It’s never to early to start looking at 2018 College Football

West Virginia's Will Grier will be one of the hottest names in college football in 2018. Photo courtesy of 247sports.com

We are only a few weeks removed from Alabama’s remarkable win over Georgia in the all SEC National Championship game and while we are still a few weeks from the second National Signing Day; it’s never to early to start peaking into 2018 for college football.

We will be dropping our 2018 Drive’s College Football Hour Glass on April 4th, but we already have tons of data to derive tons of other data that help us project games, rank coaches, quarterbacks and even give out early lines on ball games. We were right on 83 percent of 526 games in 2017 and this year we look to move that needle upward. We will be projecting all 130 Division One clubs in 2018 and look forward to every minute of it.

We already dropped our way to early Top 25 and if you missed it, here it is.

Way Too Early Hour Glass Top 25 – 2018 College Football
#   TEAM   HG Metric
1 Alabama 164
2 Clemson 142.73
3 Ohio State 135.99
4 Georgia 129.75
5 Penn State 127.2
6 Auburn 123.1
7 Washington 122.6
8 Miami 121.94
9 Michigan 119.4
10 Wisconsin 115.08
11 USC 114.79
12 Notre Dame 113.37
13 Stanford 107.07
14 Oklahoma 105.17
15 Florida State 104.34
16 Michigan State 104.32
17 LSU 103.65
18 Virginia Tech 102.45
19 Texas A&M 101.08
20 UCLA 99.41
21 TCU 98.36
22 Oregon 97.73
23 Texas 97.4
24 Florida 95.55
25 Miss. State 92.58
Next In: South Carolina, UCF, Oklahoma State, Memphis

Just as a snip it of what’s to come this April we have already established coaching and returning quarterback numbers for all 130 teams and here is just a preview of the top ten in P5 and G5. The rest is coming in April and if you don’t see your teams favorite quarterback; well you will just have to wait.

Again – we established an overall metric to gauge your quarterback against the rest – setting a 2018 Average Coaching Value Stamp for 2018. Last years number was 10.6, but this year that number will be 8.35 based on the possible 130 starting quarterbacks in Division One. To give you an idea who the average guys are, we will look at just three today in Alex Hornibrook of Wisconsin, the Temple combo of Logan Marchi and Frank Nutile and Houston’s D’eriq King.

Likewise we have the top ten coaches in both the Power and Group of Five for 2018 and these numbers are derived based on three year trends of the individual or a standard factor is given to all new head coaches who were coordinators – and again if your teams favorite coach isn’t on the list; well wait until April to find out.

Because coaching in the Power Five and Group of Five is different; we established two different average coaching metrics for 2018. Last year the standard average coach was looked at with a number of 5, but this year the average Power Five coach number is set at 3.5 and average Group of Five coach is set at 0.5.

Average Power Five coaches in 2018 would be the likes of Mike McIntyre at Colorado or Ed Orgeron at LSU; likewise in the Group of Five we are eyeing guys like Jeff Monken at Army or Craig Bohl at Wyoming.

Finally – we have some way to early lines we established for fun on the first two weekends of the college season and they are as follows.

Ole Miss (-5) v Texas Tech

Miss State (-8) at Kansas State in Week two

Washington (-2) v Auburn on a neutral field opening weekend

Miami (-6) v LSU opening weekend

Notre Dame v Michigan (push) opening weekend

Alabama (-22) v Louisville opening weekend

West Virginia (-3) v Tennessee on neutral field opening weekend

Clemson (-10) AT Texas A&M week two

Rivalry Games #SEC

Mississippi State (-2) at Ole Miss in Egg Bowl

Alabama (-10) hosting Auburn in Iron Bowl

We cannot wait for the 2018 season and we will take you all the way there and beyond this year on the Drive’s Hour Glass as we take you to #numberland –

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