Once again, it is the dawn of a new college football season. With the memory of Clemson’s route of Alabama in the National Championship still fresh in everyone’s mind, it is time to move towards crowning out next champion. Unlike the previous few seasons, there was a lot of turnover of the previous leaders; many went to the NFL, while graduated onto the next stages of their careers. The ferocious Clemson defensive line have gone on to Sundays while the Big Ten’s best QBs found themselves new locations to start under center. Nonetheless, it is a time to recruit, regroup, and refocus on the task at hand.
With that, yesterday you saw the first ever Tagline Sports Top 25. Today its time for predictions for the 2019 season. This spans from conference placings and champions to playoff predictions and bold statements. And with that here we go!
Championship Game: Clemson (10-2) over Virginia (9-3)
Biggest Riser: Duke (9-3)
Biggest Dropper: Syracuse (6-6)
Bold Prediction: Clemson will go 0-2 in games inside the state of North Carolina.
Championship Game: Houston (9-3) over UCF (10-2)
Biggest Mover: Houston (9-3)
Biggest Dropper: Cincinnati (6-6)
Bold Prediction: UConn will win two in-conference road games.
Championship Game: Penn State (11-1) over Purdue (10-2)
Biggest Mover: Purdue (10-2)
Biggest Dropper: Michigan (7-5)
Bold Prediction: Michigan will fall to Penn State, Notre Dame, and Maryland in consecutive weeks, but will beat Ohio State.
Championship Game: Oklahoma (10-2) over TCU (10-2)
Biggest Mover: TCU (10-2)
Biggest Dropper: West Virginia (2-10)
Bold Prediction: Jalen Hurts will make it to NY and capture Oklahoma’s third straight Heisman Trophy, but will not make it three in around 1st-overall draft picks.
Championship Game: North Texas (12-0) over Marshall (10-2)
Biggest Mover: Florida Atlantic (9-3)
Biggest Dropper: Louisiana Tech (3-9)
Bold Prediction: North Texas will be the Group of 5 representative in the New Year’s Six.
Championship Game: Toledo (11-1) over Miami OH (8-4)
Biggest Mover: Bowling Green (8-4)
Biggest Dropper: Buffalo (5-7)
Bold Prediction: The MAC will go 2-0 in their games against Kentucky (Toledo 8/31 and Eastern Michigan 9/7).
Championship Game: Boise State (11-1) over San Diego State (10-2)
Biggest Mover: San Jose State (7-5)
Biggest Dropper: Utah State (7-5)
Bold Prediction: Fresno State will stun USC and Minnesota to open the season.
Championship Game: Arizona State (10-2) over Oregon (9-3)
Biggest Mover: UCLA (8-4)
Biggest Dropper: Utah (6-6)
Bold Prediction: Herm Edwards will win Coach of the Year.
Championship Game: Alabama (10-2) over Georgia (10-2)
Biggest Mover: Arkansas (6-6)
Biggest Dropper: Florida (6-6)
Bold Prediction: Alabama will lose a big first half lead in the SEC Championship Game, only to win the game on the last drive thanks to an untimely Georgia fumble as they try to close out the game.
Championship Game: Appalachian State (11-1) over Arkansas State (8-4)
Biggest Mover: Appalachian State (11-1)
Biggest Dropper: Georgia Southern (6-6)
Bold Prediction: App State QB Zac Thomas will be a finalist for the Maxwell Award.
College Football Playoff & New Year’s Six
Fiesta Bowl (Semifinal): (1) Clemson over (4) Oklahoma, 27-10
Peach Bowl (Semifinal): (2) Alabama over (3) Penn State, 28-13
Cotton Bowl: Oregon over North Texas, 24-19
Orange Bowl: Notre Dame over Virginia, 32-0
Rose Bowl: Arizona State over Purdue, 34-28
Sugar Bowl: Georgia over TCU, 38-7
National Championship: Alabama over Clemson, 45-13
And with that, we are on to the 2019 College Football Season. First up – Florida & Miami this Saturday. College football is back!