ESPN’s College Football Too-Early Top 25: Louisville 25th; Auburn 4th

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Photo: Tim Haag/

Is it ever too early to have a college football poll? Probably, but that’s OK. It gives us something to talk about with 4 months to go before Louisville and Auburn kickoff in the Georgia Dome on September 5.

In ESPN’s too-early top 25, Mark Schlabach has the Cards ranked 25th. He has this to say…

25. Louisville Cardinals

After going 9-4 in its first season in the ACC, the Cardinals are looking for a quick fix in Year 2. Coach Bobby Petrino brought in a bunch of transfers to shore up his receiver corps and defense. Former TCU star Devonte Fields could provide a better pass rush, and Georgia transfers Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins should help shore up the secondary. Ja’Quay Williams (Texas A&M) and Jamari Staples (UAB) might help restock a depleted receiver corps.

He didn’t get the memo that Ja’Quay Williams is now Ja’Quay Savage. Maybe Auburn will gameplan for both? Speaking of the Tigers, they come in at #4 in this particular ranking.

4. Auburn Tigers

If new quarterback Jeremy Johnson is as good as advertised, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s high-octane spread offense should be better than ever. Will Auburn’s defense be any better? Malzahn hired former Florida coach Will Muschamp to give his team’s defense more teeth, and linemen Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson are good building blocks.

Four months from today…

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