|Bryce Petty of Baylor|
12. LSU- This pick might shock many people. Most believe LSU lost too many underclassmen to the draft last year to be a true contender this year, but I look at the freshman class, and I see studs. Leonard Fournete could be a top five or ten running back in the nation immediately, Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn could be star wide outs, and Brandon Harris should be a decent enough quarterback. Other than Kwon Alexander, I don't see too many definite leaders, but I know LSU rosters the talent necessary to win.
13. Georgia- I guess I'm not buying the Georgia hype quite as much as most others, but I do believe they should be strong this season. Hutson Mason should get the job done, but I don't expect much more from him. The Bulldogs' success directly depends on Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall's health, in my opinion. Last season's young defense almost entirely returns. This is obviously a strong point, but this is a bad defense that is returning, but Georgia fans better hope that this unit has made great strides.
|Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith|
15. USC- Cody Kessler is more of a threat at quarterback than most people think. With Nelson Agholor, Darreus Rogers, and possibly freshman Adoree' Jackson at receiver, the Trojans will have a dynamic passing game. Buck Allen and Justin Davis will be top running backs in the Pac-12, and many of SC's offensive linemen have incredible size and talent. Su'a Cravens, Leonard Williams, Antwaun Woods, Josh Shaw, and Leon McQuay III should have impressive seasons on defense. USC's first units are among the best, but depth still remains an issue, due to the sanctions.
Rounding out the top 25
18. Mississippi State
21. Arizona State
22. Ole Miss
23. Kansas State
25. Penn State
Just Missed Out: Marshall, UCF, Florida, Mizzou, Texas A&M, UNC, Washington, Cincinnati, Louisville