It’s never too early to be too early

Published 6:08 pm Friday, June 10, 2016

It’s never too early to start ramping up hype for the upcoming college football season. Or so we’ve been led to believe.

It’s almost akin to how early we start preparing for the holidays and Christmas. Before October even gets here we’ll start seeing Thanksgiving and Christmas commercials on TV.

But nevertheless, we all love to hear about how are teams are developing during the offseason, and what might be in store once they hit the field.

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With less than 100 days until California and Hawaii kick off the season in Sydney Australia, I thought I’d take a look at the latest “Way to Early Top 25” list from ESPN and see who the (ahem) professionals predict the top teams are.

To nobody’s surprise, Alabama stands at No. 1 with their arms crossed and a smirk on their face. Only problem is there is still an undecided quarterback battle, with no true indication of who will be under-center in September. The past two seasons, unproven quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jake Coker led the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff appearance and a National Championship, respectively. To me, that shows Lane Kiffens chops as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. History shows Bama fans shouldn’t be too worried.

Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers are returning eight starters to the offense. The No. 2 team welcomes back Deshaun Watson and all of his swagger for what is sure to be another season with one goal: a championship. The hiccup might come on the defense. The Tigers will need Coach Swinney’s motivational dance moves to muster up some guts if they want to be The Best. And, you know, they’ll have to practice a lot, too.

Surprisingly at No. 3 is Michigan. It seems people are putting a lot of stock in the Wolverines to be the King of the North. What was a young team last season has surely been battle-tested and ready to give it another go. The real story with Michigan, though, is its coach.

Jim Harbaugh is awkward, blunt and talented, a weird combination that has some players knocking on the doors of The Big House and others giving a soft pass. Whatever your outlook, you can’t deny things aren’t interesting up there in Ann Arbor right now.

September can’t get here soon enough.