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Pre-Spring 2018 Top 25

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Southern Pigskin's official pre-spring 2018 top 25 rankings.

1. Alabama: Freshmen led Tide in title bout and all that remarkable talent is ready for more.

2. Clemson: Led by Christian Wilkins, Tigers could boast the best defensive line in history.

3. Ohio State: Plenty of star power returns for the Buckeyes, including go-to RB J.K. Dobbins.

4. Washington: The Huskies have a dynamic backfield in Jake Browning and Myles Gaskins.

5. Georgia: Get ready for a lot of RB DeAndre Swift, all with QB Jake Fromm setting the tone.    

6. Wisconsin: Remarkably, Jonathan Taylor nearly rushed for 2,000 yards as a true freshman.

7. Oklahoma: Former Texas A&M QB Kyler Murray is ready for the high-flying Sooners.

8. Auburn: QB Jarrett Stidham is ready to emerge as the focal point of the Tiger offense.

9. Miami: Mark Richt's talented Hurricanes will have one of the best defenses in the game.

10. Michigan State: Expect more of the same from the nation's second-ranked rush defense.

11. Stanford: After 2,118 rushing yards, Bryce Love turned down the NFL for one more run.

12. Notre Dame: The backfield combo of Brandon Wimbush-Josh Allen is one of the best.

13. Penn State: Talented QB Trace McSorley now becomes the star of the show.

14. Mississippi State: Even with a coaching change, so much production returns at key spots.

15. Michigan: The Wolverines are loaded on defense with LB Devin Bush, DT Rashan Gary.

16. Florida State: Willie Taggart has Cam Akers and Jacquez Patrick as a strong one-two at RB.

17. Virginia Tech: Young Josh Jackson may be the most talented QB in the ACC.

18. LSU: CB Greedy Williams and LB Devin White lead an athletic, albeit young, defense.

19. West Virginia: Will Grier and David Stills return as the top QB-WR tandem in the country.

20. Central Florida: McKenzie Milton ranked second in QB rating for undefeated Knights.

21. Southern Cal: LB Cameron Smith will be the play-making centerpiece for the Trojans.

22. Oklahoma State: Justice Hill is a difference-maker at RB, fresh off 1,467 yards and 15 TDs.

23. Boise State: Broncos won nine of ten to finish last season, boast good roster balance.

24. Florida Atlantic: Lane Kiffin has a superstar at RB in Devin Singletary: 1,920 yards, 32 TDs.

25. South Carolina: A healthy Deebo Samuel is a versatile talent few teams have.