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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CONFERENCE USA EAST

C-USA Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Charlotte 49ers

New head man Will Healy has a nice team returning, but it won’t be easy to get over that five-win mark to bowl eligibility. Outside of the trips to Clemson and Appalachian State, the road games aren’t all that bad, traveling to FIU, WKU, UTEP and Old Dominion. There’s enough here to get to five wins, but that sixth? It’ll take a big upset or two.

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

Aug. 31 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 7 at Appalachian State
Sept. 14 UMass
Sept. 21 at Clemson
Sept. 28 Florida Atlantic
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at FIU
Oct. 19 at WKU
Oct. 26 North Texas
Nov. 2 Middle Tennessee
Nov. 9 at UTEP
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 Marshall
Nov. 30 at Old Dominion
Full Schedule Analysis

Florida Atlantic Owls

Expect the Owls to be somewhere in between Lane Kiffin’s amazing first year and last season’s disappointment. There’s some reworking to do, but after the openers against Ohio State and UCF, everything else is winnable. The road games after going to Columbus? Ball State, Charlotte, Old Dominion, WKU, UTSA – none of them went bowling last season. There will be a few hiccups, but not enough.

2018 Record: 5-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 at Ohio State
Sept. 7 UCF
Sept. 14 at Ball State
Sept. 21 Wagner
Sept. 28 at Charlotte
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 19 Marshall
Oct. 26 at Old Dominion
Nov. 2 at WKU
Nov. 9 FIU
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at UTSA
Nov. 30 Southern Miss
Full Schedule Analysis

Florida International Golden Panthers

It’s a quirky-rough slate with road games against Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic and Marshall that are all manageable, but … they’re not easy. Throw in the home game against Miami, and it’ll be a fight to get past the eight wins of last regular season.

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

Aug 29 at Tulane
Sept. 7 WKU
Sept. 14 New Hampshire
Sept. 20 at Louisiana Tech
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 UMass
Oct. 12 Charlotte
Oct. 19 UTEP
Oct. 26 at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 2 Old Dominion
Nov. 9 at Florida Atlantic
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 Miami
Nov. 30 at Marshall
Full Schedule Analysis

Marshall Thundering Herd

There’s a bunch of reworking to do, but the Herd should be able to power through to flirt with ten wins. Going to Boise State is the only almost-certain loss. Can the Herd handle going to Florida Atlantic? How about the trip to Middle Tennessee? There will be a few misfires along the way, but it’s a good enough slate for a good enough team to flirt with ten wins.

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

Aug. 31 VMI
Sept. 7 at Boise State
Sept. 14 Ohio
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 Cincinnati
Oct. 5 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 12 Old Dominion
Oct. 19 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 26 WKU
Nov. 2 at Rice
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 15 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 23 at Charlotte
Nov. 30 FIU
Full Schedule Analysis

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

There’s a whole lot not to like. The Blue Raiders have to go to Michigan and Iowa, and they host Duke. In conference, they have to go on the road to play Florida Atlantic and North Texas. If Charlotte and WKU are better, there’s a big problem. Marshall and FIU aren’t layups, either.

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

Aug. 31 at Michigan
Sept. 7 Tennessee State
Sept. 14 Duke
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 at Iowa
Oct. 5 Marshall
Oct. 12 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 19 at North Texas
Oct. 26 FIU
Nov. 2 at Charlotte
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Rice
Nov. 23 Old Dominion
Nov. 30 at WKU
Full Schedule Analysis

Old Dominion Monarchs

ODU will be a sleeper team that should be pesky enough to pick off a few of the Conference USA big boys along the way. There won’t be wins over Virginia Tech or Virginia, and going to Marshall, UAB, FIU and Middle Tennessee will make a winning season tough. But the Monarchs should be good enough to come up with enough stunners to get to five wins.

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

Aug. 31 Norfolk State
Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at Virginia
Sept. 28 East Carolina
Oct. 5 WKU
Oct. 12 at Marshall
Oct. 19 at UAB
Oct. 26 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 2 at FIU
Nov. 9 UTSA
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 30 Charlotte
Full Schedule Analysis

WKU Hilltoppers

This will be a much, much better team that Tyson Helton is taking over, but where are the wins? Central Arkansas is one, Charlotte at home should be another, and … ? Again, the improvements will be there, and they should be enough to get two wins better, but that’s shoehorning in a prediction considering the sure-thing victories aren’t there.

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

Aug. 31 Central Arkansas
Sept. 7 at FIU
Sept. 14 Louisville (in Nashville)
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 UAB
Oct. 5 at Old Dominion
Oct. 12 Army
Oct. 19 Charlotte
Oct. 26 at Marshall
Nov. 2 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 9 at Arkansas
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Southern Miss
Nov. 30 Middle Tennessee
Full Schedule Analysis

CONFERENCE USA WEST

C-USA Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Even with the replacements on the defensive front, the Bulldogs should be terrific with an improved offense. There should be a loss at Texas go kick things off, and going to Marshall and UAB will be rough. The rest of the schedule is very, very manageable.

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 Texas
Sept. 7 Grambling
Sept. 14 at Bowling Green
Sept. 20 FIU
Sept. 28 at Rice
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 UMass
Oct. 19 Southern Miss
Oct. 26 at UTEP
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 North Texas
Nov. 15 at Marshall
Nov. 23 at UAB
Nov. 30 UTSA
Full Schedule Analysis

North Texas Mean Green

The Mean Green will still be fantastic offensively, but the defense has to be able to hold its own. It’ll be fine, but the schedule is a bigger problem than it might appear to be. Road games at SMU, Cal, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech are going to be annoying, and home dates against UAB and Houston should be fights. Even so, UNT should get to at least seven wins.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 Abilene Christian
Sept. 7 at SMU
Sept. 14 at California
Sept. 21 UTSA
Sept. 28 Houston
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Southern Miss
Oct. 19 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 26 at Charlotte
Nov. 2 UTEP
Nov. 9 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Rice
Nov. 30 UAB
Full Schedule Analysis

Rice Owls

Find one win on this schedule. UTSA? That’s on the road. UTEP? It’s in El Paso. The non-conference schedule? At Army, Wake Forest, Texas, Baylor. The Owls should be able to somehow come away with two wins when a few teams are totally unfocused, but that’s forcing a better record than it’ll probably be.

2018 Record: 2-11
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 0-12
2019 Prediction, March Version: 2-10

Aug. 30 at Army
Sept. 7 Wake Forest
Sept. 14 Texas
Sept. 21 Baylor
Sept. 28 Louisiana Tech
Oct.5 at UAB
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at UTSA
Oct. 26 Southern Miss
Nov. 2 Marshall
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 23 North Texas
Nov. 30 at UTEP
Full Schedule Analysis

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

The three-game September road run of Mississippi State, Troy and Alabama will put the Golden Eagles in a hole early on, and going to Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech in the second half of the slate doesn’t help. The team is good enough to fight through the fray for six wins, but it won’t be easy.

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

Aug. 31 Alcorn State
Sept. 7 at Mississippi State
Sept. 14 at Troy
Sept. 21 at Alabama
Sept. 28 UTEP
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 North Texas
Oct. 19 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 26 at Rice
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 UAB
Nov. 16 at UTSA
Nov. 23 WKU
Nov. 30 at Florida Atlantic
Full Schedule Analysis

UAB Blazers

UAB has been able to shock and amaze over the last few seasons, but this year’s version has to rebuild. The schedule, though, should help a bit. The Blazers don’t play a 2018 bowl team over the first ten games, but they do have to go to Tennessee and Southern Miss before closing out with Louisiana Tech and at North Texas. Some of the bad teams on the slate should be a whole lot better, but UAB should be able to handle it.

2018 Record: 11-3
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 29 Alabama State
Sept. 7 at Akron
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 South Alabama
Sept. 28 at WKU
Oct. 5 Rice
Oct. 12 at UTSA
Oct. 19 Old Dominion
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Tennessee
Nov. 9 at Southern Miss
Nov. 16 UTEP
Nov. 23 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 30 at North Texas
Full Schedule Analysis

UTEP Miners

Is THIS the year UTEP finally comes up with enough wins to break through and starts to get its head above water again? Maybe. Houston Baptist, UTSA, and Rice. All three teams come to El Paso, and all three are winnable. But those teams see the Miners as a beatable team, too.

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

Aug. 31 Houston Baptist
Sept. 7 at Texas Tech
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 Nevada
Sept. 28 at Southern Miss
Oct. 5 UTSA
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at FIU
Oct. 26 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 2 at North Texas
Nov. 9 Charlotte
Nov. 16 at UAB
Nov. 23 at New Mexico State
Nov. 30 Rice
Full Schedule Analysis

UTSA Roadrunners

The Roadrunners should be a whole lot better than they were last year, but there aren’t a slew of sure wins on the slate. They’ll beat Incarnate Word, but that won’t be a breeze. Rice is a home game, but UTEP is on the road, and the November finishing kick will be rough. It’ll take a few stunning upsets to get to six wins.

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

Aug. 31 Incarnate Word
Sept. 7 at Baylor
Sept. 14 Army
Sept. 21 at North Texas
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at UTEP
Oct. 12 UAB
Oct. 19 Rice
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Texas A&M
Nov. 9 at Old Dominion
Nov. 16 Southern Miss
Nov. 23 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 30 at Louisiana Tech
Full Schedule Analysis

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