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Phil Steele's Magazine ∙ 2018's Top College Football Teams ∙ SEC Analysis

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  1. mulegator

    mulegator Neanderthal Ninja Vigilante Moderator VIP Member

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    Phil ranks 2018's top teams in college football.
    This is Steele's projection of the final rankings of the 2018 season.


    1. Alabama
    2. Clemson
    3. Ohio State
    4. Washington
    5. Georgia
    6. Wisconsin
    7. Miami
    8. Notre Dame
    9. Oklahoma
    10. Texas
    11. Michigan
    12. Penn State
    13. Michigan State
    14. Boise State
    15. Stanford
    16. USC
    17. Florida
    18. Florida State
    19. Auburn
    20. TCU
    21. Mississippi State
    22. Utah
    23. Boston College
    24. Oregon
    25. Arkansas State
    26. Iowa
    27. Texas A&M
    28. UCF
    29. Memphis
    30. West Virginia
    31. Florida Atlantic
    32. Marshall
    33. Ohio
    34. South Carolina
    35. Navy
    36. North Carolina
    37. Duke
    38. Northwestern
    39. Kansas State
    40. Virginia Tech
    41. Fresno State
    42. Appalachian State
    43. LSU
    44. UAB
    45. Missouri
    46. Louisville
    47. Houston
    48. Arizona
    49. Oklahoma State
    50. San Diego State
     
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  2. mulegator

    mulegator Neanderthal Ninja Vigilante Moderator VIP Member

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    Phil Steele's Power Poll

    1. Alabama
    2. Clemson
    3. Ohio State
    4. Georgia
    5. Wisconsin
    6. Michigan
    7. Washington
    8. Notre Dame
    9. Oklahoma
    10. Stanford
    11. Michigan State
    12. Penn State
    13. Auburn
    14. USC
    15. Texas
    16. Mississippi State
    17. Miami
    18. FSU
    19. Boston College
    20. Texas A&M
    21. TCU
    22. Utah
    23. Florida
    24. South Carolina
    25. LSU
    26. Oregon
    27. Boise State
    28. Missouri
    29. Duke
    30. Oklahoma State
    31. Louisville
    32. West Virginia
    33. Kansas State
    34. Northwestern
    35. Iowa
    36. Florida Atlantic
    37. Virginia Tech
    38. Iowa State
    39. Georgia Tech
    40. Texas Tech
    41. Arizona
    42. UCF
    43. N C State
    44. Memphis
    45. North Carolina
    46. Wake Forest
    47. Colorado
    48. Nebraska
    49. Pittsburgh
    50. Marshall
     
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    Phil's "Most Improved Team" of 2018
    The Florida Gators.
    He ranks our schedule as 64th most difficult.
    We jump from #93 most experienced team to #4.
    Phil notes that we have 10 returning starters on offense, 9 on defense.
    Steele predicts we will win more than 8 games this season.

     
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    mulegator Neanderthal Ninja Vigilante Moderator VIP Member

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    If you're looking for one team to make a big jump up the SEC standings in 2018, Phil Steele believes you should be eyeing Florida.

    This isn’t the first time in recent history Steele has been high on the Gators entering the season, as he picked Florida as his No. 1 surprise national contender last offseason. While he missed the mark pretty badly on that one, he believes all the misfortune suffered by the Gators in 2017 is unlikely to occur again and has faith that the program hired a coach capable of getting his team to overachieve this year.

    During his recent appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio program The Roundtable, Steele was asked to give his most improved team in the SEC for 2018. Steele went a step further and revealed the Gators as his No. 1 most improved team in the nation for the coming season.

    “My most improved team this year, I’m going with the University of Florida,” Steele said on the air. “I think if it could go wrong, it went wrong last year for Florida. The suspended players, the injuries, losing the coach and now they get a head coach in Dan Mullen stepping in there who has always overachieved my expectations. To be honest with you, I’ve always picked Mississippi State sixth or seventh in the West, they always finish higher. I think Mullen, when he inherits 19 returning starters, will have Florida playing much better ball this year.”

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  6. mulegator

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    Toughest Schedules

    1. UCLA
    2. Purdue
    3. Michigan
    4. Oregon State
    5. FSU
    6. Nebraska
    7. Arizona State
    8. Texas
    9. Maryland
    10. LSU
    11. Rutgers
    12. West Virginia
    13. Northwestern
    14. Georgia Tech
    15. Texas A&M
    16. Notre Dame
    17. Iowa State
    18. TCU
    19. Oklahoma
    20. Pittsburgh
    21. Kansas State
    22. Kansas
    23. Duke
    24. Michigan State
    25. Auburn
    26. Utah
    27. Missouri
    28. Penn State
    29. Stanford
    30. Texas Tech
    31. USC
    32. Mississippi State
    33. Baylor
    34. Syracuse
    35. Boston College
    36. Minnesota
    37. Wake Forest
    38. Indiana
    39. Kentucky
    40. N C State
    41. Oklahoma State
    42. Arkansas
    43. Clemson
    44. Iowa
    45. Virginia
    46. Mississippi
    47. Vanderbilt
    48. Alabama
    49. California
    50. Louisville
    51. South Carolina
    52. Ohio State
    53. Washington State
    54. Tennessee
    55. Georgia
    56. Virginia Tech
    57. Miami FL
    58. Washington
    59. Colorado
    60. North Carolina
    61. Illinois
    62. BYU
    63. Arizona
    64. Florida
     
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  7. sir percival harvin

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    Idk about Ohio State at 3 given there quarterback situation, but I think he has Washington ranked appropriately, where some other pills have them too low.
     
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    Although #17 in the country and an apparent win over the SOW probably won't satisfy the "crazies," IMO, it would constitute a very good start for DM and crew. I also think that some improvement across the board could result in a very strong class in '19, and a much brighter outlook in general. I'm really liking the vibe thus far. Go Gators!
     
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  9. themistocles

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    I must assume that that is 19 starters from the group that played the last game, after about 93 of the starters were injured.

    I would think that FSU should also be rated to improve a lot from last year's horror (6-6, and only because they, unlike the Gators, replayed their hurricaned pattycake to get another win for bowl eligibility), otherwise it would have been 5-6.

    I guess due to Mac's S&C orientation, the Gators were plagued with many injuries throughout his tenure.
     
  10. theghost

    theghost GC Hall of Fame

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    We lost Dawson & Bryan. But Harris was injured all year...but what about Washington?

    Was Goolsby the only starter on O we lost?
     
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  11. UF24ou14

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    Probably the most important starters we lost were Eddie and Johnny.
     
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    UF24ou14 GC Hall of Fame

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    As long as Urbs is there they will probably always be ranked near the top, until he has a bad year and esophageal spasms.
     
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  13. kryptonite

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    Wow. At UCLA Kelly has no commits at this point in the recruiting cycle, and he has the toughest schedule to work against to showcase why recruits should choose UCLA. Despite his reputation as a great game day coach, I would be worried if I was a Bruin fan. Now I understand why Mullen is putting extra energy into recruiting California.
     
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  14. cedarkey_gator1

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    I've always thought Phil's predictions were the most reliable. That being said we're still such an unknown with the quarterback situation.
     
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    kryptonite GC Hall of Fame

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    Goolsby was never a starter last year.

    Washington only started 5 games last year, at the beginning of the year. Taylor and Davis got some great experience against the toughest competition.

    We lost two good ones, but overall we should be much better off starting this year than we were starting last year unless we have huge losses of personnel, like Harris was devastating to us last year.
     
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  16. mulegator

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    Steele mentioned that every year at Mississippi State, Mullen's team exceeded Phil's expectations.
    Mullen has always gotten more out of less.
    Now that he has more …
     
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    Steele ranks the Gators by position (nationally)
    Quarterbacks - 49
    Running Backs - 21
    Receivers - 27
    Offensive Line - 23
    Defensive Line - 12
    Linebackers - 20
    Defensive Backs - 22
    Special Teams - Not Ranked in Top 55

    Florida's SEC Rankings
    Quarterbacks - 10
    Running Backs - 3
    Receivers - 8
    Offensive Line - 7
    Defensive Line - 4
    Linebackers - 3
    Defensive Backs - 4
    Special Teams - 9
    Coaches - 6

    Dan Mullen steps into a great situation as he inherits 19 returning starters (11 LY) and they go from #93 on my Exp Chart up to #4! Mullen always got the most out of his talent at Miss St so I expect him to do the same here. Florida rates a +5.5 on my Stock Market Indicator and only has 4 true road games. The Gators look to be improved in every position and as long as 10 players don't get suspended prior to 2018, have the talent to more than double last years four wins and are my #1 Most Improved Team.

     
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  18. cedarkey_gator1

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    Quarterbacks at 49 is probably a jump up from where we've been performing lately.
     
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    It's also extremely generous.
     
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  20. themistocles

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    If there are 21 schools with better DBs than the Gators, they're not from any Universe I'm familiar with. Last year, with essentially almost totall inexperience at DB (like in 2007), they still performed reasonably well. This year, everyone but Dawson is back plus some nice additions like Burney.

    You do realize that with Malik Davis healthy, the Gators now have 3 starters back at RB with Scarlett, Davis & Perine, all of whom were leaders in yards after contact. Yet, he rates the Gator RBs 21.

    If QB isn't in the Top 10-15 by years end, I'll be very surprised.
     
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