247 sports broke down the most talented college football teams in the country due to recruiting rankings and Alabama football tops the chart heading into 2023.
There’s no doubt about which college football team was the best in the 2022 season. Georgia was the only undefeated team and absolutely dominated TCU in the national title game.
Ohio State fans will argue that the Buckeyes were the better team and would have beaten the Bulldogs if targeting was called on Marvin Harrison Jr. or if he wasn’t knocked out of the game.
Yet, the Buckeyes lost at home to Michigan by 22, so it’s hard to argue that OSU was the best team in 2022. Yet, in terms of next season, according to 247 sports, Alabama football is “the most lethal” team in college football with Georgia, the defending national champs not far behind.
The list is based on the 247 sports team talent rankings which consider the entire roster. Alabama football is No. 1 with an average of 1.4. Georgia is second with an average of 2.4.
After that, there is a pretty big dropoff. Ohio State and LSU are tied for third with an average ranking of 6.0. Texas and Texas A&M also round out the top five.
Other teams ranked in the top 12 include Clemson (7th), Oklahoma (8th), Oregon (9th), Notre Dame (10th), Michigan (T-11), and Florida (T-11). These are all according to recruiting rankings from the 247 sports composite.
Alabama football, Georgia have quarerback question to answer
It doesn’t seem like a surprise to see any of the teams ranked where they are ranked. If there was a surprise, for me, it might be Oregon ranking ninth, but it shouldn’t because the Ducks have been recruiting at an elite level over the past few years. It has only ramped up under Dan Lanning.
What’s interesting is that while Alabama football and Georgia are clearly ranked as the most talented teams, each has a quarterback competition going on, as does Ohio State.
That’s one advantage that LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Michigan all have over the other teams ranked in 247 sports’ top 12. They either have returning quarterbacks or in the case of Notre Dame, Sam Hartman. It’s not a question they need to answer.
However, just because Alabama football and Georgia are going to have new starting quarterbacks doesn’t mean they won’t be elite. Both teams have former five-star quarterbacks in the mix for their starting job and looking ahead to next season, my guess is both teams will be just fine.