We have spent the offseason bickering about position battles in the abstract, but with fall camps beginning to open, and the season sitting weeks instead of months in the future, now is when the real decisions get made.
Even the deepest, best, most -complete teams in college football have multiple positional hierarchies to sort out this next month, and some are more important than others. If the battles take place at a position of need—at a rare spot where a good team is weakest—it can alter the course of the entire college football season.
So in honor of the first day of August—the start of the first month of the season—we've taken a group of the top College Football Playoff contenders and highlighted their most impactful fall battle.
The 13 teams included as contenders are the top 13 teams in the Amway Preseason Coaches Poll, which was not necessarily done on purpose. It does, however, feel like there's a pretty distinct drop-off between No. 13 and No. 14—two teams that ironically play each other in Week 1—and another between No. 17 and No. 18.
Chime in below and let me know where you agree or disagree.