Long Shots That Aren’t That Crazy
It’s not going to happen, buuuuuut … you’re not totally wrong if you want to make a massive value call.
The talent is certainly coming into place. Injuries were an issue last season along with freshman QB JT Daniels getting his feet wet. But even with road games at Washington and Notre Dame, and home dates with Oregon and UCLA, this might just be the year the Trojans finally get into the tournament.
Speaking of being way overdue …
The offensive line is suddenly a wee bit of an issue with just one starter back, and going to Ohio State and Nebraska – along with dealing with Michigan and Michigan State – will make it tough. But the D will be better, and the offensive talent is there to make a repeat of 2017 a possibility.
Penn State 50/1
There are a few assumptions here. One, the defense will be a killer. Two, Ohio State will take a wee step back. Three, Penn State can win two of the three against Michigan, at Michigan State, and at Ohio State. It’s not that massive a leap to think the Nittany Lions can win the Big Ten, but the national championship is a stretch.
There’s something big happening. The Ducks have the guy who’ll be the second quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL Draft – after Tua Tagovailoa – in Justin Herbert, and almost all of the starters on both sides of the ball are back. HOWEVER, the season starts against Auburn, and there are road games at Stanford, Washington and USC. Oh yeah, and the Ducks probably have to beat Clemson and/or Alabama to win the national title.