Category: College Football

College Football National Championship Predictions

The new college football season will be upon us sooner than we think and I for one am more than happy about that, as I am sure you will be too. Of course the big teams who seem to always feature in the top 10 polls every preseason will be heavily backed to head the prediction lists, but with lesser heralded teams breaking into the top 10 last season there is much to look forward to for us college football fans in the coming months.

The two teams who fought out the national championship game in 2016 are once again expected to be featured in the playoffs when the regular season comes to an end. The defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide will once again have one of the top recruiting classes stepping onto campus as they look to hold onto the title they won with an impressive victory over the Clemson Tigers. I believe Clemson will once again make their presence felt in the ACC and should at least make the playoffs after holding on to key players and taking advantage of the excellent recruiting team head coach Dabo Swinney has assembled.A lot of so called experts take it for granted the SEC will be headed by Nick Saban’s Alabama and the ACC will see a continued period of domination by Swinney’s Clemson Tigers as the two look to meet at some point in the four team playoff.

I do not believe the dominance of Alabama is guaranteed in the SEC, particularly with so many rivals in both SEC conferences hitting the top 10 in recruiting classes. Georgia is a good outside bet for taking the SEC title with an impressive recruiting class and a change of coach bringing in Kirby Smart from the Tide. They also have the edge in what is usually seen as the weaker division within college football’s powerhouse conference. South Carolina’s rebuilding process has begun, but should take too long to complete to see them challenge traditional rivals Georgia for a place in the SEC title game and a spot in the playoff.

One of the most intriguing match ups I am looking forward to in the coming year is the Big Ten match up between Ohio State and Michigan, and their big time head coaches of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh will be expected to upset the Buckeyes in the coming season and make the playoffs, which is possible with a top five recruiting class heading to Ann Arbor this Fall.

On the West Coast a surprise could be in the offing with Washington my personal pick for taking the plaudits in the PAC-12 and mounting a charge towards the national championships playoffs, at the very least.

The emergence of Nebraska as a top recruiter in California has changed the landscape on the West Coast in my opinion and will probably see an improving Cornhuskers team just miss out on the playoff this season.

My personal opinion is the Clemson Tigers will go one better than last season and bring the team a second national championship following the Danny Ford led team in 1981, and first of the playoff era. The return of DeShaun Watson should result in a run for both the National Championship and the Heisman Trophy. Alabama could once again be the team they meet in the finals, but I expect a surprise to come in the shape of Kirby Smart’s Georgia taking the SEC title and the number two spot in the playoffs.

College Football Expected Wins

With the 2016-17 college football season just around the corner, everyone is starting to talk about how their favorite teams are going to do. I particularly am interested in seeing my favorite teams make progress.  I also can’t wait to see who surprises in comparison to the last season, both good and bad.

There will be some teams competing for a national title that nobody saw coming, and teams that hit the skids and get their head coach fired.  We will find out which players worked hard during the summer practicing and in the weight room, and which ones might not have taken things as seriously as they should have.

Here are a few of my predictions on teams that will exceed or fail to meet their expectations in 2016.

Michigan State Spartans OVER 7.5

Last year was a dream season for the Spartans as they won the Big Ten and made the college football playoff.  It’s going to be tough to match that success with so many good players graduating, but the coach keeps finding a way.  Especially on defense, where year in and year out he finds a way to shut down opponents.  I think with expectations low he exceeds them once again.

Clemson Tigers OVER 10.5

Another team that went to the playoff last year but fell short against Alabama.  I know this is a high win total but their schedule is extremely weak playing in the ACC, and they bring a lot of talent back on both sides of the ball.  I think last year got them over the hump.

Houston Cougars UNDER 9.5

This team exceeded expectations last year and proved a lot of people wrong.  I know that they play in a weak conference.  I know that this team is under-rated year in and year out.  I just don’t see them getting to double digit wins this year so you have to like the under.

Memphis Tigers OVER 5

Losing your head coach is always tough.  Last year this team surprised a lot of people and that won’t happen again.  Teams don’t forget when you beat them and revenge will be on their minds.  But, I think the number here is a little low and they can win half their games.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish UNDER 9.5

This is a public team which drives the win total up.  I just don’t see how they win 10 games with the brutal schedule that they have.  I know that Chip Kelley is one of the best in the game, that he has a lot of talent, and a solid recruiting class coming in.  But, double digit wins?  Nope.

Southern California Trojans OVER 7.5

This team has been beaten down ever since Pete Carroll left and the scholarship situation turned terrible.  They are finally coming out of that dark stain and they have a head coach everyone can get behind.  I don’t know if they have enough to win the conference, but getting to eight wins shouldn’t be a problem.

Stanford Cardinal OVER 8.5

When you have the best player in the game it’s tough not to be high on a team.  The Cardinal just dominated Iowa in the Rose Bowl last year, and that was a Hawkeye team that had only lost one game the entire season, and that was in the last few minutes against a very good Michigan State Spartan team.  I think they dominate yet again this year and a Pac-12 title is likely.

 

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