This past week we witnessed the conclusions of the NHL and NBA seasons with the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Raptors each securing their respective franchises first championships. These were two teams I enjoyed watching and while I am happy to see them win, I am sad to see the seasons end and leave us stuck with only baseball (yuck) for the next few months. So with little going on in the world of sports, I figured I might as well look towards the upcoming football season and give my predictions for the college football playoff.
4. University of Oklahoma Sooners
I won’t lie, as an Alabama fan, it will most certainly be painful to watch Jalen Hurts in an Oklahoma uniform. However, I think the Sooners are a great fit for him and I expect him to lead them to a Big 12 title and a spot in the playoffs. While Texas has certainly improved under third year Head Coach Tom Herman, I don’t see them having the experience or talent to steal a conference title away from Oklahoma. Outside of those two teams there is nobody else in the Big 12 that should be able to match up with the Sooners. However, their season opener against Houston could be a trap game to keep your eyes on.
3. Ohio State University Buckeyes
The Buckeyes should consider themselves extremely lucky to have won the Justin Fields sweepstakes as he will be what lifts them to a playoff spot this upcoming year. The former five star quarterback who played his freshman year at the University of Georgia, will be an imposing dual-threat force for lackluster Big Ten defenses. Legendary coach Urban Meyer retired after the previous season amidst a scandal involving a domestic violence case with one of his assistant coaches. Losing a coach like that is never good for a program, but first year coach Ryan Day did well as the interim coach at the beginning of last year and the team still has the talent to be among college football’s best.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
I don’t want to sound biased considering I am a fan of the tide, but this team is totally going undefeated again in the regular season. Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and all of his star receivers will be returning this season and are primed to tear up SEC defenses. The defense has some question marks but the return of injured stars Trevon Diggs and Terrell Lewis will be crucial for the Tide. Simply put, barring an upset there should be no team in the regular season who will beat them and I am convinced they will once again meet the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC championship. Georgia will be a great team and may even be better than Bama, but they are yet to prove to me that they can defeat the Tide and until they do, I just can’t give them the edge.
1. Clemson University Tigers
Shocker! Clemson and Alabama will once again go undefeated and claim the top two spots in the college football playoff. That may be a boring prediction, but I challenge you to tell me why it isn’t a good one. Sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence actually has the potential to be one of the greatest college quarterbacks of all time and his top two offensive stars in Travis Etienne and Justyn Ross are both returning. Add in the already talented D-line returning many of their best players and there is no reason to think they can’t win a second championship in a row. After they dominated arguably one of the best teams of all time in last year’s championship, I am reluctant to say they won’t continue that same level of dominance into the upcoming season.