The 2020 college football season is yet to be determined due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Sporting News, like most fans, hopes for the best. We’re rolling out our pre-season content hoping we’ll have football in the fall, even if the games don’t start on time.
This is the seventh year of the College Football Playoff era. Alabama and Clemson have each claimed two national championships in that stretch, and Ohio State and LSU have one each. Is there a school that can join that exclusive brotherhood in 2020?
This year’s semifinals are January 1 in the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The college football playoff championship game is scheduled for July 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
MORE: Preseason top 25 for 2020
SN has preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, Heisman contenders, preseason All-Americans and more to get you ready, we hope, for the coming season.
COVID-19 and college football
The impact of COVID-19 on university football remains the leading discussion on university football. The ongoing pandemic has left several questions about whether a season is possible and what alternatives there may be if you can play in the fall. The Big Ten was the first conference to adopt a conference-only schedule. Sporting News also keeps track of the conferences that won’t be playing in the fall, and we keep track of where each Power 5 conference is located.
What about the schedule?
The college football schedule hangs in the air. The Big Ten and SEC lost several non-conference games, and the ACC has announced a conference schedule with Notre Dame. The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with dates on the games at the moment, and the Big 12 is still making a decision. We’ll update those schedules as each Power 5 conference group makes those big decisions in August.
College football rankings: SN’s preseason top 25
Sporting News released the top 25 preseason after football was canceled in the spring, and famous names are at the top of the list. Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are in the first three places. Georgia – which is looking for its first national championship since 1980 – is at number 4. Defending champion LSU is number 5. SN also looked in other publications to form a curated top 25.
- State of Ohio
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Texas A&M
- North Carolina
- State of Arizona
- Boise State
Rank top quarterbacks for 2020
Who are the best quarterbacks in college football? The top of the list is simple: Clemson Trevor Lawrence – who has played in the last two CFP championship games – and Ohio’s Justin Fields, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 – take the top two places respectively. But there are surprises among our top 25 quarterbacks. In addition, SN also looked at the best transfer quarterbacks for 2020, including Georgia’s Jamie Newman and D’Eriq King in Miami.
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Sporting News has released its bowl projections for all 43 bowl games, including College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 choices. We also looked back at previous com projections to see how good (or bad) they were.
Coach rankings, 1-130
One of SN’s favorite pieces of the season is ranking the FBS coaches from 1-130. It’s a list that starts with Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, but where do the other active national championship coaches – Ed Orgeron, Jimbo Fisher, Mack Brown and Les Miles – fit in? We have Power 5 rankings for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
Sporting News is one of the five outlets used to reach consensus on All-Americans at the end of college football season. We released the annual Preseason All-American team, although Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, a squad from the second team, has decided to opt out of the season.
Sporting News top 40 players
Who is the best player in college football? Which conference has the most players in the top 40? Sporting News answered those questions when it released its Top 40 players for the 2020 season. That list starts with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and is filled with several Alabama stars. Find out who else made the list.