Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Top 25


Spring practice is in the books, and now the long, frustrating wait for the 2014 college football season (and inaugural four-team playoff) begins.

While spring practice is generally a time in which coaches like to build depth and avoid injuries, there were a few significant developments around the country.

Projected top-25 teams like Clemson, Nebraska and USC named starting quarterbacks, but teams like Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Wisconsin didn't, leaving their competitions open through the summer and into preseason camp.

Oregon lost its best wide receiver to injury, while Georgia welcomed back a handful of players from ailments.

Defending BCS national champion Florida State remains No. 1 in our fourth edition of the 2014 Way-Too-Early Top 25. Alabama remains No. 2, Oklahoma and Auburn have moved up a couple of spots, and Oregon and Michigan State dropped a few notches.

Say hello to Texas Tech, Kansas State and Nebraska and goodbye to Texas, Central Florida and Washington.

Here is the Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25:

1. Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles were probably a year ahead of schedule in winning a BCS National Championship last season, and they will be heavy favorites to repeat as ACC champions and make the four-team College Football Playoff this coming season. Along with bringing back Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at quarterback, the Seminoles expect to have five seniors starting on the offensive line, which is always a recipe for success, as well as tight end Nick O'Leary and receiver Rashad Greene. FSU has to replace key contributors on defense, including tackle Timmy Jernigan and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, but it has recruited well on that side of the ball for the past few years. Defensive linemen Mario Edwards and Eddie Goldman and defensive backs Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey and P.J. Williams might each be a potential NFL first-round pick in the future.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama didn't learn much about its quarterback competition this spring, mostly because anticipated starter Jacob Coker is still enrolled at FSU and won't transfer to Alabama until this summer. Coker, who was Winston's backup last season, is expected to graduate from FSU next month and then join Alabama's team for offseason workouts. He will be the man to beat in the battle to replace AJ McCarron when preseason camp opens. Blake Sims was the No. 1 quarterback during the spring game, completing 13 of 30 passes for 178 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Alabama's offensive line, which was a surprising trouble spot last season, looked better with freshman Cameron Robinson at left tackle and junior college transfer Leon Brown at right guard. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is still searching for two reliable cornerbacks and more pass-rushers.

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