Preseason Top 25
Published on Tuesday, 8/8/17, at 4:40 p.m. Eastern.
23-North Carolina St.
Just Missed: South Carolina, West Virginia, TCU, Texas, Notre Dame, Utah & Northwestern.
CFP Picks: Alabama, Oklahoma St., Washington & Ohio St./Wisconsin winner at Big 10 Championship Game.
Big Ten: I’m really high on Wisconsin and IF QB Alex Hornibrook elevates his play as a sophomore, I think the Badgers will have an excellent shot at beating Ohio St. in early December. However, I’ll hedge for now in August until I see Hornibrook play in September.
What of Michigan? First of all, Michigan has to play Wisconsin, the best team on the other side of the league, while OSU and PSU do not. In Michigan’s three toughest conference games, it is at a disadvantage from a situational standpoint. When the Wolverines play at Penn St., the Nittany Lions have two weeks to prepare. When Jim Harbaugh’s squad plays at Wisconsin, it’s in look-ahead mode with Ohio St. on deck. When the Wolverines host the Buckeyes, they’ll be coming off a 60-minute war at Camp Randall, while Urban Meyer’s team gets a layup (Illinois) in Columbus the prior weekend.
The ACC? I think this is an outstanding league, but one that will beat each other up and get left out of the CFP. I have Clemson and FSU both finishing 10-2. Although I’m unsure about the QB play that Miami and Va. Tech will get, I like both teams on paper and feel they are the best teams in the Coastal Division.
For more of my college football thoughts, check out Preseason Preparation.