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2014 College Football Rankings 1-128

Updated on September 4, 2014

Preseason Rankings


1. Florida State - Last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston returns, and if he can do the impossible and stay crime free for the next few months a return to the National Championship games seems likely.

2. Alabama – Getting through the brutal SEC is never easy, but Alabama is built for yet another run at the Championship, this time with former Florida State quarterback Jake Coker leading the way

3. Oklahoma – A lot of returning starters from the team that beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last year and getting almost all of their tough Big 12 games at home should equal a great season for the Sooners

4. Oregon – QB Marcus Mariota passed up going pro after last year to come back and lead a stacked offense with eight returning starters, hoping to the delay the inevitable of getting to the NFL and playing like former Duck quarterbacks like Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemons, Dennis Dixon and the great Akili Smith

5. UCLA – Underrated QB Brett Hundley leads a team with 17 returning starters that gets their three hardest PAC 12 games (Oregon, USC and Stanford) at home. At 10-1, Hundley could be an interesting choice for Heisman wagering

6. Ohio State – Losing Braxton Miller is brutal, but with Urban Meyer as coach and only one difficult road game (Michigan State), it wouldn’t be wise to write off their season just yet

7. Michigan State – Another Big 10 team with only one hard road game (a brutal one at Oregon in week 2), the Spartans hope to continue last years dominant conference play (8-0 in Big 10, winning every game by at least ten points)

8. Auburn – Last years most exciting team to watch returns a lot of talent from a team that led Florida State in the National Championship game 21-3, but road games at Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama late in the season might be too much to overcome for the Tigers.

9. Baylor – Much like UCLA, Baylor is over shadowed by bigger names in their conference, but by no means should they be ignored. Probable NFL first round pick QB Bryce Petty has done a great leading the team since RGIII left, and will need a strong season to show that Baylor 29-10 record over the last three years is just a sign of things to come in Waco

10. Georgia – Losing four year starter Aaron Murray is tough, but Georgia still has Todd Gurley at running back and hopefully a wide receiving corp that can stay healthy after two years of being ravaged by injuries. If they can past playing at South Carolina on September 13th, it looks to be a good season for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs

11. South Carolina – Rebuilding a depleted defensive line that was led by Jadeveon Clowney will be tough for coach Steve Spurrier, who has yet to win an SEC title with Gamecocks. Playing at Florida and at Clemson in two of their last three games probably won’t help either.

12. USC – Steve Sarkisian takes over as coach after five years at Washington to coach starting QB Cody Kessler, who he heavily recruited coming out of high school. The Trojans are starting to get back the scholarships lost during their probation years of 2010 and 2011, and while returning to their dominance during the Pete Carroll days might be a couple of years from happening, all signs are pointing up for USC

13. Stanford –The Cardinal are an incredible 34-7 the last three years (and even more so impressive 13-1 vs ranked teams at home the last five), but a horrid conference schedule that includes road games at Washington, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA might be too much for them to overcome in their quest for making the new four team playoff

14. LSU – The Tigers lost their top passer, rusher and three receivers from a year ago to the NFL, but with a very strong incoming class of players hopes are still high in Baton Rouge, despite playing in the powerhouse SEC West. Their opening weekend game against the number 14 team Wisconsin promises to be a great one

15. Wisconsin – A weak inter-conference schedule along with the return of running back Melvin Gordon and most of their offensive line could equal a return to the Big 10 title game for the Badgers.

16. Notre Dame – Everett Golson is back starting at quarterback and this could be the strongest team Brian Kelly has had at South Bend, but going against the hardest schedule in the country might be too much for the Irish to overcome

17. Clemson – Always a fun team to watch, but losing the excitement of QB Taj Boyd and especially the all around talents of Sammy Watkins combined with games against Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and South Carolina spell a tough season for the Tigers

18. Ole Miss –Coach Huge Freeze continued success with recruiting has led another very talented team in Mississippi, and this year they avoid playing the four best teams out of the SEC East. The opening weekend game against Boise should be a good barometer of things to come for the Rebels

19. North Carolina –This could be the year that Chapel Hill isn’t just known for basketball, as the Tar Hell team that finished last season 6-1 is back with 15 return starters and more importantly an ACC schedule that doesn’t have Florida State on it.

20. Arizona State – Coach Todd Graham has done a good job getting the Sun Devils back on track with records of 8-5 and 10-4. This years team returns only 8 starters from a year ago, but one is underrated QB Taylor Kelly, who will need to do all he can to keep the winning success going in Tempe

21. Texas A&M – Johnny Manziel is off to underwhelm in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, and a tough SEC schedule has Aggie nation hoping that a strong returning defense can carry the load for A&M. Thursday’s opening night game vs. South Carolina should be a good one.

22. Nebraska – The Cornhuskers only have five road games this year, but four of them are conference opponents Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa. If they can weather the storm away from Lincoln, the Huskers could compete for a spot in the Big 12 title game.

23. TCU – Last year the Horned Frogs went 4-8, with four of the losses coming by three points or less. A tough Big 12 schedule awaits them, but the talent is definitely there for coach Gary Patterson to turn things around in Forth Worth

24. Washington – Coach Steve Sarkisian left for USC and their top qb, rb and wr have all departed, but the Huskies still have the talent to make some waves in the Pac 12. A midseason stretch of games against Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State will define their season

25. Texas – Injuries depleted the Longhorns in Mack Brown’s final year last season, who ended the season losing three of their last four games, getting crushed by Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oregon. Fans in Austin are hoping first year coach Charlie Strong, who left Louisville after four strong seasons, can help get things back on track back for the ‘Horns.

If you agree/disagree with any of the ranking, please feel free to leave comments down below. Here are the rest of the teams, 26-118

26. Kansas State

27. Florida

28. UCF

29. Missouri

30. Iowa

31. Louisville

32. Michigan

33. Mississippi State

34. Marshall

35. Virginia Tech

36. Boise State

37. Texas Tech

38. BYU

39. Duke

40. Oklahoma State

41. Miami

42. Cincinnati

43. Penn State

44. Northwestern

45. Oregon State

46. Pittsburgh

47. Arizona

48. Houston

49. Minnesota

50. UL Lafeyette

51. Georgia Tech

52. Navy

53. Fresno State

54. Utah State

55. Northern Illinois

56. Arkansas

57. Vanderbilt

58. Nevada

59. Maryland

60. Bowling Green

61. Tennessee

62. Utah

63. Washington State

64. West Virginia

65. Toledo

66. East Carolina

67. NC State

68. Syracuse

69. San Diego State

70. Indiana

71. UTSA

72. Virginia

73. Iowa State

74. Ball State

75. Illinois

76. Colorado State

77. California

78. Rutgers

79. Colorado

80. Rice

81. Kansas

82. Boston College

83. Kentucky

84. South Alabama

85. South Florida

86. Middle Tennessee

87. Arkansas State

88. North Texas

89. Tulsa

90. Ohio

91. Memphis

92. WKU

93. SMU

94. Akron

95. Purdue

96. Wake Forest

97. Air Force

98. Troy

99. San Jose State

100. Louisiana Tech

101. Central Michigan

102. Connecticut

103. Wyoming

104. UNLV

105. UL Monroe

106. Temple

107. Florida Atlantic

108. New Mexico

109. Buffalo

110. Texas State

111. Tulane

112. Old Dominion

113. Kent State

114. Army

115.Southern Miss

116. UAB

117. Hawaii

118. UTEP

119. Georgia Southern

120. UMass

121. Western Michigan

122. Miami Ohio

123. Appalachian State

124. Idaho

125.Eastern Michigan

126. Florida International

127. New Mexico State

128. Georgia State

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