Location: Washington, D.C.
18-19 Record: 9-3
Final Super 25 Rank: 18
Why them: Gonzaga went into the playoffs with stud 2021 quarterback Caleb Williams and took down then-No. 5 St. John’s in the semifinals. The Eagles then provided perhaps the best finish of any game last year in the championship, a Hail Mary to defeat powerhouse DeMatha. Could this be the beginning of a dominant era for Gonzaga?
However, the Eagles must replace a couple key players. Joseph Wete was an ALL-USA Washington, D.C. First Team selection on the defensive line, and linebacker Hunter Stewart was a three-star prospect and the No. 4 player in D.C. But with five players rated three-star or better – including offensive lineman Olu Fashanu – the team has pieces to continue moving forward.