For all of us that are thankful for professional football then we should be extra thankful for college football. College football is in most people´s opinion even more intense than pro football until of course the final championship game comes along because well, you really can’t beat the Super bowl. But even with that to some people college football will always be more exciting and how can you blame them. With Clemson coming back to defend their national title and a new season almost ready to go it’s time to talk some bold predictions of what could end up happening and who to watch.
First of all we have to start with the Champions, the Clemson Tigers. Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are going to be coming into this new season with nothing else on their mind rather than revalidating their title. With their signal caller Trevor Lawrence coming into the season as a clear favorite to end up snatching the Heisman and a team who is still as strong or even better than last season it’s impossible to not have them be favorites to go all out since before the beginning of the season. Their home schedule with all honesty is like an open invitation for teams to go and get their asses handed to them and only games against Syracuse, South Carolina and Texas A&M seem like real thrillers in their away schedule. The Tigers should cruise into the much hated playoffs and probably go all the way to the Championship game and yes, if they were able to beat Alabama last year, they will be able even more to beat them this time.
Alabama will always be a worry and a chip on any contender’s back but if we’re going to be all out honest and bold here, I wouldn’t be worrying about Saban’s Crimson Tide. You know who I would have my eye on? The Georgia Bulldogs people, remember what I say, watch out for the Bulldogs, fear the Bulldogs, bet on the Bulldogs.
Now moving somewhere else, with Urban Meyer leaving Ohio State amidst controversies, one after the other its finally someone else’s chance to reign over in their conference and who better to do that than Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines. Look, I’ve been a Harbaugh fan ever since he showed up in Ann Arbor but enough is enough man. The Wolverines need to finally get over the hump and go for it all. They have a great coach and the right tools to go big. They need to address a couple of matters of importance before finally going after the Big 10 title, one that has been long overdue for the Wolverines. They need to find a way to make their defensive line as good as before. With guys like Rashan Gary and Devin Bush now in the pros it’s up to defensive coordinator Don Brown to get the job done but he has been known to work wonders before so that shouldn’t be such of an issue.
The other matter to address here is their running game, or lack there off. With their lead back Chris Evans out paying a one-year suspension from the school it’s up to Tru Wilson and maybe rookie Zack Charbonnet to pick up the game but first he needs to get back from his knee surgery that sidelined him very early into his stint at Michigan. I like the Wolverines this year, especially now when they don’t really need to think of how to get rid of an Urban Meyer team along the way. It wouldn’t hurt to see the Wolverines go to the playoffs but that’s just me but first, they will have to beat Nebraska for the Big 10 title, remember this prediction and thank me later.
Now to wrap this up, I will go as bold as I myself will allow it while still being rational. The Utah Utes will be a top contender to make it to the college football playoffs this season and why not even make it. The Utes are coming off a season that almost saw them play in the Rose Bowl if it wasn’t for the loss against Washington in the PAC-12 Title game but this year I am liking Utah to go strong and deep into the season. Utah has the advantage that this season will not have them play top PAC 12 powerhouses like Oregon and Stanford due to conference scheduling and their biggest games will be against Washington away at the beginning of November after hosting Washington State at the end of September.
Utah has a defensive line that will only be better and stronger this season and if QB Tyler Huntley can manage to stay healthy he will definitely be the man to lead the Utes to a place where they have never been, either the Rose Bowl or the College Football playoffs, this is a bold prediction, yes, but I wouldn’t mention it if I didn’t see it as a true chance.