College Football Rankings: CFN Preseason Ranking Of All 130 Teams

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The College Football News Preview 2021 preseason college football rankings with top players, games, and predicted finishes for all 130 teams.

The CFN preseason rankings are about how good the teams appear to be going into fall camp. It’s about the right now and NOT about the projected finish, but …

Each team’s preseason prediction is added. Remember, that’s about the schedule and timing as much as team talent and depth – records and rankings don’t always correspond thanks to the other factors.

Also listed is every team’s top player, past rankings, and key September game. The opponent might not be the toughest to deal with in the first month, but it’s the one must-win early game.

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CFN Preview 2021 Rankings
All 130 Team Previews
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

2021 CFN Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Sun Belt

CFN Preview 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings

130. UMass Minutemen

Player You Need to Know: CB Josh Wallace, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Eastern Michigan
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 126
2020 CFN Final Rank: 127
2019 CFN Final Rank: 130
UMass Preview | Schedule

129. UConn Huskies

Player You Need to Know: LB Omar Fortt, Sr
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Army
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 0-0
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 130
2020 CFN Final Rank: Not Ranked
2019 CFN Final Rank: 126
UConn Preview | Schedule

128. Old Dominion Monarchs

Player You Need to Know: LB Jordan Young, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Buffalo
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-0
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 121
2020 CFN Final Rank: Not Ranked
2019 CFN Final Rank: 125
ODU Preview | Schedule

127. Bowling Green Falcons

Player You Need to Know: RB Terion Stewart, RFr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 South Alabama
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 125
2020 CFN Final Rank: 126
2019 CFN Final Rank: 124
BGSU Preview | Schedule

126. New Mexico State Aggies

Player You Need to Know: OT Sage Doxtater, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at New Mexico
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-0
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 128
2020 CFN Final Rank: Not Ranked
2019 CFN Final Rank: 127
New Mexico Preview | Schedule

125. Akron Zips

Player You Need to Know: RB Teon Dollard, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Temple
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 1-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 129
2020 CFN Final Rank: 123
2019 CFN Final Rank: 129
Akron Preview | Schedule

124. ULM Warhawks

Player You Need to Know: LB Traveion Webster, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Troy
2021 Preseason Prediction: 1-11
2020 Record: 0-10
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 124
2020 CFN Final Rank: 124
2019 CFN Final Rank: 100
ULM Preview | Schedule

123. UTEP Miners

Player You Need to Know: DE Praise Amaewhule, Soph
September Key Game: Sept. 25 New Mexico
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 3-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 127
2020 CFN Final Rank: 121
2019 CFN Final Rank: 128
UTEP Preview | Schedule

122. South Alabama Jaguars

Player You Need to Know: QB Jake Bentley, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Southern Miss
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 4-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 123
2020 CFN Final Rank: 108
2019 CFN Final Rank: 119
South Alabama Preview | Schedule

121. Northern Illinois Huskies

Player You Need to Know: CB Jordan Gandy, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Wyoming
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 0-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 117
2020 CFN Final Rank: 122
2019 CFN Final Rank: 92
NIU Preview | Schedule

120. Rice Owls

Player You Need to Know: WR Bradley Rozner, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Houston
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 2-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 116
2020 CFN Final Rank: 106
2019 CFN Final Rank: 115
Rice Preview | Schedule

119. Charlotte 49ers

Player You Need to Know: WR Victor Tucker, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Middle Tennessee
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 2-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 115
2020 CFN Final Rank: 116
2019 CFN Final Rank: 93
Charlotte Preview | Schedule

118. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Player You Need to Know: S Reed Blankenship, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at UTSA
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 3-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 102
2020 CFN Final Rank: 119
2019 CFN Final Rank: 107
MTSU Preview | Schedule

117. Eastern Michigan Eagles

Player You Need to Know: LB Terry Myrick, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Texas State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 2-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 113
2020 CFN Final Rank: 107
2019 CFN Final Rank: 80
EMU Preview | Schedule

116. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Player You Need to Know: LB Hayes Maples, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Troy
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 3-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 98
2020 CFN Final Rank: 117
2019 CFN Final Rank: 68
USM Preview | Schedule

115. FIU Golden Panthers

Player You Need to Know: CB Rishard Dames, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Texas State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 0-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 110
2020 CFN Final Rank: 125
2019 CFN Final Rank: 85
FIU Preview | Schedule

114. Texas State Bobcats

Player You Need to Know: CB Jarron Morris, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at FIU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 2-10
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 121
2020 CFN Final Rank: 111
2019 CFN Final Rank: 114
Texas State Preview | Schedule

113. Utah State Aggies

Player You Need to Know: S Shaq Bond, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Air Force
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 1-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 80
2020 CFN Final Rank: 114
2019 CFN Final Rank: 46
Utah State Preview | Schedule

112. Troy Trojans

Player You Need to Know: LB Carlton Martial, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Liberty
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 5-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 105
2020 CFN Final Rank: 84
2019 CFN Final Rank: 90
Troy Preview | Schedule

111. Ohio Bobcats

Player You Need to Know: RB De’Montre Tuggle, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Louisiana
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 2-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 96
2020 CFN Final Rank: 109
2019 CFN Final Rank: 51
Ohio Preview | Schedule

110. UNLV Rebels

Player You Need to Know: RB Charles Williams, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Fresno State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 0-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 109
2020 CFN Final Rank: 120
2019 CFN Final Rank: 106
UNLV Preview | Schedule

109. Miami University RedHawks

Player You Need to Know: DE Kameron Butler, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Cincinnati
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 2-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 111
2020 CFN Final Rank: 93
2019 CFN Final Rank: 47
MU Preview | Schedule

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108. Central Michigan Chippewas

Player You Need to Know: DE Troy Hairston, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 FIU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 3-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 107
2020 CFN Final Rank: 105
2019 CFN Final Rank: 71
CMU Preview | Schedule

107. Kent State Golden Flashes

Player You Need to Know: B Dustin Crum, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Maryland
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 3-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 106
2020 CFN Final Rank: 89
2019 CFN Final Rank: 66
Kent State Preview | Schedule

106. New Mexico Lobos

Player You Need to Know: QB Terry Wilson, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at UTEP
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 2-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 118
2020 CFN Final Rank: 95
2019 CFN Final Rank: 120
UNM Preview | Schedule

105. USF Bulls

Player You Need to Know: LB Antonio Grier, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 24 at BYU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 1-8
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 101
2020 CFN Final Rank: 113
2019 CFN Final Rank: 104
USF Preview | Schedule

104. East Carolina Pirates

Player You Need to Know: CB JaQuan McMillian, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 2 Appalachian State (in Charlotte)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 3-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 91
2020 CFN Final Rank: 99
2019 CFN Final Rank: 108
East Carolina Preview | Schedule

103. Air Force Falcons

Player You Need to Know: LB Demonte Meeks, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at Navy
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 3-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 74
2020 CFN Final Rank: 80
2019 CFN Final Rank: 24
Air Force Preview | Schedule

102. North Texas Mean Green

Player You Need to Know: DT Dion Novel, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 UAB
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 4-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 108
2020 CFN Final Rank: 118
2019 CFN Final Rank: 111
North Texas Preview | Schedule

101. Florida Atlantic Owls

Player You Need to Know: DE Jaylen Joyner, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Georgia Southern
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 5-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 87
2020 CFN Final Rank: 101
2019 CFN Final Rank: 13
FAU Preview | Schedule

CFN Preview 2021 Rankings
All 130 Team Previews
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

NEXT: CFN Preview 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 100

CFN Preview 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 100

100. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Player You Need to Know: S BeeJay Williamson, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 SMU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 5-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 89
2020 CFN Final Rank: 103
2019 CFN Final Rank: 43
La Tech Preview | Schedule

99. Buffalo Bulls

Player You Need to Know: RB Kevin Marks, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Coastal Carolina
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 6-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 83
2020 CFN Final Rank: 63
2019 CFN Final Rank: 39
Buffalo Preview | Schedule

98. Georgia State Panthers

Player You Need to Know: CB Quavian White, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Army
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 6-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 114
2020 CFN Final Rank: 77
2019 CFN Final Rank: 75
Georgia State Preview | Schedule

97. Arkansas State Red Wolves

Player You Need to Know: LB/DE Kivon Bennett, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Memphis
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 4-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 93
2020 CFN Final Rank: 112
2019 CFN Final Rank: 67
Arkansas State Preview | Schedule

96. Navy Midshipmen

Player You Need to Know: LB Diego Fagot, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Air Force
2021 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2020 Record: 3-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 75
2020 CFN Final Rank: 88
2019 CFN Final Rank: 17
Navy Preview | Schedule

95. UTSA Roadrunners

Player You Need to Know: RB Sincere McCormick, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Middle Tennessee
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 7-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 119
2020 CFN Final Rank: 102
2019 CFN Final Rank: 118
UTSA Preview | Schedule

94. WKU Hilltoppers

Player You Need to Know: QB Bailey Zappe, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Indiana
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 5-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 97
2020 CFN Final Rank: 115
2019 CFN Final Rank: 40
WKU Preview | Schedule

93. Colorado State Rams

Player You Need to Know: DE Scott Patchan, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Toledo
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 1-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 86
2020 CFN Final Rank: 100
2019 CFN Final Rank: 109
CSU Preview | Schedule

92. Marshall Thundering Herd

Player You Need to Know: QB Grant Wells, RFr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 East Carolin
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 7-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 90
2020 CFN Final Rank: 67
2019 CFN Final Rank: 35
Marshall Preview | Schedule

91. Western Michigan Broncos

Player You Need to Know: DE Ali Fayad, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 San Jose State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 4-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 103
2020 CFN Final Rank: 97
2019 CFN Final Rank: 42
WMU Preview | Schedule

90. Ball State Cardinals

Player You Need to Know: LB Brandon Martin, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Toledo
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 7-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 92
2020 CFN Final Rank: 46
2019 CFN Final Rank: 83
BSU Preview | Schedule

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89. Toledo Rockets

Player You Need to Know: LB Dyontae Johnson, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Ball State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 4-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 104
2020 CFN Final Rank: 98
2019 CFN Final Rank: 73
Toledo Preview | Schedule

88. Wyoming Cowboys

Player You Need to Know: LB Chad Muma, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Ball State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 2-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 76
2020 CFN Final Rank: 85
2019 CFN Final Rank: 48\
Wyoming Preview | Schedule

87. Georgia Southern Eagles

Player You Need to Know: CB Derrick Canteen, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Louisiana
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 8-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 84
2020 CFN Final Rank: 78
2019 CFN Final Rank: 55
Georgia Southern Preview | Schedule

86. Fresno State Bulldogs

Player You Need to Know: QB Jake Haener, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at UCLA
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 3-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 77
2020 CFN Final Rank: 96
2019 CFN Final Rank: 91
FSU Preview | Schedule

85. Army Black Knights

Player You Need to Know: LB Arik Smith, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Georgia State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 9-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 99
2020 CFN Final Rank: 66
2019 CFN Final Rank: 89
Army Preview | Schedule

84. Temple Owls

Player You Need to Know: WR Jadan Blue, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Rutgers
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 1-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 79
2020 CFN Final Rank: 65
2019 CFN Final Rank: 28
Temple Preview | Schedule

83. Duke Blue Devils

Player You Need to Know: LB Shaka Heyward, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Northwestern
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 2-9
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 51
2020 CFN Final Rank: 92
2019 CFN Final Rank: 88
Duke Preview | Schedule

82. UAB Blazers

Player You Need to Know: OT Sidney Wells, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at North Texas
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 6-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 82
2020 CFN Final Rank: 62
2019 CFN Final Rank: 58
UAB Preview | Schedule

81. Kansas Jayhawks

Player You Need to Know: LB/DE Kyron Johnson, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Baylor
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-9
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 72
2020 CFN Final Rank: 104
2019 CFN Final Rank: 117
Kansas Preview | Schedule

80. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Player You Need to Know: DT Jaxon Player, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at Oklahoma State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 6-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 94
2020 CFN Final Rank: 39
2019 CFN Final Rank: 86
Tulsa Preview | Schedule

79. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Player You Need to Know: DT Zi’Yon Hill, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Georgia Southern
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 10-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 81
2020 CFN Final Rank: 15
2019 CFN Final Rank: 14
Louisiana Preview | Schedule

78. Tulane Green Wave

Player You Need to Know: LB Dorian Williams, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 UAB
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 6-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 79
2020 CFN Final Rank: 65
2019 CFN Final Rank: 62
Tulane Preview | Schedule

77. Syracuse Orange

Player You Need to Know: LB Mikel Jones, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 24 Liberty
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 1-10
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 52
2020 CFN Final Rank: 94
2019 CFN Final Rank: 79
Syracuse Preview | Schedule

76. SMU Mustangs

Player You Need to Know: RB Ulysses Bentley, RFr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at TCU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 7-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 88
2020 CFN Final Rank: 64
2019 CFN Final Rank: 28
SMU Preview | Schedule

CFN Preview 2021 Rankings
All 130 Team Previews | 101-130
51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

NEXT: CFN 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 75

CFN 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 75

75. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Player You Need to Know: QB Grayson McCall, Soph
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Kansas
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 9
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 120
2020 CFN Final Rank: 12
2019 CFN Final Rank: 96
Coastal Carolina Preview | Schedule

74. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Player You Need to Know: LB Darius Muasau, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 San Jose State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-6
2020 Record: 5-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 78
2020 CFN Final Rank: 74
2019 CFN Final Rank: 32
Hawaii Preview | Schedule

73. Vanderbilt Commodores

Player You Need to Know: WR Cam Johnson, Sr
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Stanford
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-9
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 63
2020 CFN Final Rank: 91
2019 CFN Final Rank: 116
Vanderbilt Preview | Schedule

72. Arizona Wildcats

Player You Need to Know: OT Donovan Laie, Jr
September Key Game: Sept. 4 BYU (in Las Vegas)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2020 Record: 0-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 64
2020 CFN Final Rank: 90
2019 CFN Final Rank: 105
Arizona Preview | Schedule

71. Memphis Tigers

Player You Need to Know: WR Calvin Austin, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Mississippi State

2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 8-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 60
2020 CFN Final Rank: 50
2019 CFN Final Rank: 9
Memphis Preview | Schedule

70. Houston Cougars

Player You Need to Know: CB Damarion Williams, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Texas Tech (in NRG)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 3-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 69
2020 CFN Final Rank: 86
2019 CFN Final Rank: 101
Houston Preview | Schedule

69. San Diego State Aztecs

Player You Need to Know: LB Caden McDonald, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Utah
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 4-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 61
2020 CFN Final Rank: 73
2019 CFN Final Rank: 30
SDSU Preview | Schedule

68. Illinois Fighting Illini

Player You Need to Know: LB Jake Hansen, Sr.
September Key Game: Aug. 28 Nebraska
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 2-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 70
2020 CFN Final Rank: 71
2019 CFN Final Rank: 69
Illinois Preview | Schedule

67. San Jose State Spartans

Player You Need to Know: DE Cade Hall, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Hawaii
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 7-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 100
2020 CFN Final Rank: 47
2019 CFN Final Rank: 95
SJSU Preview | Schedule

66. Maryland Terrapins

Player You Need to Know: OT Jaelyn Duncan, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Illinois
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 2-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 85
2020 CFN Final Rank: 52
2019 CFN Final Rank: 113
Maryland Preview | Schedule

65. Appalachian State Mountaineers

Player You Need to Know: CB Shaun Jolly, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 23 Marshall
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 9-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 62
2020 CFN Final Rank: 68
2019 CFN Final Rank: 6
ASU Preview | Schedule

64. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Player You Need to Know: LB Quez Jackson, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 North Carolina
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 3-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 65
2020 CFN Final Rank: 82
2019 CFN Final Rank: 122
Georgia Tech Preview | Schedule

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63. BYU Cougars

Player You Need to Know: LB Keenan Pili, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Utah
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 11-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 66
2020 CFN Final Rank: 13
2019 CFN Final Rank: 34
BYU Preview | Schedule

62. Liberty Flames

Player You Need to Know: QB Malik Willis, Jr
September Key Game: Sept. 24 at Syracuse
2021 Preseason Prediction: 11-1
2020 Record: 10-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 112
2020 CFN Final Rank: 11
2019 CFN Final Rank: 65
Liberty Preview | Schedule

61. Boise State Broncos

Player You Need to Know: WR Khalil Shakir, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Utah State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 5-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 43
2020 CFN Final Rank: 49
2019 CFN Final Rank: 10
Boise State Preview | Schedule

60. Nevada Wolf Pack

Player You Need to Know: QB Carson Strong, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Kansas State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 7-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 95
2020 CFN Final Rank: 57
2019 CFN Final Rank: 74
Nevada Preview | Schedule

59. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Player You Need to Know: LB Olakunie Fatukasi, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Michigan
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 3-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 85
2020 CFN Final Rank: 60
2019 CFN Final Rank: 123
Rutgers Preview | Schedule

58. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Player You Need to Know: LB JoJo Domann, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Michigan State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 3-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 47
2020 CFN Final Rank: 55
2019 CFN Final Rank: 93
Nebraska Preview | Schedule

57. Oregon State Beavers

Player You Need to Know: LB Avery Roberts, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Purdue
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 2-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 54
2020 CFN Final Rank: 51
2019 CFN Final Rank: 77
Oregon State Preview | Schedule

56. Washington State Cougars

Player You Need to Know: LB Jahad Woods, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 USC
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 1-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 46
2020 CFN Final Rank: 76
2019 CFN Final Rank: 76
Wazzu Preview | Schedule

55. Florida State Seminoles

Player You Need to Know: LB Amari Gainer, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Louisville
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 3-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 33
2020 CFN Final Rank: 83
2019 CFN Final Rank: 78
FSU Preview | Schedule

54. Michigan State Spartans

Player You Need to Know: S Xavier Henderson, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Northwestern
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 2-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 40
2020 CFN Final Rank: 59
2019 CFN Final Rank: 57
MSU Preview | Schedule

53. Purdue Boilermakers

Player You Need to Know: DE George Karlaftis, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Illinois
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 2-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 58
2020 CFN Final Rank: 61
2019 CFN Final Rank: 103
Purdue Preview | Schedule

52. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Player You Need to Know: WR Jaquarii Roberson, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Florida State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 4-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 39
2020 CFN Final Rank: 40
2019 CFN Final Rank: 53
Wake Forest Preview | Schedule

51. Virginia Cavaliers

Player You Need to Know: S Joey Blount, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at North Carolina
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 5-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 31
2020 CFN Final Rank: 45
2019 CFN Final Rank: 31
Virginia Preview | Schedule

CFN Preview 2021 Rankings
All 130 Team Previews | 101-130
76-100 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10

NEXT: CFN Preview 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 50

CFN Preview 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 50

50. Baylor Bears

Player You Need to Know: LB Terrel Bernard, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Iowa State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 2-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 42
2020 CFN Final Rank: 87
2019 CFN Final Rank: 12
Baylor Preview | Schedule

49. Louisville Cardinals

Player You Need to Know: CB Kei’Trel Clark, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Florida State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 4-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 32
2020 CFN Final Rank: 69
2019 CFN Final Rank: 37
Louisville Preview | Schedule

48. West Virginia Mountaineers

Player You Need to Know: DT Dante Stills, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Oklahoma
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 6-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 55
2020 CFN Final Rank: 43
2019 CFN Final Rank: 94
WVU Preview | Schedule

47. South Carolina Gamecocks

Player You Need to Know: RB Kevin Harris, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Kentucky
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 2-8
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 29
2020 CFN Final Rank: 81
2019 CFN Final Rank: 70
USC Preview | Schedule

46. Colorado Buffaloes

Player You Need to Know: LB Carson Wells, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Arizona State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2020 Record: 4-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 59
2020 CFN Final Rank: 30
2019 CFN Final Rank: 81
Colorado Preview | Schedule

45. UCF Knights

Player You Need to Know: QB Dillon Gabriel, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Boise State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 6-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 30
2020 CFN Final Rank: 70
2019 CFN Final Rank: 19
UCF Preview | Schedule

44. Virginia Tech Hokies

Player You Need to Know: OG Lecitus Smith, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 2 North Carolina
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 5-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 16
2020 CFN Final Rank: 42
2019 CFN Final Rank: 44
Virginia Tech Preview | Schedule

43. Boston College Eagles

Player You Need to Know: WR Zay Flowers, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Missouri
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 6-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 67
2020 CFN Final Rank: 48
2019 CFN Final Rank: 84
BC Preview | Schedule

42. Missouri Tigers

Player You Need to Know: DE Trajan Jeffcoat, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at Kentucky
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 5-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 45
2020 CFN Final Rank: 33
2019 CFN Final Rank: 87
Missouri Preview | Schedule

41. Arkansas Razorbacks

Player You Need to Know: WR Treylon Burks, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Texas A&M (in Arlington
2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2020 Record: 3-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 68
2020 CFN Final Rank: 34
2019 CFN Final Rank: 121
Arkansas Preview | Schedule

40. Kansas State Wildcats

Player You Need to Know: RB Deuce Vaughn, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Oklahoma State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 4-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 41
2020 CFN Final Rank: 58
2019 CFN Final Rank: 41
Kansas State Preview | Schedule

39. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Player You Need to Know: RB Mohamed Ibrahim, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Ohio State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 3-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 20
2020 CFN Final Rank: 53
2019 CFN Final Rank: 25
Minnesota Preview | Schedule

38. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Player You Need to Know: OT Charles Cross, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 LSU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 4-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 24
2020 CFN Final Rank: 38
2019 CFN Final Rank: 56
Miss State Preview | Schedule

37. Tennessee Volunteers

Player You Need to Know: OT Darnell Wright, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Florida
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 3-7
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 28
2020 CFN Final Rank: 75
2019 CFN Final Rank: 36
Tennessee Preview | Schedule

36. Cal Golden Bears

Player You Need to Know: QB Chase Garbers, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Washington
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 1-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 38
2020 CFN Final Rank: 72
2019 CFN Final Rank: 61
Cal Preview | Schedule

35. Stanford Cardinal

Player You Need to Know: DE Thomas Booker, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 UCLA
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 4-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 35
2020 CFN Final Rank: 31
2019 CFN Final Rank: 98
Stanford Preview | Schedule

34. NC State Wolfpack

Player You Need to Know: LB Payton Wilson, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Clemson
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 8-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 44
2020 CFN Final Rank: 37
2019 CFN Final Rank: 112
NC State Preview | Schedule

33. Kentucky Wildcats

Player You Need to Know: S Yusuf Corker, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Missouri
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 5-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 25
2020 CFN Final Rank: 36
2019 CFN Final Rank: 45
Kentucky Preview | Schedule

32. Northwestern Wildcats

Player You Need to Know: S Brandon Joseph, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Michigan State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 7-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 53
2020 CFN Final Rank: 10
2019 CFN Final Rank: 110
Northwestern Preview | Schedule

31. Indiana Hoosiers

Player You Need to Know: WR Ty Fryfogle, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Iowa
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 6-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 49
2020 CFN Final Rank: 23
2019 CFN Final Rank: 64
Indiana Preview | Schedule

30. Pitt Panthers

Player You Need to Know: LB SirVocea Dennis, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at Tennessee
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 6-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 18
2020 CFN Final Rank: 41
2019 CFN Final Rank: 49
Pitt Preview | Schedule

29. Ole Miss Rebels

Player You Need to Know: QB Matt Corral, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 6 Louisville (in Atlanta)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 5-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 48
2020 CFN Final Rank: 22
2019 CFN Final Rank: 99
Ole Miss Preview | Schedule

28. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Player You Need to Know: QB Tyler Shough, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Texas
2021 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2020 Record: 4-6
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 56
2020 CFN Final Rank: 79
2019 CFN Final Rank: 102
Texas Tech Preview | Schedule

27. TCU Horned Frogs

Player You Need to Know: DE Ochuan Mathis, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Cal
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 6-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 34
2020 CFN Final Rank: 44
2019 CFN Final Rank: 82
TCU Preview | Schedule

26. Miami Hurricanes

Player You Need to Know: S Bubba Bolden, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Alabama (in Atlanta)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 8-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 19
2020 CFN Final Rank: 20
2019 CFN Final Rank: 60
Miami Preview | Schedule

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All 130 Team Previews | 101-130
76-100 | 51-75 | 11-25 | Top 10

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25. Cincinnati Bearcats

Player You Need to Know: QB Desmond Ridder, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Indiana
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 9-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 50
2020 CFN Final Rank: 9
2019 CFN Final Rank: 22
Cincinnati Preview | Schedule

24. Michigan Wolverines

Player You Need to Know: LB Josh Ross, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Washington
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 2-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 10
2020 CFN Final Rank: 54
2019 CFN Final Rank: 26
Michigan Preview | Schedule

23. UCLA Bruins

Player You Need to Know: LB Caleb Johnson, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Stanford
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 3-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 57
2020 CFN Final Rank: 32
2019 CFN Final Rank: 97
UCLA Preview | Schedule

22. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Player You Need to Know: LB Malcolm Rodriguez, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Kansas State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 8-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 22
2020 CFN Final Rank: 19
2019 CFN Final Rank: 50
OSU Preview | Schedule

21. Iowa Hawkeyes

Player You Need to Know: RB Tyler Goodson, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Indiana
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 6-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 27
2020 CFN Final Rank: 17
2019 CFN Final Rank: 23
Iowa Preview | Schedule

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20. Utah Utes

Player You Need to Know: LB Devin Lloyd, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at BYU
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 3-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 26
2020 CFN Final Rank: 27
2019 CFN Final Rank: 18
Utah Preview | Schedule

19. Arizona State Sun Devils

Player You Need to Know: QB Jayden Daniels, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Colorado
2021 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2020 Record: 2-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 37
2020 CFN Final Rank: 35
2019 CFN Final Rank: 33
ASU Preview | Schedule

18. Texas Longhorns

Player You Need to Know: RB Bijan Robinson, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Texas Tech
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 7-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 14
2020 CFN Final Rank: 18
2019 CFN Final Rank: 29
Texas Preview | Schedule

17. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Player You Need to Know: S Kyle Hamilton, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Wisconsin (in Chicago)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 10-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 15
2020 CFN Final Rank: 5
2019 CFN Final Rank: 12
Notre Dame Preview | Schedule

16. USC Trojans

Player You Need to Know: LB/DE Drake Jackson, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Stanford
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 5-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 13
2020 CFN Final Rank: 24
2019 CFN Final Rank: 38
USC Preview | Schedule

15. Auburn Tigers

Player You Need to Know: RB Tank Bigsby, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Penn State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2020 Record: 6-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 12
2020 CFN Final Rank: 21
2019 CFN Final Rank: 16
Auburn Preview | Schedule

14. Penn State Nittany Lions

Player You Need to Know: S Jaquan Brisker, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 at Wisconsin
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 4-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 8
2020 CFN Final Rank: 56
2019 CFN Final Rank: 5
Penn State Preview | Schedule

13. Washington Huskies

Player You Need to Know: LB/DE Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at Michigan
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 3-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 21
2020 CFN Final Rank: 26
2019 CFN Final Rank: 27
Washington Preview | Schedule

12. North Carolina Tar Heels

Player You Need to Know: QB Sam Howell, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 2 at Virginia Tech
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 8-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 17
2020 CFN Final Rank: 14
2019 CFN Final Rank: 59
UNC Preview | Schedule

11. Iowa State Cyclones

Player You Need to Know: RB Breece Hall, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Iowa
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 9-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 36
2020 CFN Final Rank: 16
2019 CFN Final Rank: 63
Iowa State Preview | Schedule

CFN Preview 2021 Rankings
All 130 Team Previews | 101-130
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | Top 10

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CFN Preview 2021 Preseason College Football Rankings: Top 10

10. Wisconsin Badgers

Player You Need to Know: QB Graham Mertz, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Penn State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 4-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 11
2020 CFN Final Rank: 25
2019 CFN Final Rank: 11
Wisconsin Preview | Schedule

9. Florida Gators

Player You Need to Know: DE Zachary Carter, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 Alabama
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 8-4
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 7
2020 CFN Final Rank: 7
2019 CFN Final Rank: 20
Florida Preview | Schedule

8. Oregon Ducks

Player You Need to Know: DE/LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 at Ohio State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2020 Record: 4-3
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 9
2020 CFN Final Rank: 28
2019 CFN Final Rank: 7
Oregon Preview | Schedule

7. LSU Tigers

Player You Need to Know: CB Derek Stingley Jr., Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 at Mississippi State
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 5-5
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 5
2020 CFN Final Rank: 29
2019 CFN Final Rank: 1
LSU Preview | Schedule

6. Ohio State Buckeyes

Player You Need to Know: WR Chris Olave, Sr.
September Key Game: Sept. 11 Oregon
2021 Preseason Prediction: 12-0
2020 Record: 7-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 1
2020 CFN Final Rank: 2
2019 CFN Final Rank: 2
Ohio State Preview | Schedule

5. Texas A&M Aggies

Player You Need to Know: RB/WR Ainias Smith, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 Arkansas (in Arlington
2021 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2020 Record: 9-1
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 23
2020 CFN Final Rank: 4
2019 CFN Final Rank: 52
Texas A&M Preview | Schedule

4. Georgia Bulldogs

Player You Need to Know: QB JT Daniels, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Clemson (in Charlotte)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 11-1
2020 Record: 8-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 4
2020 CFN Final Rank: 8
2019 CFN Final Rank: 4
Georgia Preview | Schedule

3. Clemson Tigers

Player You Need to Know: DT Bryan Bresee, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 4 Georgia (in Charlotte)
2021 Preseason Prediction: 12-0
2020 Record: 10-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 3
2020 CFN Final Rank: 2
2019 CFN Final Rank: 3
Clemson Preview | Schedule

2. Oklahoma Sooners

Player You Need to Know: QB Spencer Rattler, Soph.
September Key Game: Sept. 25 West Virginia
2021 Preseason Prediction: 11-1
2020 Record: 9-2
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 6
2020 CFN Final Rank: 6
2019 CFN Final Rank: 8
Oklahoma Preview | Schedule

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Player You Need to Know: LB Christian Harris, Jr.
September Key Game: Sept. 18 at Florida
2021 Preseason Prediction: 12-0
2020 Record: 13-0
2020 CFN Preseason Rank: 3
2020 CFN Final Rank: 1
2019 CFN Final Rank: 15
Alabama Preview | Schedule

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All 130 Team Previews | 101-130
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25