LB; Darrell Taylor

Key Acquisitions: QB;  Harrison Bailey, Safety; Keyshawn Lawrence, DT; Reginald Perry

19. Michigan

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Last Seasons Record: 9-4

Key Returners: QB; Dylan McCaffrey, QB; Joe Milton, RB; Zach Charbonnet, WR; Nico Collins, Safety; Daxton Hill

Biggest Losses: QB; Shea Patterson, CB; Lavert Hill, WR; Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR; Tarik Black

Key Acquisitions: LB; Kalel Mullings, DE; Braiden McGregor, RB; Blake Corum, CB; Andre Seldon

18. Iowa State

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Last Seasons Record: 7-6

Key Returners: QB; Brock Purdy, RB; Breece Hall, LB; O’Rien Vance

Biggest Losses: LB; Marcel Spears, OL; Julian Good-Jones, DL; Ray Lima

Key Acquisitions: DT; Latrell Bankston (Transfer), OL; Anthony Smith, CB; Michal Antoine

17. Wisconsin

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Last Seasons Record: 10-4

Key Returners: QB; Jack Coan, FB; Mason Stokke, WR; Danny Davis, OLB; Noah Burks

Biggest Losses: RB; Jonathan Taylor, EDGE; Zack Baun, WR; Quintez Cephus, OL; Tyler Biadasz

Key Acquisitions: RB; Jalen Berger, OL; Jack Nelson, LB;  Nick Herbig, LB; Kaden Johnson

16. USC

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Last Seasons Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Kedon Slovis, WR; Amon-Ra St. Brown, CB, Chris Steele

Biggest Losses: WR; Michael Pittman Jr., OT; Austin Jackson,. DE; Jay Tufele

Key Acquisitions: WR; Gary Bryant Jr., WR; Joshua Jackson Jr., Todd Orlando (New DC), DT, Kobe Pepe

15. Texas A&M

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Last Seasons Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Kellen Mond, DE; Micheal Clemons,  WR; Jhamon Ausbon

Biggest Losses:  DB; Charles Oliver, WR; Kendrick Rogers, DT; Justin Madubuike

Key Acquisitions: DE; Fadil Diggs, Safety; Jaylon Jones, WR; Demond Demas, DE; Donell Harris

14. Minnesota

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Last Seasons Record: 11-2

Key Returners: QB; Tanner Morgan, WR; Rashod Bateman, RB; Mohamed Ibrahim

Biggest Losses: Safety; Antoine Winfield Jr., WR; Tyler Johnson, EDGE; Carter Coughlin, LB; Kamal Martin, RB; Rodney Smith

Key Acquisitions: WR;  Daniel Jackson, LB; Itayvion Brown, RB; Ky Thomas

13. Notre Dame

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Last Seasons Record: 11-2

Key Returners: QB; Ian Book, WR; Lawrence Keys, Safety; Kyle Hamilton

Biggest Losses: WR; Chase Claypool, DE; Julian Okwara, DL; Khalid Kareem, CB; Troy Pride Jr.

Key Acquisitions: TE; Michael Mayer, WR; Jordan Johnson, APRB; Chris Tyree, OT; Tosh Baker

12. Texas

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Last Seasons Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Sam Ehlinger (Heisman Hopeful,) WR;  Brennan Eagles, RB; Keaontay Ingram, Safety; BJ Foster

Biggest Losses: WR; Devin Duvernay, DB; Brandon Jones, WR; Collin Johnson, DL; Malcolm Roach

Key Acquisitions: Mike Yurcich (NEW OC,) Chris Ash (NEW DC,) RB; Bijan Robinson, DE; Alfred Collins, Safety; Xavion Alford

11. Auburn

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Last Seasons Record: 9-4

Key Returners: QB; Bo Nix, WR; Seth Williams, LB; K.J. Britt, RB;  D.J. Williams

Biggest Losses: DT; Derrick Brown, OT; Prince Tega Wanogho Jr., DB; Javaris Davis

Key Acquisitions: LB; Wesley Steiner, RB; Tank Bigsby, DE; Zykeivous Walker, WR; Kobe Hudson

10. Oregon

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Last Seasons Record: 12-2

Key Returners: OT; Penei Sewell, DL; Kayvon Thibodeaux, QB;  Tyler Shough

Biggest Losses: QB; Justin Herbert, OT; Calvin Throckmorton, OG; Shane Lemieux

Key Acquisitions: LB; Noah Sewell, LB; Justin Flowe, CB; Dontae Manning, WR; Kris Hutson

9. Oklahoma State

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Last Seasons Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Spencer Sanders, RB; Chuba Hubbard (Heisman Hopeful,) WR; Tylan Wallace

Biggest Losses: CB; A.J. Green, OL; Marcus Keyes, WR; Jordan Mccray

Key Acquisitions: QB; Shane Illingworth, CB; Christian Holmes (Transfer,) OG; Eli Russ

8. Florida

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Last Seasons Record: 11-2 

Key Returners: QB; Kyle Trask, WR; Van Jefferson, DL; Kyree Campbell

Biggest Losses: CB; CJ Henderson, RB; Lamical Perine, QB; Feleipe Franks 

Key Acquisitions: DT; Gervon Dexter, LB; Derek Wingo, WR; Xzavier Henderson, CB; Jahari Rogers

7. Penn State

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Last Seasons Record: 11-2

Key Returners: QB; Sean Clifford, LB; Micah Parsons, TE; Pat Freiermuth, RB; Devyn Ford

Biggest Losses: WR; K. J. Hamler, DE; Yetur Gross-Matos, DT; Robert Windsor, LB; Cam Brown

Key Acquisitions: LB; Curtis Jacobs, TE; Theo Johnson, Safety; Enzo Jennings, RB; Caziah Holmes

6. Oklahoma

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Last Seasons Record: 12-2

Key Returners: C; Creed Humphrey, QB; Spencer Rattler (Heisman Sleeper,) WR: Charleston Rambo

Biggest Losses: WR; CeeDee Lamb, LB; Kenneth Murray, QB; Jalen Hurts

Key Acquisitions:  OG; Nate Anderson, DE; Reggie Grimes, RB; Seth McGowan

5. LSU

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Last Seasons Record: 15-0

Key Returners: QB;  Myles Brennan, WR; Ja’Marr Chase, CB;  Derek Stingley Jr, OL; Austin Deculus

Biggest Losses: QB; Joe Burrow, WR; Justin Jefferson, CB; Kristian Fulton, EDGE; K’Lavon Chaisson, RB; Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Joe Brady (Coach)

Key Acquisitions: TE; Arik Gilbert, CB; Elias Ricks, WR; Kayshon Boutte, DT; Jaquelin Roy

4. Alabama

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Last Seasons Record: 11-2

Key Returners: RB; Najee Harris, WR; DeVonta Smith, LB; Dylan Moses, CB; Patrick Surtain, QB; Mac Jones

Biggest Losses: QB; Tua Tagovailoa, OT; Jedrick Wills Jr, WR; Jerry Jeudy, WR: Henry Ruggs III, CB; Trevon Diggs, Safety; Xavier McKinney

Key Acquisitions: QB; Bryce Young, DE; Will Anderson, DE; Chris Braswell, LB; Drew Sanders,

3. Georgia

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Last Seasons Record: 12-2

Key Returners: Safety; Richard LeCounte, RB; Zamir White, WR; George Pickens, WR; Matt Landers

Biggest Losses: QB; Jake Fromm, RB; D’Andre Swift, OT; Andrew Thomas

Key Acquisitions: QB; Jamie Newman (Transfer,) CB; Kelee Ringo, OT; Broderick Jones, DT; Jalen Carter, LB; Darnell Washington

2. Clemson

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Last Seasons Record: 14-1

Key Returners: QB; Trevor Lawrence (Heisman Hopeful,) WR; Justyn Ross, RB;  Travis Etienne (Heisman Hopeful), WR; Amari Rodgers, DE; Xavier Thomas

Biggest Losses: CB; A.J. Terrell, WR; Tee Higgins, Safety; Tanner Muse, LB; Isaiah Simmons

Key Acquisitions: DT; Bryan Bresee, DE; Myles Murphy, QB: DJ Uiagalelei, LB; Trenton Simpson, RB; Demarkcus Bowman

1. Ohio State

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Last Seasons Record: 13-1

Key Returners: QB; Justin Fields (Heisman Favorite,) OL; Wyatt Davis, CB;  Shaun Wade, WR; Chris Olave

Biggest Losses: CB; Jeff Okudah, CB; Damon Arnette, DE; Chase Young, WR; K.J. Hill, RB; J. K. Dobbins

Key Acquisitions: WR; Julian Fleming, OT; Paris Johnson Jr., WR; Jaxon Smith-Njigba, LB; Cody Simon

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