2019 Spring College Football Rankings, Predictions: No. 1 to 130

2019 Spring College Football Rankings, Predictions: No. 1 to 130

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2019 Spring College Football Rankings, Predictions: No. 1 to 130

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CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-130

10. Texas A&M Aggies

The schedule is unfairly brutal, but the team is going to be great in Jimbo Fisher’s second season. Kellen Mond has to go from being a good quarterback to fantastic, and that should happen with an amazing receiving corps to work with. The lines are strong, but the defensive depth has to emerge early on.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 9-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 22
2019 Schedule Analysis

9. Oregon Ducks

Everything is in place for a special season, starting with the return of QB Justin Herbert, and helped by getting everyone else back on offense other than top WR Dillon Mitchell. Throw in Penn State transfer WR Juwan Johnson, and the offense is special. The defense is outstanding in the back seven, the recruiting class was amazing, and there’s no excuse not to be the lead dog in the Pac-12 pack.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 9-4
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 31
2019 Schedule Analysis

8. Florida Gators

Now it’s time to take things to a whole other level, but the schedule is just nasty enough to make the final record worse than the team will be with a little bit of time.

The secondary will be among the nation’s best, and reloading on the defensive front seven isn’t a problem, but the offensive skill parts have to be stronger, the O line has to replace a few key parts, and QB Feleipe Franks has to go from okay to consistently amazing.

2019 Spring Prediction: 8-4
2018 Final Record: 10-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 18
2019 Schedule Analysis

7. LSU Tigers

Now everyone will be expecting something big, and it might just happen. There are just enough big-time players gone to be missed – like LB Devin White and CB Greedy Williams – but the offense should be even steadier, the lines will be great, and Grant Delpit should be the best safety in college football.

2019 Spring Prediction: 9-3
2018 Final Record: 10-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 10
2019 Schedule Analysis

6. Michigan Wolverines

Lost in the disastrous finish was how Michigan was a win away from going to the Big Ten Championship – and almost certainly – the College Football Playoff. This year’s version will have another outstanding defense, and the offense should be more explosive with the young receiving corps maturing, and QB Shea Patterson a solid veteran.

2019 Spring Prediction: 10-2
2018 Final Record: 10-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 14
2019 Schedule Analysis

5. Oklahoma Sooners

The machine doesn’t stop. Jalen Hurts isn’t Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray as a passer, but he’s a winning veteran who’ll be more than fine in his new role. All of the other skill spots are great, the offensive line will be outstanding again, and everything will be fine as long as the D provides a little help.

All Oklahoma’s defense needs to do is hold serve. The secondary is full of veterans, and the almost everyone of note from the young group returns. Now  all the parts have to be better.

2019 Spring Prediction: 11-1
2018 Final Record: 12-2
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 5
2019 Schedule Analysis

4. Ohio State Buckeyes

There’s bound to be a little bit of a transition period from the Urban Meyer era to Ryan Day a s a full-time guy, but don’t expect much. Justin Fields was a phenomenal quarterback get, but he’s not experienced. There are a whole slew of other missing parts, but it’s Ohio State – replacing stars isn’t a problem.

The defensive side should be the key with 18 of the top 20 tacklers returning. The O will be fine, the D will be better, and the coaching will be more than good enough.

2019 Spring Prediction: 11-1
2018 Final Record: 13-1
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 3
2019 Schedule Analysis

3. Georgia Bulldogs

Let’s just assume that Georgia is at the level now where it simply replaces amazing talents with other amazing talents – that’s how good the recruiting has been.

It’s going to take a little while for the developed depth to develop, but the young wide receivers have to emerge around QB Jake Fromm, RB D’Andre Swift working behind a great line. The defense has to replace several key tacklers, and the pass rush has to emerge, but the speed and athleticism are blinding.

2019 Spring Prediction: 11-1
2018 Final Record: 11-3
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 4
2019 Schedule Analysis

2. Clemson Tigers

Who’s stopping this offense? Trevor Lawrence and the star receivers that ripped through the College Football Playoff should be great from the start, Travis Etienne is a special running back, and the line will be more than fine after an underappreciated season.

Of course the defense isn’t going to be better after losing so much talent up front, but the program has managed to overcome talent losses before. Eight of the top 12 tacklers are gone, but the defensive backfield will be a rock.

2019 Spring Prediction: 11-1
2018 Final Record: 15-0
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 1
2019 Schedule Analysis

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Oh great. Now you made it mad.

Lost in the aftermath of the national championship clunker was how all-timer unstoppable this team was in a strong year for the SEC. Tua Tagovailoa is back along with an NFL receiving corps, the running backs should be in the pros already, and it’s Alabama – the O line will be fine.

Of course the defense needs to be better, but that’s where Nick Saban kicks in. Expect the glitch to be fixed – relatively speaking considering Alabama’s high standards – and for the D to be back to form, even though the O will put up 40 points per game without breathing hard.

2019 Spring Prediction: 11-1
2018 Final Record: 14-1
2018 CFN Final Season Ranking: 2
2019 Schedule Analysis

CFN 2019 Rankings: Spring 
11-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-130

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