18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 8, several months away from the start of the season, here are five big, crazy predictions that just might be right.
18 for ’18: No. 8 Crazy Predictions That Just Might Be Right
18 for ’18 Offseason Topics
18: Power 5 Coach Hot Seat Rankings
17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
12. Already Great Players About To Explode
11. Every Power Five’s Sleeper Team
10. Five Key Returning Injured Stars
9. Top Make Or Break QB Battles
Yeah, right. And Lane Kiffin is going to lead Florida Atlantic to 11 wins.
And UCF will go 13-0, BYU will lose nine games, Tennessee will be winless in the SEC and Florida will come up with just four victories.
Those all would’ve been wild and wacky calls to make before last season, but wild and wacky makes this whole college football thing fun.
And then Alabama wins the national title.
With all that in mind, here are five big, bold, dumb and dangerous calls this spring that just might actually happen.
5. Arizona at Utah on October 12th will be for the Pac-12 South title
Kevin Sumlin is stepping into a great situation at Arizona at the right time.
UCLA is going to need a year to get everything rolling under Chip Kelly, Arizona State is an unknown under Herm Edwards, and Colorado will be just okay. USC will be strong again, but it has to come to Tucson.
The Wildcats might be mediocre on defense, but they’ll make up for it with a devastating running game and another fantastic season from Khalil Tate. The real key, though, is a forgiving schedule, with no Washington or Stanford from the North, Oregon at home, and not-that-bad conference road dates at Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State.
Just like Arizona, the Utes get USC at home. However, they do have to deal with Washington and Stanford – but the date with the Huskies is in Salt Lake City. They also get Oregon at home.
On the plus side, other than going to Stanford, the road games aren’t awful, dealing with Washington State, UCLA, Arizona State and Colorado away from home.
The defensive front has to reload a bit, but it’s Utah – it’ll be fine.
The key will be the improvement of the offense that underwent a big tweak last year, and now should be far stronger if all goes to plan and QB Tyler Huntley becomes more of a playmaker.
The big problem for Utah and Arizona is USC’s schedule – it doesn’t have to face Washington or Oregon. However, with those road dates against the Wildcats and Utes, along with traveling to Stanford and UCLA, just pay attention on October 12th.