College Football Top 25 (15-11)

By: Dan Magers

25. Florida

24. Miami

23. Oregon

22. UCLA

21. Oklahoma St

20. Louisville

19. Iowa

18. Washington

17. TCU

16. Michigan St

 

15. Ole Miss

2015 Record: 10-3, 6-2 (SEC)

Ole Miss had a great year last season going 9-3 in the regular season and beating Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl. The most memorable game was their win against top ranked Alabama. Now if they would’ve won the games they should have, then they might’ve been SEC champions, but they got upset by Memphis and Arkansas. If Akransas’ Hunter Henry wouldn’t have lateraled the ball, then Ole Miss would have gone to the SEC title. Now, the Rebels lose three first round picks, but they return eleven total starters including one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC in Chad Kelly. So maybe Ole Miss will have another shot at the SEC title this year.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Alabama

 

 

14. Baylor

2015 Record: 10-3, 6-3 (Big 12)

The Baylor Bears had an off-season they wish could be forgotten. Sexual assault allegations were dropped after an investigation into the program. Art Briles was then dismissed along with many players decommitting and now they are left with many things to figure out. If Briles was still here, this might be a top ten team in the country. But with him being dismissed, they had a major drop in the poles. One reason they are up to fourteen is because of this high powered offense. They only return nine starters on both sides of the ball, but both Seth Russell and KD Cannon return to do some damage this year. The defense will defintely have some trouble, but if this team can deal through adversity, then they could do something great in the Big 12 this year.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Texas

 

 

13. Tennessee

2015 Record: 9-4, 5-3 (SEC)

The Volunteers were a 9-4 team last year that lost each of their games by a touchdown or less. They are most people’s favorites to win the SEC East with eighteen total returning starters. Joshua Dobbs and Jalen Hurd lead an experienced offense that will have to handle some solid SEC defenses. But this experienced team has a key problem-they can’t win close games. I don’t care how many players you return. If these players don’t know how to win, then there is no point of having all of this experience. So if this team can learn how to finish close games, then they could do something big this year.

2016 Prediction: 9-3
Best Win: Virginia Tech

 

 

12. Houston

2015 Record: 13-1, 7-1 (AAC)

The Houston Cougars could surprise everyone this year. They bring back twelve returning starters including Heisman dark-horse Greg Ward Jr. After the win against Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Cougars have shown they can handle top programs. They will have their chance this year as they open up with Oklahoma. There is no room for error if they have aspirations of making the playoff. So if Houston can shock the country by beating the Sooners and going undefeated, then they will find themselves in College Football Playoff discussions.

2016 Prediction: 11-1
Best Win: Louisville

 

 

11. Ohio St

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

The Buckeyes were the favorites to win the title last year with a team loaded with talent. But after losing to Michigan State in a complete breakdown, they had to settle for the Fiesta Bowl. Now, they return a total of six starters, and for once, they are not the favorites to win the Big Ten. Although, the talent is still there. JT Barrett and Raekwon McMillan return along with a top five recruiting class that could really help build for the next few years. But with many positions to replace, it will be tough to find a playoff position.

2016 Prediction: 10-2 (Big 10)
Best Win: Michigan St
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