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Brett McMurphy’s Too Early College Football Top 25 Rankings for 2023

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Whether or not Georgia is successful in winning back-to-back national titles on Monday, I still have the Bulldogs as the team to beat in 2023.

The Bulldogs rank No. 1 in Action Network’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings of 2023. Rounding out the top five are No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Ohio State.

These rankings are fluid and expected to change based on the never-ending transfer portal, any late coaching changes or if the NCAA gives Michigan the Death Penalty (that’s a joke Wolverine fans, just like Michigan’s goal-line offense against TCU. Too soon?).

The remainder of my top 10 consists of No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Clemson and No. 10 Oregon.

If you’re the only person on the planet who disagrees with my way-too-early Top 25, I have good news: I will provide updates to my Top 25 rankings as the season gets closer.

Overall, the Pac-12 leads the way with six teams among my Top 25, followed by the ACC (5), SEC (4), Big 12 (4), Big Ten (3), AAC (1), Sun Belt (1) and Notre Dame.

Action Network’s power ratings listed with each team are from Action Network senior writer Collin Wilson. They currently do not factor in all player transfers or players that may leave for the NFL. Wilson’s power ratings — and my Top 25 rankings — are expected to change drastically when rosters and/or coaching staffs are finalized in the coming weeks.

For supplemental information regarding college football, refer to our NCAAF futures, odds, picks and projections resources.

National recruiting rankings are from 247Sports, and transfer portal rankings from On3 as of Jan. 5.


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25

Troy Trojans

  2022 Record: 12-2
  Last Season: Defeated UTSA in Cure Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 at

Kansas State

Sep. 23 vs

Western Kentucky

TBA vs

James Madison

TBA vs

South Alabama

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 103rd
  Conference Rank: 7th in Sun Belt

Head Coach: Jon Sumrall


  Offensive Coordinator: Joe Craddock
  Defensive Coordinator: Shiel Wood

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 47


24

UCLA Bruins

  2022 Record: 9-4
  Last Season: Lost to Pitt in Sun Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

TBA at

Oregon State

TBA at

USC

TBA at

Utah

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 4th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in Pac-12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 37th
  Conference Rank: 5th in Pac-12

Head Coach: Chip Kelly


  Offensive Coordinator: Chip Kelly
  Defensive Coordinator: Bill McGovern

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 19


23

North Carolina Tar Heels

  2022 Record: 9-5
  Last Season: Lost to Oregon in Holiday Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 2 vs

South Carolina (Charlotte, NC)

Sep. 16 vs

Minnesota

TBA at

Clemson

TBA vs

Miami

TBA at

Pittsburgh

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 12th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in ACC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 27th
  Conference Rank: 4th in ACC

Head Coach: Mack Brown


  Offensive Coordinator: Chip Lindsey
  Defensive Coordinator: Gene Chizik

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 34


22

Pitt Panthers

  2022 Record: 9-4
  Last Season: Defeated UCLA in Sun Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 vs

Cincinnati

Sep. 16 at

West Virginia

TBA at

Notre Dame

TBA vs

Florida State

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 38th
  Conference Rank: 9th in ACC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 49th
  Conference Rank: 9th in ACC

Head Coach: Pat Narduzzi


  Offensive Coordinator: Frank Cignetti Jr.
  Defensive Coordinator: Randy Bates

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 43


21

Kansas State Wildcats

  2022 Record: 10-4
  Last Season: Lost to Alabama in Sugar Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 vs

Troy

Sep. 16 at

Missouri

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 48th
  Conference Rank: 11th in Big 12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 29th
  Conference Rank: 5th in Big 12

Head Coach: Chris Klieman


  Offensive Coordinator: Collin Klein
  Defensive Coordinator: Joe Klanderman

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 14


20

Louisville Cardinals

  2022 Record: 8-5
  Last Season: Defeated Cincinnati in Fenway Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Nov. 25 vs

Kentucky

TBA at

Miami

TBA vs

Notre Dame

TBA at

Pittsburgh

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 11th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in ACC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 44th
  Conference Rank: 7th in ACC

Head Coach: Jeff Brohm


  Offensive Coordinator: TBA
  Defensive Coordinator: TBA

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 20


19

Tulane Green Wave

  2022 Record: 12-2
  Last Season: Defeated USC in Cotton Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 3 vs

Ole Miss

TBA vs

UAB

TBA vs

UTSA

TBA at

East Carolina

TBA at

Memphis

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 69th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in AAC

Head Coach: Willie Fritz


  Offensive Coordinator: Slade Nagle
  Defensive Coordinator: Chris Hampton

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 32


18

Tennessee Volunteers

  2022 Record: 11-2
  Last Season: Defeated Clemson in Orange Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 2 vs

Virginia (Nashville, TN)

Sep. 16 at

Florida

Sep. 23 vs

UTSA

Sep. 30 vs

South Carolina

Oct. 14 vs

Texas A&M

Oct. 21 at

Alabama

Nov. 18 vs

Georgia

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 40th
  Conference Rank: 5th in SEC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 9th
  Conference Rank: 4th in SEC

Head Coach: Josh Heupel


  Offensive Coordinator: Joey Halzle
  Defensive Coordinator: Tim Banks

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 17


17

Texas Longhorns

  2022 Record: 8-5
  Last Season: Lost to Washington in Alamo Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 at

Alabama

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 65th
  Conference Rank: 14th in Big 12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 3rd
  Conference Rank: 1st in Big 12

Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian


  Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Flood
  Defensive Coordinator: Pete Kwiatkowski

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 13


16

Utah Utes

  2022 Record: 10-4
  Last Season: Lost to Penn State in Rose Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 2 vs

Florida

Sep. 9 at

Baylor

TBA vs

Oregon

TBA at

Oregon State

TBA vs

UCLA

TBA at

USC

TBA at

Washington

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 41st
  Conference Rank: 7th in Pac-12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 22nd
  Conference Rank: 3rd in Pac-12

Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham


  Offensive Coordinator: Andy Ludwig
  Defensive Coordinator: Morgan Scalley

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 10


15

USC Trojans

  2022 Record: 11-3
  Last Season: Lost to Tulane in Cotton Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Oct. 14 at

Notre Dame

TBA at

Oregon

TBA vs

UCLA

TBA vs

Utah

TBA vs

Washington

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 7th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in Pac-12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 15th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in Pac-12

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley


  Offensive Coordinator: Josh Henson
  Defensive Coordinator: Alex Grinch

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 16


14

Texas Tech Red Raiders

  2022 Record: 8-5
  Last Season: Defeated Ole Miss in Texas Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 vs

Oregon

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 30th
  Conference Rank: 7th in Big 12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 23rd
  Conference Rank: 4th in Big 12

Head Coach: Joey McGuire


  Offensive Coordinator: Zach Kittley
  Defensive Coordinator: Tim DeRuyter

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 12


13

Oregon State Beavers

  2022 Record: 10-3
  Last Season: Defeated Florida in Las Vegas Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

TBA at

Oregon

TBA vs

UCLA

TBA vs

Utah

TBA vs

Washington

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 37th
  Conference Rank: 6th in Pac-12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 50th
  Conference Rank: 9th in Pac-12

Head Coach: Jonathan Smith


  Offensive Coordinator: Brian Lindgren
  Defensive Coordinator: Trent Bray

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 22


12

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  2022 Record: 9-4
  Last Season: Defeated South Carolina in Gator Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 23 vs

Ohio State

Oct. 14 vs

USC

Nov. 4 at

Clemson

TBA vs

Pittsburgh

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 43rd

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 8th

Head Coach: Marcus Freeman


  Offensive Coordinator: Tommy Rees
  Defensive Coordinator: Al Golden

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 18


11

TCU Horned Frogs

  2022 Record: 13-1
  Plays Georgia in College Football Playoff National Championship game

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 2 vs

Colorado

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 9th
  Conference Rank: 1st in Big 12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 18th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in Big 12

Head Coach: Sonny Dykes


  Offensive Coordinator: Garrett Riley
  Defensive Coordinator: Joe Gillespie

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 9


10

Oregon Ducks

  2022 Record: 10-3
  Last Season: Defeated North Carolina in Holiday Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 at

Texas Tech

TBA vs

Oregon State

TBA vs

USC

TBA at

Utah

TBA at

Washington

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 26th
  Conference Rank: 5th in Pac-12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 11th
  Conference Rank: 1st in Pac-12

Head Coach: Dan Lanning


  Offensive Coordinator: Will Stein
  Defensive Coordinator: Tosh Lupoi

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 15


9

Clemson Tigers

  2022 Record: 11-3
  Last Season: Lost to Tennessee in Orange Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

TBA vs

Florida State

TBA at

Miami

Nov. 4 vs

Notre Dame

Nov. 25 at

South Carolina

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 62nd
  Conference Rank: 13th in ACC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 10th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in ACC

Head Coach: Dabo Swinney


  Offensive Coordinator: Brandon Streeter
  Defensive Coordinator: Wes Goodwin

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 5


8

Washington Huskies

  2022 Record: 11-2
  Last Season: Defeated Texas in Alamo Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 16 at

Michigan State

TBA vs

Oregon

TBA at

Oregon State

TBA at

USC

TBA vs

Utah

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 8th
  Conference Rank: 4th in Pac-12

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 28th
  Conference Rank: 4th in Pac-12

Head Coach: Kalen DeBoer


  Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Grubb
  Defensive Coordinator: William Inge & Chuck Morrell

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 11


7

Penn State Nittany Lions

  2022 Record: 11-2
  Last Season: Defeated Utah in Rose Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 2 vs

West Virginia

Sep. 23 vs

Iowa

Oct. 21 at

Ohio State

Nov. 11 vs

Michigan

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 39th
  Conference Rank: 9th in Big Ten

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 14th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in Big Ten

Head Coach: James Franklin


  Offensive Coordinator: Mike Yurcich
  Defensive Coordinator: Manny Diaz

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 6


6

LSU Tigers

  2022 Record: 10-4
  Last Season: Defeated Purdue in Citrus Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 3 vs

Florida State (Orlando, FL)

Sep. 30 at

Ole Miss

Oct. 14 vs

Auburn

Nov. 4 at

Alabama

Nov. 11 vs

Florida

Nov. 25 vs

Texas A&M

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 33rd
  Conference Rank: 4th in SEC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 7th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in SEC

Head Coach: Brian Kelly


  Offensive Coordinator: Mike Denbrock
  Defensive Coordinator: Matt House

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 8


5

Ohio State Buckeyes

  2022 Record: 11-2
  Last Season: Lost to Georgia in College Football Playoff semifinal

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 23 at

Notre Dame

Oct. 21 vs

Penn State

Oct. 28 at

Wisconsin

Nov. 25 at

Michigan

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 44th
  Conference Rank: 8th in Big Ten

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 6th
  Conference Rank: 1st in Big Ten

Head Coach: Ryan Day


  Offensive Coordinator: TBA
  Defensive Coordinator: Jim Knowles

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 3


4

Florida State Seminoles

  2022 Record: 10-3
  Last Season: Defeated Oklahoma in Cheez-It Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 3 vs

LSU (Orlando, FL)

TBA vs

Miami

TBA at

Clemson

TBA at

Pittsburgh

Nov. 25 at

Florida

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 5th
  Conference Rank: 1st in ACC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 19th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in ACC

Head Coach: Mike Norvell


  Offensive Coordinator: Alex Atkins
  Defensive Coordinator: Adam Fuller

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 7


3

Michigan Wolverines

  2022 Record: 13-1
  Last Season: Lost to TCU in College Football Playoff semifinal

2023 Schedule Highlights

Oct. 21 at

Michigan State

Nov. 11 at

Penn State

Nov. 25 vs

Ohio State

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 10th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in Big Ten

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 17th
  Conference Rank: 3rd in Big Ten

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh


  Offensive Coordinator: Sherrone Moore & Matt Weiss
  Defensive Coordinator: Jesse Minter

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 4


2

Alabama Crimson Tide

  2022 Record: 11-2
  Last Season: Defeated Kansas State in Sugar Bowl

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 9 vs

Texas

Sep. 23 vs

Ole Miss

Sep. 30 at

Mississippi State

Oct. 7 at

Texas A&M

Oct. 14 vs

Arkansas

Oct. 21 vs

Tennessee

Nov. 4 vs

LSU

Nov. 25 at

Auburn

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 68th
  Conference Rank: 12th

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 1st
  Conference Rank: 1st in SEC

Head Coach: Nick Saban


  Offensive Coordinator: Bill O’Brien
  Defensive Coordinator: Pete Golding

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 2


1

Georgia Bulldogs

  2022 Record: 14-0
  Plays TCU in College Football Playoff National Championship game

2023 Schedule Highlights

Sep. 16 vs

South Carolina

Sep. 30 at

Auburn

Oct. 28 vs

Florida (Jacksonville, FL)

Nov. 11 vs

Ole Miss

Nov. 18 at

Tennessee

2023 Transfer Portal Rankings


  National Rank: 27th
  Conference Rank: 2nd in SEC

2023 Recruiting Rankings


  National Rank: 2nd
  Conference Rank: 2nd in SEC

Head Coach: Kirby Smart


  Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken
  Defensive Coordinator: Will Muschamp

2023 Action Network Power Rating: No. 1


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