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Jul. 31, 2020 - DJ Boyer

2020 Fierce 40: Preseason Poll

Welcome to our Top 40 College Football Team Preseason Countdown, where I'll be releasing one team at a time as we countdown from 40 to 1.

Fierce 40 2020 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Preseason

Ranking

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Kansas State      

The offense had its moments in 2019. For the Wildcats to have a successful 2020 they will have to rely on one of the best defenses in the Big 12.

39

Illinois      

Does Lovie Smith actually have the Illini moving in the right direction in the Big Ten?

38

Louisiana      

The Sun Belt is getting more and more respect, and it's not just Appalachian State.

37

Stanford      

Moving to a Conference only schedule should help the Cardinal.

36

Miami      

Manny Diaz in his 2nd season is trying to turn around the Hurricanes.

35

Temple      

Re’Mahn Davis won't be the only running back toting the ball for the Owls but with a strong rotation behind him and keeping him fresh he should flourish.

34

Ole Miss      

Lane Kiffin is back in the SEC.

33

Tennessee      

One of the hottest teams in college football coming down the stretch last season.

32

Iowa      

So much controversy surrounding the school, Iowa just wants to the season to start, even if they do need to fill the void of a four-year quarterback (Nate Stanley) that is now gone.

31

Appalachian State      

Starting to feel like ranking the Mountaineers is an annual occurance. Is Appalachian State the new Boise State?

30

Utah

 

     

Great season for the Utes erased after getting trounced by Texas in the Alamo Bowl.

29

Memphis      

The Tigers have a lot of firepower to replace on offense but they seem to keep the cupboards far from bare.

28

Washington      

The Huskies have to rely on old school football in 2020 where defense wins games.

27

Virginia Tech      

We will have to see how the schedule shakes out but Virginia Tech perhaps had the most generous home schedule within the ACC for 2020.

26

Navy      

Navy should still be a very competitive even with a new quarterback.

25

UCF      

As much attention as UCF garners for their explosive offensive displays the depth along the defensive line will catch people by surprise this season and aid in another successful campaign.

24

UNC      

Sophomore quarterback Sam Howell is becoming a very popular dark horse Heisman pick.

23

Louisville      

First year under Scott Satterfield went better than many predicted and year two should be evern better.

22

Boise State      

Another season with a Conference Championship and double digit wins...yawn. It's becoming expected now.

21

Michigan      

Not buying into them being a Top Ten team just yet after a series of letdowns in recent years.

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