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2021 CFB Projections: Top Ten Teams, Conference Champions, and Playoff Contenders

About the Analysis

Our power five-win projections and analysis will provide our total projected team win totals, team strength of schedule, conference champs, and playoff contenders.

Strength of Schedule

The strength of schedule rankings uses returning team production, three-year win totals, and 247 sports total team talent average from the last three years.

College Football Returning Starter, Total Talent Analysis

Returning starters will be considered in the projections but will not carry similar weight to a team with higher value in the 247 Sports total team talent rating. Returning starters will serve as a tie-breaker in situations where two teams are equally as talented.


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The Football Scout 365 Top Ten Teams, Conference Champions, and Playoff Contenders


(#1) Alabama Crimson Tide (Wins SEC, Makes Playoff, Wins Title)

Head Coach: Nick Saban

2021 W/L Projection: 12-0

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 7th

Three-Year Win %: 92.7% (1st)

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 1st

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 29


(#2) Clemson Tigers (Wins ACC, Makes Playoff, Loses National Title)

Head Coach: Dabo Swinney

2021 W/L Projection: 11-1

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 50th

Three-Year Win %: 92.2% (2nd)

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 6th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 18

(#3) Oklahoma Sooners (Wins Big 12, Makes Playoff)

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley

2021 W/L Projection: 11-1

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 30th

Three-Year Win %: 84.4%

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 11th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 17


(#4) Ohio State Buckeyes (Wins Big Ten, Makes Playoff)

Head Coach: Ryan Day

2021 W/L Projection: 11-1

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 56th

Three-Year Win %: 91.0% (3rd)

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 2nd

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 28


(#5) Georgia Bulldogs (Plays Alabama in SEC Title Loses)

Head Coach: Kirby Smart

2021 W/L Projection: 10-2

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 11th

Three-Year Win %: 81.4%

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 3rd

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 23


(#6) North Carolina Tarheels (Plays Clemson in ACC Title Loses)

Head Coach: Mack Brown

2021 W/L Projection: 10-2

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 40th

Three-Year Win %: 46.23% (44th) (Brown Has Been on Campus Two Years).

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 25th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 8


(#7) Oregon Ducks (Wins Pac 12)

Head Coach: Mario Cristobal

2021 W/L Projection: 10-2

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 35th

Three-Year Win %: 70.7%

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 17th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 13

(#8) Texas A&M Aggies

Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher

2021 W/L Projection: 9-3

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 29th

Three-Year Win %: 73.6% (10th)

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 13th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 13


(#9) Wisconsin Badgers (Plays Ohio State In Big Ten Title Loses)

Head Coach: Paul Chryst

2021 W/L Projection: 9-3

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 51st

Three-Year Win %: 63.4%

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 34th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 11


(#10) Iowa State Cyclones

Head Coach: Matt Campbell

2021 Regular Season Win Projection: 9-3

2021 Projected Strength of Schedule: 14th

Three-Year Win %: 63.5%

Three-Year 247 Sports Total Talent Composite Rank: 54th

Three-Year Total Players Drafted: 3


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