Until the Crimson Tide stop reloading on the recruiting trail, we should assume they will continue to challenge for the title.
With oodles of talent around him and an unflappable nature, QB Sam Darnold is presiding over a Trojans renaissance.
3. Penn State
Three years after regaining their full allotment of scholarships after sanctions, the Nittany Lions will be deeper and better.
4. Florida State
Freshman QB Deondre Francois grew up this year, and safety Derwin James's return from a knee injury will solidify the defense.
If new offensive coordinator Matt Canada figures out how to use all the athletes on the roster, the Tigers will finish even higher.
Even with quarterback Deshaun Watson leaving, coach Dabo Swinney has built Clemson to compete every season.
7. Ohio State
New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson should rev up the offense, but Penn State and Michigan will be speed bumps.
Dual-threat quarterback Baker Mayfield should lead the Sooners to their third Big 12 title in three seasons.
The Huskies have to replace a lot in the secondary, but the offense looks strong and coach Chris Petersen is just getting started.
The Big Ten East remains college football's toughest division at the top. Jim Harbaugh will have the Wolverines in the mix.