College football 2018: Preseason rankings, bowl projections, All-Americans and more

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Sporting News is ready for the 2018 college football season.

Our goal is to give you as much content as possible in advance of opening weekend on Sept. 1, which features blockbuster matchups like Notre Dame-Michigan, LSU-Miami and Auburn-Washington, among others.

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We've made it to the fifth year of the College Football Playoff era — which culminates this year with semifinal games at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, followed by the title game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

We're here to get you prepared for the 2018 college football season. Here's a look at our preseason way-too-early top 25 rankings, bowl projections, Heisman contenders, preseason All-Americans and much, much more. …

Can it be September yet?

College football rankings: SN's preseason top 25

Surprise! Defending national champion Alabama is ranked No. 1 in SN's post-spring way-too-early top 25. The Crimson Tide are surrounded by the usual suspects, including Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma. How does our preseason poll compare with other publications? We'll update all this when AP's preseason poll comes out in August.

Conference predictions

We'll have predictions for each Power 5 conference after their respective media days, but we have already have offseason primers too.

Big Ten
Big 12
Group of 5

Get the early jump before the preseason magazines come out this summer. For those who can't wait, check out our 18 predictions for 2018.

College football bowl projections

Sporting News has revealed its predictions for the 40 bowl games and College Football Playoff. Expect to see a lot of familiar names in the Playoff discussion this year. Who have we chosen?


Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa will be one of the star players to watch in 2018. (Getty Images)

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Heisman watch

Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy the last two seasons, but both quarterbacks are now gone to the NFL. That leaves a power vacuum among college football's best players — and an intriguing race is in the works for 2018. We break down the reasons for hype and concern for the major candidates. Chances are the winner will be either a quarterback or running back, which has been the case since 1998.

Sporting News already ranked its top 25 quarterbacks and top 25 running backs for 2018. Penn State's Trace McSorley, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia's Jake Fromm and Stanford's Bryce Love are among the candidates on those lists. Check back for our top 40 players later this summer.

Preseason All-Americans

The Sporting News All-American team, one of five publications that determines consensus All-American status, will continue that tradition in 2018. Our preseason All-American team will be released in June. Love, West Virginia's David Sills and Clemson's Christian Wilkins are among the star players who return from last year's team.

Best September games

We can't wait for the first full weekend and that blockbuster schedule. September is full of games that will be pivotal in the College Football Playoff path, including a fun early-season matchup between Texas A&M and Clemson. We ranked the best September games that you'll need to have circled on the calendar.

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College football coach rankings

Sporting News will rank the FBS coaches from 1-130, and that exclusive club starts with national championship coaches Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Dabo Swinney. We'll break out the rankings for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC; in the meantime, check out how we ranked the first-year coaches, including Nebraska's Scott Frost and UCLA's Chip Kelly.

National championship pick, predictions

We can't wait to find out. How long has it been for your favorite team? We have the answer for that, too. Sporting News will have its Playoff predictions here soon.

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