ESPN revises 2024 Way-Too-Early college football Top 25 rankings

By Kevin Kelley -

ESPN has revised its 2024 Way-Too-Early college football Top 25 rankings, the network revealed on Tuesday.

The rankings were initially released on January 8, 2024. But since that release, major coaching moves took place across college football.

Chief among those moves was the retirement of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who won six national championships with the Crimson Tide. Washington’s Kalen DeBoer took over in Tuscaloosa.

Close behind that move was Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who led the Wolverines to the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship, departing Ann Arbor to take over the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers. The Wolverines replaced Harbaugh by elevating defensive coordinator Sherron Moore to the head coach spot.

Another surprising announcement involved UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, who resigned as the head man of the Bruins to become the new offensive coordinator at Ohio State under head coach Ryan Day.

Following those moves and several others, as well as player transfers, ESPN made some changes to its Way-Too-Early Top 25. Below are the revised rankings along with the prior ranking of each team.

ESPN 2024 Way-Too-Early College Football Top 25 Rankings

Team Ranking Previous
Georgia 1 1
Ohio State 2 5
Oregon 3 3
Texas 4 2
Notre Dame 5 10
Ole Miss 6 7
Missouri 7 8
Penn State 8 12
Alabama 9 4
Utah 10 13
Arizona 11 9
LSU 12 14
Michigan 6 13
Oklahoma 14 15
Florida State 15 16
Tennessee 16 17
Oklahoma State 17 18
NC State 18 20
Clemson 19 19
Kansas State 20 21
Louisville 21 22
Kansas 22 23
Kentucky 23 NR
Miami FL 24 NR
Texas A&M 25 NR

Dropped out: Washington (No. 11), SMU (No. 24), Iowa (No. 25)

ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 college football rankings are used on our 2024 college football schedule as well as our College Football Team Schedules. The rankings will be updated with the preseason AP Poll after its release this summer.

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Georgia Bulldogs will be back in 2024 & have 114% confidence in Sherrone Moore & Michigan Wolverines will continue be top team in Big Ten.


So, you have a first-time head coach, which in and of itself is a massive change in Morre’s role and is in a high-profile, OJT program. That is NORMALLY a difficult thing. Compounding the challenge is having Hairball absolutely raping Moore by gutting the staff. Moore has be thrown the extremely challenging job of rebuilding an entire staff, including the strength and condition. Having to rebuild an entire staff is EXCEPTIONALLY difficult for a VETERAN HC and you have a rookie head coach doing it. NOT GOOD.

If those massive challenges aren’t enough, the worst challenge is rebuilding the ENTIRE OL with a first-year starting QB.

TCUN has at LEAST 4 losses and THAT would be if the hires are all great hires AND they can put together a good OL. If there are any hiccups, having a losing season is a very real possibility.

Only casual fans would suggest the massive roster turnover is no big deal.

Rob. S.,
An analytics & critical thinking fan.

Where do you think my team goes in year 2 in the b12?
We had 5-7 record in 2023, with a new QB.
We will have either another 1 year only starter, a sophomore with his last 4 starts/games of last season as his experience & sophomore/freshmen 3-4 stars with only High school experience.

Brigham Young Uni. Cougars under 9th year HC Kalani Sitake.