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I agree with Rotty, the higher the expectation, the further the fall. We need to remain level headed. It was great to beat the Dawgs, but to keep it all in perspective as a fan base, Herman allowed this team to crap the bed on the main stage to much weaker opponents.

Herman's teams are an anomaly.  He beats teams he shouldn't and losses to the bottom feeders. 

Can you imagine our ranking if we had beat Maryland and Okie? We would have made the playoffs.

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5 minutes ago, MichaelHenderson90 said:

I agree with Rotty, the higher the expectation, the further the fall. We need to remain level headed. It was great to beat the Dawgs, but to keep it all in perspective as a fan base, Herman allowed this team to crap the bed on the main stage to much weaker opponents.

Herman's teams are an anomaly.  He beats teams he shouldn't and losses to the bottom feeders. 

Can you imagine our ranking if we had beat Maryland and Okie? We would have made the playoffs.

We would still have had two losses and missed the playoffs. 

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College Football Rankings: Early Look at 2019 Preseason Top 25

JOE TANSEYJANUARY 8, 2019

 

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence throws during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chris Carlson/Associated Press

Clemson enters the 2019 college football season with a good chance to repeat as national champion. 

Dabo Swinney's Tigers return a good chunk of its offensive stars, with quarterback Trevor Lawrence the most important of the bunch.

Clemson will have to find a way to replace the majority of its defensive standouts, but it has become a program that reloads, not rebuilds, under Swinney.

All of the programs we're used to seeing at the top of the rankings will challenge for a title again, including Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State.

There will also be a few new faces in the national-championship conversation, including one powerhouse hoping to ride the momentum of a giant bowl triumph.

                      

2019 Preseason Top 25

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Ohio State

5. Michigan

6. Texas

7. Oklahoma

8. Notre Dame

9. Oregon

10. Texas A&M 

11. Florida

12. Wisconsin

13. Washington 

14. LSU 

15. Penn State

16. Utah

17. UCF 

18. Iowa

19. Army 

20. Iowa State

21. Northwestern 

22. Nebraska

23. Stanford

24. USC

26. Missouri 

                         

Clemson in Good Position to Repeat

The hype surrounding Lawrence's sophomore season will rival the attention Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa received over the last 12 months. 

The 19-year-old signal-caller is one of college football's brightest NFL prospects, and he enters the offseason off a 347-yard performanceagainst the Crimson Tide. 

While Lawrence will be the focal point of the preseason hype, he's far from the only offensive star returning for the Tigers.

Running back Travis Etienne, as well as wide receivers Justyn Ross, Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers, will be back to form one of the sport's most formidable offenses. 

 

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Justyn Ross #8 and Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers react against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo
Harry How/Getty Images

The biggest question surrounding the Tigers in 2019 will be developing stars on Brent Venables' defense. 

After coming back for one more season to win a title, defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant should all be off to the NFL, along with defensive back Trayvon Mullen. 

Replacing all of those defensive stars won't be an easy task, but with the way Clemson reloads, we wouldn't be surprised if they don't skip a beat defensively. 

Keep an eye on Isaiah Simmons to develop into the leader of the defense, as he led the team in tackles during the 2018 season and in Monday's title game

Clemson should be in a position to repeat since it has a fairly easy schedule in the ACC and only one significant nonconference test, which comes at home in Week 2 against Texas A&M. 

                               

Can Texas Bank Off Sugar Bowl Momentum and Become a Contender? 

After knocking off Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Tom Herman's Texas Longhorns should find plenty of ways  to motivate themselves for the 2019 season. 

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger proved he's capable of taking the next step in the win over the Bulldogs, and in order for the Longhorns to contend for a title, he needs to hurt opponents through the air and on the ground. 

The 20-year-old ended his sophomore season with 3,292 passing yardsand 25 touchdowns, and if he improves his numbers, he'll be near the top of the Heisman Trophy and NFL draft conversations. 

 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns reacts during the Allstate Sugar Bowl after the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

With Oklahoma losing Kyler Murray and a few other key pieces, the Longhorns will be in a decent position to win the Big 12, which might be weaker than it was in 2018.

The Longhorns will be tested almost right away in 2019, as they take on Ed Orgeron's LSU Tigers in Week 2 in their lone nonconference game against a ranked foe. 

If Texas finds a way into the College Football Playoff, it will have earned its spot, as it has to go on the road to West Virginia, Iowa State, TCU and Baylor in Big 12 play.

Back-to-back road tests against Iowa State and Baylor, both of whom should be improved programs in 2019, await in November in what could be the final major hurdle the Longhorns need to clear before competing in the Big 12 championship for a potential playoff spot. 

 

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2814544-college-football-rankings-early-look-at-2019-preseason-top-25

 

 

 

 

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27 minutes ago, primal defense said:

 

 

 

College Football Rankings: Early Look at 2019 Preseason Top 25

JOE TANSEYJANUARY 8, 2019

 

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence throws during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chris Carlson/Associated Press

Clemson enters the 2019 college football season with a good chance to repeat as national champion. 

Dabo Swinney's Tigers return a good chunk of its offensive stars, with quarterback Trevor Lawrence the most important of the bunch.

Clemson will have to find a way to replace the majority of its defensive standouts, but it has become a program that reloads, not rebuilds, under Swinney.

All of the programs we're used to seeing at the top of the rankings will challenge for a title again, including Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State.

There will also be a few new faces in the national-championship conversation, including one powerhouse hoping to ride the momentum of a giant bowl triumph.

                      

2019 Preseason Top 25

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Ohio State

5. Michigan

6. Texas

7. Oklahoma

8. Notre Dame

9. Oregon

10. Texas A&M 

11. Florida

12. Wisconsin

13. Washington 

14. LSU 

15. Penn State

16. Utah

17. UCF 

18. Iowa

19. Army 

20. Iowa State

21. Northwestern 

22. Nebraska

23. Stanford

24. USC

26. Missouri 

                         

Clemson in Good Position to Repeat

The hype surrounding Lawrence's sophomore season will rival the attention Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa received over the last 12 months. 

The 19-year-old signal-caller is one of college football's brightest NFL prospects, and he enters the offseason off a 347-yard performanceagainst the Crimson Tide. 

While Lawrence will be the focal point of the preseason hype, he's far from the only offensive star returning for the Tigers.

Running back Travis Etienne, as well as wide receivers Justyn Ross, Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers, will be back to form one of the sport's most formidable offenses. 

 

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Justyn Ross #8 and Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers react against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo
Harry How/Getty Images

The biggest question surrounding the Tigers in 2019 will be developing stars on Brent Venables' defense. 

After coming back for one more season to win a title, defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant should all be off to the NFL, along with defensive back Trayvon Mullen. 

Replacing all of those defensive stars won't be an easy task, but with the way Clemson reloads, we wouldn't be surprised if they don't skip a beat defensively. 

Keep an eye on Isaiah Simmons to develop into the leader of the defense, as he led the team in tackles during the 2018 season and in Monday's title game

Clemson should be in a position to repeat since it has a fairly easy schedule in the ACC and only one significant nonconference test, which comes at home in Week 2 against Texas A&M. 

                               

Can Texas Bank Off Sugar Bowl Momentum and Become a Contender? 

After knocking off Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Tom Herman's Texas Longhorns should find plenty of ways  to motivate themselves for the 2019 season. 

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger proved he's capable of taking the next step in the win over the Bulldogs, and in order for the Longhorns to contend for a title, he needs to hurt opponents through the air and on the ground. 

The 20-year-old ended his sophomore season with 3,292 passing yardsand 25 touchdowns, and if he improves his numbers, he'll be near the top of the Heisman Trophy and NFL draft conversations. 

 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns reacts during the Allstate Sugar Bowl after the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

With Oklahoma losing Kyler Murray and a few other key pieces, the Longhorns will be in a decent position to win the Big 12, which might be weaker than it was in 2018.

The Longhorns will be tested almost right away in 2019, as they take on Ed Orgeron's LSU Tigers in Week 2 in their lone nonconference game against a ranked foe. 

If Texas finds a way into the College Football Playoff, it will have earned its spot, as it has to go on the road to West Virginia, Iowa State, TCU and Baylor in Big 12 play.

Back-to-back road tests against Iowa State and Baylor, both of whom should be improved programs in 2019, await in November in what could be the final major hurdle the Longhorns need to clear before competing in the Big 12 championship for a potential playoff spot. 

 

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2814544-college-football-rankings-early-look-at-2019-preseason-top-25

 

 

 

 

He gives the ags some high praise/expectations given their schedule and the players they will lose next season.  

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