Five Bold Predictions:
1. Washington will not be the Pac-12’s top team and will actually go 10-2 on the season losing to both Stanford and a JT Daniels lead USC. 1B: It’s Stanford and not Washington that either runs the table in the Pac-12 and enters the College Football Playoffs with an undefeated record.
2. Georgia Tech will represent the coastal in the ACC Championship game against Clemson and will give Clemson a run for their money but will eventually lose the game in the fourth quarter.
3. Houston’s Ed Oliver will a finalist for the Heisman trophy despite being a defensive player and coming from a Group of 5 school.
4. The Big 12 will self destruct and a Big 12 team won’t make the College Football Playoffs. Each team in the Big 12 has at least two losses.
5. FAU knocks off UCF as the top Group of 5 program and will be playing in a New Years Six bowl. 5B: FAU plays Oklahoma close in week 1 showing their worth nationally.
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1. Alabama will lose two games and miss the playoff.
2. UGA will run the table in the regular season despite losing so much talent
3. The Heisman trophy will go to a defensive player (I hope)….
4. Herm Edwards will win 9 games with Arizona State
5. Florida State is going to win the ACC over VT.
BONUS: Braves beat the Phillies in the East and the Phillies miss the wild card by 1/2 game in a heartbreaker. (This makes Dylan sad).
1. Penn State wins the Big 10
2. Florida beats out UGA for the SEC East title
3. West Virginia is overrated and won’t end the season ranked
4. Texas makes a New Year Six Bowl game
5. Ed Orgeron won’t finish the season as LSU’s head coach
1.No SEC team makes the playoffs for the first time due to a two-loss Georgia team ruining it for everyone. Their two ugly regular season losses will be at LSU and home against Auburn. UGA finishes with two wins over ranked teams (SEC Championship & Georgia Tech) forcing the committee to keep them out just like Ohio State in 2017.
2. Despite deserving the number 4 seed in the playoff, Penn State will be left out due to the committee’s fear of a third rubber match between Penn State and Wisconsin. Alabama and Georgia both made the playoff in 2017, but that matchup was much more intriguing in their eyes since the teams had not played during the regular season.
3. LSU makes the SEC championship. Despite a heartbreaking loss to Miami to start the year, LSU rebounds by going 7-1 in the west and plays UGA in the SEC Championship.
4. Nebraska still doesn’t make a bowl game. Due to a brutal B10 schedule and an upset-minded Troy from the Sunbelt, Nebraska goes 5-7 and misses a postseason berth.
5. Lane Kiffin ends UCF’s unbeaten run on September 21st. Then we can all look forward to the sarcastic ‘National Champions’ tweet that the world deserves.
1. Alabama will be just as good as last year: I know … I’m really stepping out on a limb here. Don’t forget, however, just because he’s really, really good doesn’t mean Alabama won’t have some hiccups from a young quarterback. As they’ve showed time and time again, defense really does win championships. Until they show me otherwise, Alabama is my early favorite.
2. Love should be favorite for the Heisman: If Stanford can stay in the national spotlight and Bryce Love will win the Heisman Trophy. Sure, there’ll be the dynamic QB who comes out of nowhere, and a handful of other players who make a run, but after coming in second to Baker Mayfield last season, Love just needs to be himself and he’s a sure thing.
3. Miami will make a legitimate run: Mark Richt is a great college football coach and has a team loaded with talent. The Hurricanes made an early run in 2017, but lacked the experience to hold it together down the stretch. The Canes will be a threat on the national level this season.
4. Penn State will finally make the playoff: The Nittany Lions have been on the outside looking in for the past two seasons, but 2018 will be different. Penn State went 11-3 in 2016, losing the Rose Bowl and 11-2 last season with a Fiesta Bowl win. James Franlin will finally break through with his team this season and at least make the CFB Playoff, a Big Ten title in hand.
5. Big 12 back to irrelevance: Without Baker Mayfield at the helm of the Sooners, the Big 12 will be back to a temporary state of irrelevance on the national scale. Texas isn’t there yet, TCU will be good, but not great and the Oklahoma teams will have some work to do.