This is how the way too early Top 25 works.
Rule No. 1 was there was no checking online of anything.
It was put together off the top of my head, by memory, based on a quick assessment as to what next year’s Pre-Season Rankings could look like.
Of course, things will change. There will be transfer news (and actual research done as to what rosters look like and such).
What I found the most interesting was coming up with top contenders behind Stanford and Texas. Stanford brings back plenty, as does Texas, which also has a great incoming class. So those programs should hang around the top of the charts.
After that it was a bit of a mystery.
Nebraska and Minnesota lose key ingredients, as does Wisconsin. That trio was so dominant in 2016 that the landscape is bound to change with their new looks. Kansas brings a lot back and has the Final Four experience of 2015, but was shaky this postseason losing to Creighton.
Creighton is interesting because the Bluejays return their share of talent and are coming off an Elite Eight appearance, the best in school history.
UCLA and North Carolina played each other in this year’s playoffs and both could be big-time factors next year. Florida has enough returning and could be an improved bunch too.
But there is going to be some shuffling at the top of the rankings, other than Stanford and Texas.
Let’s see what I came up with on the fly:
The Too Early Top 25
- North Carolina
- Penn State
- Florida State
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- San Diego