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Early 2015 college football rankings: Combining 8 top 25s into one

Ohio State and TCU lead the way.

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TCU might finally get their chance at Ohio State ... next year. Experts are projecting the Buckeyes as the top-ranked team next season, with the Horned Frogs right behind at No. 2.

ESPNUSA TodayFOX Sports247SportsNFL.comLand-Grant Holy LandCBS Sports, and Athlon Sports each released early Top-25 rankings for next season. We've compiled them into one composite ranking, showing who experts project to be contending next season.

Ohio State and TCU are an expected pair at the top, with talented returning rosters and big postseason victories. Alabama and Baylor fill out the top four spots, with playoff teams Oregon and Florida State at No. 5 and No. 6. Cotton Bowl winners Michigan State land at No. 7 despite the loss of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, while USC, Auburn and Ole Miss are expected big risers. Tennessee and Texas A&M are the first two teams out.

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Alabama
  4. Baylor
  5. Oregon
  6. Florida State
  7. Michigan State
  8. USC
  9. Auburn
  10. Ole Miss
  11. Clemson
  12. Georgia
  13. LSU
  14. Arizona State
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Arizona
  17. UCLA
  18. Boise State
  19. Georgia Tech
  20. Missouri
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Arkansas
  24. Stanford
  25. Oklahoma