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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SEC EAST

SEC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Florida Gators

The excitement is back for a program that had a great first season under Dan Mullen, and now comes back even stronger. They had better be considering the schedule is loaded with landmines. The showdown in Orlando against Miami will be the big first test, and now, the Kentucky game matters. The Gators aren’t at home between October 5th to November 9th, going to LSU, South Carolina and dealing with Georgia.

2018 Record: 10-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 24 Miami (in Orlando)
Sept. 7 UT Martin
Sept. 14 at Kentucky
Sept. 21 Tennessee
Sept. 28 Towson
Oct. 5 Auburn
Oct. 12 at LSU
Oct. 19 at South Carolina
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 9 Vanderbilt
Nov. 16 at Missouri
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 Florida State
Full Schedule Analysis

Georgia Bulldogs

Unlike Florida, who has a whole slew of nasty 50/50 games, Georgia’s are almost all at home or at a neutral site. Notre Dame, South Carolina, Texas A&M – all tough, and all in Athens. The road game at Auburn is a problem, and the Gators are going to be tough in Jacksonville, but this is a slate perfect to get to the SEC Championship for a third straight season.

2018 Record: 11-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2019 Prediction, March Version: 11-1

Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 7 Murray State
Sept. 14 Arkansas State
Sept. 21 Notre Dame
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Tennessee
Oct. 12 South Carolina
Oct. 19 Kentucky
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Florida (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 9 Missouri
Nov. 16 at Auburn
Nov. 23 Texas A&M
Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech
Full Schedule Analysis

Kentucky Wildcats

2018 wasn’t an aberration, but Kentucky will come back down to earth a wee bit with road games at Georgia, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Can the Cats beat Florida at home? Outside of the date in Athens, that’s the biggest showdown. Yes, eight of the first ten games are against teams that went bowling, but they’re mostly manageable.

2018 Record: 10-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 Toledo
Sept. 7 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 14 Florida
Sept. 21 at Mississippi State
Sept. 28 at South Carolina
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Arkansas
Oct. 19 at Georgia
Oct. 26 Missouri
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Tennessee
Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 23 UT Martin
Nov. 30 Louisville
Full Schedule Analysis

Missouri Tigers

The schedule is good enough to have a really, really strong season. QB Kelly Bryant and the overall talent is in place to do big things as long as the defensive tackles can come through. After going to Wyoming to kick things off, the next road game isn’t until October 19th at Vanderbilt. There will be a loss at Georgia, and Florida will be a fight, but everything else is on the table.

2018 Record: 8-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 at Wyoming
Sept. 7 West Virginia
Sept. 14 SE Missouri State
Sept. 21 South Carolina
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Troy
Oct. 12 Ole Miss
Oct. 19 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 26 at Kentucky
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Georgia
Nov. 16 Florida
Nov. 23 Tennessee
Nov. 30 at Arkansas (in Little Rock)
Full Schedule Analysis

South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina will be a really, really good football team with a really, really brutal schedule that’s going to nearly impossible to navigate. Even North Carolina under Mack Brown is going to be dangerous, but that should be a win, and so will the game against Charleston Southern. And then where’s another win? Vanderbilt? Okay. Kentucky? Probably. Appalachian State? Sure. The Gamecocks will get to six wins, but even some of the home games – Alabama, Florida, Clemson – are brutal.

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

Aug. 31 North Carolina (in Charlotte)
Sept. 7 Charleston Southern
Sept. 14 Alabama
Sept. 21 at Missouri
Sept. 28 Kentucky
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Georgia
Oct. 19 Florida
Oct. 26 at Tennessee
Nov. 2 Vanderbilt
Nov. 9 Appalachian State
Nov. 16 at Texas A&M
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 Clemson
Full Schedule Analysis

Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols need to figure out the defensive front and have come up with a more consistent offense, but the wins are going to be there. They’ll almost certainly start 3-0 before going to Florida, and UAB and Vanderbilt should be Ws if all going according to plan. They’ll be good enough to pull off a slight stunner or two – at Missouri and South Carolina should work – to get bowl eligible.

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

Aug. 31 Georgia State
Sept. 7 BYU
Sept. 14 UT Chattanooga
Sept. 21 at Florida
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Georgia
Oct. 12 Mississippi State
Oct. 19 at Alabama
Oct. 26 South Carolina
Nov. 2 UAB
Nov. 9 at Kentucky
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Missouri
Nov. 30 Vanderbilt
Full Schedule Analysis

Vanderbilt Commodores

After a terrific season with a surprising run to a bowl game, the Commodores are still going to be solid. But it’ll be a whole lot more difficult to get to six wins this time around. Georgia, at Purdue, LSU, at Ole Miss, Missouri, at South Carolina, at Florida, Kentucky, at Tennessee. Vandy should be able to win its three other games, but out of those nine, can it get three other victories? It’ll have to – and not whiff against Northern Illinois or UNLV.

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

Aug. 31 Georgia
Sept. 7 at Purdue
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 LSU
Sept. 28 Northern Illinois
Oct. 5 at Ole Miss
Oct. 12 UNLV
Oct. 19 Missouri
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at South Carolina
Nov. 9 at Florida
Nov. 16 Kentucky
Nov. 23 East Tennessee State
Nov. 30 at Tennessee
Full Schedule Analysis

SEC WEST

SEC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

Yeah, there’s a shot that if everything works out, South Carolina rises up at home and takes down the Tide. Texas A&M can absolutely beat Bama in College Station, LSU is dangerous, Mississippi State is scary in Starkville, and going to Auburn to play the Iron Bowl is going to Auburn to play the Iron Bowl. Alabama will lose one of those games. It won’t lose two.

2018 Record: 14-1
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3
2019 Prediction, March Version: 11-1

Aug. 31 Duke (in Atlanta)
Sept. 7 New Mexico State
Sept. 14 at South Carolina
Sept. 21 Southern Miss
Sept. 28 Ole Miss
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Texas A&M
Oct. 19 Tennessee
Oct. 26 Arkansas
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 LSU
Nov. 16 at Mississippi State
Nov. 23 Western Carolina
Nov. 30 at Auburn
Full Schedule Analysis

Arkansas Razorbacks

Chad Morris is rebuilding the program, starting with bringing in two transfer quarterbacks – Ben Hicks (SMU) and Nick Starkel (Texas A&M) – to upgrade the position. And the Hogs have the wins there on the schedule to get a whole lot better. Portland State, Colorado State – they’ll win this time around – WKU and San Jose State will provide a base of four victories. Can they get two more? Yeah, but where? It’ll take two upsets.

2018 Record: 2-10
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 Portland State
Sept. 7 at Ole Miss
Sept. 14 Colorado State
Sept. 21 San Jose State
Sept. 28 Texas A&M (in Arlington)
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Kentucky
Oct. 19 Auburn
Oct. 26 at Alabama
Nov. 2 Mississippi State
Nov. 9 WKU
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at LSU
Nov. 30 Missouri (in Little Rock)
Full Schedule Analysis

Auburn Tigers

The O should be fantastic, and the D will be terrific with a little bit of time – and it won’t have that time. Oregon kicks off the season, and the trips to Texas A&M, Florida and LSU are scary. Even with no road games in November, AU still has to face Georgia and Alabama. It’ll take something special to get to nine wins or more with this slate, but the Tigers will be good enough to get to eight.

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

Aug. 31 Oregon (in Dallas)
Sept. 7 Tulane
Sept. 14 Kent State
Sept. 21 at Texas A&M
Sept. 28 Mississippi State
Oct. 5 at Florida
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at Arkansas
Oct. 26 at LSU
Nov. 2 Ole Miss
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Georgia
Nov. 23 Samford
Nov. 30 Alabama
Full Schedule Analysis

LSU Tigers

The Tigers were underappreciated going into last season, and they came through with a massive year. Now they’ll likely be overloved a bit, but … they’ll still be fantastic. The schedule has two brutal road dates at Texas and Alabama. Somehow, they have to split those – the eyes of that win are upon Austin – to absorb a likely loss at home to Florida, Auburn, or Texas A&M. Throw in the date at Mississippi State, and getting to nine wins would be imrpessive.

2018 Record: 10-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 Georgia Southern
Sept. 7 at Texas
Sept. 14 Northwestern State
Sept. 21 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Utah State
Oct. 12 Florida
Oct. 19 at Mississippi State
Oct. 26 Auburn
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Alabama
Nov. 16 at Ole Miss
Nov. 23 Arkansas
Nov. 30 Texas A&M
Full Schedule Analysis

Ole Miss Rebels

The Rebels lost an NFL-caliber group of receivers, along with QB Jordan Ta’amu and three starters up front. But the defense should be better, and head coach Matt Luke has assembled a fantastic coaching staff. Now he needs to get to six wins to take the program bowling. Figure on losses at Alabama and at least two in the three games against Missouri, Auburn and Mississippi State on the road. Also bake in potential defeats at home against LSU and Texas A&M. Even so, the Rebels should be one victory better than 2019.

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

Aug. 31 at Memphis
Sept. 7 Arkansas
Sept. 14 SE Louisiana
Sept. 21 California
Sept. 28 at Alabama
Oct. 5 Vanderbilt
Oct. 12 at Missouri
Oct. 19 Texas A&M
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Auburn
Nov. 9 New Mexico State
Nov. 16 LSU
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 at Mississippi State
Full Schedule Analysis

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Joe Moorhead has a nice team returning with a great-looking offense to go along with a strong enough defensive back seven to overcome the massive losses on the line. The schedule isn’t all that bad considering the SEC West slate, mostly because all three non-conference games are winnable. There’s no Georgia or Florida from the East, and Alabama and LSU have to come to Stark Vegas.

2018 Record: 8-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 Louisiana (in New Orleans)
Sept. 7 Southern Miss
Sept. 14 Kansas State
Sept. 21 Kentucky
Sept. 28 at Auburn
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Tennessee
Oct. 19 LSU
Oct. 26 at Texas A&M
Nov. 2 at Arkansas
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Alabama
Nov. 23 Abilene Christian
Nov. 28 Ole Miss
Full Schedule Analysis

Texas A&M Aggies

Jimbo Fisher’s team is good enough to come up with a whopper of a season, but there are four mega-issues – at Clemson, Alabama, at Georgia, at LSU. The Aggies will be good enough to win one of those, maybe two, but not three or four. On the plus side, they should be able to get by Auburn, Mississippi State and South Carolina at home to get to nine wins.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 Texas State
Sept. 7 at Clemson
Sept. 14 Lamar
Sept. 21 Auburn
Sept. 28 Arkansas (in Arlington)
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Alabama
Oct. 19 at Ole Miss
Oct. 26 Mississippi State
Nov. 2 UTSA
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 South Carolina
Nov. 23 at Georgia
Nov. 30 at LSU
Full Schedule Analysis

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
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