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2024 College Football Rankings: Brett McMurphy’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 for Next Season

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  • Now that the 2023-24 college football season is over, we'll turn our attention to the 2024-25 season.
  • Before the current season came to a close, our Brett McMurphy broke down his Way-Too-Early Top 25 for next season.
  • Check out each team in his Top 25 — along with stats and key information — below.

HOUSTON — While waiting for the 2023 national champion to be determined between Michigan and Washington Monday night, here’s a sneak peek at what to expect next season with Action Network’s 2024 Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings.

Atop the rankings are the usual suspects: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Ohio State. Rounding out the top 10 are No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 10 Missouri.

These rankings are expected to change — and will change — when transfer portal additions are finalized and pending any future coaching moves (Jim Harbaugh, you’re on the clock).

The SEC has half of its 16 teams in Action Network’s Way-Too-Early Top 25. The Big Ten and Big 12 have six teams each, while the ACC four teams plus independent Notre Dame.

These rankings currently do not factor in all player transfers or players that may leave for the NFL. My Top 25 rankings should 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, while transfer portal rankings from On3 through Thursday.

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McMurphy's Way-Too-Early College Football Top 25

1

 

Georgia Bulldogs

  • 2023 Record: 13-1
  • Last Season: Defeated Florida State in Orange Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 vs. Clemson (in Atlanta)
  • Sept. 28 at Alabama
  • Oct. 5 vs. Auburn
  • Oct. 19 at Texas
  • Nov. 2 vs. Florida (in Jacksonville)
  • Nov. 9 at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 16 vs. Tennessee

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 66th
  • Conference Rank: 15th in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

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

Head Coach: Kirby Smart

  • OC: Mike Bobo
  • DC: Glenn Schumann

2

 

Michigan Wolverines

  • 2023 Record: 14-0
  • Last Season: Plays Washington in College Football Playoff National Championship

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 7 vs. Texas
  • Sept. 21 vs. USC
  • Oct. 5 at Washington
  • Oct. 26 vs. Michigan State
  • Nov. 2 vs. Oregon
  • Nov. 30 at Ohio State

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 24th
  • Conference Rank: 6th in Big Ten

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 15th
  • Conference Rank: 4th in Big Ten

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

  • OC: Sherrone Moore
  • DC: Jesse Minter

3

 

Oregon Ducks

  • 2023 Record: 12-2
  • Last Season: Defeated Liberty in Fiesta Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 7 vs. Boise State
  • Sept. 14 at Oregon State
  • Sept. 28 at UCLA
  • Oct. 12 vs. Ohio State
  • Nov. 2 at Michigan
  • Nov. 30 vs. Washington

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 43rd
  • Conference Rank: 14th in Big Ten

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 6th
  • Conference Rank: 2nd in Big Ten

Head Coach: Dan Lanning

  • OC: Will Stein
  • DC: Tosh Lupoi

4

 

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • 2023 Record: 12-2
  • Last Season: Lost to Michigan in College Football Playoff semifinal

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 14 at Wisconsin
  • Sept. 28 vs. Georgia
  • Oct. 12 vs. South Carolina
  • Oct. 19 at Tennessee
  • Oct. 26 vs. Missouri
  • Nov. 9 at LSU
  • Nov. 23 at Oklahoma
  • Nov. 30 vs. Auburn

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 61st
  • Conference Rank: 13th in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

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

Head Coach: Nick Saban

  • OC: Tommy Rees
  • DC: TBA

5

 

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • 2023 Record: 11-2
  • Last Season: Lost to Missouri in Sugar Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 28 at Michigan State
  • Oct. 5 vs. Iowa
  • Oct. 12 at Oregon
  • Oct. 26 vs. Nebraska
  • Nov. 2 at Penn State
  • Nov. 30 vs. Michigan

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 58th
  • Conference Rank: 17th in Big Ten

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 5th
  • Conference Rank: 1st in Big Ten

Head Coach: Ryan Day

  • OC: Brian Hartline
  • DC: Jim Knowles

6

 

Texas Longhorns

  • 2023 Record: 12-2
  • Last Season: Lost to Washington in College Football Playoff semifinal

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 7 at Michigan
  • Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma (in Dallas)
  • Oct. 19 vs. Georgia
  • Nov. 30 at Texas A&M

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 26th
  • Conference Rank: 6th in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 3rd
  • Conference Rank: 3rd in SEC

Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian

  • OC: Kyle Flood
  • DC: Pete Kwiatkowski

7

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • 2023 Record: 10-3
  • Last Season: Defeated Oregon State in Sun Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 at Texas A&M
  • Sept. 28 vs. Louisville
  • Nov. 9 vs. Florida State
  • Nov. 30 at USC

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 15th

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 11th

Head Coach: Marcus Freeman

  • OC: Mike Denbrock
  • DC: Al Golden

8

 

Arizona Wildcats

  • 2023 Record: 10-3
  • Last Season: Defeated Oklahoma in Alamo Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 14 at Kansas State
  • TBA vs. West Virginia
  • TBA vs. Colorado

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 47th
  • Conference Rank: 11th in Big 12

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 49th
  • Conference Rank: 6th in Big 12

Head Coach: Jedd Fisch

  • OC: Brennan Carroll
  • DC: TBA

9

 

Ole Miss Rebels

  • 2023 Record: 11-2
  • Last Season: Defeated Penn State in Peach Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Oct. 5 at South Carolina
  • Oct. 12 at LSU
  • Oct. 26 vs. Oklahoma
  • Nov. 9 vs. Georgia
  • Nov. 30 vs. Mississippi State

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 3rd
  • Conference Rank: 1st in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 20th
  • Conference Rank: 10th in SEC

Head Coach: Lane Kiffin

  • OC: Charlie Weis Jr.
  • DC: Pete Golding

10

 

Missouri Tigers

  • 2023 Record: 11-2
  • Last Season: Defeated Ohio State in Cotton Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Oct. 5 at Texas A&M
  • Oct. 19 vs. Auburn
  • Oct. 26 at Alabama
  • Nov. 9 vs. Oklahoma

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 10th
  • Conference Rank: 3rd in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 24th
  • Conference Rank: 12th in SEC

Head Coach: Eli Drinkwitz

  • OC: Kirby Moore
  • DC: TBA


11

 

Penn State Nittany Lions

  • 2023 Record: 10-3
  • Last Season: Lost to Ole Miss in Peach Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 at West Virginia
  • Oct. 5 vs. UCLA
  • Oct. 12 at USC
  • Oct. 26 at Wisconsin
  • Nov. 2 vs. Ohio State
  • Nov. 9 at Washington

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 37th
  • Conference Rank: 11th in Big Ten

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 14th
  • Conference Rank: 3rd in Big Ten

Head Coach: James Franklin

  • OC: Andy Kotelnicki
  • DC: Tom Allen

12

 

Kansas State Wildcats

  • 2023 Record: 9-4
  • Last Season: Defeated NC State in Pop-Tarts Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 14 vs. Arizona
  • TBA vs. Oklahoma State
  • TBA vs. Kansas
  • TBA at Colorado
  • TBA at West Virginia

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 45th
  • Conference Rank: 10th in Big 12

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 59th
  • Conference Rank: 13th in Big 12

Head Coach: Chris Klieman

  • OC: Conor Riley
  • DC: Joe Klanderman

13

 

Oklahoma Sooners

  • 2023 Record: 10-3
  • Last Season: Lost to Arizona in Alamo Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee
  • Sept. 28 at Auburn
  • Oct. 12 vs. Texas (in Dallas)
  • Oct. 26 at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 9 at Missouri
  • Nov. 23 vs. Alabama
  • Nov. 30 at LSU

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 35th
  • Conference Rank: 8th in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 9th
  • Conference Rank: 6th in SEC

Head Coach: Brent Venables

  • OC: Seth Littrell
  • DC: Zac Alley

14

 

LSU Tigers

  • 2023 Record: 10-3
  • Last Season: Defeated Wisconsin in ReliaQuest Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 1 vs. USC (in Las Vegas)
  • Sept. 21 vs. UCLA
  • Oct. 12 vs. Ole Miss
  • Oct. 26 at Texas A&M
  • Nov. 9 vs. Alabama
  • Nov. 16 at Florida
  • Nov. 30 vs. Oklahoma

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 44th
  • Conference Rank: 10th in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 8th
  • Conference Rank: 5th in SEC

Head Coach: Brian Kelly

  • OC: TBA
  • DC: Blake Baker

15

 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

  • 2023 Record: 10-4
  • Last Season: Defeated Texas A&M in Texas Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 vs. South Dakota State
  • Sept. 7 vs. Arkansas
  • TBA at Kansas State
  • TBA vs. Utah
  • TBA vs. West Virginia

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 51st
  • Conference Rank: 12th in Big 12

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 56th
  • Conference Rank: 11th in Big 12

Head Coach: Mike Gundy

  • OC: Casey Dunn
  • DC: Bryan Nardo

16

 

Washington Huskies

  • 2023 Record: 14-0
  • Last Season: Plays Michigan in College Football Playoff National Championship

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 14 vs. Washington State (in Seattle)
  • Oct. 5 vs. Michigan
  • Oct. 12 at Iowa
  • Nov. 2 vs. USC
  • Nov. 9 at Penn State

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 9th
  • Conference Rank: 2nd in Big Ten

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 36th
  • Conference Rank: 10th in Big Ten

Head Coach: Kalen DeBoer

  • OC: Ryan Grubb
  • DC: William Inge

17

 

Tennessee Volunteers

  • 2023 Record: 9-4
  • Last Season: Defeated Iowa in Citrus Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 7 vs. NC State (in Charlotte)
  • Sept. 21 at Oklahoma
  • Oct. 19 vs. Alabama
  • Nov. 16 at Georgia

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 49th
  • Conference Rank: 11th in SEC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 13th
  • Conference Rank: 7th in SEC

Head Coach: Josh Heupel

  • OC: Joey Halzle
  • DC: Tim Banks

18

 

Clemson Tigers

  • 2023 Record: 9-4
  • Last Season: Defeated Kentucky in Gator Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 vs. Georgia (in Atlanta)
  • TBA vs. Louisville
  • TBA at Florida State
  • TBA at Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 30 vs. South Carolina

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 62nd
  • Conference Rank: 15th in ACC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 13th
  • Conference Rank: 3rd in ACC

Head Coach: Dabo Swinney

  • OC: Garrett Riley
  • DC: Wes Goodwin

19

 

Utah Utes

  • 2023 Record: 8-5
  • Last Season: Lost to Northwestern in Las Vegas Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • TBA vs. Arizona
  • TBA vs. BYU
  • TBA at Colorado
  • TBA at Oklahoma State

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 52nd
  • Conference Rank: 13th in Big 12

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 63rd
  • Conference Rank: 14th in Big 12

Head Coach: Kyle Whittingham

  • OC: Andy Ludwig
  • DC: Morgan Scalley

20

 

Florida State Seminoles

  • 2023 Record: 13-1
  • Last Season: Lost to Georgia in Orange Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • TBA vs. Clemson
  • Nov. 9 at Notre Dame
  • Nov. 30 vs. Florida

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 33rd
  • Conference Rank: 9th in ACC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 10th
  • Conference Rank: 2nd in ACC

Head Coach: Mike Norvell

  • OC: Alex Atkins
  • DC: Adam Fuller

21

 

USC Trojans

  • 2023 Record: 8-5
  • Last Season: Defeated Louisville in Holiday Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 1 vs. LSU (in Las Vegas)
  • Sept. 21 at Michigan
  • Sept. 28 vs. Wisconsin
  • Oct. 12 vs. Penn State
  • Nov. 2 at Washington
  • Nov. 23 at UCLA
  • Nov. 30 vs. Notre Dame

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 31st
  • Conference Rank: 9th in Big Ten

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 17th
  • Conference Rank: 5th in Big Ten

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley

  • OC: Josh Henson
  • DC: D'Anton Lynn

22

 

Miami Hurricanes

  • 2023 Record: 7-6
  • Last Season: Lost to Rutgers in Pinstripe Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 at Florida
  • TBA at Louisville
  • TBA vs. Florida State
  • TBA vs. Virginia Tech

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 54th
  • Conference Rank: 13th in ACC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 4th
  • Conference Rank: 1st in ACC

Head Coach: Mario Cristobal

  • OC: Shannon Dawson
  • DC: Lance Guidry

23

 

Kansas Jayhawks

  • 2023 Record: 9-4
  • Last Season: Defeated UNLV in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • TBA at Kansas State
  • TBA at West Virginia
  • TBA vs. Colorado

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 40th
  • Conference Rank: 8th in Big 12

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 44th
  • Conference Rank: 4th in Big 12

Head Coach: Lance Leipold

  • OC: Jeff Grimes
  • DC: Brian Borland

24

 

NC State Wolfpack

  • 2023 Record: 9-4
  • Last Season: Lost to Kansas State in Pop-Tarts Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Sept. 7 vs. Tennessee (in Charlotte)
  • TBA at Clemson
  • TBA at North Carolina

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 5th
  • Conference Rank: 3rd in ACC

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 28th
  • Conference Rank: 5th in ACC

Head Coach: Dave Doeren

  • OC: Robert Anae
  • DC: Tony Gibson

25

 

West Virginia Mountaineers

  • 2023 Record: 9-4
  • Last Season: Defeated North Carolina in Duke’s Mayo Bowl

2024 Schedule Highlights

  • Aug. 31 vs. Penn State
  • Sept. 14 at Pitt
  • TBA at Arizona
  • TBA at Oklahoma State
  • TBA vs. Kansas
  • TBA vs. Kansas State

2024 Transfer Rankings

  • National Rank: 38th
  • Conference Rank: 5th in Big 12

2024 Recruiting Rankings

  • National Rank: 44th
  • Conference Rank: 5th in Big 12

Head Coach: Neal Brown

  • OC: Chad Scott
  • DC: Jordan Lesley

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