Rolling out a Way-Too-Early top five ranking for the 2016 college football season.
Nick Saban may have a 24-hour rule for his team, but forgive Crimson Tide fans if they’d like more than a day to celebrate their 45–40 victory over Clemson to claim their fourth national title in seven seasons. Still, that incredible run of success is a tribute to the always-forward-thinking approach of Saban, who undoubtedly began thinking about a title repeat as soon as he washed the Gatorade off himself Monday night.
As for the rest of the college football world, every other team, of course, did not win a national title, so we might as well turn the page and take an early look at who could be poised to claim next year’s national championship.
SI.com will unveil the full Way-Too-Early Top 25 next week, once players have completed making their decisions on whether to enter the NFL draft or stay in school for another year. But in the meantime, here’s the top five for 2016, with the caveat that these rankings could change based on draft decisions.