College football rankings: Post-spring Top 25 – Clemson, Alabama vie for top spot

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SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during the second half of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s game versus the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 7, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

An early look at the college football rankings as Clemson and Alabama vie for the top spot in our Top 25 after spring football has wrapped up.

The 2019 college football season is roughly three months in the future, but there has been plenty of goings-on since the Clemson Tigers dismantled the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the National Championship. From NFL Draft declarations to National Signing Day to the new institution of the transfer portal and the conclusion of spring football, plenty of changes have occurred.

All of these decisions and happenings, despite being vastly different, have an effect on a college football program heading into the following season. Underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft leaves a hole (or holes) that must be filled one way or another. A player transferring also leaves a hole, but it could also fill a hole on the team that he transfers to, depending on if they’re granted eligibility.

Admittedly, National Signing Day and recruiting classes may not have as big of an impact as the other two instances mentioned. Most programs do choose to let the majority of their incoming freshmen develop in some way before throwing them into the fire. Having said that, having a strong recruiting class that could fill holes immediately or at least helps to address depth concerns can help a team’s outlook still, without question.

Following the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, FanSided’s Connor Muldowney offered up his Way-too-early Top 25 college football rankings for 2019. However, it’s time to look at those rankings and assess the playing field and the landscape of the sport once more now that spring camps are over.

All 2019 recruiting class rankings are via 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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