UGA Football Live's First 2018 Top 25

UGA Football Live's First 2018 Top 25

Predictions

UGA Football Live's First 2018 Top 25

It’s too soon to know what teams will be the best in 2018, but here’s our best shot:

1. Alabama: The Crimson Tide have lost a lot of great players to the NFL draft, but they will reload as always under Nick Saban. Expect Tua Tagovailoa to lead a more dynamic offense back to the playoffs with another strong defense led by Mack Wilson.

2. Georgia: The Dawgs are returning freshman stud Jake Fromm, who should be given more freedom in 2018. Georgia will replace Nick Chubb and Sony Michel with D’Andre Swift, Zamir White, Elijah Holyfield, and James Cook, who should all be up to the task. UGA’s number one ranked recruiting class should help the Dawgs replace all of the experienced seniors who helped lead them to the National Championship. Georgia has a fairly easy schedule to start the year, but will be tested when they travel to LSU on October 13th.

3. Clemson: The Tigers will be tested early in the season when they travel to Texas A&M. They will lose some elite talent to the NFL on the defensive line, but they have strung together several great recruiting classes and are the kings of the ACC in recent years. Never count Dabo Swinney’s team out.

4. Ohio State: Urban Meyer consistently produces playoff contenders and is one of the best coaches in college football. The Buckeyes finally lose J.T. Barrett, who was in school for what felt like a decade. They have another elite recruiting class in 2018 and should contend for Big Ten title as usual.

5. Washington: The Huskies return Jake Browning, a veteran QB, who should take advantage of a weaker than normal PAC-12. The Huskies open up with a tough test against Auburn in Atlanta.

6. Michigan State: A dark horse playoff contender, who returns almost all of there starters and gets to face both Ohio State and Michigan in East Lansing. Perhaps the Spartan’s biggest offseason loss is co-defensive coordinator, who is headed to FSU.

7. Penn State: James Franklin will have to try to replace RB Saqoun Barkley, who was the heart and soul of the team. Luckily for him, QB Trace McSorely is back and will be one of the top QBs in the nation. The schedule may be an issue for Penn State though, as usual the Big Ten East (with Michigan, Michigan St., Ohio St., and Penn St.) is stacked and will beat up on each other.

8. Auburn: Auburn starts 2018 in Atlanta vs. Washington, where it ended a disappointing finish to an otherwise superb 2017 season. With Jarrett Stidham back in the fold, Auburn should have a solid passing game, but they have to replace RB Kerryon Johnson and much of their offensive line.

9. Wisconsin: The Badgers lost a lot of experience on defense, which was dependent on seniors. They return freshman sensation RB Jonathan Taylor and QB Alex Hornibrook, so look for this year’s team to be more reliant on its offense.

10. Oklahoma: Losing Baker Mayfield hurts for the Sooners, who have a very interesting start to the season playing at home vs. Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls and then playing the next week against UCLA. Look for Oklahoma to reload on offense with one of the top offensive minds in the country, Coach Lincoln Riley, to help talented QB Kyler Murray be a lot more than a gadget player who throws to Baker Mayfield.

11. Miami

12. Michigan

13. Virginia Tech

14. TCU

15. West Virginia

16. Stanford

17. USC

18. Boise State

19. FSu

20. Notre Dame

21. Mississippi State

22. UCF

23. South Carolina

24. LSU

25. NC State

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