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Phil Steele's preseason college football rankings and previews

Kelly Bryant and the Clemson Tigers are ready for a run at this season's College Football Playoff title. John Byrum/Icon Sportswire

Get ready for the upcoming 2018 college football season with Phil Steele's preseason ranking content. Here is our landing page with everything you'll need to be as prepared as Phil is for this season.


Gambling content

Notre Dame (30-1) among best CFB title value bets
With college football season approaching, Phil Steele identifies six teams with good betting value to win the 2019 College Football Playoff.

Best 2018 college football win total bets
Phil Steele dives into his top eight win total bets for the 2018 college football season, including the over on UNC's 5.5 number.

Best early value bets for the 2018 college football games of the year
Phil Steele reviewed the games of the year and picked seven with some early betting value.

Finding betting value in college football conference title futures
Which schools are the best underdog bets to win their conference title in college football this season?

Early Week 1 college football value bets
There's value to be had in Week 1 college football matchups.

Looking at the college football games with the biggest line movement
Here's a look at the biggest line moves on marquee college football games since they opened in May at South Point sportsbook.

Magazine content

Teams that could make a surprise CFP run
Everyone knows Alabama and Clemson will be in the playoff mix. But what other teams could make a surprise run toward a title? It starts with Notre Dame.

Which teams have the best QB situations for 2018?
Which programs are in the best shape at QB heading into the season? It's hard to top Penn State, where Trace McSorley returns looking for another record-setting season.

Which teams have the best RB situations for 2018?
Which programs will have the best running backs this coming season? Start with Stanford, where Bryce Love returns for his senior season. Find out our top 15 schools.

Which teams have the best WR situations for 2018?
The best group of wide receivers in 2018 can be found at Ole Miss, where A.J. Brown isn't the Rebels' only option. Find out which programs fill out our elite group.

Which teams have best offensive lines for 2018?
Any good running game needs a stellar offensive line. Which teams have the best? Start in Wisconsin, where the Badgers' OL opened the way for Jonathan Taylor's big season.

Which teams have the best defensive lines for 2018?
Which programs will have the best D-lines this season? Clemson's depth and talent might be in a class by itself, but there are plenty of other elite groups.

Which programs have the best linebackers for 2018?
It's no surprise that Alabama boasts the top linebacker group, but what other schools fill out the top 15 units?

Which programs have the best defensive backs for 2018?
Good luck throwing on the Michigan Wolverines this season -- they are No. 1 on the top 15 defensive back rankings.

Which programs have the best special teams for 2018?
A pair of Pac-12 schools have the top special-teams units in the country, but what other schools fill out the top 15?

Projecting the SEC standings
How will the SEC play out this season? Phil Steele projects the full standings, including if Alabama will go undefeated.

Projecting the Big 12 standings
How does the Big 12 look this season? Phil Steele projects the full standings, including which teams will challenge Oklahoma for the top spot.

Predicting the Big Ten standings
How will the Big Ten shape up? Phil Steele predicts whether Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin or anyone else can challenge Ohio State.

Forecasting the Pac-12 standings
Who will head the Pac-12 in 2018? With tough road schedules for the conference's leading teams, the race for top spot could be wide open.