Preseason Power Rankings

After a pair of ho-hum campaigns, Chris Petersen's third Washington squad should be a Pac-12 contender.

After a pair of ho-hum campaigns, Chris Petersen’s third Washington squad should be a Pac-12 contender.

Published on Tuesday, 8/2/16, at 11:20 a.m. Eastern.

1-Alabama – Loaded everywhere. Saban/Kiffin will find a QB.
2-Clemson – Best offense & QB in the nation.
3-Michigan – I expect O’Korn to upgrade QB position, has excellent WRs & I believe in Harbaugh.
4-Oklahoma – Huge non-con games against Houston & Ohio St.
5-FSU – Sneaky road games at U of L & USF in September, not to mention Ole Miss in Orlando.
6-LSU – ‘D’ should be much better w/ new DC Aranda from Wisconsin.
7-Ohio St. – Lots of holes to fill, but Barrett will keep offense churning.
8-Stanford – 6 true road games. At UCLA, at Washington & at Notre Dame in 4-week span.
9-Notre Dame – Only three true road games. Irish have two solid QBs.
10-Baylor – Couldn’t have done any better than Jim Grobe considering circumstances.
11-Tennessee – 4-week stretch vs. UF, at UGA, at Tex. A&M & vs. Bama will determine fate.
12-Ole Miss – Rebels can’t wait to put tumultuous offseason in the rearview mirror.
13-Oregon – Shaky ‘D,’ but points won’t be a problem – as usual.
14-Florida – Soft schedule early. Watch out if Del Rio is solid at QB.
15-Michigan St. – QB a question mark, but ‘D’ still stacked.
16-UCLA – September road games at Texas A&M and BYU will set early tone.
17-Louisville – At Houston on short week (Thursday, 11/17) could have nat’l implications.
18-Washington – Lockdown corners, great coach & talented young QB.
19-Texas A&M – Love OVER 6.5 wins. QB Knight has great WRs.
20-Oklahoma St. – TCU & Texas catch OSU with two weeks to prepare.
21-Georgia – Will Smart & Eason be ‘as advertised?’
22-Houston – If Ward can spark upset of OU, he’ll be in Heisman mix to the finish.
23-TCU – Did the Frogs really rally & win that bowl game against Oregon?
24-Iowa – How beautiful/soft crazy-easy is that schedule?
25-North Carolina – Oct. 15 at Miami may decide ACC Coastal.

Just missed the cut: Miami, Washington St., Utah, Arkansas, Boise St. and USC.

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