SavvyGameLine rankings for all 130 FBS teams


Alabama roared through the 2020 football season by scoring 49 points per game, giving up just 19, demolishing all 13 opponents, and winning the national championship.  Along the way, they defeated three teams that finished in the top five and only one of those came within 28 points.

Now, the Crimson Tide enters the 2021 campaign with an even stronger roster.  Is it any wonder that SavvyGameLine has Alabama listed as the preseason top team in college football?  The full list of rankings for all 130 FBS teams is shown below.

Yes, Alabama is replacing its starting quarterback, but so are three of the next four teams. And, Bryce Young is not new to the Tide offense since he played in nine games last year.

Clemson is ranked second on the Savvy Index and the Tigers also have a stronger roster than a year ago.  They’re also replacing their starting quarterback as D. J. Uiagalelei takes over for legendary Trevor Lawrence.  Uiagalelei performed extraordinarily well in 10 games last year.

The primary difference between these top two teams comes down to defense.  While Alabama was holding all three of its top five opponents to 24 points or less, Clemson allowed 47 points against one top five and 49 against another.

Third-ranked Notre Dame’s roster doesn’t rate with either Alabama or Clemson, particularly on offense, but Wisconsin transfer quarterback Jack Coan is a proven winner who threw 339 passes with just five interceptions last year.  The Fighting Irish have a championship-level defense but not a championship level offensive line.

Oklahoma begins the season fourth.  The Sooners have legitimate championship talent and a Heisman level quarterback but their problem is inconsistency.  Championship teams don’t lose on successive weekends to unranked opponents nor two years in a row to Kansas State.  If coach Lincoln Riley can get this group together, then Oklahoma is the team to watch when it comes to challenging Alabama.

Ohio State comes in at number five. The Buckeyes are loaded but a 52-24 loss to Alabama last year tells us they still have some ground to make up before they win it all.  They also have to break in C. J. Stroud as the new quarterback after Justin Fields elected to go to the NFL. Despite three blow out wins, coach Lincoln Riley didn’t give Stroud a single snap in 2020 even though Stroud could have played in four games and still retained his redshirt.

In the PAC-12, Oregon begins the season ranked atop the Conference and 11th over all.  The Ducks will be solid at quarterback as they turn to Anthony Brown who comes to the Ducks with plenty of big game experience after transferring from Boston College.  There’s a terrific amount of star talent at Oregon but the offensive line doesn’t rank with the big boys.  Neither did last year’s defensive performance, an issue that became more problematic with the recent arrests of two defensive stand outs.

Washington will be the closest challenger to Oregon in the North but there’s a lot of slippin’ n’ slidin’ going on in Seattle these days.  Recruiting has dropped considerably since the hiring of coach Jimmy Lake.  The defense which hadn’t given up more than 19 points per game in five years suddenly yielded 25 and dropped to 39th in the nation.  The defensive coordinator left the program as did three players who not only transferred but did so to other PAC-12 schools.  The Huskies are not headed in the right direction and their ranking in the top 25 is likely to be short-lived.

Utah is a slight favorite on the Savvy Index to upend USC as the PAC-12 South champion despite the Utes having lost to both division champions last season.  The difference between Utah and USC now is that Utah has a proven running game while the Trojans could barely get three yards per carry behind an offensive line that was awful.  USC posted an unusual number of negative game trends after needing desperation comebacks in three of its five wins.

Here are the rankings for all FBS teams:


  Savvy Game Line 2021
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Preseason rankings  rank total
1 Alabama 129
2 Clemson 127
3 Notre Dame 125
4 Oklahoma 124
5 Ohio St. 122
6 Georgia 121
7 Iowa 120
8 Florida 119
9 Cincinnati 113
10 Miami Fl 111
11 Oregon 110
12 Wisconsin 110
13 Indiana 108
14 Iowa St. 108
15 Utah 107
16 USC 107
17 N Carolina 107
18 Texas 107
19 Penn St. 107
20 Coastal Car 106
21 Texas A&M 106
22 BYU 105
23 LSU 103
24 Oklahoma St. 102
25 Washington 100
26 Louisiana 100
27 Liberty 100
28 UCF 100
29 App State 99
30 Northwestern 99
31 N Carolina St. 99
32 Ball St. 98
33 Arizona St. 98
34 Auburn 97
35 San Jose St. 95
36 Memphis 95
37 Stanford 95
38 Michigan 94
39 Boise St. 93
40 TCU 91
41 W Virginia 91
42 Wake Forest 89
43 Pittsburgh 88
44 Washington St. 87
45 Buffalo 86
46 Mississippi 84
47 Marshall 84
48 SMU 82
49 Kentucky 82
50 UAB 82
51 Missouri 82
52 Tulsa 82
53 Virginia Tech 82
54 Army 79
55 Nevada 78
56 Kent St. 77
57 Boston Col 76
58 Florida Atl. 75
59 San Diego St. 75
60 Tulane 74
61 Minnesota 74
62 Virginia 74
63 UCLA 74
64 Florida St. 73
65 UTSA 72
66 Michigan St. 71
67 Colorado 71
68 Maryland 70
69 C Michigan 69
70 Ohio 69
71 LA Tech 68
72 Mississippi St. 68
73 Air Force 67
74 Arkansas St. 66
75 S Carolina 66
76 Georgia So. 65
77 Hawai’i 65
78 Kansas St. 65
79 Troy 64
80 Toledo 64
81 Utah St. 62
82 Florida Intl. 62
83 Tennessee 62
84 Oregon St. 62
85 W Michigan 60
86 Arkansas 60
87 California 60
88 Rutgers 60
89 Baylor 59
90 Illinois 58
91 Louisville 58
92 N Texas 57
93 E Carolina 57
94 Duke 56
95 New Mexico 54
96 Houston 54
97 Nebraska 52
98 Vanderbilt 52
99 Rice 51
100 Arizona 51
101 Georgia St. 50
102 Fresno St. 50
103 Texas Tech 50
104 Navy 49
105 Purdue 48
106 Kansas 47
107 S Miss 46
108 Wyoming 45
109 W Kentucky 45
110 Miami Oh 44
111 LA Monroe 44
112 Syracuse 43
113 UTEP 42
114 S Alabama 40
115 Temple 39
116 Charlotte 38
117 Georgia Tech 35
118 Colorado St. 35
119 E Michigan 32
120 Middle Tenn 31
121 N Illinois 29
122 USF 27
123 Old Dominion 23
124 Connecticut 21
125 Texas St. 21
126 New Mexico St. 21
127 UNLV 20
128 Bowling Green 18
129 Akron 15
130 Massachusetts 14

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