From the Power Five conferences, which teams are the sleepers in the respective championship chase that you need to watch out for?
5 (Potentially) Stupid Power Five Conference Championship Sleeper Picks
If you’re reading this, you’re enough of a college football fan to come up with the odds-on favorites to win each Power Five conference from muscle memory.
Of course, the five conference champions will be Clemson (ACC), Ohio State (Big Ten), Oklahoma (Big 12), Alabama (SEC), and Washington or USC (okay, so there’s a wee bit of a call to be made in the Pac-12).
That’s boring. You’re boring everyone. Quit boring everyone.
So here we go with five alternative picks outside of the norm to win each Power Five conference championship.
Are any of these teams going to actually win a conference title this season? Almost certainly not, but don’t be stunned if at least two of them – like Iowa in 2015, Colorado in 2016, and Auburn last season – find their way onto the big stage game on the first Saturday of December.
Florida State Seminoles
Favorite To Win The ACC: Clemson 1/2
Florida State’s Odds To Win The ACC: 7/1
It wasn’t all that terribly long ago – as in, the beginning of last season – when it seemed like Florida State might just have a College Football Playoff contender.
The talent was undeniable – six Seminoles were taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, and a whole lot more are expected to go in 2019 – but Alabama ripped away the team’s mojo early on in a dominant win, QB Deondre Francois suffered a broken leg, the offensive line couldn’t block anyone, and Jimbo Fisher was on the verge of bolting towards a whole lot of Texas A&M money.
And Clemson won the ACC championship – again – and Miami rose up into a conference powerhouse.
So in comes Willie Taggart, who has on his resumé just as many conference championships and bowl victories as you do.
However, he appears to have found his home. This might just be his destination job, and he should be able to make it rock.
Known for being a fantastic recruiter and builder of programs, there actually isn’t a whole lot for Taggart to possibly do to show that 2017 was a total aberration.
The running back talent is among the best in the country, there are good quarterback options to choose from, the receiving corps is fine, and the O line – while it still needs work – gets back four starters.
The secondary might take a hit personnel-wise, but the front seven should be devastating.
Talent-wise, FSU can absolutely win the ACC Championship. The schedule will help out, too.
It’ll be Virginia Tech to open up the season, and while it has to go to Syracuse, Louisville, Miami and NC State, it’s good enough to win at least three of those.
Beat Clemson at home, don’t lose more than one game in conference play, take back the ACC.