Since the initial College Football Playoff in 2015 there has been four champions: Clemson (twice), Alabama (twice), Ohio State and LSU. So the question is who is the next team to win the coveted trophy? Well according to my Team Talent Formula all the above have top 5 rosters in regards to baseline talent going into 2020, the 2018 National runner up Georgia also joins the top 5 according to my date; therefore Georgia will obviously have the talent on paper to win the National Title. So who can breakthrough? I have three teams that have the talent, schedule, and coaching staff to maybe raise the trophy within the next few seasons.
You might think this an obvious one but despite making the college football playoff 4 out of the last 5 season they are yet to win a game. They are 0-4 and have not been competitive in three of the playoff games. Oklahoma has continued to recruit the offensive ball better than anyone in college football. The Sooners just got the commitment of the #1 dual threat QB in the country Caleb Williams and currently have a former 5 star as their QB. Sooners also have a plethora of top 100 & 5 star skill players and offensive lineman on their roster. The defensive side of the ball needs a bit of a talent infusion in order for them to take the next step to a tier one roster who has a serious chance to win National Title.
The Ducks have perhaps the best situation due to the fact they play in a conference with less talent and the fact they are recruiting so well on the offensive line and front 7 of defense, areas that are severely lacking in the PAC 12. They currently have the #5 class for the 2021 recruiting cycle with a dozen blue chip commits. If they can finish this class with 15+ blue chip guys they will have a roster in 2021 that will be unparalleled in the PAC 12 and should put them in position to be a contender in the college football playoff for the foreseeable future.
The last team was difficult but I think Florida due to Dan Mullen being their head coach is in the best position. They enter this season with a top 10 roster in my formula. The one issue is the fact they play in the SEC and have to deal with even more talented rosters on other teams. If they can land another top 10 class they will solidify themselves as a contender and with elite QB play they can be a threat to win the national title in the near future. Their schedule is daunting and because of that this is the least confident pick of the three teams I have listed.
Tyler Turner is a contributor to The Sports Cast. Tyler covers all things college football: coaching searches, recruiting, etc. I also cover College basketball, Boxing, Tennis, Golf, and NFL.