Post-spring Power Rankings: Oklahoma leads too-early Top 25 – Sports Illustrated
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With spring practices in the books, we’re one step closer to the 2016 college football season. So what do we think we know now that we didn’t know before teams opened their off-season camps? I say think because it’s important to put a caveat on any insight gained from spring practices. If a quarterback looked impressive, is that indicative of a productive passing attack or a lousy secondary? The best we can do is try to find reasons to explain why what we see and hear during spring means or doesn’t mean anything.
That said, between the pieces returning from the 2015 season and some practicing and scrimmaging, teams are starting to show what they might look like this fall. We’ve still got four months until the season to debate, so let’s start projecting. Here is SI.com’s 2016 Post-Spring Top 25.
SI college football producer Colin Becht breaks down why Florida State has the talent to win the ACC in 2016.
- There’s no reason to doubt the Tigers have the offensive firepower to return to the national championship game. Nearly everyone is back, including quarterback Deshaun Watson, running back Wayne Gallman and receivers Deon Cain, Artavis Scott, Jordan Leggett and Mike Williams. (Not to mention five-star running back Tavien Feaster.) Whether Clemson can defend its ACC title and reach the playoff again will come down to the Tigers’ ability to rebuild defensively for the second straight year. The defensive line, which loses Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd and D.J. Reader, appears to be reloading nicely with Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant, Carlos Watkins and five-star early-enrollee Dexter Lawrence. However, the secondary, which must replace cornerback Mackensie Alexander along with safeties Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green, suffered another setback when corner Adrian Baker tore his ACL.
SI executive editor B.J. Schecter discusses whether Ohio State is deep enough to make a run at the national title after having a dozen players drafted.
SI executive editor B.J. Schecter and college football producer Colin Becht look at the SEC teams that could prevent the Alabama Crimson Tide from winning another conference title.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples answers a Twitter question about Hugh Freeze’s involvement in the Laremy Tunsil controversy.
SI executive editor B.J. Schecter and college football producer Colin Becht explain which teams could surprise fans in the upcoming season.
Next five: Boise State, Florida, UCLA, Wisconsin, Texas A&M