Over the past couple of months, on the Sports University Podcast, I have been going through each FBS conference and predicting team records, conference champions and discussing offseason headlines. This past Friday, I concluded the preview and gave my College Football Playoff prediction along with my national champion. Let’s go through it now in podcast form!
As far as conference champions are concerned, check the list below for my predicted winner:
American Conference (AAC) - UCF Golden Knights
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) - Clemson Tigers
Big 10 Conference - Michigan Wolverines
Big 12 Conference - Oklahoma Sooners
Conference USA - Marshall Thundering Herd
Mid-American Conference (MAC) - Ohio Bobcats
Mountain West Conference - Boise State Broncos
Pac-12 Conference - Oregon Ducks
Southeastern Conference (SEC) - Alabama Crimson Tide
Sun Belt Conference - Appalachian State Mountaineers
Each conference I think has its competitive teams, but the SEC, Big 10 and ACC are the most competitive conferences in college football. There could try well be some teams that surprise this year…and of course some that disappoint.
Nonetheless, the Playoff is going to be as exciting as it always is.
On the College Football Playoff podcast, I delve into how we could see some first time teams, and Alabama’s road to the playoff may be a tough one. Teams like Oregon, Michigan, Texas an LSU will be vouching for a spot in the Playoff for the first time.
However, I think we will get more of the same this year besides one but from the “Team Up North”:
Alabama vs. 4. Oklahoma
Clemson vs. 3. Michigan
Michigan makes its first Playoff appearance after Jim Harbaugh’s first win over Ohio State and a victory over Nebraska in the Big 10 Championship.
Alabama takes care of Oklahoma, but an improved defense from the Sooners could make things interesting. and, of course, the storyline of Jalen Hurts taking on his former team.
Clemson and Michigan ought to be a great game. Clemson needs front seven players to step up after some key losses, and this could be Jim Harbaugh’s best team he’s had while at the helm of Wolverine Football. In the end, I think Clemson has too much talent and firepower, not to mention the best QB in college football if Trevor Lawrence plays like he did last season.
As a result, it’s Alabama versus Clemson yet again!
I think this matchup happening again makes this one of the best rivalries in recent memory and we could have another dandy. Saban versus Sweeney. Tua versus Trevor. For me, I think redemption has a ring to it, just like it did for Virginia this past college basketball season.
Alabama wins over Clemson and claims another national championship. Nick Saban is crowned the greatest college football coach of all time, and the SEC and Alabama dynasty pounds its chest again as the champ.
As for the Heisman Trophy winner, I think Trevor Lawrence gets the nod as the best player in college football.
We shall see what happens this season! Hopefully, it’s one for the ages.