Brad’s 2020 College Football Preview- Comprehensive Ranking

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 14th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 28th article for full schedule).   Here are my rankings of teams 1-130.  The column to the left of each team is my ranking of each squad, and the column to the right of each team is the experts ranking (average of Athlon, ESPN FPI, Lindy’s, Asmussen) for that program.  You will soon see that the teams in which I have the biggest disparities with the experts will be featured in my surprise/disappointment lists in the upcoming days.   One other thing you will notice is that the top four teams in the rankings have parentheses next to their names.  That number represents each team’s seeding in the 2019 college football playoff.  These rankings intend to encapsulate the entire college football season, so I felt it necessary to differentiate between a team’s regular season finish/playoff seeding and their final ranking.

Team Experts
1 Alabama (1) 3
2 Ohio State (3) 2
3 Clemson (2) 1
4 Texas A & M (4) 13
5 Southern Cal 16
6 Oklahoma 7
7 Florida 9
8 Penn State 4
9 Tennessee 31
10 Wisconsin 11
11 Texas 15
12 Oregon 8
13 Miami-FL 35
14 Oklahoma State 14
15 Notre Dame 10
16 Georgia 6
17 Michigan 17
18 Auburn 12
19 UCF 19
20 Minnesota 18
21 Virginia Tech 24
22 California 36
23 North Carolina 20
24 Brigham Young 64
25 UAB 62
26 Mississippi State 58
27 Iowa State 21
28 Arizona State 32
29 Florida State 33
30 Washington 29
31 Indiana 36
32 Cincinnati 27
33 Boise State 24
34 Memphis 28
35 Nevada 82
36 Appalachian State 40
37 Air Force 47
38 LSU 5
39 Iowa 22
40 Louisville 23
41 Baylor 30
42 Purdue 46
43 UCLA 56
44 Western Michigan 98
45 San Diego State 66
46 Ohio 86
47 Marshall 71
48 Western Kentucky 74
49 Florida Atlantic 69
50 North Texas 116
51 San Jose State 108
52 Miami-OH 81
53 UL-Lafayette 49
54 Georgia State 110
55 Missouri 55
56 Nebraska 39
57 Kentucky 33
58 Utah 24
59 Ole Miss 43
60 Pittsburgh 42
61 Northwestern 48
62 Wake Forest 56
63 Washington State 61
64 NC State 67
65 Tulane 84
66 Utah State 104
67 SMU 52
68 Southern Miss 78
69 Hawaii 100
70 Toledo 87
71 Troy 105
72 Buffalo 63
73 Houston 68
74 Colorado State 101
75 Navy 72
76 Louisiana Tech 88
77 Temple 85
78 Charlotte 94
79 Central Michigan 89
80 Florida International 111
81 Arkansas State 90
82 Rice 115
83 Georgia Southern 97
84 Army 94
85 Michigan State 52
86 Syracuse 72
87 Boston College 75
88 Virginia 49
89 TCU 38
90 Kansas State 41
91 West Virginia 54
92 Texas Tech 60
93 Oregon State 65
94 Georgia Tech 76
95 South Carolina 44
96 Stanford 44
97 Duke 69
98 Arizona 77
99 Vanderbilt 92
100 Illinois 59
101 Bowling Green 124
102 Liberty 106
103 Ball State 103
104 Coastal Carolina 112
105 Maryland 80
106 Arkansas 79
107 Rutgers 93
108 Tulsa 91
109 Northern Illinois 114
110 East Carolina 107
111 Kent State 109
112 UL-Monroe 120
113 UTSA 120
114 New Mexico 118
115 Kansas 102
116 Wyoming 51
117 South Florida 94
118 Fresno State 98
119 Old Dominion 123
120 South Alabama 122
121 Middle Tennessee 113
122 Colorado 83
123 UConn 125
124 Akron 127
125 UMass 130
126 New Mexico State 128
127 Eastern Michigan 117
128 Texas State 126
129 UTEP 129
130 UNLV 119

 

As you can see above, The Crimson Tide of Alabama are my predicted national champion!  Everyone else in the world is picking either Clemson or Ohio State, but I think Bama is in a perfect situation this season with lowered expectations and less pressure to win one final title for Saban.

2020 Vision For Alabama Neutral Site Game

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