Injuries are a big part of any college football season. Just ask the coaching staffs at Maryland, Missouri or USC.The Terrapins lost four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries last year, while the Tigers played 2012 without the services of standout running back Henry Josey. USC lost defensive end Devon Kennard in the preseason, which played a role in the Trojans’ defense finishing seventh in the Pac-12 in yards allowed.
Following the graduation of Baker Mayfield, as well as the early departure of 2016 winner Lamar Jackson and last year's preseason favorites Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold, the 2018 Heisman Trophy field is wide open. However, as always, there are several exciting candidates.
After winning the SEC East the last two years, the Florida Gators had a nightmare of a 2017 season as the team finished with a 4-7 record. After their second losing season in five years, the Gators fired head coach Jim McElwain.
The start of college football's 2018 season is still several months away, but it's never too early to look ahead and predict how the top 25 could look by next year. While there will be many personnel changes and coaching moves prior to spring practice that will have a major impact on this list, the top of the rankings has a few familiar faces in the mix.
The NFL's early entry deadline for the 2018 draft officially passed on Monday evening and over 100 players declared for the next level. The deadline produced a few surprises, as Clemson's defensive line remained intact with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant each deciding to return to campus in 2018.
An outstanding postseason with the first overtime games in both College Football Playoff National Championship and Rose Bowl history put a fitting cap on what was an unforgettable 2017 college football campaign.