Each year there are four to six teams with the ability to win a National Championship. That standard holds true for this upcoming season as well. The teams listed have the talent necessary to reach the promised land.
The defending national champs are the odds on favorite to hoist the trophy this year. They are bringing back sophomore superstar, Trevor Lawrence, and their entire receiving corps with the exception of Hunter Renfrow. Their biggest losses took place along their defensive front, but Dabo Swinney has recruited for this and will look to have an inexperienced defensive line ready to play.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Surprise, surprise, Alabama is in preseason title talks, and do not expect them to go away for a while. Nick Saban’s squad is bringing back Heisman Trophy candidate, Tua Tagovailoa, at quarterback, Biletnikoff winner, Jerry Jeudy, at receiver, along with a slew of other superstars. Their schedule sets up quite favorably as they will not have to see Georgia the SEC Championship game.
The Dogs were a terrible play call away from making the College Football Playoff last season. Georgia lost a lot of talent, but like Swinney, Smart has recruited enough talent to fill the holes created by departures. They bring back quarterback, Jake Fromm. The young guys will have three tune-up games before Notre Dame comes to Athens in week four. That game will tell us a lot about this team, but on paper the Bulldogs have what it takes to bring a title to Athens.
Ohio State Buckeyes
For almost any other program, the departure of a coach like Urban Meyer would be back breaking. Ohio State is not any other program. The Buckeyes will not be going anywhere. With first-year head coach, Ryan Day, in charge their recruiting has not missed a beat. They secured the biggest addition of the off-season in quarterback, Justin Fields. The Buckeyes were once again victims of the NFL Draft as they saw Nick Bosa, Parris Campbell, Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and so many more head to the NFL. Even with a heavy draft class, the Buckeyes and their revamped coaching staff will return superstars on both sides of the ball. Expect them to be firmly in the playoff conversation come November.
The Sooners are once again trotting out a brand new signal caller. If history has taught us one thing, it is that Lincoln Riley can turn quarterbacks into Heisman Trophy candidates. Riley picked up former Alabama quarterback, Jalen Hurts, as a graduate transfer. Hurts is a seasoned veteran in the college game and will bring stability to the young offense. Riley cleaned house on the defensive side and brought in new defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch. Oklahoma’s schedule sets up favorably with home-field advantage against West Virginia, TCU, and Iowa State.