The 25 Strongest College Football Positional Units Heading into 2014 Season

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The 25 Strongest College Football Positional Units Heading into 2014 Season
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Some chains are only as strong as their weakest link, but others are only as weak as their strongest.

Every team that appears on this list, however, does not have to worry about that coming back to nip them in the bud.

In searching for the 25 strongest position groups in college football, a combination of talent and experience was considered. 

Alabama, for example, has had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every cycle since 2011, per the 247Sports team rankings. Pedigree such as that was taken into account—heavily—but unless it was matched with at least a modicum of experience, it didn't win out.

As far as quarterback groupings are concerned, it was difficult to judge. Only one QB unit appears on the proper list, with one other joining it in the honorable mention section.

This was done for reasons of depth. Jameis Winston is one of the best players in the country, but who outside of Tallahassee, Florida, would trust Sean McGuire should Winston get hurt? The position groups that don't rely on only one player to be dominant were given slight preference, which explains the lack of QBs that are mentioned.

If you disagree with the decision to rank the list this way, that's fine. Both sides of the argument are valid; it just seemed, in actually having done the process of ranking all the units, to make more sense the way I did it. I am not necessarily saying this was the only way to do it.

Sound good? Great.

Sound off below in the comments, and let me know whom I missed.


Note: Unless otherwise cited, all recruiting information courtesy of the 247Sports composite rankings in 201120122013 and 2014.

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