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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SUN BELT EAST

Appalachian State Mountaineers

New head coach Eliah Drinkwitz inherits a loaded offense that’s full of experience, and a defense that gets seven starters back. Where are the certain losses? At South Carolina might be one, and going to North Carolina could be another, but the road date at Troy and home game against Georgia Southern will be scary, but flirting with ten wins is reasonable.

2018 Record: 11-2
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 East Tennessee State
Sept. 7 Charlotte
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina
Sept. 28 Coastal Carolina
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 at Louisiana
Oct. 19 ULM
Oct. 26 at South Alabama
Oct. 31 Georgia Southern
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at South Carolina
Nov. 16 at Georgia State
Nov. 23 Texas State
Nov. 30 at Troy
Full Schedule Analysis

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

New head coach Jamey Chadwell has a team that needs plenty of work – can he get to six wins? There are a slew of dangerous 50/50 games, and too many almost certain losses – at Appalachian State, at Georgia Southern, at Arkansas State, at Kansas – with little room for error. It’ll be tough to get to six wins.

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

Aug. 31 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 7 at Kansas
Sept. 14 Norfolk State
Sept. 21 at UMass
Sept. 28 at Appalachian State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Georgia State
Oct. 19 at Georgia Southern
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Troy
Nov. 7 Louisiana
Nov. 16 at Arkansas State
Nov. 23 at ULM
Nov. 30 Texas State
Full Schedule Analysis

Georgia Southern Eagles

It’s a strong team returning with the great option offense style, but there won’t be the ten wins of last year. With road games at LSU, Minnesota, Appalachian State, Troy, and Arkansas State, the word you’re looking for is yeeeeeeesh. The Eagles will win at least one of those, but there can’t be any misfires against the rest of the slate.

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

Aug. 31 at LSU
Sept. 7 Maine
Sept. 14 at Minnesota
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 Louisiana
Oct. 3 at South Alabama
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 Coastal Carolina
Oct. 26 New Mexico State
Oct. 31 at Appalachian State
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Troy
Nov. 16 ULM
Nov. 23 at Arkansas State
Nov. 30 Georgia State
Full Schedule Analysis

Georgia State Panthers

After a rocky season, the Panthers should be a whole lot better with a team loaded with veterans and experience, especially on offense. The points have to start coming, and the defense has to be a whole lot better, but where are the wins? Outside of Furman, all of the other likely winnable games, they aren’t sure things. Texas State, ULM and Coastal Carolina are in the Panther wheelhouse, but they’re on the road. Even so, they should be able to get to at least four wins, likely five.

2018 Record: 2-10
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 31 at Tennessee
Sept. 7 Furman
Sept. 14 at Western Michigan
Sept. 21 at Texas State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Arkansas State
Oct. 12 at Coastal Carolina
Oct. 19 Army
Oct. 26 Troy
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at ULM
Nov. 16 Appalachian State
Nov. 23 South Alabama
Nov. 30 at Georgia Southern
Full Schedule Analysis

Troy Trojans

New head man Chip Lindsey inherits a nice team that has enough potential to be every bit as good as last year’s version. It helps with a schedule that should see a loss at Missouri – the Tigers get a week off to rest up – but has everything else going its way. Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, and Appalachian State are all at home.

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

Aug. 31 Campbell
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 Southern Miss
Sept. 21 at Akron
Sept. 28 Arkansas State
Oct. 5 at Missouri
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 South Alabama
Oct. 26 at Georgia State
Nov. 2 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 9 Georgia Southern
Nov. 16 at Texas State
Nov. 23 at Louisiana
Nov. 30 Appalachian State
Full Schedule Analysis

SUN BELT WEST

Arkansas State Red Wolves

The Red Wolves weren’t able to get to the Sun Belt title game last season, but they’re going to be deep in the hunt. The non-conference schedule isn’t awful, but it’s asking a lot to get by SMU and at trip to UNLV – forget about the date at Georgia. The Sun Belt slate isn’t bad – missing Appalachian State and Troy – and getting Louisiana and Georgia Southern in Jonesboro.

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

Aug. 31 SMU
Sept. 7 at UNLV
Sept. 14 at Georgia
Sept. 21 Southern Illinois
Sept. 28 at Troy
Oct. 5 at Georgia State
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 Louisiana
Oct. 26 Texas State
Nov. 2 at ULM
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 23 Georgia Southern
Nov. 30 at South Alabama
Full Schedule Analysis

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Billy Napier has a good enough team to get back to the Sun Belt title game, but the schedule isn’t going to help out. With road games at Ohio, Georgia Southern and Arkansas State, home dates against Appalachian State and Troy, and with the neutral site game against Mississippi State, it’ll be a fight to get to six wins. But they will.

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

Aug. 31 Mississippi State (in New Orleans)
Sept. 7 Liberty
Sept. 14 Texas Southern
Sept. 21 at Ohio
Sept. 28 at Georgia Southern
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 9 Appalachian State
Oct. 17 at Arkansas State
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Texas State
Nov. 7 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 16 at South Alabama
Nov. 23 Troy
Nov. 30 ULM
Full Schedule Analysis

South Alabama Jaguars

The Jaguars should be better and stronger in Steve Campbell’s second season at the helm, especially on offense. But it could be a tough start with Jackson State the only sure-thing win until November. Even then, winning at Texas State is hardly certain. USA should be the underdog in at least nine games, but again, it should be improved enough to get to at least five wins.

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

Aug. 31 at Nebraska
Sept. 7 Jackson State
Sept. 14 Memphis
Sept. 21 at UAB
Sept. 28 at ULM
Oct. 3 Georgia Southern
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 at Troy
Oct. 26 Appalachian State
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Texas State
Nov. 16 Louisiana
Nov. 23 at Georgia State
Nov. 30 Arkansas State
Full Schedule Analysis

Texas State Bobcats

New head man Jake Spavital has a whole lot of work to do, but he has the veteran talent to change things around early on. What he doesn’t have is the schedule, with an almost certain 0-3 start to go along with four road games in the final six. But the Bobcats should be able to scratch and claw to four wins … somehow.

2018 Record: 3-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 31 at Texas A&M
Sept. 7 Wyoming
Sept. 14 at SMU
Sept. 21 Georgia State
Sept. 28 Nicholls State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 10 ULM
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Arkansas State
Nov. 2 at Louisiana
Nov. 9 South Alabama
Nov. 16 Troy
Nov. 23 at Appalachian State
Nov. 30 at Coastal Carolina
Full Schedule Analysis

ULM Warhawks

The Warhawks came up with a fun season, but it wasn’t enough to shoehorn into one of the Sun Belt’s bowl slots. and now they get back QB Caleb Evans and all five starters up front, along with eight starters on defense. But with at Florida State, at Iowa State, at Appalachian State, at Georgia Southern, at Louisiana, AND Arkansas State and Memphis at home, good luck pushing for more than those six victories of last year.

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

Aug. 29 Grambling
Sept. 7 at Florida State
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at Iowa State
Sept. 28 South Alabama
Oct. 5 Memphis
Oct. 10 at Texas State
Oct. 19 at Appalachian State
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Arkansas State
Nov. 9 Georgia State
Nov. 16 at Georgia Southern
Nov. 23 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 30 at Louisiana
Full Schedule Analysis

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
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