104.9 The Horn’s Top 20 Brought To You By Reliable Automotive

You watched us debate it in the Reliable Automotive war room. You’ve been studying and making your own list. And in just a few short weeks, we will all see who rises to the top of the pack. Be listening to 104.9 The Horn every weekday as we unveil our picks of the best college football teams in the nation. We will update the list each day as we go from #20 all the way down to #1. Here is the Reliable Automotive Horn Top 20:

20. LSU

19. Florida State

The Good: FSU has talent up and down their roster and should be able to win some games in a down year for the ACC. They have eight returning starters on offense, as well

The Questions: They were just 6-6 in 2017 and have a first year Head Coach in Willie Taggart. They also draw Notre Dame and Florida in their non-conference schedule

18. West Virginia

The Good: West Virginia has maybe the best QB in the country in Will Grier and a ton of weapons on the offensive side of the football. The Big 12 seems to be up for grabs and the Mountaineers get OU and TCU at home in 2018

The Questions: Defense. West Virginia lost some really talented players to graduation and injury and will have to hope it’s offense can score enough to make up for a mediocre defensive unit

17. TCU

The Good: The Horned Frogs return six starters from the top-ranked defense in the Big 12. Head Coach Gary Patterson has won at least 11 games in three of the past four seasons and always has TCU playing to its potential

The Questions: TCU is starting a new quarterback in Shawn Robinson and has serious questions on the O-Line. How quickly those guys can get up to speed will determine TCU’s success in 2018.

16. Mississippi State

The Good: Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is one of the best dual-threat QBs in the country. The Bulldogs also have two of the best D-Linemen in the country in Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons. MSU has 17 returning starters, as well

The Questions: First-time Head Coach Joe Moorhead will have to deal with road trips to Kansas State, LSU and Alabama in his first year. The SEC West is always a gauntlet

15. Stanford

The Good: Bryce Love rushed for 2,118 yards in 2017 and is one of the Heisman front-runners in 2018. They have one of the best offensive lines in the country and there is some talent on the defensive side of the football, as well. Head Coach David Shaw is one of the brightest minds in college football

The Questions: The schedule.  Stanford has to play at Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington and will have to play host to USC in Week 2. The Cardinal, and sophomore QB KJ Costello, will be tested very early

14. USC

The Good: USC has some really talented players on both sides of the ball. LB Cameron Smith, CB Iman Marshall and WR Tyler Vaughns are some of the best players at their respective positions in the country. Freshman QB JT Daniels is a future stud and the Trojans avoid Washington in conference play

The Questions: The Trojans lose their leading passer, rusher and receiver from 2017. They have road trips to Stanford and Texas in Weeks 2 and 3 and have to play Notre Dame in the non-con slate. If JT Daniels is the guy, he’ll be tested

13. Michigan

The Good: Michigan has top ten potential. The Wolverines have incredible talent on defense and it appears Jim Harbaugh finally has his QB in Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson. If Patterson pans out, it could be a special year in Ann Arbor.

The Questions: Jim Harbaugh has yet to finish better than 3rd in the Big Ten East… is this the year he puts the doubters to rest? Michigan has to play Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State on the road plus has to deal with Wisconsin and Penn State at home. A brutal schedule.

12. Michigan State

The Good: Michigan State has 19 returning starters from a team that won 10 games a year ago. Junior QB Brian Lewerke is very talented and the Spartan defense has skill at all three levels. MSU hosts Michigan and Ohio State while avoiding Wisconsin out of the West

The Questions: The Big Ten East is the most difficult division in college football. Sparty does make a trip to Penn State and has to play Michigan the week after. Is this team closer to the 3-9 team in 2016 or the 10-3 team in 2017?

11. Notre Dame

The Good: The Fighting Irish are coming off a 10-win season and were ranked in the Top 10 near the end of the 2017 season. They have talent, depth and experience at nearly every position on the field. They return 9 defensive starters and 10 of their 11 expected defensive starters are upperclassmen

The Questions: How good is QB Brandon Wimbush? Can he make the Irish playoff contenders once again? Notre Dame hasn’t had back-to-back double-digit winning seasons since 1992-93. The Irish play Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Florida State and USC in 2018

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