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Pete Snyder’s Way Too Early College Football Top 25

Pete Snyder looks at College Football’s Top 25 ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Although sports may be on hold, it doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing for their return. In anticipation for the (hopefully) return of the CFB season, I am taking it upon myself to make a WAY TO EARLY preseason poll. Keep in mind that these rankings are very raw and could shift drastically by the time things get underway come fall.

25. Cincinnati

2019 Record: 11-3

Key Returners: QB; Desmond Ridder, Safety; Ja’von Hicks

Biggest Losses: RB; Michael Warren II, WR; Malick Mbodj

Key Acquisitions: WR; Michael Young (Grad transfer from Notre Dame), OL; Luke Collinsworth, CB; Iesa Jarmon, Safety; Leroy Bowers

24. Utah

2019 Record: 11-3

Key Returners: TE; Brant Kuithe, WR; Britain Covey, LB; Devin Lloyd

Biggest Losses: QB; Tyler Huntley, RB; Zack Moss, CB; Jaylon Johnson, Safety; Terrell Burgess, Edge; Bradlee Anae

Key Acquisitions:  DL; Xavier Carlton, LB; Graham Faloona, CB; Faybian Marks, LB; Jeremy Mercier, QB; Jake Bentley (Transfer from South Carolina)

23. UNC

2019 Record: 7-6

Key Returners: QB; Sam Howell (Heisman Sleeper,)  LB; Chazz Surratt; WR; Dyami Brown, WR; Dazz Newsome, RB; Michael Carter

Biggest Losses: DL; Aaron Crawford, DL; Jason Strowbridge, Safety; Myles Dorn

Key Acquisitions: WR; Josh Downs, DT; Kedrick Bingley-Jones, Safety; Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, DE; Desmond Evans

22. Florida State

2019 Record: 6-7

Key Returners: WR; Tamorrion Terry, WR; D.J. Matthews, RB; Khalan Laborn, QB; James Blackman

Biggest Losses: RB; Cam Akers, WR; Keith Gavin, CB; Stanford Samuels III, CB; Levonta Taylor

Key Acquisitions: Mike Norvell (Head Coach,) OLB; Stephen Dix Jr., CB; Demorie Tate

21. Arizona State

2019 Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB;  Jayden Daniels (Heisman Sleeper,)  WR; Frank Darby

Biggest Losses: RB; Eno Benjamin, WR; Brandon Aiyuk, CB; Kobe Williams

Key Acquisitions: All-Purpose Back; Daniyel Ngata,  RB; DeaMonte Trayanum, Marvin Lewis (New Defensive Coordinator)

20. Tennesse

2019 Record: 8-5

Key Returners: OL; Trey Smith, QB; Jarrett Guarantano, WR; Josh Palmer

Biggest Losses: Safety; Nigel Warrior, WR; Jauan Jennings, LB; Darrell Taylor

Key Acquisitions: QB;  Harrison Bailey, Safety; Keyshawn Lawrence, DT; Reginald Perry

19. Michigan

2019 Record: 9-4

Key Returners: QB; Dylan McCaffrey, QB; Joe Milton, RB; Zach Charbonnet, WR; Nico Collins, Safety; Daxton Hill

Biggest Losses: QB; Shea Patterson, CB; Lavert Hill, WR; Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR; Tarik Black

Key Acquisitions: LB; Kalel Mullings, DE; Braiden McGregor, RB; Blake Corum, CB; Andre Seldon

18. Iowa State

2019 Record: 7-6

Key Returners: QB; Brock Purdy, RB; Breece Hall, LB; O’Rien Vance

Biggest Losses: LB; Marcel Spears, OL; Julian Good-Jones, DL; Ray Lima

Key Acquisitions: DT; Latrell Bankston (Transfer), OL; Anthony Smith, CB; Michal Antoine

17. Wisconsin

2019 Record: 10-4

Key Returners: QB; Jack Coan, FB; Mason Stokke, WR; Danny Davis, OLB; Noah Burks

Biggest Losses: RB; Jonathan Taylor, EDGE; Zack Baun, WR; Quintez Cephus, OL; Tyler Biadasz

Key Acquisitions: RB; Jalen Berger, OL; Jack Nelson, LB;  Nick Herbig, LB; Kaden Johnson

16. USC

2019 Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Kedon Slovis, WR; Amon-Ra St. Brown, CB, Chris Steele

Biggest Losses: WR; Michael Pittman Jr., OT; Austin Jackson,. DE; Jay Tufele

Key Acquisitions: WR; Gary Bryant Jr., WR; Joshua Jackson Jr., Todd Orlando (New DC), DT, Kobe Pepe

15. Texas A&M

2019 Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Kellen Mond, DE; Micheal Clemons,  WR; Jhamon Ausbon

Biggest Losses:  DB; Charles Oliver, WR; Kendrick Rogers, DT; Justin Madubuike

Key Acquisitions: DE; Fadil Diggs, Safety; Jaylon Jones, WR; Demond Demas, DE; Donell Harris

14. Minnesota

2019 Record: 11-2

Key Returners: QB; Tanner Morgan, WR; Rashod Bateman, RB; Mohamed Ibrahim

Biggest Losses: Safety; Antoine Winfield Jr., WR; Tyler Johnson, EDGE; Carter Coughlin, LB; Kamal Martin, RB; Rodney Smith

Key Acquisitions: WR;  Daniel Jackson, LB; Itayvion Brown, RB; Ky Thomas

13. Notre Dame

2019 Record: 11-2

Key Returners: QB; Ian Book, WR; Lawrence Keys, Safety; Kyle Hamilton

Biggest Losses: WR; Chase Claypool, DE; Julian Okwara, DL; Khalid Kareem, CB; Troy Pride Jr.

Key Acquisitions: TE; Michael Mayer, WR; Jordan Johnson, APRB; Chris Tyree, OT; Tosh Baker

12. Texas

2019 Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Sam Ehlinger (Heisman Hopeful,) WR;  Brennan Eagles, RB; Keaontay Ingram, Safety; BJ Foster

Biggest Losses: WR; Devin Duvernay, DB; Brandon Jones, WR; Collin Johnson, DL; Malcolm Roach

Key Acquisitions: Mike Yurcich (NEW OC,) Chris Ash (NEW DC,) RB; Bijan Robinson, DE; Alfred Collins, Safety; Xavion Alford

11. Auburn

2019 Record: 9-4

Key Returners: QB; Bo Nix, WR; Seth Williams, LB; K.J. Britt, RB;  D.J. Williams

Biggest Losses: DT; Derrick Brown, OT; Prince Tega Wanogho Jr., DB; Javaris Davis

Key Acquisitions: LB; Wesley Steiner, RB; Tank Bigsby, DE; Zykeivous Walker, WR; Kobe Hudson

10. Oregon

2019 Record: 12-2

Key Returners: OT; Penei Sewell, DL; Kayvon Thibodeaux, QB;  Tyler Shough

Biggest Losses: QB; Justin Herbert, OT; Calvin Throckmorton, OG; Shane Lemieux

Key Acquisitions: LB; Noah Sewell, LB; Justin Flowe, CB; Dontae Manning, WR; Kris Hutson

9. Oklahoma State

2019 Record: 8-5

Key Returners: QB; Spencer Sanders, RB; Chuba Hubbard (Heisman Hopeful,) WR; Tylan Wallace

Biggest Losses: CB; A.J. Green, OL; Marcus Keyes, WR; Jordan Mccray

Key Acquisitions: QB; Shane Illingworth, CB; Christian Holmes (Transfer,) OG; Eli Russ

8. Florida

2019 Record: 11-2 

Key Returners: QB; Kyle Trask, WR; Van Jefferson, DL; Kyree Campbell

Biggest Losses: CB; CJ Henderson, RB; Lamical Perine, QB; Feleipe Franks

Key Acquisitions: DT; Gervon Dexter, LB; Derek Wingo, WR; Xzavier Henderson, CB; Jahari Rogers

7. Penn State

2019 Record: 11-2

Key Returners: QB; Sean Clifford, LB; Micah Parsons, TE; Pat Freiermuth, RB; Devyn Ford

Biggest Losses: WR; K. J. Hamler, DE; Yetur Gross-Matos, DT; Robert Windsor, LB; Cam Brown

Key Acquisitions: LB; Curtis Jacobs, TE; Theo Johnson, Safety; Enzo Jennings, RB; Caziah Holmes

6. Oklahoma

2019 Record: 12-2

Key Returners: C; Creed Humphrey, QB; Spencer Rattler (Heisman Sleeper,) WR: Charleston Rambo

Biggest Losses: WR; CeeDee Lamb, LB; Kenneth Murray, QB; Jalen Hurts

Key Acquisitions:  OG; Nate Anderson, DE; Reggie Grimes, RB; Seth McGowan

5. LSU

2019 Record: 15-0

Key Returners: QB;  Myles Brennan, WR; Ja’Marr Chase, CB;  Derek Stingley Jr, OL; Austin Deculus

Biggest Losses: QB; Joe Burrow, WR; Justin Jefferson, CB; Kristian Fulton, EDGE; K’Lavon Chaisson, RB; Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Joe Brady (Coach)

Key Acquisitions: TE; Arik Gilbert, CB; Elias Ricks, WR; Kayshon Boutte, DT; Jaquelin Roy

4. Alabama

2019 Record: 11-2

Key Returners: RB; Najee Harris, WR; DeVonta Smith, LB; Dylan Moses, CB; Patrick Surtain, QB; Mac Jones

Biggest Losses: QB; Tua Tagovailoa, OT; Jedrick Wills Jr, WR; Jerry Jeudy, WR: Henry Ruggs III, CB; Trevon Diggs, Safety; Xavier McKinney

Key Acquisitions: QB; Bryce Young, DE; Will Anderson, DE; Chris Braswell, LB; Drew Sanders,

3. Georgia

2019 Record: 12-2

Key Returners: Safety; Richard LeCounte, RB; Zamir White, WR; George Pickens, WR; Matt Landers

Biggest Losses: QB; Jake Fromm, RB; D’Andre Swift, OT; Andrew Thomas

Key Acquisitions: QB; Jamie Newman (Transfer,) CB; Kelee Ringo, OT; Broderick Jones, DT; Jalen Carter, LB; Darnell Washington

2. Clemson

2019 Record: 14-1

Key Returners: QB; Trevor Lawrence (Heisman Hopeful,) WR; Justyn Ross, RB;  Travis Etienne (Heisman Hopeful), WR; Amari Rodgers, DE; Xavier Thomas

Biggest Losses: CB; A.J. Terrell, WR; Tee Higgins, Safety; Tanner Muse, LB; Isaiah Simmons

Key Acquisitions: DT; Bryan Bresee, DE; Myles Murphy, QB: DJ Uiagalelei, LB; Trenton Simpson, RB; Demarkcus Bowman

1. Ohio State

2019 Record: 13-1

Key Returners: QB; Justin Fields (Heisman Favorite,) OL; Wyatt Davis, CB;  Shaun Wade, WR; Chris Olave

Biggest Losses: CB; Jeff Okudah, CB; Damon Arnette, DE; Chase Young, WR; K.J. Hill, RB; J. K. Dobbins

Key Acquisitions: WR; Julian Fleming, OT; Paris Johnson Jr., WR; Jaxon Smith-Njigba, LB; Cody Simon

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Peter Snyder
Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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