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FSU fans resent your implications
In no order-
UGA (has Murray decided if he is staying?)
HM: Clemson, Oregon, LSU, ND
This post was edited by UVAgodfather 15 months ago
"Just gotta keep balling out"
going past top 5
3) Ohio St
6) Notre Dame
7) South Carolina
8) Texas A&M
10) Florida St
18) Arizona St
21) Oregon St
23) Ole Miss
25) Virginia Tech
This post was edited by BetterOff 15 months ago
2) Notre Dame
Top 5 one year from now:
3) Ohio State
5) Texas A&M
K-State signed a 5* JUCO QB if I'm not mistaken. The conference is weak and Bill Snyder coaches 'em up with the best of them.
Outside of Alabama, I don't see lock top 5 team unless Chip Kelly returns then Oregon is a contender for the 'ship.
ND loses too many starters to be a top 5 team.
Bama, UF, Oregon, LSU, OSU
A 5-Star JUCO linebacker, huh? Well K-State might as well book their National Championship tickets now then.
Can you read?
You got me there, my apologizes but I don't see a 5-star QB on their commitment list. I see a 3-star and a 2-star.
I was wrong, thought he was a 5*. He's a 4* and the #1 JUCO QB on 247. Broke Cam's Juco records.
How many starters will ND lose?
Scored 4 touchdowns...in a single game. Polk High!
Why should LSU be a top 5 team?
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
2. Ohio State
5. Notre Dame
ND loses 8 starters on offense (four are OL) and four starters on defense.
You all realize Chip's gone right?
This post was edited by dkerns 15 months ago
They lose two Oline, Cave and Golic. They will most likely lose their top 2 backs but only one is the "starter". They lose one of their two starting TE's who was basically their best wr....the returning TE played more of a true TE position. They lose starting wr Toma as well. So basically they lose 5 starters on offense and most likely their second string rb as well. On defense they will lose 3 starters a DE, MLB, and a Safety. They could get their starting safety from last year back if he is granted a medical redshirt. The other inside LB position has 2 players who split time each with a year left if they are accepted for a 5th year.
They lose some solid players, but return a lot of key groups as well. They have some senior playmakers for sure, but a lot of quality young depth as well. Also remember that you have to be careful when looking at a ND depth chart as they don't RS players at the beginning of their career there. They are rewarded a 5th year at the end. Some sites will list it the way you are used to seeing it. Some won't. Example: Golson is a RS Fr, but ND lists him as a So.
Lose Riddick and Woods at RB, but Atkinson III has looked really good at times and returns.
Golson and Reese return at QB.
2 top WRs (Jones and Daniels) return, but Eifert is gone.
OL returning 2 T's and a G if they stay for their 5th year which I assume they will, but they have some good depth that may be better at least at the guard position in the future, IMO.
6 of their top 9 LBers return, but Te'o and Fox are gone.
Only lose Lewis-Moore along the DL and return 2 of the best in the country in Tuitt and Nix, which is why most would say they could still be very good.
Return everyone except Motta in the secondary.
At the moment, I think top 10 is warranted. That could change after Monday though. A good showing and even a win against Bama could solidify that thinking, but a poor showing could also point to things not being what they have appeared this year also. Anywhere from 5-15 shouldn't be an alarming ranking for Notre Dame next season. I would assume Brian Kelly would just assume everyone think that they are a borderline top 25 team again.
LSU is only losing 10 players off their three deep. Three of those are juniors who are leaving for the NFL (Minter, Montgomery, and Mingo).
Winner of NCG
Loser of the NCG
OSU/Florida/Stanford in no order.
Time and change will surely (truly) show
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If Chip leaves, they aren't a top 5 team.
Good analysis with just a couple of corrections. Both Martin and Watt have stated they want to return for a 5th year on the Oline. Cierre Woods has not stated he is leaving but most think he will enter the draft. Both Fox and Calabrese have another year at MLB if ND decides to give one or both another year. Former starting safety Slaughter could receive a medical redshirt and return as well.
Agree with you on BK.
This post was edited by dpfenny 15 months ago
When/if he leaves Oregon will still be a top 5 team.
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