College football is right around the corner, and the national landscape is starting to take shape.
The AP just released its top 25 rankings and fans everywhere are excited to see where their team ended up. Let's take a look at the preseason top 25 and the implications for the first few weeks of the season.
Alabama as the No. 1 overall team should surprise nobody as they return top level talent and are bringing in another stacked recruiting class. After last season's heartbreak, Jalen Hurts, Minkah Fitzpatrick and many others will look to bring back the title to Tuscaloosa.
At No. 2, Ohio State lost some key starters, but JT Barrett will be back to lead the offense. FSU and USC, checking in at No. 3 and No. 4, are favorites to win their conferences, and defending champion Clemson will look to return to the playoff. They're No. 5 to start the year.
The rest of the top ten features No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Oklahoma State. Those teams are all returning key pieces and will compete at the top of their respective conferences.
Michigan, Auburn, LSU, Stanford and Georgia are the next five and while these teams have talent, there are a few questions that need to be answered early.
At 16-20, Louisville, Florida, Miami, USF, and Kansas State are all solid teams that could make a run if they start hot.
Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Texas, Washington State and Tennessee finish off the top 25 and feature some up and coming teams looking to make a turnaround.
The first week of college football will feature a number of ranked matchups and must watch games. Alabama and Clemson were 1-2 in last year's preseason poll.