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1. Alabama

Until the Crimson Tide stop reloading on the recruiting trail, we should assume they will continue to challenge for the title.

2. USC

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.

5. LSU

If new offensive coordinator Matt Canada figures out how to use all the athletes on the roster, the Tigers will finish even higher.

6. Clemson

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.

8. Oklahoma

Dual-threat quarterback Baker Mayfield should lead the Sooners to their third Big 12 title in three seasons.

9. Washington

The Huskies have to replace a lot in the secondary, but the offense looks strong and coach Chris Petersen is just getting started.

10. Michigan

The Big Ten East remains college football's toughest division at the top. Jim Harbaugh will have the Wolverines in the mix.