College football is no longer a five-month sport. It's become a year-round endeavor, with the "offseason" overflowing with tentpole events that include national signing day and (currently) spring practice.
And just like the game itself, ranking college football teams isn't just an in-season exercise.
The dust had barely settled on the 2013 season when a bevy of far-too-early-for-2014 rankings popped up to provide an early opportunity to compare and debate. Early NFL departures and recruiting class evaluations also offered timely chances to re-rank teams heading into the fall, while assorted pieces of off-the-field news may have impacted the collective opinion of what to expect from the best of the best in FBS.
Spring football brings us another ranking window, as the development of backups or the early impressions made by early enrollees may have moved the needle one way or another on a team's 2014 outlook.
Check out Bleacher Report's 2014 preseason college football (spring practice edition) top 25, which is based on a combination of last year's finish, offseason personnel losses and gains, schedule analysis and just a hint of what we're seeing and hearing from spring ball.
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