CFN Preview 2019 College Football Rankings, Previews: No. 1 to 130

CFN Preview 2019 College Football Rankings, Previews: No. 1 to 130

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CFN Preview 2019 College Football Rankings, Previews: No. 1 to 130

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10. Oregon Ducks

Relative Strength: Quarterback
Relative Concern: Kick Coverage
Here’s The Deal: When it comes to experience and high-end potential, Oregon has everything in place. It has the NFL quarterback in Justin Herbert – he’d be the New York Giant draft pick instead of Daniel Jones had he declared himself eligible – and the athletes on both sides of the ball to be special. Throw in the amazing recruiting class to beef up the talent level, and welcome to the reemergence of Oregon as a national powerhouse.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 31
Oregon 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

9. Texas Longhorns

Relative Strength: Quarterback
Relative Concern: Penalties
Here’s The Deal: No, Texas isn’t “back” to the level that many might claim it is, but the expectations are realistically through the roof after the way Tom Herman’s program finished up last season. QB Sam Ehlinger might be one of the nation’s best all-around ballers, but there’s just enough missing from the defensive front seven to keep the team from playing up to the preseason hype.

However, if the young, talented parts Herman has brought in over the last few seasons are ready for primetime, this really might be the year the Longhorns return to national championship level prominence.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 13
Texas 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

8. Michigan Wolverines

Relative Strength: Offensive Line
Relative Concern: Running Back
Here’s The Deal: It’s been lost in the narrative after the disastrous way last season finished up, but Michigan was one game away from almost certainly being in the College Football Playoff. Granted, that one game was a blowout loss to Ohio State – the Wolverines would’ve beaten Northwestern in the Big Ten title game – but this year’s version is every bit as strong, if not better.

The defense might have lost some key parts to the NFL, but the system is there to come up with another killer season. The fun will be around an offense that will wing it around a bit more with QB Shea Patterson and a loaded receiving corps.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 15
Michigan 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

7. LSU Tigers

Relative Strength: Secondary
Relative Concern: Pass Protection
Here’s The Deal: What a difference a year makes. Last season at this time, Ed Orgeron was on everyone’s hot seat list and it was nothing but projected doom and gloom for the Tigers. This year, the team has everything in place to make a real, live run for the College Football Playoff.

The defensive back seven is jaw-dropping good, the lines are outstanding, and second-year QB Joe Burrow has an NFL receiving corps to work with. The schedule is a bear at times, but that’s nothing new for the program.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 10
LSU 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

6. Ohio State Buckeyes

Relative Strength: Wide Receiver
Relative Concern: Quarterback
Here’s The Deal: Can Justin Fields actually play? No pressure or anything, but Ohio State is good enough to win the Big Ten title again and go off to play for the College Football Playoff. That only works if the Georgia transfer plays like he was No. 1A – along with with Trevor Lawrence – in the 2018 recruiting rankings.

New head coach Ryan Day will be fine, especially with the talent Urban Meyer left behind. The receiving corps is going to be devastating, the defense has the experience and skill to be a whole lot better, and JK Dobbins is a special running back. Mr. Fields, your table is ready.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 3
Ohio State 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

5. Oklahoma Sooners

Relative Strength: Offensive Skill Players
Relative Concern: Defensive Line
Here’s The Deal: As long as Jalen Hurts is Jalen Hurts, the Oklahoma offense will keep on rolling. It’s not going to be the same high-flying fun show it was with Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield running it, but with a deep group of running backs, a loaded receiving corps, and a defense that should finally start to tackle someone under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, nothing less than another Big 12 title and trip to the College Football Playoff will do.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 5
Oklahoma 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

4. Florida Gators

Relative Strength: Secondary
Relative Concern: Quarterback Consistency
Here’s The Deal: Is this an overreach after one very good year under Dan Mullen? Not really. The Gators are going to finish worse than this thanks to a nasty schedule, but go ahead and set the expectation dial to 11 considering how many fantastic pieces are in place.

The defense is the star, with one of the nation’s best secondaries behind what should be – with a little time – a rock-solid front seven. The O line might need a little retooling, but the kicking game is great, the offensive skill players strong, and if QB Feleipe Franks can up his game just a little bit more – he’s got the talent, experience and coaching to do just that – watch out.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 18
Florida 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

3. Georgia Bulldogs

Relative Strength: Offensive Line
Relative Concern: Backup Quarterback
Here’s The Deal: It’s Jake Fromm or else. With Justin Fields off to Ohio State, and Jacob Eason long gone and likely starting at Washington, the Georgia backup quarterback situation might be one of the biggest keys to the season. If Fromm can stay in one piece, he’s a top ten overall draft pick who can lead the Bulldogs back to the SEC title game.

Kirby Smart has taken the talent level up a few notches, with an offensive line that might just be the best in college football, a secondary that’s special despite the loss of Deandre Baker, and with NFL talent all across the board. Everything is in place to get to the College Football Playoff … at long as No. 11 is fine and healthy.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 4
Georgia 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

2. Clemson Tigers

Relative Strength: Wide Receiver
Relative Concern: Defensive Front Seven Experience
Here’s The Deal: First, the down side for the defending national champs. Even Clemson will have a hard time immediately replacing and reloading one of the greatest defensive front fours in the history of college football. Everything will turn out to be fine overall, but the front seven can’t help but take a step back. It’s not going to matter too much thanks to an offense that should put up 50 points a game.

Trevor Lawrence is just that special a starting quarterback, he’s got an NFL receiving corps to throw to, an NFL running back in Travis Etienne to hand off to, and one of the best lines in the country to work behind. There’s a problem is Lawrence gets hurt, and there’s just enough missing from the kicking game and that defensive front to be worried, but the talent Dabo Swinney has amassed is special.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 1
Clemson 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Relative Strength: Wide Receiver
Relative Concern: Kicking Game
Here’s The Deal: Bama had one really, really, really bad game against a Clemson team led by a franchise NFL starting quarterback and an all-timer defensive front on a laser-focused mission. This is still every bit the team that ripped through everything in its path – except for Georgia – on the way to Santa Clara.

The kicking game is suspect. There’s the Achilles’ heel, because every other aspect of this team is untouchable.

Tua Tagovailoa is the best quarterback in the country – or at least in the top three. The running back situation is the best in the country, the receiving corps is the best in the country. The defense – at least talent-wise – is the best in the country, and the offensive line is among the best in the country.

If last year’s team was Nick Saban’s best – at least before the debacle at the end – this one might just be even better, because now it’s grouchy.
2018 Final Season Ranking: 2
Alabama 2019 Team Preview, Season Prediction

2019 Schedules 
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | MW | Sun Belt

2019 CFN Preview Rankings 
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