After the confetti dropped in AT&T Stadium following Ohio State’s win over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the speculation began anew. We had a rush of “way too early” top 25 polls, like this one from Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel, with every pundit rushing to stake their claim on how the 2015 season will unfold.
Now that the NFL draft declaration deadline has passed, we can get a more complete look at the national landscape, and we’ve done our own top 25. Quality of returnees, coaching changes and draft losses were all considered. Stats were taken from individual schools’ websites. Here we go!