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Farrell's Pre-Preseason 2020 College Football Top 10

Now that the college football season is over and a national title has been claimed by LSU, it’s time for a very early look at the top 10 teams in the country for next season.

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1. CLEMSON

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Who’s going to bet against Trevor Lawrence and the supporting cast returning to Clemson? Oh, and keep in mind the recruiting class coming in is ridiculous and loaded with players ready to step in and fill holes immediately.

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2. OHIO STATE

Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Ohio State QB Justin Fields (Scott Stuart)

Justin Fields will be back and the Buckeyes will be loaded once again for a run at the Big Ten title. Some very key pieces will be missing, but the Buckeyes just reload and develop talent as well as anyone in the country. They will be right there again in the playoff next year.

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3. ALABAMA

Alabama QB Mac Jones
Alabama QB Mac Jones (USA TODAY)

Whether it’s Mac Jones or Bryce Young, the Alabama offense will be loaded with talent and will be in good hands. And do you think Nick Saban will allow the defense to struggle again like it did this season? Not a chance. Remember, injuries are what killed Bama.

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4. LSU

LSU QB Myles Brennan
LSU QB Myles Brennan (Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)

This is where it starts to get tricky. Joe Burrow is such a huge part of LSU's success and we don’t know what to expect of Myles Brennan. However, we do know that the LSU roster is loaded with talent and it will come down to the Tigers and Crimson Tide for the West and likely the SEC.

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5. OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler
Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler (USA Today Sports)

Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb are gone but we know the offense will reload and could be better with Spencer Rattler and the depth of the young receivers. The big question, as always, will be about the defense but Oklahoma should run through the Big 12 again and be a playoff contender.

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6. OREGON

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Oregon is clearly the best team in the Pac-12 but it has a big question at quarterback. The defense, however, will be loaded and the Ducks should cruise through the conference.

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7. GEORGIA

Georgia coach Kirby Smart
Georgia coach Kirby Smart (AP Images)

Jamie Newman will be the quarterback and there are many holes to fill on offense but the defense will be stellar and all that top-notch recruiting Kirby Smart did means there is a lot of young talent on the roster. The question is — can UGA get past the SEC title game?

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8. PENN STATE

Penn State's Micah Parsons
Penn State's Micah Parsons (Getty Images)

Penn State has a ton of weapons returning on offense and the defense should be nasty led by Micah Parsons. But can it get past Ohio State? This will be a very interesting battle.

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9. FLORIDA

Florida coach Dan Mullen
Florida coach Dan Mullen (AP Sports)

Dan Mullen is a great coach and Florida returns a ton of talent so the Gators will push for the SEC East. The defense should be nasty and the offense is starting to come together. The key will be the offensive line.

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10. NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame QB Ian Book
Notre Dame QB Ian Book (Andris Visockis)

Ian Book is back and the roster will have plenty of talent. But Notre Dame needs to be nearly flawless to navigate the schedule and might need to finish the year undefeated to make the playoff.

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