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Pre-Spring 2019 Top 25

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Southern Pigskin's official pre-spring 2019 top 25 rankings.

1. Alabama: Even after a tough national championship loss, Nick Saban returns the best quarterback in college football.

2. Clemson: The defending champs, with Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, could have the best offense in the country.

3. Georgia: The Bulldogs had one of the top offensive lines in the game last year and lose only starter up front.

4. Ohio State: Ryan Day now has two solid options to replace Dwayne Haskins at quarterback.

5. Oklahoma: Two Heisman winners later, Lincoln Riley has cemented himself as the best offensive mind in the sport.

6. LSU: The Tigers lose some star power on defense, but return plenty as well, including star safety Grant Delpit.

7. Michigan: Shea Patterson's return to school grants Jim Harbaugh some much needed continuity behind center.

8. Notre Dame: Four returning offensive linemen could see a return to the blocking dominance of 2017.

9. Florida: Another year under Dan Mullen could do wonders for Feleipe Franks who improved dramatically last season.

10. Texas: Fresh off of a dominant Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, Texas is ready to prove they're back.

11. Texas A&M: Kellen Mond improved leaps and bounds as a sophomore and will have most of his top targets back.

12. Oregon: Justin Herbert's surprise return to school could have the Ducks as a darkhorse playoff contender.

13. UCF: Josh Huepel picked up where Scott Frost left off and Darriel Mack showed promise in McKenzie Milton's absence.

14. Auburn: Auburn's defensive line will be a force to be reckoned with, led by Derrick Brown.

15. Penn State: James Franklin must replace Trace McSorley, but the Nittany Lions may not miss a beat with Tommy Stevens.

16. Washington: Former Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is ready to take the reigns from Jake Browning.

17. Boise State: An experienced defense could help return Boise State to the top of the G5 ranks.

18. Wisconsin: Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor will look to reprise his role as college football's top back.

19. South Carolina: Jake Bentley and the Gamecock offense could take a big step in Bryan McClendon's second year.

20. Miami: Manny Diaz's defense should continue to be elite, so even marginal QB improvement would go a long way.

21. Missouri: Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant brings a unique dimension to Derek Dooley's offense.

22. Syracuse: Dino Babers could again have the best special teams in the nation, with Andre Szmyt and Sterling Hofrichter.

23. Utah: Kyle Whittingham returns his entire starting offense, save two offensive linemen, and seven starters on defense.

24. Appalachian State: Eliah Drinkwitz will benefit from a ton of returning talent on the defending Sun Belt champs.

25. Army: Jeff Monken just led the Black Knights to its first ever eleven win season, and shows no signs of slowing down.