Summer is here, so we’re getting close to the 2019 college football season — and the first official college football rankings. As the games near, it’s time to rank our preseason Top 25.

Alabama and Clemson remain the clear favorites to make the College Football Playoff this season — but there are a handful of teams ready to challenge the dominant duo and make a run for the title themselves.

College football rankings: Preseason Top 25 for the 2019 season

25. Boise State

Things could come crashing down early if the Broncos lose to Florida State in Jacksonville to start the season. Four-year starting QB Brett Rypien is gone, though the new guy will have all five starters back on the offensive line. A veteran defense will carry the Broncos to what might be another Mountain West title game. The Broncos, UCF and Army are the three Group of 5 teams to watch for the New Year’s Six appearance.

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24. Northwestern

Don’t doubt Pat Fitzgerald. If the Wildcats can avoid the slow starts to the season, Northwestern might be ready for another big season. It’ll have to score more, however. QB Clayton Thorson is gone, but Clemson transfer Hunter Johnson could mean the offense is stronger. LB Paddy Fisher is back to lead a defense that will be asked to do a lot again.