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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Cincinnati Bearcats

Even with the Bearcat continuing to roll under Luke Fickell, there are too many losable games. UCLA will be better, and going to Ohio State is a problem – that’s just to kick things off. Assume issues along the way with UCF, at Houston, at Marshall, at Memphis, and at USF to deal with, too.

2018 Record: 11-2
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 29 UCLA
Sept. 7 at Ohio State
Sept. 14 Miami University
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 at Marshall
Oct. 4 UCF
Oct. 12 at Houston
Oct. 19 Tulsa
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at East Carolina
Nov. 9 UConn
Nov. 16 at USF
Nov. 23 Temple
Nov. 29 at Memphis
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Connecticut Huskies

Just how much better can UConn improve? ANYTHING on defense will be a plus, but it’ll still take several upsets to get close to six wins. Wagner, at UMass and East Carolina are the three games that have to be must wins, and there should be a few other good fights along the way.

2018 Record: 1-11
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 29 Wagner
Sept. 7 Illinois
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at Indiana
Sept. 28 at UCF
Oct. 5 USF
Oct. 12 at Tulane
Oct. 19 Houston
Oct. 26 at UMass
Nov. 1 Navy
Nov. 9 at Cincinnati
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 East Carolina
Nov. 30 at Temple
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East Carolina Pirates

New head coach Mike Houston should be able to turn things around a little bit, but it’ll still take a while to get where the program should go. Assume at least five losses, but there are seven games against teams that didn’t go bowling.

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

Aug. 31 at NC State
Sept. 7 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 14 at Navy
Sept. 21 William & Mary
Sept. 28 at Old Dominion
Oct. 3 Temple
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at UCF
Oct. 26 USF
Nov. 2 Cincinnati
Nov. 9 at SMU
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at UConn
Nov. 30 Tulsa
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South Florida Bulls

Can Charlie Strong’s team come up with a stunner or two? With Wisconsin, at Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Memphis and at UCF to deal with, assume at least three losses in that group, if not more, and assume another whiff or two along with way with Temple, BYU, at Navy, as a part of the mix, too.

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

Aug. 30 Wisconsin
Sept. 7 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 14 South Carolina State
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 SMU
Oct. 5 at UConn
Oct. 12 BYU
Oct. 19 at Navy
Oct. 26 at East Carolina
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Temple
Nov. 16 Cincinnati
Nov. 23 Memphis
Nov. 29 at UCF
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Temple Owls

New head coach Rod Carey has a good team to work with, but there are a whole lot of dangerous games to make it a fight to get to the eight wins of last year. Maryland, Georgia Tech, Memphis and UCF are all at home, but there should be at least two losses, probably three. However, road games against Buffalo, East Carolina, SMU and USF are all winnable.

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

Aug. 31 Bucknell
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 Maryland
Sept. 21 at Buffalo
Sept. 28 Georgia Tech
Oct. 3 at East Carolina
Oct. 12 Memphis
Oct. 19 at SMU
Oct. 26 UCF
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 at USF
Nov. 16 Tulane
Nov. 23 at Cincinnati
Nov. 30 UConn
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UCF Knights

Where’s the sure thing loss? The road game at Pitt is winnable for the Knights, and Stanford might just be gettable when it enters The Bounce House. However, assume a loss to one of the two Power Five programs, and a rough day against a Cincinnati on the road or Houston at home. Assume two losses, but … never underestimate this program.

2018 Record: 12-1
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2019 Prediction, March Version: 10-2

Aug. 29 Florida A&M
Sept. 7 at Florida Atlantic
Sept. 14 Stanford
Sept. 21 at Pitt
Sept. 28 UConn
Oct. 4 at Cincinnati
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 East Carolina
Oct. 26 at Temple
Nov. 2 Houston
Nov. 8 at Tulsa
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Tulane
Nov. 29 USF
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Houston Cougars

Dana Holgorsen should have this thing humming right away, but it’ll still likely mean four losses with a road trip to Oklahoma, a visit from Washington State, and a road game at UCF. Nine wins are possible, though, with the rest of the schedule more than winnable.

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

Aug. 31 at Oklahoma
Sept. 7 Prairie View A&M
Sept. 13 Washington State
Sept. 19 at Tulane
Sept. 28 at North Texas
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Cincinnati
Oct. 19 at UConn
Oct. 24 SMU
Nov. 2 at UCF
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Memphis
Nov. 23 at Tulsa
Nov. 30 Navy
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Memphis Tigers

There are just enough tough games to make it a push to get to eight wins, but overall, the schedule isn’t that bad. The Tigers have to go on the road to face Temple, USF and Houston, open up the season against Ole Miss, and close against Cincinnati. There isn’t a game on the slate, though, that MU can’t win.

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

Aug. 31 Ole Miss
Sept. 7 Southern
Sept. 14 at South Alabama
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 26 Navy
Oct. 5 at ULM
Oct. 12 at Temple
Oct. 19 Tulane
Oct. 26 at Tulsa
Nov. 2 SMU
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Houston
Nov. 23 at USF
Nov. 29 Cincinnati
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Navy Midshipmen

At some point the Midshipmen will turn it all around, but it’s not going to be easy after opening up the season against Holy Cross and East Carolina. Outside of the date at Notre Dame, there isn’t anything on the schedule they can’t win, but assume losses to the Irish, at Houston, and at Memphis as a base. The D has to be a whole lot better, though, to get to bowl eligibility.

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

Aug. 31 Holy Cross
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 East Carolina
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 26 at Memphis
Oct. 5 Air Force
Oct. 12 at Tulsa
Oct. 19 USF
Oct. 26 Tulane
Nov. 1 at UConn
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Notre Dame
Nov. 23 SMU
Nov. 30 at Houston
Dec. 7 OPEN DATE
Dec. 14 Army (in Philadelphia)
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SMU Mustangs

There’s a lot to like with the offense likely to be stronger and more effective with Texas transfer Shane Buechele running the show. Getting out to a hot start is a must with 50/50 games at Arkansas State and North Texas. Going to TCU, USF, Houston and Memphis should keep this from being a huge year, but winning six games shouldn’t be an issue.

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

Aug. 31 at Arkansas State
Sept. 7 North Texas
Sept. 14 Texas State
Sept. 21 at TCU
Sept. 28 at USF
Oct. 5 Tulsa
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 Temple
Oct. 24 at Houston
Nov. 2 at Memphis
Nov. 9 East Carolina
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Navy
Nov. 30 Tulane
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Tulane Green Wave

There isn’t a high ceiling for the season considering the games at Auburn, Memphis, Army and Temple, and with home games against FIU, Houston and UCF. However, there’s a high floor with enough easy games for a team that’s good enough to build off of last season to get to at least get to six 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 FIU
Sept. 7 at Auburn
Sept. 14 Missouri State
Sept. 19 Houston
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Army
Oct. 12 UConn
Oct. 19 at Memphis
Oct. 26 at Navy
Nov. 2 Tulsa
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Temple
Nov. 23 UCF
Nov. 30 at SMU
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Okay, okay, Tulsa will be better than this, but where are the wins? The San Jose State game is up in California, Wyoming is no pushover, Navy is going to be better, and East Carolina, Tulane and SMU are road games. Yeah, the final win count should be better than the three of last year, but again, how?

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

Aug. 30 at Michigan State
Sept. 7 at San Jose State
Sept. 14 Oklahoma State
Sept. 21 Wyoming
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at SMU
Oct. 12 Navy
Oct. 19 at Cincinnati
Oct. 26 Memphis
Nov. 2 at Tulane
Nov. 8 UCF
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 Houston
Nov. 30 at East Carolina
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