The SEC once again ranks as college football’s No. 1 conference. The league took both spots in last year’s national championship matchup, as Clemson edged Alabama to win its first title.
Both the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are both projected by Athlon Sports to earn a repeat trip to the CFB Playoff in 2019, with Auburn and Mississippi State headlining the next tier. The SEC is Athlon’s pick as the best league for 2019 , but the Big Ten isn’t far behind. This conference boasts five of Athlon’s projected top 12 teams for the upcoming season.
Ohio State is the pick to win the Big Ten, with Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State next in line. The ACC takes the No. 3 spot among conferences, with the Pac-12 and Big 12 rounding out the Power 5 rankings.