• Red & Black Staff

College Football 'Way-Too-Early" Rankings for 2017

The college football championship game was played less than two months ago, but some sources are already releasing their "Way-Too-Early" rankings for next season.

For this article, we looked at three major sports news websites: ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Sporting News.

All three sites have the Alabama Crimson Tide listed as number one for next season. As Sports Illustrated explains, "Until the Crimson Tide stop reloading on the recruiting trail, we should assume they will continue to challenge for the title."

Both Sports Illustrated and Sporting News have the Southern Cal Trojans at number two, while ESPN has the Florida State Seminoles ranked second. According to Sporting News, the Trojans have a talented quarterback, Sam Darnold, who may be able to "build off all that momentum from his Rose Bowl win." One of the reasons that the Seminoles may be "primed to retake the ACC in 2017," according to ESPN is that their division rival, Clemson, lost quarterback Deshaun Watson and many other players after last season.

Each of the three sites disagrees on the third place team for next year: ESPN has Southern Cal at number three, while Sporting News has Clemson, and Sports Illustrated has Penn State.

Other teams in the top five include the LSU Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes.