The 2012 college football is not even over yet with 35 bowls still to go, however it is never too early to look at next season’s top five teams. The preseason polls will not even come out until August, but the hype will lead as soon as the Notre Dame and Alabama game finishes. Why wait, as we can already debate who should be the top five teams heading into the 2013-2014 college football season.
5. Georgia Bulldogs
This top five ranking is largely dependent on quarterback Aaron Murray and whether or not he returns for his senior season. The defense could have a ton of question to answer since they could as many as 10 starters leaving due to graduation or NFL Draft, but Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will likely become the top rushing duo that we have seen in quite some time (think Reggie Bush, Lendale White productivity)
4. Florida Gators
The Gators defense will be losing a few studs up front, but the depth and backups will likely step right in and become All-Americans. Matt Elam and a bunch of freaks up front will likely be gone, but Jeff Drsikel and this offense is only going to get better. No longer can your defense have some of its way against the Gators like the last few years, in 2013 they will be capable of hanging 30-plus a weekend.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
Braxton Miller is back for his junior season and Urban Meyer is starting to get his own players. The funny thing from his recent 12-0 season was that it will likely be the least talent they have in Columbus. Big Ten champions and a Rose Bowl could be a consolation prize, but Urban Meyer will be thinking about much more vital things next season.
2. Texas A&M Aggies
Johnny Manziel will likely be the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and could have three more cracks at becoming the only player in the history of the sport not named Archie Griffin to win two and or repeat. A&M will only be better next season with the stars they have coming for Kevin Sumlin’s magnificent offense. The schedule is never easy, but their offense could be the most unstoppable in the country next season.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide could be the defending champions for a second consecutive season and obviously the defense will only be better next season (road test at A&M may be Game of Century, top two teams). A.J. McCarron will be back and while the offensive line is gone, their backups will not struggle too much blocking for the likes of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon has superstar Heisman written all over him, that is of course, if McCarron and wide receiver Amari Cooper don’t steal the thunder themselves.
Maybe LSU is #6