2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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The schedules and March predictions for all 130 college football teams, including the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis.


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2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
American Athletic | Big Ten
Big 12 | C-USA | Independents
MAC | Mountain West | Pac-12
SEC | Sun Belt

ACC ATLANTIC

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Boston College Eagles

The Eagles have a brutal back half of the season with four road games in the final five around a home game against Florida State – and all are losable. Even with that, and with the opener against Virginia Tech, the should be able to get to at least six wins.

2018 Record: 7-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Virginia Tech
Sept. 7 Richmond
Sept. 13 Kansas
Sept. 21 at Rutgers
Sept. 28 Wake Forest
Oct. 5 at Louisville
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 NC State
Oct. 26 at Clemson
Nov. 2 at Syracuse
Nov. 9 Florida State
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Notre Dame
Nov. 30 at Pitt
Full Schedule Analysis

Clemson Tigers

The Tigers are going to be amazing again, but is there going to be any sort of a hangover? Will it take a little while to gear up again after losing an all-timer of a defensive line? Not really. There will likely be a miss along the way – watch out for that Texas A&M showdown or that trip to Syracuse – but it’ll take a massive upset to get these guys twice.

2018 Record: 15-0
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3
2019 Prediction, March Version: 11-1

Aug. 29 Georgia Tech
Sept. 7 Texas A&M
Sept. 14 at Syracuse
Sept. 21 Charlotte
Sept. 28 at North Carolina
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Florida State
Oct. 19 at Louisville
Oct. 26 Boston College
Nov. 2 Wofford
Nov. 9 at NC State
Nov. 16 Wake Forest
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 at South Carolina
Full Schedule Analysis

Florida State Seminoles

There will be a bounce-back in Year Two under Willie Taggart – but not enough of one for FSU. With road games at Virginia, Clemson, Boston College and Florida, and home games against NC State and Miami, and the neutral site day against Boise State, it’s a nasty slate.

2018 Record: 5-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 Boise State (in Jacksonville)
Sept. 7 ULM
Sept. 14 at Virginia
Sept. 21 Louisville
Sept. 28 NC State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Clemson
Oct. 19 at Wake Forest
Oct. 26 Syracuse
Nov. 2 Miami
Nov. 9 at Boston College
Nov. 16 Alabama State
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 at Florida
Full Schedule Analysis

Louisville Cardinals

Expect a fast turnaround under Scott Satterfield after last year’s disaster, but where are the easy wins? The Cardinals will beat Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky, and … nine of the other games are against teams that went bowling, and the date with Florida State is on the road. They’ll still improve enough to push for six wins.

2018 Record: 2-10
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 5-7

Sept. 2 Notre Dame
Sept. 7 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 14 at WKU
Sept. 21 at Florida State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Boston College
Oct. 12 at Wake Forest
Oct. 19 Clemson
Oct. 26 Virginia
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Miami
Nov. 16 at NC State
Nov. 23 Syracuse
Nov. 30 at Kentucky
Full Schedule Analysis

NC State Wolfpack

The Wolfpack will beat East Carolina and Western Carolina to start things out, and they’ll beat Ball State, but can they come up with a win or three on the road at West Virginia, Florida State, Boston College, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech? Absolutely, but figure just enough misfires to keep this from being a huge year.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 East Carolina
Sept. 7 Western Carolina
Sept. 14 at West Virginia
Sept. 21 Ball State
Sept. 28 at Florida State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 Syracuse
Oct. 19 at Boston College
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Wake Forest
Nov. 9 Clemson
Nov. 16 Louisville
Nov. 21 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 30 North Carolina
Full Schedule Analysis

Syracuse Orange

Outside of the Clemson game early on, it’s not a bad first half of the schedule as long as the Orange can get by the road games at Liberty and Maryland – both will be dangerous under new head coaches. There are just enough road games over the second half of the year to be a problem – assume Florida State and Louisville to be a whole lot better.

2018 Record: 10-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 at Liberty
Sept. 7 at Maryland
Sept. 14 Clemson
Sept. 21 Western Michigan
Sept. 28 Holy Cross
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 at NC State
Oct. 19 Pitt
Oct. 26 at Florida Sate
Nov. 2 Boston College
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Duke
Nov. 23 at Louisville
Nov. 30 Wake Forest
Full Schedule Analysis

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest will go all Wake Forest and overachieve at least once to find a way to six wins. The home games against Utah State, North Carolina, Louisville and Duke are hardly sure things, and with road games at Virginia Tech, Clemson and Syracuse in November, it’s going to be a battle.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 30 Utah State
Sept. 7 at Rice
Sept. 12 North Carolina
Sept. 21 Elon
Sept. 28 at Boston College
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Louisville
Oct. 19 Florida State
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 NC State
Nov. 9 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 16 at Clemson
Nov. 23 Duke
Nov. 30 at Syracuse
Full Schedule Analysis

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Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils get to start out against Alabama, but the road games overall aren’t all that bad. The Virginia Tech and Virginia games will be a problem, but it’s the home dates that will be the issue with Notre Dame, Syracuse and Miami all in November. It’ll be a hard run to get to six wins.

2018 Record: 8-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Alabama (in Atlanta)
Sept. 7 North Carolina A&T
Sept. 14 at Middle Tennessee
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 5 Pitt
Oct. 12 Georgia Tech
Oct. 19 at Virginia
Oct. 26 at North Carolina
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Notre Dame
Nov. 16 Syracuse
Nov. 23 at Wake Forest
Nov. 30 Miami
Full Schedule Analysis

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

One of college football’s biggest wild cards, just how much of a pivot will there be and how long will it take under new head man Geoff Collins? Starting at Clemson won’t be fun, ending against Georgia will be an issue, and going to Miami stinks. There just aren’t enough sure-thing wins.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 29 at Clemson
Sept. 7 USF
Sept. 14 Citadel
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 at Temple
Oct. 5 North Carolina
Oct. 12 at Duke
Oct. 19 at Miami
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Pitt
Nov. 9 at Virginia
Nov. 16 Virginia Tech
Nov. 21 NC State
Nov. 30 Georgia
Full Schedule Analysis

Miami Hurricanes

It’s all about the quarterback play. If that comes through, the Canes should have a massive season under new head man Manny Diaz – the team should be far more effective and more energized. But the offense has to work against Florida to start the season (it won’t) and has to kick it in over the back half with four of the last five games on the road. Even so, the schedule is very, very helpful.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 24 Florida (in Orlando)
Sept. 7 at North Carolina
Sept. 14 Bethune-Cookman
Sept. 21 Central Michigan
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Virginia Tech
Oct. 11 Virginia
Oct. 19 Georgia Tech
Oct. 26 at Pitt
Nov. 2 at Florida State
Nov. 9 Louisville
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at FIU
Nov. 30 at Duke
Full Schedule Analysis

North Carolina Tar Heels

It’s not like Mack Brown is bringing 2005 Texas talent along with him. The Tar Heels should be a whole lot better, but where are the sure-thing wins? 11 of the 12 games are against teams that went bowling, and and 0-7 start before the Duke game is hardly a crazy suggestion. The team will be experienced and better enough to get to at least four wins, though.

2018 Record: 2-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 31 South Carolina (in Charlotte)
Sept. 7 Miami
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
Sept. 21 Appalachian State
Sept. 28 Clemson
Oct. 5 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 26 Duke
Nov. 2 Virginia
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 at Pitt
Nov. 23 Mercer
Nov. 30 at NC State
Full Schedule Analysis

Pitt Panthers

There are way too many 50/50 games and too many things that have to go right to get to six wins. Delaware is the only likely sure-thing win, and then … Playing UCF at home? Uh oh. Ohio is sneaky-dangerous, going to Duke is hardly a sure thing, and facing Boston College is up in the air. Throw those in with the likely road losses at Penn State and Virginia Tech, and it’s going to be a grind of a year.

2018 Record: 7-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Virginia
Sept. 7 Ohio
Sept. 14 at Penn State
Sept. 21 UCF
Sept. 28 Delaware
Oct. 5 at Duke
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Syracuse
Oct. 26 Miami
Nov. 2 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 North Carolina
Nov. 23 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 30 Boston College
Full Schedule Analysis

Virginia Cavaliers

It’s a wonderful Virginia team returning under Bronco Mendenhall, and best of all, where are the sure-thing losses? At Notre Dame? Okay. At Miami? That’s coming off an off-week. There should be a loss here to – maybe – Pitt on the road, or to Virginia Tech (as always), but there’s a lot to like.

2018 Record: 6-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 at Pitt
Sept. 6 William & Mary
Sept. 14 Florida State
Sept. 21 Old Dominion
Sept. 28 at Notre Dame
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 at Miami
Oct. 19 Duke
Oct. 26 at Louisville
Nov. 2 at North Carolina
Nov. 9 Georgia Tech
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 Liberty
Nov. 29 Virginia Tech
Full Schedule Analysis

Virginia Tech Hokies

Let’s just assume Virginia Tech will figure out how to tackle again. Road games at Boston College, Miami, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Virginia – the Hokies really will someday lose again to the Cavs, winning every showdown since 2003 – are just enough to keep the season from blowing up, but overall it’s a very, very manageable slate.

2018 Record: 6-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 at Boston College
Sept. 7 Old Dominion
Sept. 14 Furman
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Duke
Oct. 5 at Miami
Oct. 12 Rhode Island
Oct. 19 North Carolina
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Notre Dame
Nov. 9 Wake Forest
Nov. 16 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 23 Pitt
Nov. 29 at Virginia
Full Schedule Analysis

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
American Athletic | Big Ten
Big 12 | C-USA | Independents
MAC | Mountain West | Pac-12
SEC | Sun Belt

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