College Football Top 25 (20-16)

By: Dan Magers

25. Florida

24. Miami

23. Oregon

22. UCLA

21. Oklahoma St

 

20. Louisville

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

After a terrible start to the year last season, losing their first three each by a touchdown or less, the Louisville Cardinals finished the year winning six out of their last seven and beat Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. This team brings back nine starters on offense and eight on defense. Devonte Fields and Kieth Kelsey lead an experienced defense as one of the best in the ACC. There are questions on the offensive line, but Lamar Jackson along with all three running backs and all of the receiving core all return in an offense that could be great this year. So this team could do some damage this year in a schedule that they could make a statement in.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Houston

 

 

19. Iowa

2015 Record: 12-2 (8-0) Big 10

The Iowa Hawkeyes were one of the surprising teams of 2015 going undefeated in the regular season and losing by just a field goal that would´ve taken them to the College Football Playoff. Instead, they ended up in the Rose Bowl against Stanford and got destroyed by Christian McCaffery and the Cardinal 45-16. The Hawkeyes return thirteen starters and lost a couple key guys including Drew Ott and Nate Meier. However, standout quarterback CJ Beathard and senior corner Desmond King lead the team in a favorable schedule. But with crucial positions to fill on both sides of the ball, I don´t see the Hawkeyes making another big run this year.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Michigan

 

 

18. Washington

2015 Record: 7-6 (4-5) Pac 12

Washington is a team that some people think could do something big in the Pac 12. They return 15 total starters including sophomore running back and quarterback Myles Gaskin and Jake Browning. So you could easily say that the Huskies have a lot of experience, but the problem is that they have a bunch of guys that don´t know how to win. They have lost six games in each of the past two years under head coach Chris Peterson. But with a favorable schedule, the Huskies could have their shot at a Pac 12 title.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Washington St

 

 

17. TCU

2015 Record: 11-2 (7-2) Big 12

TCU had a great year last season led by Trevone Boykin and a high powered offense, but injuries caused the Horned Frogs to finish the year losing two of their last four regular season games. Now, Boykin is gone along with eight other guys on the offensive side of the ball and they´re looking for a way to fill those needed positions. Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill is looking to take the place of Trevone Boykin, but they are still looking for someone to replace one of the best receivers in the country last year with Josh Doctson. The defense should be fine with eight guys returning, but with a question on offense it will be tough for the Horned Frogs to find their way to a Big 12 title.

2016 Prediction: 8-4
Best Win: Texas

 

 

16. Michigan St

2015 Record: 12-2 (7-1) Big 10

The 2015 Big 10 Champions have many things to figure out after getting thumped by Alabama in the College Football Playoff. They lose many of their key guys they had last year including Connor Cook, Jack Conklin, and Shilique Calhoun. Tyler O´Conner is expected to replace Cook at quarterback, who should be just fine after being a big part of the win against Ohio State last year. The defense will have some problems on the line, but the secondary returns everyone and could be a big part of the Spartans´ success. So if Michigan State can find guys to replace some key spots, they might be able to repeat as Big 10 Champions.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Michigan

 

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