The college football season just wrapped up with Clemson winning a classic of a national title by defeating Alabama, 35-31.
Might as well put together a super early and sure to be wrong top 25 for the 2017 season.
Lets start with the bad news within the Mountain West and that is no teams make the cut in our poll. If a team were to be ranked from the Mountain West, or even receiving votes, it likely would be Boise State, Air Force or San Diego State. Sorry, Wyoming fans but they lose too much — hopefully quarterback Josh Allen decides to stick around in Laramie — to garner any top 25 votes.
Among the non-power teams we rank South Florida at 24 and that is even after the news that running back Marlon Mack has decided to declare for the NFL Draft. However, the Bulls still have one of the best quarterbacks no one has heard of in Quinton Flowers.
The 25th team is probably a team not many are looking at and that is Middle Tennessee State out of Conference USA. Yes, they lost to Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl but Jared Stockstill can sling it and the Blue Raiders return their top receiver, Richie James, who had 105 receptions. They do lose their starting tailback in I'Tavius Mathers who rushed for over 1,500 yards and had 17 touchdowns.
At the top of the poll the top spot goes to Ohio State who returns quarterback J.T. Barrett and will very likely return double-digit starters from this year’s playoff team.
Alabama is No. 2, well because #RollTide.
There was a debate about putting USC at the top as they ended the season on fire, but they are losing wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and as of now cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has not made a decision on going pro or not. The Trojans likely have a Heisman front-runner in quarterback Sam Darnold, so placing them third makes sense.
Here is the conference breakdown.
Big 12: 5
Big Ten: 4
(For those on their phone this likely will look wonky so view in landscape mode or on a larger device to be able to view the poll properly).
2017 Way-too-early top 25
|1. Ohio State|
|1. Ohio State|
|4. Penn State|
|5. Florida State|
|7. Oklahoma State|
|17. Washington State|
|20. Kansas State|
|21. West Virginia|
|24. South Florida|
|25. Middle tennessee State|