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College football 2019: Preseason rankings, bowl projections, All-Americans and more

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6/15/2019 Bill Bender
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The 2019 college football season is coming, and Sporting News is here to get you ready with as much content as possible for the sport's 150th anniversary.

Aug. 24 will be here soon — a weekend that features a matchup between Miami and Florida — before the first full weekend on Aug. 31. That first weekend features big matchups like Auburn vs. Oregon at Jerry World and coaching debuts such as the return of Mack Brown at North Carolina and Les Miles at Kansas.

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It's the sixth year of the College Football Playoff era. This year's semifinals are Dec. 28 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The championship game has been pushed back to Jan. 13, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans.

Sporting News will have preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, Heisman contenders, preseason All-Americans and more to get you ready. We've still got a ways to go.

But we'll get there soon enough.

College football rankings: SN's preseason top 25

Alabama and Clemson are No. 1 and No. 2 in Sporting News' post-spring top 25, and that is no surprise considering they have played each other in the College Football Playoff the last four seasons. Sporting News will update that again before the season starts, but in the meantime you can see how other national publications stack up with ours in this composite top 25. We also have the top programs of the decade.

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Conference predictions

We will have conference predictions for all the conferences this summer. We already have early primers for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, independents and Group of 5. Sporting News already has 19 early predictions for 2019 for you to pick apart.

MORE: SN's 19 early predictions for 2019

College football bowl projections

There are 40 bowl games in the 2019-20 before three more are added next season, and Sporting News has bowl projections for all of the games. Did you agree with our playoff picks? For those who want to get a feel for the rest of the College Football Playoff picture, check out our last of true Playoff and national title contenders.

Best nonconference games

Miami-Florida isn't the only spicy nonconference games. Sporting News ranks the best September games for the 2019 season.

Top players and Heisman hopefuls

Who are the best Heisman Trophy contenders? That list generally starts with quarterbacks, and we have the top 25 quarterbacks for 2019. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence or Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. Who you got? The top 25 running backs will return with last year's first-team All-American backfield of Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Clemson's Travis Etienne on top. We'll have more with our top 40 players and Heisman hopefuls, too.

Coach rankings

Is Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney the best coach in the FBS? Who is No. 3? Sporting News answered those questions with our annual 1-130 coach rankings. We also broke out the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC coach rankings for you. Agree to disagree, right?

Top 10 previews

Keep up with the top 10 programs in our rankings with team previews for the following teams: 





Ohio State





Notre Dame

Coming soon ...

Stay with us all offseason. We'll have the annual preseason All-American team, trap games and so much more to get you ready for the 150th season of college football.


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