College football is one of the oldest sports in the world, dating back to the early days of the game.
But that’s not stopping the sport from seeing a huge growth.
According to ESPN, the total number of games played in the US rose by 20.5 per cent last year.
That’s an impressive increase for a sport that was once dominated by men’s basketball.
It’s no surprise that the NCAA is keen to see a bigger footprint in the sport, as they have a long history of investing in schools that have become elite in their respective divisions.
But for the sake of the sport and the NCAA, it would be a mistake to overlook the top contenders.
We’ve highlighted the top five candidates for the National Championship this week.
And we’ve also highlighted some of the big names who could be on the cusp of a national championship in the next few years.1.
Clemson Clemson is one to watch as the Tigers return home for the second time in three years.
The Tigers will be facing off against North Carolina State in the Orange Bowl this year, a game that has been played three times since 2012.
This time around, the Tigers will have an extra year to prepare for a possible second-round bye.
Clemond will be hoping to avoid an 8-0 deficit against the Tar Heels, and a team that has not won in Chapel Hill since 1988.
Despite the extra year of preparation, the Clemsons biggest challenge will be keeping pace with the Cleveland Tigers.
Virginia The Cavaliers are the second-ranked team in the country, and will be looking to make a run at the national title this season.
Virginia plays host to Texas A&M in the College Football Playoff on October 25, and the Aggies will be without their top quarterback.
It would be unfair to overlook Virginia’s top playmakers, especially Josh Rosen, who has been playing at an All-American level for the past two years.
3. Alabama The Crimson Tide will be playing in the College Bowl this season, and the Bama will be looking for their third national championship since 2005.
With a new defensive coordinator in Nick Saban, the Tide is in a great position to make it to the College Bowl.
Ohio State Ohio State will be in the College Bargains Super Bowl this season, with the Buckeyes looking to become the first team to win back-to-back bowls since the 1980s.
A huge upgrade for the Buckeyes in the secondary, the secondary will have to be better than last year to be successful.
5. Florida Injuries and the lack of talent will be the biggest issues for Florida, but they are still the team to watch for the SEC East.
If Florida can keep up their stellar play on defense and quarterback Sam Darnold, the Gators should have a good chance to get to the SEC Championship.