Boring Safe Favorites Picks, But …
Winning is never boring. It’s not fun to go with the obvious calls, but if you like one of these teams, then go do your thing.
Ohio State 9/1
What if Justin Fields is really that amazing? The defense should be stronger, the offense will still be explosive, and there might just be a bit more energy under Ryan Day. Yeah, the Buckeyes have to go to Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan, and they have to host Michigan State and Wisconsin, but it’s Ohio State. Assume it’ll go 11-1, and work from there.
If the focus is there, and if Jake Fromm can stay healthy, there’s a lot to like. Going to Tennessee is tough, and Florida will be a harder out, and going to Auburn isn’t easy, but the Texas A&M and Notre Dame games are at home, and … it’s Georgia. On talent, it’ll be one of the four best teams.
And now you’ve angered it. You don’t think Bama is going to come back roaring? Yeah, it has to go to Texas A&M, but it gets a week off to prepare. It also gets a week off to get ready for the home game against LSU. There are road games at Mississippi State and Auburn, but are you really going to go against the Crimson Tide getting into the College Football Playoff again?
Start with the assumption that Clemson is the one team out there that’s a mortal lock to at least get into the College Football Playoff. Even if it loses to Texas A&M, or at Syracuse, or at NC State, or at South Carolina, or to Florida State, it’s almost certainly not going to lose two of those games … maybe. The Tigers will be fantastic, but the national championship-winning odds aren’t good enough to buy in now.