D1SN college football preview and preseason ranking

No. 1 Georgia

Georgia may have lost Stetson Bennett, Jalen Carter, Kelee Ringo and Christopher Smith, but the Dogs are still loaded and poised to make another run. Carson Beck is the heir apparent to replace Bennett at quarterback, and two new faces: Rara Thomas and Dominic Lovett, will add to already strong receiving corp with the nation's best tight end Brock Bowers returning.

On defense Zion Logue, Nazir Stackhouse, Tramel Walthour and Warren Brinson are back. Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins is expected to see time, and Mykel Williams should be in the lineup, healthy after undergoing minor foot surgery. The secondary returns three starters, including Peach Bowl and National Championship game MVP Javon Bullard. The only question mark is the outside linebacker slot.

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No. 2 Michigan

Michigan returns quarterback J.J. McCarthy, All-America running back Blake Corum (1,463 yards, 18 TD) and Donovan Edwards (991 yards, seven TD). Corum is back after suffering a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his left knee last November. Up front, starting guards Zak Zinter and Trevor Keegan are back. Only one wide receiver is back with any playing time: Cornelius Johnson (32 catches, 449 yards, six TD)

An already strong defense should be as strong again this season. The defense brings back six starters, led by tackles Mason Graham and Kris Jenkins. In the backfield Michigan returns Junior Colson, Michael Barrett, safeties Rod Moore and Makari Paige.

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No. 3 Alabama

Alabama is deep in talent all around, but a lot of positions will have new faces. Bryce Young and Will Anderson are gone, but Jase McClellan (655 yards and seven rushing touchdowns in 2022) is the Tide's leading returning rusher. Quarterback Jalen Milroe got one start in last season but must battle Ty Simpson and Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner for the starting role.

On defense, cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry (15 passes defended in 2022) returns, but there are questions at safety and defensive back. Kicker Will Reichard is back for a fifth and final season. Also back on special teams, punter James Burnip.

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No. 4 Ohio State

The Buckeyes will have to replace quarterback C.J. Stroud with either Kyle McCord or Devin Brown. Whoever gets the start will have a strong running game led by TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams, and the receiving corps is one of the best in the country, led by Marvin Harrison Jr..

The defense has some question marks. Just a few returning up front with ends Jack Sawyer and JT Tuimoloau. Michael Hall Jr. is the anchor in the backfield. Linebackers Tommy Eichenberg and Steele Chambers are expected to see time.

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No. 5 Clemson

Sophomore quarterback Cade Klubnik made up for early season losses with a very strong finish and is expected to lead the way on offense. His top offensive weapons include junior running back Will Shipley (15 rushing touchdowns, 124.9 all-purpose yards per game), sophomore wide receiver Antonio Williams (team-high 604 receiving yards, four touchdowns), and junior tight end Jake Briningstool (285 yards, four TDs). Clemson also returns four of five offensive line starters but must find a replacement for Jordan McFadden at left tackle.

On defense Clemson has eight starters return for another year. At linebacker the Tigers have juniors Barrett Carter (10.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, eight pass breakups) and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (89 tackles, 13.5 TFLs). Tyler Davis (9.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks), and DT Ruke Orhorhoro are also back.

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No. 6 UTSA

Back to back C-USA titles, 30 wins in 3 seasons, yes UTSA belongs in the mix and should not be overlooked. The Roadrunners are for real and could be the in the mix for a New Years bowl game or a wild card spot in the CFP. Moving to the American Athletic Conference shouldn't change anything.

The Roadrunners welcome back nine starters on offense, including quarterback Frank Harris. Harris is back for his fifth season after throwing for 4,063 yards and 32 TDs last season. Wide receivers Joshua Cephus, De'Corian Clark, tight end Oscar Cardenas, and running back Kevorian Barnes are all back.

Defensively, linebacker Jamal Ligon and lineman Brandon Brown are the leaders of a strong secondary. Outside linebacker Trey Moore, who led the team in sacks (8.0) and tackles for a loss (18) as a freshman, also returns. UTSA held teams to 25.9 points a game last year and allowed just 5.5 yards per play. With seven returning starters and all-conference talent at every level, this unit should be even better in '23.

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No. 7 Cincinnati

The Bearcats move to the Big 12, have a new head coach in Scott Satterfield, and have just seven returning starters. Despite all the changes, Cincinnati still have plenty of talent and should be in contention this season.

Cincinnati brings back a strong running back group led by Corey Kiner and Myles Montgomery. Kiner rushed for 362 yards and five touchdowns last season. Transfers Dee Wiggins and Donovan Ollie should be plenty of play time.

The Bearcats will be relying on a strong defense anchored by lineman Dontay Corleone and Jowon Briggs. The secondary returns corner Sammy Anderson Jr. and safety Bryon Threats and transfers Jordan Young (Florida) at corner and safety D.J. Taylor (Arizona State) joining the mix.

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No. 8 Air Force

The Falcons led the nation in rushing yards, time of possession and total defense a season ago. This season Air Force has a few holes to fill, mainly at quarterback. Senior Jensen Jones is the favorite, with Ben Brittain a capable backup or starter. The Falcons return running back John Lee Eldridge III (7.7 yards per carry).

Air Force has a strong defense and is mostly intact, led by Trey Taylor, Camby Goff and Alec Mock. Coming off two consecutive 10 win seasons, a favorable schedule will keep Air Force in the hunt and favorites to win the Mountain West.

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No. 9 Oregon

The Ducks are odds on favorite to win with Pac 12 led by Bo Nix at quarterback. Running backs Bucky Irving and Noah Whittington are back as well. Oregon's offense gets a boost this season with transfer receivers Traeshon Holden and Tez Johnson, along with offensive linemen Junior Angilau and Ajani Cornelius.

On defense, the Ducks are solid with transfer linebackers Jestin Jacobs and Connor Soelle, cornerback Khyree Jackson, pass rusher Jordan Burch, and safeties Tysheem Johnson and Evan Williams. Brandon Dorlus, Casey Rogers and Jeffrey Bassa are also back.

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No. 10 Penn State

With 14 returning starters, Penn State is in position to contend with Michigan and Ohio State for the top spot in the Big Ten this fall. The wide receiver slot is still a question, but quarterback Drew Allar and running backs Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen are back. The Penn State offense line should be strong this fall with left tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu returning, along with five other linemen who started at least five games last year.

On defense, the Lions return outside linebacker Abdul Carter, who totalled 10.5 tackles for a loss and a team-high 6.5 sacks a season ago. Key starters returning include linebacker Curtis Jacobs, cornerbacks Kalen King and Johnny Dixon, defensive ends Adisa Isaac and Chop Robinson. The only question on defense is up front. The Lion D-line is undersized but still capable.

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Schools to look out for


The Vols will be led by senior QB Joe Milton III (64.6 completion percentage, 971 yards, 10 TDs). Tennessee has a solid offense: wide receivers Bru McCoy (52 receptions, 667 yards, four TDs) and Squirrel White (30 receptions, 481 yards, two TDs) and running backs Jabari Small (734 yards, 13 TDs), Jaylen Wright (875 yards, 10 TDs) and Dylan Sampson (397 yards, six TDs).

The Vols defense came on strong towards the end of the season and return linebacker Aaron Beasley (76 tackles) and cornerback Doneiko Slaughter. The Vols added linebacker Keenan Pili (190 career tackles) and cornerback Gabe Jeudy-Lally from BYU via the portal to shore up the defense. Defensive back Tamarion McDonald (55 tackles, two interceptions), pass rushers Tyler Baron (23 tackles, 2.5 sacks), Roman Harrison (40 tackles, three sacks), and Omari Thomas (27 tackles, two sacks) are back as well.

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Notre Dame

Transfer quarterback Sam Hartman comes over from Wake Forest and is expected to be the leader on offense. Hartmans go-to targets should be receivers Jayden Thomas, Deion Colzie and Tobias Merriweather. The running game is headed up by Audric Estimé (920 yards).

The Irish defense has some room to improve and will be headed up by tackles Howard Cross III, Rylie Mills and Gabriel Rubio. Ends Nana Osafo-Mensah and Jordan Botelho, Ohio State transfer Javontae Jean-Baptiste should offer a pass rush. At linebacker, JD Bertrand and Jack Kiser are back and Marist Liufau, Prince Kollie and Jaylen Sneed should see play time. Cornerback Benjamin Morrison, Cam Hart, and safety Xavier Watts round out the backfield.

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Texas Christian

The national runner up from last season has a lot of rebuilding this season. TCU returns just 11 starters. Quarterback Chandler Morris, wide receivers JoJo Earle, Savion Williams, and running backs Trey Sanders, Emani Bailey, and Trent Battle wil be the nucleus of this Horned Frog offense.

The TCU defense strength should be at linebacker and in the secondary with the return of Johnny Hodges (LB) and Josh Newton (CB).

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Two schools move up to the FBS level this season: Jacksonville State and Sam Houston State. Don't let the preseason rating fool you. Jacksonville State is coming off a 9-2 season at the FCS level and Sam Houston State was 5-4. Both will be competing in Conference USA.

The rest of the D1SporstNet preseaon rating:

 11 Tennessee 
 12 Notre Dame
 13 Coastal Carolina 
 14 Texas Christian  
 15 Fresno State 
 16 James Madison 
 17 Troy 
 18 Pittsburgh  
 19 Utah   
 20 Houston 
 21 Oregon State  
 22 Minnesota   
 23 Washington   
 24 UCLA   
 25 Kansas State    
 26 Boise State  
 27 Wake Forest   
 28 Brigham Young 
 29 Mississippi   
 30 Central Florida
 31 Western Kentucky  
 32 Florida State   
 33 South Alabama      
 34 North Carolina State
 35 Tulane          
 36 Southern Cal    
 37 Iowa         
 38 San Diego State 
 39 Oklahoma State  
 40 Marshall       
 41 Eastern Michigan  
 42 Mississippi State 
 43 Louisiana State 
 44 Louisiana-Lafayette  
 45 Liberty 
 46 Kentucky  
 47 Toledo     
 48 Purdue  
 49 East Carolina    
 50 Baylor     
 51 Texas Tech    
 52 Middle Tennessee
 53 Maryland   
 54 South Carolina
 55 Wisconsin    
 56 Alabama-Birmingham
 57 Arkansas      
 58 Oklahoma       
 59 North Carolina    
 60 Southern Methodist
 61 Appalachian State  
 62 Ohio             
 63 Army           
 64 Michigan State   
 65 Louisville     
 66 Duke           
 67 Texas     
 68 Illinois  
 69 Wyoming     
 70 Washington State
 71 San Jose State     
 72 Memphis        
 73 Utah State     
 74 Syracuse   
 75 Texas A&M     
 76 North Texas   
 77 Western Michigan 
 78 Miami of Ohio   
 79 Buffalo         
 80 Miami      
 81 Florida   
 82 Missouri  
 83 Tulsa        
 84 Texas-El Paso  
 85 Central Michigan   
 86 Southern Miss     
 87 Kent State    
 88 Auburn     
 89 Ball State  
 90 West Virginia  
 91 Georgia State     
 92 New Mexico State  
 93 Bowling Green    
 94 Florida Atlantic 
 95 Iowa State     
 96 Georgia Southern 
 97 Northern Illinois   
 98 Arizona State       
 99 Virginia
100 Kansas      
101 Rice              
102 Georgia Tech     
103 California     
104 Rutgers           
105 Virginia Tech   
106 Connecticut    
107 Nevada-Las Vegas 
108 Vanderbilt   
109 Navy   
110 Louisiana-Monroe 
111 Texas State 
112 Boston College 
113 Old Dominion 
114 Nevada 
115 Hawaii      
116 Arizona      
117 Nebraska 
118 Charlotte   
119 Indiana  
120 Florida International
121 Louisiana Tech
122 Temple         
123 Stanford    
124 Colorado State 
125 Arkansas State 
126 New Mexico      
127 Akron         
128 Colorado         
129 Northwestern         
130 South Florida           
131 Massachusetts           
132 Jacksonville State      
133 Sam Houston State      

July 30, 2023

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