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College Football Preseason Rankings 2016: Flood Tide

Our first article of legitimate focus on content does not involve brackets; go figure. Instead, a new season is almost upon us, and it should be no surprise who will lead the college football preseason rankings.

Yes, that’s right: it’s the Alabama Crimson Tide, and why not? They are the defending national champions, they have been on an exceptionally high level for eight (going on nine) years, and the Tide don’t seem to rebuild as much as they reload. Oh, to be a fan of a program where losing one game per season is a crisis and two is a disaster.

College football preseason rankings may be nothing more than an exercise in mental self-stimulation (I am not going to use that word in the first article), but a mildly amusing one nevertheless.

Who fills in the other 24 spots before the season kickoff?

College Football Preseason Rankings 2016

Alabama Crimson Tide 1 (–) SEC
The best in the business, if it were a business, which it is if we’re being honest with ourselves.
Clemson Tigers 2 (–) ACC
Dabo and the national runners-up have a fine football program in northwestern South Carolina.
Oklahoma Sooners 3 (–) Big 12
A playoff team last season, Stoops and Co. might be in for a good season if they can get through a tough first half of the season.
Stanford Cardinal 4 (–) Pac-12
So they lost their starting quarterback: they still have Christian McCaffrey.
Ohio State Buckeyes 5 (–) Big Ten
Ohio State proved to be a formidable NFL farm team in the offseason, but they have still have the talent to do serious damage this season.
Florida State Seminoles 6 (–) ACC
Dalvin Cook is ready to go and you’ve once again got two top-ten teams at war in the ACC Atlantic.
Michigan Wolverines 7 (–) Big Ten
Jim Harbaugh’s not going to let Urban Meyer have all the fun this year.
LSU Tigers 8 (–) SEC
From almost fired to preseason top ten, Les Miles’ wizardry knows no bounds.
Michigan State Spartans 9 (–) Big Ten
Sparty has been one of the best teams over the last several years and despite the loss of some key players, they’ll find a way.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10 (–) Ind
The Irish should be fine offensively again this year, but will need a little more from their defense to get over the hump.
Tennessee Volunteers 11 (–) SEC
Tennessee returns a lot of talent and just finished their first ranked season since 2007. Expectations have returned to Knoxville.
TCU Horned Frogs 12 (–) Big 12
Some people think this could be a playoff team, and why not after being in contention both prior years.
Ole Miss Rebels 13 (–) SEC
Going to be hard for Ole Miss to bust through in the SEC West, but they’ll likely still be amongst the nation’s best.
Iowa Hawkeyes 14 (–) Big Ten
The Hawkeyes came tantalizingly close to the playoff last year. It will be hard to replicate their 2015 success but they’re still good.
Houston Cougars 15 (–) AAC
The Cougars look like a solid team on paper, but they’re waiting for the Big 12 to call, or not.
Georgia Bulldogs 16 (–) SEC
Georgia has nowhere to go but up on offense, and Kirby Smart should keep the defense strong.
Oklahoma State Cowboys 17 (–) Big 12
The Pokes have become a consistently good program that has little trouble putting up points.
North Carolina Tar Heels 18 (–) ACC
UNC surprised last season with how close they came to the playoffs, but they’re breaking in a new starting quarterback.
Oregon Ducks 19 (–) Pac-12
They may be 19th right now, but the Ducks have the talent to contend the Pac-12 North.
USC Trojans 20 (–) Pac-12
The Trojans have had some real instability at head coach these last few years, but the flow of top talent to LA is constant.
Washington Huskies 21 (–) Pac-12
Chris Petersen appears to have this program back on the rise; Myles Gaskin is a player to watch.
Baylor Bears 22 (–) Big 12
The Bears had a horrific offseason but nine wins are within reach.
UCLA Bruins 23 (–) Pac-12
This could be the year the Bruins take that next leap forward into contention.
Florida Gators 24 (–) SEC
If the Gators fix their offense, look out.
Wisconsin Badgers 25 (–) Big Ten
Bucky’s got some work to do this year despite coming off of a 10-win first season.

Now that the college football preseason rankings are out of the way, see the College Football Playoff picture.

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