It’s in the air people. You smell it. I smell it. Everyone smells it. The grass is getting cut. The lines in the field are getting drawn. Football players everywhere are starting to get nervous because football season is ALMOST UPON US!

Every year I predict how every single FBS college football team is going to perform. I breakdown every team by conference and put some serious thought into these predictions. I like to pride myself on being correct (who doesn’t these days though?) so I go over every single team with a fine tooth comb.

College football is a unique sport. The roster transition from year-to-year can make it so a team can go from a 12-0 season to a 3-9 season with no time to stop and think about what the hell went wrong. No other sport deals with the kind of roster changes that college football head coaches have to deal with every year. That in itself makes college football one of the most interesting sports out there in my opinion.

And guess what folks? Kick-off is right around the corner so it’s time to nut up and find out what the wonderful world of college football has in store for us this year. It’s time for the 2018 College Football preview so sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

The Guide:

Last Year’s Record: Pretty self-explanatory

Last Year”s Bowl Game: Did the team compete in a bowl last year

Last Bowl Game Appearance: If the team wasn’t in a bowl last year, when’s the last time they made a bowl game?

Head Coach: The team’s leader

Head Coach Effect: A nice little formula featuring +/- that lets you know how good your coach performed last season. A + grade is how many wins I credit the coach for last season while a – grade means the coach did a pretty bad job with what he was working with

Top Returning Players: These are the best players from last year that are returning this year

Top Incoming Players: The top recruits in the Nation who will be joining your favorite team

Potential NFL Hopefuls: These are the guys on your favorite team’s roster that are already on the NFL’s radar. Obviously the more NFL talent you have on your team, the more I like your team

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: How difficult is your schedule compared to the other 129 FBS teams? Credit to Phil Steele for the schedule rankings

Predicted Record: How good will your team be next season?

 

And that’s it. ENJOY THE PREVIEW FOLKS!!!!!!

 

 

14. Vanderbilt Commodores

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 Independence vs. N.C. State (Lost 17-41)

Head Coach: Derek Mason (18-31 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +1

Top Returning Players: Charles Wright (LB), Kalija Lipscomb (WR), Kyle Shurmur (QB), Jared Pinkey (TE), Bruno Reagan (OL), Egidio Dellaripa (OL), Saige Young (OL), Devin Cochran (OL), Justin Skule (OL), Dare Odeyingbo (DL), Jordan Griffin (LB), Joejuan Williams (DB), LaDarius Wiley (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Alston Orji (LB), Salua Masina (LB), Javan Rice (K), Brendon Harris (DB), Dan Dawkins (OL), Rutger Reitmaier (DL), Tre’ Douglas (DB), Dashaun Jerkins (DB), Elijah McAllister (LB), Gavin Schoenwald (TE), Wyatt Smock (OL), Ben Bresnahan (TE), C.J. Bolar (WR), Ja’Veon Marlow (RB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Kyle Shurmur (QB), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB), Kalija Lipscomb (WR), Jared Pinkney (TE), Dare Odeyingbo (DL), Charles Wright (DL), Joejuan Williams (DB), LaDarius Wiley (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 47th

Predicted Record: 4-8 (1-7)


 

13. LSU Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Citrus vs. Notre Dame (Lost 17-21)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Citrus vs. Notre Dame (Lost 17-21)

Head Coach: Ed Orgeron (15-6 @ LSU, 31-33 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -3

Top Returning Players: Devin White (LB), Greedy Williams (DB), Grant Delpit (DB), Jonathan Giles (WR), Cole Tracy (K), Foster Moreau (TE), Edward Ingram (OL), Garrett Brumfield (OL), Saahdiq Charles (OL), Rashard Lawrence (DL), John Battle (DB), Josh Growden (P)

Top Incoming Players: Badara Traore (OL), Travez Moore (DL), Terrace Marshall (WR), Kelvin Joseph (DB), Damien Lewis (OL), Jarell Cherry (DL), Dare Rosenthal (DL), Davin Cotton (DL), Damone Clark (LB), Chasen Hines (DL), Ja’Marr Chase (WR), Kenan Jones (WR), Cole Smith (OL), Tae Provens (RB), Micha Baskerville (LB), Camerone Wire (OL), Nelson Jenkins (DL), Dominic Livingston (DL), Chris Curry (RB), Zach Sheffer (TE), Jaray Jenkins (WR), Dantreize Scott (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Nick Brossette (RB), Jonathan Giles (WR), C.J. Conrad (TE), BryKiethon Mouton (FB), Garrett Brumfield (OL), Rashard Lawrence (DL), Breiden Fehoko (DL), Ed Alexander (DL), Devin White (LB), Greedy Williams (DB), John Battle (DB), Cole Tracy (K), Zach Von Rosenberg (P)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 10th

Predicted Record: 4-8 (1-7)


 

12. Kentucky Wildcats

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Music City vs. Northwestern (Lost 23-24)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Music City vs. Northwestern (Lost 23-24)

Head Coach: Mark Stoops (26-36 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: 0

Top Returning Players: Benny Snell (RB), C.J. Conrad (TE), Josh Allen (DL), Tavin Richardson (WR), Drake Jackson (OL), Jervontius Stallings (OL), Logan Stenberg (OL), George Asafo-Adjei (OL), Joshua Pascal (DL), Phil Hoskins (DL), Jordan Jones (LB), Lonnie Johnson (DB), Derrick Baity (DB), Darius West (DB), Mike Edwards (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Marquan McCall (DL), Terry Wilson (QB), Domonique Williams (DB), Chris Oats (LB), Darian Kinnard (OL), DeAndre Square (LB), Brendan Bates (TE), Quintin Wilson (OL), Stanley Garner (DB), Kavosiey Smoke (RB), Davoan Hawkins (DL), Marvin Alexander (WR), Keaton Upshaw (TE), Kenneth Horsey (OL), Ashtan Pierre (LB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Benny Snell (RB), C.J. Conrad (TE), Landon Young (OL), Logan Stenberg (OL), Bunchy Stallings (OL), T.J. Carter (DL), Josh Allen (LB), Jordan Jones (LB), Derrick Baity (DB), Chris Westry (DB), Darius West (DB), Mike Edwards (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 39th

Predicted Record: 5-7 (2-6)


 

11. Tennessee Volunteers

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 Music City vs. Nebraska (Won 38-24)

Head Coach: Jeremy Pruitt (0-0 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: Didn’t coach last season

Top Returning Players: Tre Smith (OL), Nigel Warrior (DB), Brent Cimaglia (K), Keller Chryst (QB), Brandon Johnson (WR), Marquez Callaway (WR), Jauan Jennings (WR), Ryan Johnson (OL), Drew Richmond (OL), Kyle Phillips (DL), Jonathan Kongbo (DL), Quart’e Sapp (LB), Daniel Bituli (LB), Micah Abernathy (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Dominick Wood-Anderson (TE), Emmit Gooden (DL), J.J. Peterson (LB), Jordan Allen (LB), Jahmir Johnson (LB), Greg Emerson (DL), Alontae Taylor (WR), Brant Lawless (DL), Jerome Carvin (OL), Jacob Warren (TE), Paxton Brooks (K), Ollie Lane (OL), John Mincey (DL), J.T. Shrout (QB), Kingston Harris (OL), Tanner Antonutti (OL), Jeremy Banks (RB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Keller Chryst (QB), Jarrett Guarantano (QB), Marquez Callaway (WR), Jauan Jennings (WR), Kyle Phillips (DL), Jonathan Kongbo (DL), Daniel Bituli (LB), Quart’e Sapp (LB), Micah Abernathy (DB), Nigel Warrior (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 54th

Predicted Record: 5-7 (2-6)


 

10. Missouri Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Texas vs. Texas (Lost 16-33)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Texas vs. Texas (Lost 16-33)

Head Coach: Barry Odom (11-14 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +2

Top Returning Players: Emanuel Hall (WR), Albert Okwuegbunam (TE), Terry Beckner (DL), Drew Lock (QB), Damarea Crockett (RB), Johnathon Johnson (WR), Tre’Vour Wallace-Sims (OL), Terez Hall (LB), Trystan Colon-Castillo (OL), Cale Garrett (LB), Corey Fatoney (P), Kevin Pendelton (OL), Paul Adams (OL), Yasir Durant (OL), Brandon Lee (LB), DeMarkus Acy (DB), Adam Sparks (DB), Joshuah Bledsoe (DB), Tucker McCann (K)

Top Incoming Players: Lindsey Scott (QB), Antar Thompson (DL), Harry Ballard (WR), Chad Bailey (LB), Daniel Parker (DL), Kam Scott (WR), Mike Ruth (OL), Jalen Knox (WR), Nick Bolton (LB), Messiah Swinson (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Drew Lock (QB), Damarea Crockett (RB), Emanuel Hall (WR), Johnathon Johnson (WR), Albert Okwuegbunam (TE), Kendall Blanton (TE), Trystan Colon-Castillo (OL), Paul Adams (OL), Yasir Durant (OL), Kevin Pendelton (OL), Tre Williams (DL), Terry Beckner (DL), Terez Hall (LB), Cale Garrett (LB), Ronnell Perkins (DB), Tucker McCann (K), Corey Fatony (P)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 27th

Predicted Record: 6-6 (3-5)


 

9. South Carolina Gamecocks

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Outback vs. Michigan (Won 26-19)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Outback vs Michigan (Won 26-19)

Head Coach: Will Muschamp (15-11 @ South Carolina, 43-32 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +2

Top Returning Players: Deebo Samuel (WR), D.J. Wonnum (LB), Sadarius Hutcherson (OL), Bryan Edwards (WR), T.J. Brunson (LB), Kisean Nixon (DB), Joseph Charlton (P), Jake Bentley (QB), Rico Dowdle (RB), Shi Smith (WR), Donnel Stanley (OL), Zack Bailey (OL), Dennis Daley (OL), Javon Kinlaw (DL), Keir Thomas (DL), Rashad Fenton (DB), Jamyest Williams (DB), Shane Hynes (K)

Top Incoming Players: Dylan Wonnum (OL), Rick Sandidge (DL), Jabari Ellis (DL), Dakereon Joyner (QB), Jaycee Horn (DB), Josh Vann (WR), Rosendo Louis (LB), Jovaughn Gwyn (OL), Maxwell Iyama (OL), Kingsley Enagbare (DL), Israel Mukuamu (DB), Hank Manos (OL), Lavonte Valentine (RB), Jonathan Gipson (DB), Wyatt Campbell (OL), Deshaun Fenwick (RB), Jesus Gibbs (DL), Ernest Jones (LB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Jake Bentley (QB), Rico Dowdle (RB), A.J. Turner (RB), Deebo Samuel (WR), Bryan Edwards (WR), Jake August (TE), Zack Bailey (OL), Malik Young (OL), D.J. Wonnum (DL), Javon Kinlaw (DL), Bryson Allen-Williams (LB), T.J. Brunson (LB), Joseph Charlton (P)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 27th

Predicted Record: 6-6 (3-5)


 

8. Ole Miss Rebels

Last Year’s Record: 6-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game due to bowl ban

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2015 Sugar vs. Oklahoma State (Won 48-20)

Head Coach: Matt Luke (6-6 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: Didn’t calculate for last season due to timing of hiring

Top Returning Players: A.J. Brown (WR), Greg Little (OL), D.K. Metcalf (WR), Benito Jones (DL), Dawson Knox (TE), Javon Patterson (OL), Ken Webster (DB), DaMarkus Lodge (WR), Sean Rawlings (OL), Alex Givens (OL), Josiah Coatney (DL), Detric Bing-Dukes (LB), Myles Hartsfield (DB), Zedrick Woods (DB), Jaylon Jones (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Matt Corral (QB), Noah Jefferson (DL), Scottie Phillips (RB), Vernon Dasher (LB), Elijah Moore (WR), Hal Northern (DL), James Williams (DL), Miles Battle (WR), Jalen Cunningham (OL), DeMarcus Gregory (WR), Jacquez Jones (LB), Kevontae’ Ruggs (LB), K.D. Hill (DL), JaKorey Hawkins (DB), Jonathan Hess (LB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: A.J. Brown (WR), D.K. Metcalf (WR), DaMarkus Lodge (WR), Dawson Knox (TE), Sean Rawlings (OL), Greg Little (OL), Javon Patterson (OL), Victor Evans (DL), Josiah Coatney (DL), Benito Jones (DL), Myles Hartsfield (DB), Jaylon Jones (DB), Zedrick Woods (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 46th

Predicted Record: 6-6 (3-5)


 

7. Arkansas Razorbacks

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 Belk vs. Virginia Tech (Lost 24-35)

Head Coach: Chad Morris (0-0 @ Arkansas, 14-23 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -2

Top Returning Players: Hjalte Froholdt (OL), Brian Wallace (OL), De’Jon Harris (LB), McTelvin Agim (DL), Devwah Whatley (RB), Randy Ramsey (DL), Dre Greenlaw (LB), Jared Cornelius (WR), La’Michael Pettway (WR), Jonathan Nance (WR), Jeremy Patton (TE), Johnny Gibson (OL), Colton Jackson (OL), Dorian Gerald (DL), Kevin Richardson (CB), Santos Ramirez (DB), Kamren Curl (DB), Connor Limpert (K), Blake Johnson (P)

Top Incoming Players: Dorian Gerald (DL), Rakeem Boyd (RB), Bumper Pool (LB), Myles Mason (DB), Connor Noland (QB), Joseph Foucha (DB), Nick Fulwider (DL), Ladarrius Bishop (DB), Isaiah Nichols (DL), Austine Aune (QB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Devwah Whaley (RB), Jeremy Patton (TE), Brian Wallace (OL), Hjalte Froholdt (OL), Johnny Gibson (OL), Randy Ramsey (DL), McTelvin Agim (DL), Dre Greenlaw (LB), De’Jon Harris (LB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 42nd

Predicted Record: 7-5 (3-5)


 

6. Texas A&M Aggies

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Belk vs. Wake Forest (Lost 52-55)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Belk vs. Wake Forest (Lost 52-55)

Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher (0-0 all-time, 83-23 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -5

Top Returning Players: Tyrel Dodson (LB), Jhamon Ausbon (WR), Keaton Sutherland (OL), Landis Durham (DL), Kingsley Keke (DL), Daniel LaCamera (K), Branden Mann (P), Nick Starkel (QB), Tray’Veon Williams (RB), Colton Prater (OL), Erik McCoy (OL), Carson Green (OL), Otaro Alaka (LB), Debione Renfro (DB), Charles Oliver (DB), Derrick Tucker (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Max Wright (DL), Jalen Preston (WR), Leon O’Neal (DB), Luke Matthews (OL), Mohamed Diallo (DL), Bobby Brown (DL), Barton Clement (OL), Colten Blanton (OL), Jordan Moore (DB), Marcus Jenkins (OL), Jashuan Corbin (RB), Jeremiah Martin (DL), Jace Sternberger (TE), James Foster (QB), Vernon Jackson (RB), Seth Small (K), Charles Strong (RB), Glenn Beal (TE), Brian Johnson (LB), Montel Parker (WR), Deneric Prince (RB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Trayveon Williams (RB), Erik McCoy (OL), Connor Lanfear (OL), Landis Durham (DL), Kingsley Keke (DL), Daylon Mack (DL), Tyrel Dodson (LB), Otaro Alaka (LB), Daniel LaCamera (K)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 15th

Predicted Record: 8-4 (5-3)


 

5. Auburn Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 10-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Peach vs. UCF (Lost 27-34)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Peach vs. UCF (Lost 27-34)

Head Coach: Gus Malzahn (45-22 @ Auburn, 54-25 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: 0

Top Returning Players: Jarrett Stidham (QB), Ryan Davis (WR), Marlon Davidson (DL), Deshaun Davis (LB), Kam Martin (RB), Darius Slayton (WR), Derrick Brown (DL), Javaris Davis (DB), Nate Craig-Myers (WR), Chandler Cox (TE), Mike Horton (OL), Dontavius Russell (DL), Darrell Williams (LB), Jamel Dean (DB), Jeremiah Dinson (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Daquan Newkirk (DL), Joey Gatewood (QB), Asa Martin (RB), Anthony Schwartz (WR), Seth Williams (WR), Coynis Miller (DL), Harold Joiner (RB), Christian Tutt (DB), Matthew Hill (WR), Smoke Monday (DB), Michael Harris (LB), Shaun Shivers (RB), Zakoby McClain (LB), Richard Jubunor (LB), Kayode Oladele (DL), Jalil Irvin (OL), Jamien Sherwood (DB), Kameron Stutts (OL), Caleb Johnson (DL), Kolbi Fuqua (WR), Shedrick Jackson (WR), Arryn Siposs (K)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Jarrett Stidham (QB), Darius Slayton (WR), Ryan Davis (WR), Jalen Harris (TE), Chandler Cox (FB), Prince Tega Wanogho (OL), Mike Horton (OL), Marlon Davidson (DL), Nick Coe (DL), Derrick Brown (DL), Darrell Williams (LB), Deshaun Davis (LB), Javaris Davis (DB), Jamel Dean (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 25th

Predicted Record: 9-3 (5-3)


 

4. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: TaxSlayer vs. Louisville (Won 31-27)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 TaxSlayer vs. Louisville (Won 31-27)

Head Coach: Joe Moorhead (0-0 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: Didn’t coach last season

Top Returning Players: Montez Sweat (DL), Jeffrey Simmons (DL), Aeris Williams (RB), Mark McLaurin (DB), Elgton Jenkins (OL), Nick Fitzgerald (QB), Stewart Reese (OL), Braxton Hoyett (DL), Keith Mixon (WR), Jesse Jackson (WR), Farrod Green (TE), Deion Calhoun (OL), Daryl Williams (OL), Gerri Green (DL), Leo Lewis (LB), Chris Rayford (DB), Jace Christmann (K)

Top Incoming Players: Stephon Guidry (WR), Devonta Jackson (WR), Sh’Mar Kirby Lane (LB), Malik Heath (WR), Jalen Mayden (QB), La’Damian Webb (RB), Jaden Crumedy (DL), Nathaniel Watson (LB), Marcus Murphy (WR), Kwatrivous Johnson (OL), Aaron Brule (LB), Jett Johnson (LB), Fabien Lovett (DL), Esaias Furdge (DB), Jaylon Redd (RB), Cameron Gardner (TE), Brad Cumbest (TE), Geor’quarius Spivey (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Nick Fitzgerald (QB), Farrod Green (TE), Elgton Jenkins (OL), Stewart Reese (OL), Darryl Williams (OL), Deion Calhoun (OL), Montez Sweat (DL), Fletcher Adams (DL), Jeffrey Simmons (DL), Gerri Green (DL), Braxton Hoyett (DL), Cory Thomas (DL), Erroll Thompson (LB), Mark McLaurin (DB), Johnthan Abram (DB), Jace Christmann (K)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 32nd

Predicted Record: 9-3 (5-3)


 

3. Florida Gators

Last Year’s Record: 4-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 Outback vs. Iowa (Lost 7-41)

Head Coach: Dan Mullen (0-0 @ Florida, 69-46 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +3

Top Returning Players: Martez Ivey (OL), David Reese (LB), C.J. Henderson (DB), Jordan Scarlett (RB), Jabari Zuniga (DL), Cece Jefferson (LB), Marco Wilson (DB), Tommy Townsend (P), Feleipe Franks (QB), Kadarius Toney (WR), Tyrie Cleveland (WR), C’Yontai Lewis (TE), T.J. McCoy (OL), Frederick Johnson (OL), Brett Heggie (OL), Jawaan Taylor (OL), Khairi Clark (DL), Vosean Joseph (LB), Chauncy Gardner-Johnson (LB), Jaewon Taylor (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Evan McPherson (K), Noah Banks (OL), Richard Gouraige (OL), Emory Jones (QB), Justin Watkins (LB), Jacob Copeland (WR), Amari Burney (DB), Andrew Chatfield (LB), Dameon Pierce (RB), Iverson Clement (RB), Kyle Pitts (TE), Trey Dean (DB), Chris Bleich (OL), David Reese (DB), Malik Langham (DL), Dante Lang (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Feleipe Franks (QB), Tyrie Cleveland (WR), Van Jefferson (WR), C’yontai Lewis (TE), T.J. McCoy (OL), Martez Ivey (OL), Jawaan Taylor (OL), Fred Johnson (OL), Cece Jefferson (DL), Khairi Clark (DL), Vosean Joseph (LB), David Reese (LB), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 64th

Predicted Record: 10-2 (7-1)


 

2. Georgia Bulldogs

Last Year’s Record: 13-2

Last Year’s Bowl Game: [College Football Playoff] Rose vs Oklahoma (Won 54-48), [National Championship] vs. Alabama (Lost 23-26)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: [College Football Playoff] Rose vs. Oklahoma (Won 54-48), [National Championship] vs. Alabama (Lost 23-26)

Head Coach: Kirby Smart (21-7 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -1

Top Returning Players: J.R. Reed (DB), Rodrigo Blankenship (K), DeAndre Swift (RB), Lamont Galliard (OL), DeAndre Walker (DL), Mecole Hardman (WR), Andrew Thomas (OL), Jake Fromm (QB), Terry Godwin (WR), Isaac Nauta (TE), Ben Cleveland (OL), Kendall Baker (OL), Jonathan Ledbetter (DL), Tyler Clark (DL), Natrez Patrick (LB), DeAndre Baker (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Zamir White (RB), Devonte Wyatt (DL), Justin Fields (QB), Jamaree Salyer (OL), Cade Mays (OL), Brenton Cox (LB), Tyson Campbell (DB), Deontrey Hill (OL), James Cook (RB), Adam Anderson (LB), Luke Ford (TE), Jake Camarda (K), Channing Tindall (LB), Otis Reese (DB), Quay Walker (LB), Tommy Bush (WR), Kearis Jackson (WR), Warren Ericson (OL), Jordan Davis (DL), Nadab Joseph (DB), Azeez Ojulari (LB), Christopher Smith (DB), Divaad Wilson (DB), John Fitzpatrick (TE), Owen Condon (OL)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Terry Godwin (WR), Mecole Hardman (WR), Isaac Nauta (TE), Lamont Galliard (OL), Solomon Kindley (OL), Kendall Baker (OL), Jonathan Ledbetter (DL), Tyler Clark (DL), Julian Rochester (DL), D’Andre Walker (LB), Natrez Patrick (LB), Deandre Baker (DB), J.R. Reed (DB), Rodrigo Blankenship (K)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 55th

Predicted Record: 12-1 (8-1)


 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Last Year’s Record: 13-1

Last Year’s Bowl Game: [College Football Playoff] Sugar vs. Clemson (Won 24-6), [National Championship] vs. Georgia (Won 26-23)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: [College Football Playoff] Sugar vs. Clemson (Won 24-6), [National Championship] vs. Georgia (Won 26-23)

Head Coach: Nick Saban (132-20 @ Alabama, 223-62-1 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -1

Top Returning Players: Damien Harris (RB), Ross Piershbacher (OL), Jonah Williams (OL), Raekwon Davis (DL), Isaiah Buggs (DL), Dylan Moses (LB), Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Anfernee Jennings (LB), Mack Wilson (LB), Jedrick Willis (OL), Hale Hentges (TE), Lester Cotton (OL), Matt Womack (OL)

Top Incoming Players: Saivion Smith (DB), Patrick Surtain (DB), Eyabi Anoma (LB), Xavier Williams (WR), Emil Ekiyor (OL), Jaylen Waddle (WR), Stephon Wynn (DL), Josh Jobe (DB), Skyler DeLong (K), Jalyn Armour-Davis (DB), Cameron Latu (LB), Tommy Brown (OL), Jordan Davis (LB), Slade Bolden (WR), Jarez Parks (LB), Christian Barmore (DL), Michael Parker (TE), Jerome Ford (RB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Jalen Hurts (QB), Damien Harris (RB), Josh Jacobs (RB), Irv Smith Jr. (TE), Hale Hentges (TE), Ross Pierschbacher (OL), Jonah Williams (OL), Matt Womack (OL), Lester Cotton (OL), Raekwon Davis (DL), Isaiah Buggs (DL), Quinnen Williams (DL), Anfernee Jennings (LB), Christian Miller (LB), Terrell Lewis (LB), Mack Wilson (LB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 48th

Predicted Record: 13-0 (9-0)