The football season is about to begin in the last week of August. The end of 13 weeks of excitement and drama will determine the champion. Georgia Bulldogs are the reigning champions, who are preparing hard, and will give everything to retain the title.
There have been glorious runs in the tournament in the past years. Some teams were unbeatable and enjoyed being the best team for the moment. Similarly, at this time, there are teams evenly balanced with top prospects who can have a future in the NFL.
It is time for spring practices, and every college program is underway. 131 teams take part in the tournament, and after in-depth evaluation, the following are the best teams in NCAA Division I football.
Alabama Crimson Tide
The roster of the Crimson Tide puts them on the top. Their loss in the CFP National title match will inspire them to do great this season. Even with the departure of Jameson Williams and John Metchie, the Crimson Tide will feel confident about this season.
Their star kid, Bryce Young, probably the top prospect for the NFL, would take extra responsibility. Although Young would have support from the likes of Jahmyr Gibbs and Eli Ricks. They have been included through the transfer window. Because of Young and Anderson Jr., the Crimson Tide would enter as the favorites.
Ohio State Buckeyes
It is a close competition between the two top teams. Either can be no.1 in the rankings. However, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are going to the NFL, but still, the Buckeyes will have one of the best offenses in the season. A lot will depend on C.J. Stroud and how he performs because it will determine the team’s season run.
The opening match is crucial as it will set the tone for the rest of the season. Stroud will have the support of the best receiver in college football, Jaxon Smith. Along with him, Marvin Harrison Jr. and TreVeyon Henderson will make a formidable team. The defense under Jim Knowles is shaping up nicely. The Buckeyes can fancy their chances of claiming the championship.
Only if the Bulldogs did not lose their defensive side to the NFL, they could have been no.1 going into the season. They are the defending champions. It won’t be easy for them to keep the title because the Buckeyes and the Tides have a brutal team at the front.
Although after some departures, the Bulldogs still are evenly poised. With Jalen Carter and three spearheads, Arik Gilbert, Brock Bowers, and Darnell Washington, it will be tough for opponents to pass through the Bulldogs that easily. They might not start as the best team, but in sports, never say never.
Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies have a golden opportunity this season. They have two of the best QBs in college football, Haynes King and Max Johnson. It will come down to the starting line. Who starts as the first QB? In the likes of Devon Achane, the Aggies have an explosive running back. It will be critical to see how the Aggies march its troops and if they can take advantage.
Credit where it is due. The Utes, after losing two players in a year, did well in the last season as they finished 10-4. Who can forget their performance in the Rose Bowl, dragging Ohio State right to the end? Entering this season, there are expectations from the QB Cameron Rising and the solid defensive line. They are the best team in the Pac 12, and if they can perform at par, the Utes can make it to the playoffs.
The Trojans might be the dark horses this season. With Caleb Williams and Jordan Addison, the Trojans have a long shot in NCAAF odds. Many are expecting Trojans to do well this time, especially with the prospects in the offense and the new coaching team.
There are some quality players who will play a vital role at some point. If the combination clicks for the Trojans, we can see them going till the end of this football season.
The rumors of Jim Harbaugh leaving the Wolverines are settled down, and he is going to stay. It was the defense a season ago that carried the team to the playoff semifinal. However, this season, the offense will be in the limelight.
The Wolverines have one of the best running backs in college football, Blake Corum, a solid receiving corps, and QB J.J McCarthy. If every piece falls into its place, it can finish in the top five.