Seeing as we are kicking off a new decade with the 2020 college football season, the timing for one of the most recent power rankings put out by ESPN is pretty perfect.
They’ve recently released power rankings that project who the best programs over the next three years will be. It is a list of the usual suspects, with Alabama, Ohio State near the top, and with the Clemson Tigers perched at the top of the rankings.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg noted that to him, one team stood out above the rest….. Clemson.
“Clemson has supplanted Alabama as the dominant team of the CFP era and leads off these projections for the second consecutive year. Both Alabama and Ohio State are in the conversation, but Clemson’s ability to produce elite-level quarterbacks, reload on defense and dominate in recruiting is virtually unparalleled. The addition of D.J. Uiagalelei as Trevor Lawrence’s likely successor solidifies the quarterback position. Skill-position depth on offense is never an issue, and the line isn’t a liability.”
As for the defense, Rittenberg went onto say….
“Defensive coordinator Brent Venables refuses to let his group slip, the biggest reason why Clemson stays at No. 1. Clemson lost a historically great group of defensive linemen from its national title team, and the unit still thrived last fall. A 2020 recruiting class headlined by Bryan Bresee (ESPN’s top-rated tackle and No. 3 overall player) and Myles Murphy (ESPN’s No. 4 end and No. 13 prospect) suggests Clemson’s defense will thrive. The Tigers will enter next season favored to win a national title, and more could be on the way.
You can view the power rankings here, but must be a subscriber to ESPN+.