ESPN releases 2016 way-too-early top 25
The 2015 season has been over for hours, and naturally, we have a new top 25 to discuss.
ESPN released it’s way-too-early top 25 for 2016, which has a ton of similarities from the final Associated Press poll. As expected, Clemson and Alabama were still at the top with all of the talent both squads have returning, that that’s where ESPN’s Mark Schlabach mixed things up a little bit.
Schlabach did not have Ohio State in his preseason top five. In fact, after nine Buckeyes declared early for the NFL draft, he didn’t have them in his preseason top 10.
Instead, he put Michigan as his No. 4 team to start the season with Ohio State (12), Michigan State (14) and Iowa (16) also in the top 25. To see a complete breakdown of Schlabach’s early outlook at 2016, click here.
Here’s where he slotted each team to start next season:
- Florida State
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Ole Miss
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
- Washington State
- Oklahoma State