Composite college football top 25 rankings: Clemson, Ohio State consensus top teams

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Way-too-early top 25 lists are the only way to start the upcoming college football season.

Sporting News has already released its top 25 for 2020, but we weren’t the only one. Athlon, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Stadium and USA Today have submitted way-too-early entries as well.

Those lists revealed that the only team everyone could agree on for 2020 is Clemson, a unanimous No. 1 selection across all eight sets of rankings. The Tigers return junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence and should be in the mix for another Playoff berth next season. Ohio State, which lost to the Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, is the consensus No. 2, garnering six second-place votes.

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The rest of the rankings reflect a few surprises. So SN wanted to determine a consensus top 25, using all eight publications' rankings in that endeavor. We used an inverse scoring method (awarding 25 points to a No. 1 selection, 24 for a No. 2 selection, all the way down to one point for a No. 25 selection) to determine the highest possible score for each school. Clemson garnered the maximum 200 points.

With that in mind, here's a look at the composite way-too-early top 25 for 2020:

Composite top 25 preseason college football rankings

Rank

Team

Total

High

Low

1

Clemson

200

1

1

2

Ohio State

190

2

3

3

Alabama

183

2

4

4

LSU

171

3

10

5

Oklahoma

159

5

8

6

Florida

148

6

10

7

Oregon

148

5

11

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

9

Penn State

142

5

12

10

Notre Dame

130

8

15

11

Auburn

107

5

16

12

Wisconsin

101

10

18

13

Texas A&M

90

6

N/R

14

Michigan

88

12

20

15

Minnesota

75

11

N/R

16

Texas

69

13

24

17

Cincinnati

56

12

N/R

18

Oklahoma State

50

13

N/R

19

Boise State

42

17

N/R

20

USC

41

14

N/R

21

Iowa State

34

10

N/R

22

Memphis

34

15

N/R

23

North Carolina

30

19

N/R

24

Iowa

29

10

N/R

25

Arizona State

21

18

N/R

8 Georgia 145 2 13

Others receiving votes: Baylor 19; Louisville 17; UCF 16; Utah 14.5; Virginia Tech 10.5; TCU 9; Washington 8; Virginia 3; Florida State 3; Cal 3; Purdue 2; Tennessee 1; Ole Miss 1

USA 1 3 2 4 11 6 5 Notre Dame 8 8 9 10 9 10 15 9 9 7 8 13 — 14 18 12 19 — — 16 25 — — — 20 17 22 — 15 — — 10 21 — — 24 — 23

Composite top 25 rankings by site

Rank

SN

B/R

SI

CBS

ATHLON

ESPN

STADIUM

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Clemson

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Ohio State

2

2

3

2

2

2

2

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Alabama

3

3

4

3

3

3

4

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

LSU

4

4

10

4

4

4

3

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Georgia

5

9

2

9

8

6

13

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Oregon

6

10

6

7

11

5

9

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Oklahoma

7

5

7

5

5

8

7

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Penn State

9

7

5

12

6

9

11

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Florida

10

6

8

6

7

7

8

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Auburn

11

12

14

8

16

12

5

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Minnesota

12

15

11

11

13

19

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Texas

13

20

21

17

14

24

16

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Wisconsin

14

11

13

15

10

14

12

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Michigan

15

14

20

14

12

15

18

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Texas A&M

16

13

25

13

15

11

6

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Oklahoma State

17

18

15

19

13

24

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Utah

18

T-24

21

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Louisville

19

16

——

Cincinnati

20

12

18

17

17

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

North Carolina

21

22

19

25

22

22

22

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Arizona State

22

19

18

24

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Virginia

23

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

UCF

24

23

22

19

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Boise State

25

17

22

20

18

18

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

USC

16

16

14

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Baylor

21

23

25

20

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Virginia Tech

T-24

20

23

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Memphis

17

19

24

21

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Florida State

23

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Purdue

24

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Iowa

21

21

23

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Iowa State

T-24

23

16

10

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Tennessee

25

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

TCU

17

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Washington

20

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Ole Miss

25

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

Cal

8

Georgia

145

2

13

Notre Dame

8

8

9

10

9

10

15

9

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