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9 Bold-ish Predictions: CFB Edition

Experts are shooting off predictions left and right so I thought I would have some fun with it myself. Even though they are labeled “bold” as a headline, many times these predictions are par for the course. So here are my “bold-ish” predictions, some may be off the wall while some not so much. Enjoy!

The college football season is finally here! We are on the brink of having football every Saturday for the next several months. There are many of the same questions out there; who will win the Heisman? Who will make the playoffs? And of course, who will win the national title? I will throw a few of my predictions out there along with some others that could be important storylines for the 2018 college football season.

  1. Khalil Tate wins Heisman…

Decided to start this one off with a bang! Tate took the college football world by storm last season putting up 6 games with at least 100 yards rushing, 3 over 200 yards, and one game with a whopping 327 yards rushing! With a new coaching regime, they will be leaning on Tate’s athleticism heavily and with an entire season as the starter, I envision Tate puts up some historical type numbers on his way to a surprising Heisman win.

  1. Arizona Wildcats win the Pac-12…

This may be less bold once you read the first prediction. It is safe to say that if Tate puts up Heisman like numbers, Arizona will be able to compete for a Pac 12 title. I believe there will be many competitive teams in the conference that will battle each other and make way for Arizona to win it all as long as they can get by a few tough matchups.

  1. South Carolina wins the SEC East…

Many already have Georgia pegged as the winners of this division after their impressive run to the national championship last season, but South Carolina has the talent to shock everyone. Their leader, Jake Bentley, returns and will be loaded with weapons like Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, OrTre Smith, and Rico Dowdle. Watch for the Gamecocks to challenge for an SEC title this season.

  1. Tua will be a Heisman finalist…

This may be less shocking to some, but with as good as Alabama has been over the years, it has been a while since we have seen a signal caller represent them as a Heisman finalist. That should change this season when talented sophomore Tua Tagovailoa returns after leading his team to an impressive comeback and National title victory. Tua returns to a loaded offense and has the arm talent to put up excellent numbers. If he can combo this with leading his team to another playoff appearance, it will be difficult to keep him off the final ballot.

  1. Sophomore RBs will be all the rage…

Last season, we saw a number of stellar freshman backs explode onto the scene including Jonathan Taylor out of Wisconsin who finished third in rushing. In addition to Taylor, here are some other extremely talented sophomore running backs that should make a huge statement and keep the college football world buzzing: Cam Akers (Florida State), D’Andre Swift (Georgia), J.K. Dobbins (Ohio St), Stephen Carr (USC), AJ Dillon (Boston College), Kylin Hill (Mississippi St), Trey Sermon (Oklahoma), Ty Chandler (Tennessee), Travis Etienne (Clemson), Eno Benjamin (Arizona St), Spencer Brown (UAB)…and more

  1. We won’t see 2 teams from the same conference in the playoffs…

Last season, we saw 2 teams from the SEC make their way into the College Football Playoffs, a trend I do not see repeating this season. While there are conferences that have the ability put forth 2 playoff teams, there is way too much talent across the Power 5 to see that happen. This year, the Big Ten should return to prominence with the Pac 12 likely being left out of the dance once again. Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan St, and Penn St should all push for that last playoff spot.

  1. 3 top programs will have freshman QBs starting by the end of the year…

Three of the top programs in college football, two of which were playoff teams, have highly rated freshman coming into the fold this season. Justin Fields (Georgia), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), and JT Daniels (USC) are extremely talented true freshman; all of which have the ability to take over at any moment. Last season, we saw, through injury and bad play, some freshman take over and lead their teams to prominence. I believe we will see these freshmen take over their respective teams and perhaps see the same type of success.

  1. FAU will spoil Central Florida’s bid for a second straight undefeated season…

One of the bigger storylines of 2017 was the undefeated season by Central Florida, who was subsequently left out of the playoffs. Even with the coaching change, they will surely look to prove that they can repeat such an amazing season. I believe they will fall short in week 4 when they take on FAU. Kiffin brings to town a very talented Owls team that will be looking to make a statement on national television. If Kiffin is looking to coach another major program, a victory over Central Florida would be a great start.

  1. ACC will make a statement

For years, the SEC is widely known as the best conference in football. This year, the ACC will make a claim to that crown. Clemson has turned into a perennial powerhouse, Miami returned to prominence, NC State is returning an ultra-talented offense, and Virginia Tech has a young and hungry team looking to continue their growth. With them, I believe Florida State will get back to the contender they used to be with teams like Louisville, Boston College, and Wake Forest continuing their solid play.

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