18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 3, there’s still a long, long way to go before getting to fall camps, but with spring football winding down, here’s the ranking of the Power Five college football conferences.
18 for ’18: No. 3 Ranking The Power Five Conferences
18 for ’18 Offseason Topics
18: Power 5 Coach Hot Seat Rankings
17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
12. Already Great Players About To Explode
11. Every Power Five’s Sleeper Team
10. Five Key Returning Injured Stars
9. Top Make Or Break QB Battles
8. Crazy Predictions That Might Be Right
7. Group of Five Teams In CFP Hunt
6. Possible Power Five Disappointments
5. Possible Power Five Surprises
4. Ranking The Group of Five Conferences
Spring ball is starting to come to a close, but there are still a whole bunch of things that can and will happen between now and the start of fall camp. Even so, here’s how all the Power Five conferences look after Phase One of the offseason.
This might change come August, but for now, here’s the early ranking of the Power Fivers, starting with …
It’ll be a fun, competitive year in the conference, but there’s just not a lot of pop. There aren’t any wow teams, but that’s coming in 2019.
Where’s the superstar?
Thanks to five new coaching changes, it’ll be a bit of a rebuilding year at some big places. That uncertainly alone is going to make it a tough season for a conference coming off a disastrous bowl run.
Defending Pac-12 champ USC is going to be good again, but it’ll likely rely on JT Daniels – a true freshman – to lead the way at quarterback, and he’s not coming in until the fall.
Washington should be fantastic with a loaded defensive front, another great secondary, and QB Jake Browning returning. But compared to the lead dog in the other four Power Five conferences, the Huskies are just okay. They’ll get their shot to make a statement early on, though, against Auburn in Atlanta.
The South will be fun, but is Arizona State really going to be better with so much work to do on both sides of the ball under Herm Edwards? Will UCLA have some semblance of a defense in Chip Kelly’s first season, and will Arizona be able to take to Kevin Sumlin right away?
Not really, not really, and yeah, but Colorado is going to be in for a rough year, and Utah has to replace a whole bunch of parts on the defensive front.
The Utes will actually be a good sleeper squad, but the South as a whole is a massive question mark.
Cal should be better in the North, and Stanford gets back Bryce Love to another good Cardinal team, but Washington State isn’t going to be better than it was last year, Oregon isn’t going to be back up to its former snuff, and Oregon State is starting over.
Throw in that most of the games are still played after dark, and it’s still the five in the Power Five.