Football season’s starting back up again, but that doesn’t just mean the NFL. College football games often gather just as much viewership, if not more, in comparison to NFL. So, in order to generate hype for them, let’s look at the current rankings of each college football team before the 2021 season begins.
25. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
The Ragin’ Cajuns managed to get a 10 game winning streak for the second year in a row. They open up against Texas this season.
24. USC Trojans
The Trojans went undefeated with close wins, at least until they lost to Oregon at the PAC 12 title game. While their quarterback, Kedon Slovis, can make long passes, they still struggled to run the ball.
23. Arizona State Sun Devils
The Devils only played four games last season, but they managed to pile up more than 1,000 rushing yards in that time. Not to mention quarterback, Jayden Daniels’ 701 passing yards.
22. Washington Huskies
Many of the Huskies’ team members are expected to return. However, there are also promising new recruits starters in the secondary.
21. Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions started their season losing their first five games in a row, but they managed to come together in the last four. They actually won by double digits in each of those games.
20. Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss just needs a little bit more strength to their defense moving forward. Their offense already has a great amount of power, with quarterback Matt Coral throwing the ball for 3,337 yards last season.
19. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina’s team team has a rather strong offense and defense. Quarterback Grayson McCall made 2,488 passing yards and 569 rushing yards. Meanwhile, defensive tackle made 11 tackles and 6 sacks.
18. Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns don’t normally garner much interest or hype entering a season, but there is excitement on their new coach, Steve Sarkinson, after his success as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. Additionally, Casey Thompson, after leading his team to victory at the Alamo Bowl, may be looking to replace Sam Ehlinger.
17. Florida Gators
The Gators had a promising season last year, with quarterback Kyle Trask even becoming a finalist for the Heisman trophy. However, the team’s season ended with three consecutive losses. Their defense just needs to step up a little bit.
16. Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers actually managed to surprise everyone with their performance last season. With the return of Michael Penix and Micah McFadden to offense and defense respectively, the team’s looking like it’s in pretty good shape for this season.
15. Wisconsin Badgers
Last season, the Badgers started out really strong, managing to get four wins. However, injuries and COVID really slowed them down. There’s still hope for this season, however, with Jack Sanborn a part of Wisconsin’s typically powerful defense.
14. North Carolina Tar Heels
Many of the team’s strongest players have left the Tar Heels, but quarterback Sam Howell is returning for his third season. The defense also has 10 of their starting players returning, so they’ll have one more year of experience under their belt.
13. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame’s lost quite a few of its offensive players, including quarterback Ian Book. It’ll be interesting to see will end up replacing him.
12. Miami Hurricanes
Miami’s future this season seems to depend on quarterback D’Eriq King and whether or not he returns on time after tearing his ACL during the bowl game against Oklahoma State. And if he does return to the field, he’ll immediately have the ultimate test in the form of Alabama.
11. LSU Tigers
LSU fell pretty hard from their previous place at the top. Right after winning a national title, they end a season 5-5. Hopefully, their line plays continue to play as a strength during the upcoming season.
10. Iowa Hawkeyes
People seemed to forget about Iowa after their initial two losses (although they managed to win six more games after that). However, for this season their offense and defense should be stronger than ever.
9. Oregon Ducks
Oregon had a strange and unfortunate season last year. Many of their players sat out and they failed to win their division. However, a victory in the Pac 12 title game managed to get them into the Fiesta Bowl.
8. Cincinatti Bearcats
The Bearcats almost went undefeated last season, only giving up a field goal to Georgia at the Peach Bowl. Additionally, they lost Marcus Freeman to Notre Dame, who they’ll be playing against after the season begins.
7. Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies just missed out on the College Football Playoffs, coming in fifth. However, they then managed to outscore UNC in order to win the Orange Bowl. With Kellen Mond departing, the question is now who will be replacing him as the team’s quarterback.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes
Despite losing to the juggernaut that is Alabama at the title game, the Buckeyes still likely have the strongest offensive line in the nation. They still has what it takes to remain a Big 10 force.
5. Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State managed to finish the last season with a top 10 placement, a Fiesta Bowl victory, and an All-American in the form of running back Breece Hall. In addition to Hall, they also have a strong quarterback in Brock Purdy and tight end Charlie Kolar. They’ll prove their mettle against their rivals Iowa on September 11th.
4. Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are fixing to have a powerful offense this season. Returning is quarterback JT Daniels, along with running backs Zamir White and James Cook. The biggest question mark is in regards to Georgia’s secondary positions.
3. Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma started with a game record of 1-2, but then managed to close out their season with 8 consecutive wins. This included wins against Iowa State for a Big 12 title game and against Florida in the Cotton Bowl. The team has been undergoing overall growth, making them favorites to attend the Big 12 again.
2. Clemson Tigers
Despite losing Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, Clemson’s still had the potential to make it to the College Football Playoff again. The defense is now older and wiser, but the main concern comes in the offensive front with their running backs.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama will be losing many players and a coordinator, but they still have Nick Saban as coach. Alabama has always had a strong team of running backs as well. And let’s not forget the fact that the Crimson Tide went undefeated with 13 wins last season.