Last week the first official college football poll was released with Clemson garnering 59 first-place votes followed by Alabama with 6. Rounding out the top five are Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State. Keep reading to find out how the first Amway Coaches Poll compares to how well college football oddsmakers think each ranked team will do?
Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 – 2019 Season Win O/U Totals
1. Clemson 11½
The defending national champions start atop everyone’s list thanks to preseason Heisman candidate Trevor Lawrence. Last season, the true sophomore led the No. 3 offense averaging 527 yards per game.
2. Alabama 11
The Tide lost the National Title to Clemson, and that makes Alabama a very dangerous team. Projected first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says he’s in the best shape of his college career. Moreover, he has his top four receivers back including Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy.
3. Georgia 11
Georgia’s offense is in good hands with quarterback Jake Fromm, running back D’Andre Swift and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas all returning. The defense will have to make up for the losses of cornerback Deandre Baker and linebacker D’Andre Walker. This is the only team that can stop Bama this season.
4. Oklahoma 10½
Can former Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts live up to his predecessors who both won Heismans and were No. 1 overall picks?
5. Ohio State 10
I believe an Urban Meyer-less Buckeyes are a better team, however, New coach Ryan Day has to break in a new quarterback in transfers Justin Fields and Gunnar Hoak after Dwayne Haskins left for the NFL.
6. LSU 9
LSU has been one of the last top teams that relied heavily on the run game until now. Coach Ed Orgeron is finally catching up with the rest of the SEC with by adding new passing-game coordinator Joe Brady.
7. Michigan 10
The stars are aligning for the Wolverines with continuity at quarterback with Shea Patterson returning, an experienced offensive line and a new offensive coordinator to modernize the offense. A double-digit win season or bust for Michigan.
8. Florida 9
Another season with coach Dan Mullen and quarterback Feleipe Franks will make the Gators even more dangerous.
9. Notre Dame 9½
Led by Ian Book at QB and a stout defense and this team would go undefeated if not for games against UGA and Michigan. Plus it doesn’t help that the talent level for the Irish drops off after Notre Dame’s starting 22.
10. Texas 9½
The Longhorns front seven only has one name of note returning in Malcolm Roach, making this a young, inexperienced defense. Plus Texas will once again challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship.
11. Texas A&M 7½
This is the team everyone should be talking about. Expectations are very high for Jimbo Fisher’s second Aggie team. Junior quarterback Kellen Mond leads an offense with most of its receiving corps and line returning. The defense needs to put in extra work against the pass. 2019 will be a learning experience for this team with games against Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.
12. Washington 9½
The defending Pac-12 champs lost nine defensive starters. The newcomers have potential, and safety Myles Bryant is a future NFL star. Expect growing pains early in the season.
13. Oregon 8½
Nineteen starters are back for the Ducks including star quarterback Justin Herbert and all five offensive linemen. Combine that with a historic recruiting class headlined by the No. 1 player in the country in DE Kayvon Thibodeaux makes 9 wins a comfortable target.
14. Penn State 8½
Luckily for Penn State, they have a top-tier defense after losing quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Miles Sanders.
15. Utah 9
With fifteen starters returning and winning the Pac-12 South last year, winning 9 games would be a letdown.
16. Auburn 7½
This team will go as far as its quarterback whether that’s Joey Gatewood or Bo Nix. Both are talented freshmen that will need to breakout early if the Tigers are to win eight.
T17. Wisconsin 8
The Badgers will need a better effort in 2019 after finishing last season 8-5. Four young quarterbacks are battling for the starting gig after starter Alex Hornibrook transferred out after freshman Graham Mertz came on board.
T17. Central Florida 9
Can UCF make it three consecutive undefeated regular seasons?
19. Iowa 7½
There is enough talent on both sides of the ball that Iowa should compete for a shot at representing the West in the Big Ten Championship game.
20. Michigan State 8
If Michigan State can protect quarterback Brian Lewerke this season after he took a beating last season, the Spartans will undoubtedly improve on the 7-6 record from last season.