Ranking College Football Top 25 (25-21)

By: Dan Magers

25. Florida

2015 Record: 10-4, 7-1 (SEC)

It was a solid 2015 season for the Gators with a 6-0 start and a 10-2 regular season. They were a big surprise considering having a new head coach in Jim McElwain and an offense that had struggled over the past few seasons. In most games Florida had to depend on their defense to come out with a win, but this year they will have to get the offense to click. One big piece will be in quarterback play. With Treon Harris gone, Luke Del Rio will have to step up and fill that position. So if the Gators want to take home the SEC East again, they will need a much better offense and the defense to keep producing at a high level.

2016 Prediction: 8-4
Best Win: Tennessee

 

 

24. Miami

2015 Record: 8-5, 5-3 (ACC)

Miami returns 9 starters on offense and 7 on defense. Which sounds great until you realize how bad they played last season. The offensive line averaged 3.68 yards per carry which ranked 112th and allowed the eighth most tackles for loss last season. They return everyone on the defensive line and have to replace some key guys in the secondary. Now, that all sounds terrible, but the Canes have a new head coach in Mark Richt and have one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Brad Kaaya. Mark Richt was previously at Georgia for 15 years  with a 145-51 record. Kaaya had a great season last year with 3,238 yards and 16 touchdowns. And people think Kaaya could have a breakout year with Richt´s pro style offense, but will that be enough to create a winning formula for the Hurricanes?

2016 Prediction: 8-4
Best Win: Virginia Tech

 

 

23. Oregon

2015 Record: 9-4, 7-2 (Pac 12)

Oregon has always been a team with a dominating offense and defense that just got the job done. Last year was a little different. With Mariota gone, Oregon is just going to keep on looking for that guy to replace him. Vernon Adams did an okay job but nothing compared to Mariota. Now, they´ve got another FCS graduate transfer, Dakota Prukop, who rushed for 1,763 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. The Ducks are hoping he can make a statement this year. Last year´s defense was one to forget. They were ranked one of the worst in 2015, but they look for something a lot better with Brady Hoke as the new defensive coordinator. These are some great additions, but they might not be enough to get the job done.

2016 Prediction: 8-4
Best Win: Utah

 

 

22. UCLA

2015 Record: 8-5, 5-4 (Pac 12)

The Bruins could possibly be contenders for the Pac 12 title this year. They return 9 starters on defense with Eddie Vanderdoes to help stop the struggling rushing defense from last year. The offense lost some key guys with 3 of the 5 offensive linemen gone and a couple key receivers. But sophomore Josh Rosen is back after throwing for 3,669 yards and 23 touchdowns in a memorable freshman year. The offense will look a little different with a new pro-style scheme to fit Rosen´s arm. So if UCLA can win the games they should win then they could definitely put themselves in a position to win the Pac 12 title.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Texas A&M

 

 

21. Oklahoma St

2015 Record: 10-3, 7-2 (Big 12)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys kicked off the 2015 season winning ten straight under Mike Gundy´s overpowering offense and ended up losing their last three by twenty points or more. That being said, the Cowboys have ten returning starters on offense and look to actually finish this year with a Big 12 title. Mason Rudolph is back after leading his squad with 3,770 yards and 21 touchdowns, and his favorite target, James Washington, is back after leading the Big 12 in a couple categories. The defense on the other hand is definitely not as strong. They are arguably the reason why the Cowboys lost their last three with giving up 45 or more points in each game. All-American DE Emanuel Ogbah is gone and three other key starters. So if Oklahoma State wants to put themselves back in a position to win the Big 12, then they are going to need to find some guys to keep points off the scoreboard.

2016 prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Texas
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