College football cumulative top-25 rankings entering 2024 season (2024)

The average of eight preseason polls across major outlets...

Brad Crawford

College football'swide variance of top-25 rankingsfor the 2024 season are out, which provides an opportunity to combine many of them together for a cumulative preseason poll. There isno unanimous choice at No. 1 and there is a great deal ofdisagreementswithin the rest of the rankings in the chase to reach theexpanded College Football Playoff.

There are a few rosters significantly changed with the influx of a few second-window transfersimpacting respective two-deeps. While someof those aren't reflected in this cumulative rankings, any additions that could sway preseason voters later this summerare discussed.

Post-spring polls from the following outlets factored into this cumulative ranking: 247Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, The Athletic, USA Today, Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Fox.Total points used in this exercise were tabulated using a system — 25 points for being ranked No. 1 — and then slotted accordingly. Teams who just missed the cut included Iowa, Kentucky and Tulane, among others.

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Here's a look at cumulative top 25 rankings across major news organizations heading into the new season:

1. Georgia Bulldogs (197 points out of possible 200)

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247Sports ranking: No. 2

There is plenty of ammunition left for the Bulldogs despite Georgia seeing its school-record 29-game winning streak snapped in last year's SEC Championship Game by Alabama. That was the only blemish during another otherwise flawless season at a program with two national titles over the last three seasons. Where are the weaknesses for Georgia in 2024?One would be hard-pressed to find any. After signing another top-ranked recruiting class and convincing quarterback Carson Beck to return, the Bulldogs are one of the favorites to win another title. The schedule is arduous, but this team has enough talent to overcome it.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (194 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 1

No elite program made more power moves in terms of talent accumulation this springthan the Buckeyes. Ohio State went from College Football Playoff threat to one of the national title favorites given the roster and coaching staff additions accomplished by Day. On top of securing one of the nation's top transfer classes with Alabama All-American safety Caleb Down, Ole Miss standout ballcarrier Quinshon Judkins and multi-year Kansas State starting quarterback Will Howard, the Buckeyes also quickly replaced newly-hired offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien with UCLA head coach Chip Kelly.

3. Texas Longhorns (181 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 3

Equipped with the best quarterbackduo in the country, several difference-makers on defense and an offensive line that has a chance to be the SEC's best, Steve Sarkisian's national championship window at Texas is happening right now. The Longhorns' 2024 two-deep might be even betterthan last season when Texas finished one win short of a title-game appearance.Texas is a recruiting powerhouse and Sarkisian's calculated moves in the transfer portal should pay immediate dividends in the big-play department.

4. Oregon Ducks (180 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 4

Most expect Dan Lanning to make his first playoff appearance at Oregon this season. Anything less than that, given this program's rise, resources and offseason work in the portal, would underwhelm. Not only did Oregon button up its quarterback room with portal additions Dillon Gabriel and Dante Moore, but the Ducks are being built on the defensive side of the football similar to Georgia in terms of depth, skill and ferocity — from the trenches out is the motto for Lanning. Former Texas A&M wideout Evan Stewart will be a star.

5. Ole Miss Rebels (161 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 6

This is the most-talented roster ever assembled in Oxford — on paper. Ole Miss grabbed a couple high-end defensive starters out of the portal, coaxed South Carolina's top returning playmaker Juice Wells to switch sides and feel good about their backfield despite the loss of Quinshon Judkins moving over to Ohio State. The Rebelsare one of the offseason's poster boys for "teams to watch" and have an impressivetrajectory based on what Lane Kiffin's group accomplished in 2023 with 11 wins. If quarterback Jaxson Dart has another banner season, Ole Miss will be one of the SEC's multiple playoff teams with a chance to win it all.

6. Alabama Crimson Tide (158 points)

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247Sportsranking: No. 5

How much trust do you have in Kalen DeBoer during his first go-around in the SEC? Will Jalen Milroe duplicate last season's success as a now seasoned vet? Can Alabama's secondary, littered with new faces, still produce at an elite level? There's a few questions facing the Crimson Tide in the post-Nick Saban answer we don't know the answers to yet, but given this program's level of prestige and overall talent level sans a few notable portal departures, Alabama gets the benefit of the doubt after spring.

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (141 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 10

The Fighting Irish have been good —not elite — in Marcus Freeman's early tenure in South Bend. Hiring Mike Denbrock from LSU was a power move by Notre Dame, which expects to be much better offensively from a well-rounded standpoints.The Fighting Irish will be difficult to contain on that side of the football in 2024 if Clemson transfer Beaux Collins and othersare the immediate stars they were recruited to be. Much of Notre Dame's success will hinge on the shoulders of Duke transfer quarterback Riley Leonard, who missed the spring after recovering from surgery.

8. Missouri Tigers (140 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 8

The Tigers return a ton of production despite filling a void through the portal after losing Doak Walker finalist Cody Schrader in the backfield.Unexpectedly having to replace defensive coordinator Blake Baker, who departed for LSU, was a headache Eli Drinkwitz may not have been all that prepared for this spring. Missouri has two former five-stars on its roster in wideout Luther Burden and freshmanWilliams Nwaneri, a returning starter at quarterback in Brady Cook coming off a statistically-noteworthy season and filledseveral major needswithtransfer market signings.

9. Michigan Wolverines (130 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 7

Michigan is a tough nut to crack, at least offensively. The quarterback situation remains undecided, but everyone knows the other side of the football will be championship-caliber based on what's coming back. Can Sherrone Moore keep it goingin Ann Arbor and have his team playing with an elite edge? Pounding the football with Donovan Edwards and others might be a winning recipe for a team on the nation's longest winning streak, especially with several early-rounders returning on defense.

10. Penn State Nittany Lions (124 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 9

The proof of an improvement offensively should come in September when the Nittany Lions take the field with a new play-caller and the promise of explosive plays for the first time in several years. That's what it will take to be an expected force in the Big Ten alongside other elites. James Franklin made changes to a 10-win team he felt were necessary to get over the hump and into the expanded playoff.

11. LSU Tigers (112 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 13

Brian Kelly swiped Missouri defensive coordinator Blake Baker to solve his program's Achilles heel after a 10-win season. It's hard to believe Jayden Daniels winning the Heisman almost played second fiddle to how bad the Tigers performed defensively, which cost LSU a shot at a second consecutive SEC West title and trip to Atlanta. Garrett Nussmeier is the new starter at quarterback in 2024 and he flexed impressive tools in the spring game. He has a blossoming group of lesser-known wideouts to throw to following Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr.'s entry into the NFL.

12. Florida State Seminoles (95 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 11

Mike Norvell is a transfer portal guru and again ensured the Seminoles have one of the ACC's top-tier rosters.Equipped with an elite signing classto pair with his portal additions, Norvell showcased his offseason expertise with another talent reload and should be one of the coaches who significantly benefits from playoff expansion. Former Oregon State and Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei learned the offense quickly and has a variety of weapons around him.

13. Utah Utes (91 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 18

Quarterback Cam Rising returns, but does he make Utah a championship contender? Utah joins the Big 12 with a couple other former Pac-12 departures in hopes of getting to the expanded playoff. The Utes managed to sign several key plug-and-play guys in the transfer portal, including former Arizona and USC star Dorian Singer at wideout. Preseason poll voters at 247Sports weren't as high on the Utes as many other national publications.

14. Oklahoma Sooners (87 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 15

The Sooners seem to be flying under the radar a bit, at least compared to the hype surrounding Texas, the SEC's other newcomer. Deion Burks is a baller. The Purdue transfer at the wideout spot was one of the spring MVPs for the Sooners, who found their new go-to playmaker in the passing game. Jackson Arnold looked in full control of Oklahoma's offense heading into his first campaign as the starter as Brent Venables and this team heads intotheir new league.

15. Clemson Tigers (84 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 16

Coming out of spring, the hype simmered on Clemson — just the way Dabo Swinney likes it. Clemson gets Phil Mafah back, but it's going to have to manufacture production elsewhere in the run game to take some of the pressure off Cade Klubnik, who's back for his second season as the Tigers' QB1. Clemson's defense should be one of the nation's bestand there's a couple five-star freshmen we're expecting to be impact players in Death Valley.

16. Tennessee Volunteers (79 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 12

Nico Iamaleavaleads the Vols atquarterback in a new era of sorts offensively. He was responsible for four touchdowns in his first career start in the Citrus Bowl win over Iowa and last season's sensation at the position,Hendon Hooker,already deemed him "the chosen one" in Knoxville.That's high praise given Hooker's importance to the program and heightened success during his tenure. Like Michael Penix Jr. managed at Washington, Iamaleava is the type of talent that makes everyone around him better. James Pearce Jr. might be the nation's best edge.

17. Miami Hurricanes (68 points)

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247Sports ranking: No.14

Mario Cristobal's not done yet in the transfer portal as he continues to bolster what is shaping up to be Miami's best-looking depth chart in years. The addition of several vital pieces up front and at the skill spots, including Washington State quarterback Cam Ward, makes the Hurricanes one of the headliners in the ACC this offseason. There's no excuse why Miami shouldn't be challenging for a spot inside the top 15 entering November. Still have to prove it, however.

18. Kansas State Wildcats (59 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 17

You know why the Wildcats are one of the trendy picks to win theexpandedBig 12? Avery Johnson is a rising superstar after throwing for two touchdowns and running for another during Kansas State's Pop Tarts Bowl win over NC State. After losing multi-year starting quarterback Will Howard to the transfer portal, this Kansas State offenses showed no ill effects of his departure after Johnson handled the offense with a flare for big plays on the move.

19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (45 points)

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247Sports ranking: No. 24

Oklahoma State has the fifth-best odds to win the Big 12, according tothe latest updates over at FanDuel Sportsbook, despite returning Ollie Gordon in the backfield along with 20 other starters to a team coming off an appearance in the league title game. Underrated perhaps? Mike Gundy finished inside the top 10 several times during his tenure in Stillwater and this season could be another.

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20.NC State Wolfpack (37 points)

247Sports ranking: No. 20

21.Kansas Jayhawks (34 points)

247Sports ranking: N/R

22.Arizona Wildcats (32 points)

247Sports ranking: N/R

23.Texas A&M Aggies (30 points)

247Sports ranking: No. 19

24. USC Trojans (25 points)

247Sports ranking: No. 21

25.Louisville Cardinals (18 points)

247Sports ranking: No. 25

With one of the ACC's top transfer portal classes, including the arrival of Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall, Oklahoma tailback Hollywood Smothers and Ohio State pass-catcher Noah Rogers, there's reason to believe in NC State getting over the nine-win mark under Doeren this season. Early matchups with Tennessee and Clemson in September will show college football just how far the Wolfpack have come — or not. ... Not ranked in the 247Sports post-spring poll, Brent Brennan and Arizona cracked the top 20 under ESPN's designation and several others. ... Many are taking the wait-and-see approach with USC as a Big Ten newcomer under Lincoln Riley. The schedule is brutal and begins with a showdown against nationally-ranked LSU in Las Vegas.

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