The one big, giant, borderline stupid prediction for the 2018 season is … ? The college football experts weigh in …
The Urban Meyer Saga & Ohio State: Meyer gets suspended, reinstated, then ultimately fired after Brett McMurphy uncovers more details related to the Zach Smith domestic violence allegations. The entire controversy and story not only keeps on going through the season, but the optics become much worse.
There won’t be an SEC team in the College Football Playoff. Before you get all into a twist, I’m not a big enough man to go there yet – it’s a theory I’m working on in the lab, and a warning of what could potentially happen.
Work with me here.
Clemson goes unbeaten and is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff again. Or even if it loses one game and wins the ACC Championship … In.
Washington beats Auburn in the opener and goes 12-1 with a Pac-12 Championship. In.
Oklahoma goes 12-1 with a Big 12 Championship. In.
Someone from the Big Ten – Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, or even Michigan – goes 12-1 with the Big Ten Championship. In, and the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff.
Georgia loses at least two of the three big games against South Carolina and/or LSU on the road, and/or the date with Florida in Jacksonville. Or even go ahead and throw a potential misfire against Auburn into the equation. However, the Bulldogs go to the SEC title game.
Alabama gets tripped up somewhere along the way – like at LSU, or against Auburn, or in a quirky-weird, on-any-given-Saturday way against an Arkansas or Ole Miss in a shootout – and then finishes 11-2 after losing the SEC Championship to Georgia.
In the first four years of this College Football Playoff thing, the committee has yet to allow in a two-loss team. It’s absolutely not going to put in one that didn’t win its conference championship when there are four other Power Five champs who finished with one loss or have gone unbeaten.
Again, I haven’t hit SEND on this one just yet.
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It’s Texas’ turn in the Big 12. DKR Stadium is the place to be in September, with USC and TCU coming in back-to-back. We’ll know after that if the Longhorns are for real or if — what were those words again, borderline stupid? — it’s merely same-old, same-old in Austin.
2018 will be Nick Saban’s best coaching season. Saban will miss his two coordinators that have departed in Brian Daboll and Jeremy Pruitt. If Alabama did not have talented players and depth, it would be somewhat of a down season. But having Saban as head coach and Tagovailoa at quarterback, that will be enough to get by and make another College Football Playoff run.
A team with two losses will get into the CFP this year. The Big Ten East is just too strong but Ohio State will emerge as the B1G champ with two losses and break the playoff selection process once again.
Florida State gets back to borderline ACC supremacy, and wins double digit games in Willie Taggart’s first year on the way to a New Year’s Six bowl.
BYU will go 2-10 and fire Kalani Sitake.
Shannon McKinley, TicketCity.com
Nebraska will be really good again, really fast. How? Scott Frost will immediately give the Huskers credibility if he can work his QB magic. He has the right additional tools around him to make a run for something big. The problem? His away schedule is quite the gauntlet with trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa + Ohio State, but … Nebraska will be stunningly great in most of those showdowns.
Chip Kelly and UCLA will explode and catch the entire Pac 12 flat-footed on the way to the College Football Playoff as the one-loss Pac 12 Champion.
Miami, Miami, Miami. The Hurricanes are going to turn it into something truly amazing again, creating the mother of all post-season storylines when they play Georgia in the title game … Mark Richt vs Kirby Smart.