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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Army Black Knights

Start with this; there’s a chance the Army thing doesn’t work quite as well as it had over the last few years. As great as the program is right now, sometimes it just doesn’t work (see Navy and Air Force lately). With that said, other than the trip to Michigan – not a sure thing for the Wolverines if they can’t hit the curve – where’t eat other loss? Tulane and Hawaii are the only other games against teams that went bowling.

2018 Record: 11-2
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 10-3

Aug. 30 Rice
Sept. 7 at Michigan
Sept. 14 at UTSA
Sept. 21 Morgan State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Tulane
Oct. 12 at WKU
Oct. 19 at Georgia State
Oct. 26 San Jose State
Nov. 2 at Air Force
Nov. 9 UMass
Nov. 16 VMI
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 at Hawaii
Dec. 7 OPEN DATE
Dec. 14 Navy (in Philadelphia)
Full Schedule Analysis

BYU Cougars

Yeah, so no one could see the win over Wisconsin coming last year, but it’s still asking a lot to do much with a schedule that sees Utah, at Tennessee, USC, Washington, Boise State, at Utah State, and at San Diego State. And at Toledo, and at USF. The Cougars will be good enough to win some of those, but not enough.

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

Aug. 29 Utah
Sept. 7 at Tennessee
Sept. 14 USC
Sept. 21 Washington
Sept. 28 at Toledo
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at USF
Oct. 19 Boise State
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Utah State
Nov. 9 Liberty
Nov. 16 Idaho State
Nov. 23 at UMass
Nov. 30 at San Diego State
Full Schedule Analysis

Liberty Flames

Hugh Freeze’s team has enough talent and experience to push past teams like Hampton, New Mexico, Maine, Buffalo, and then it’s about New Mexico State. The Flames play the Aggies twice, and they’re better, Throw in the date at UMass, and getting to at least six wins isn’t asking for the world.

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

Aug. 31 Syracuse
Sept. 7 at Louisiana
Sept. 14 Buffalo
Sept. 21 Hampton
Sept. 28 New Mexico
Oct. 5 at New Mexico State
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 Maine
Oct. 26 at Rutgers
Nov. 2 at UMass
Nov. 9 at BYU
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Virginia
Nov. 30 New Mexico State
Full Schedule Analysis

Massachusetts Minutemen

New head man Walt Bell inherits a team that wasn’t as strong as it was last year – and that team went 4-8. There are a few home games that should be in the mix for the Minutemen – Coastal Carolina, Akron, Southern Illinois, Liberty – but there are way too many sure losses to push for six wins.

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

Aug. 30 at Rutgers
Sept. 7 Southern Illinois
Sept. 14 at Charlotte
Sept. 21 Coastal Carolina
Sept. 28 Akron
Oct. 5 at FIU
Oct. 12 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 UConn
Nov. 2 Liberty
Nov. 9 at Army
Nov. 16 at Northwestern
Nov. 23 BYU
Nov. 30 OPEN DATE
Full Schedule Analysis

New Mexico State Aggies

There’s a whole lot of experience returning on defense, but the offense has to be a whole lot better after a clunker on a 3-9 season. The schedule doesn’t help with way too many sure-thing losses – at Washington State, at Alabama, San Diego State, Fresno State, at Ole Miss – but there a re a few 50/50 games to potentially push for at least five wins if the O gets going.

2018 Record: 3-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11
2019 Prediction, March Version: 2-10

Aug. 31 at Washington State
Sept. 7 at Alabama
Sept. 14 San Diego State
Sept. 21 at New Mexico
Sept. 28 Fresno State
Oct. 5 Liberty
Oct. 12 at Central Michigan
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Georgia Southern
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Ole Miss
Nov. 16 Incarnate Word
Nov. 23 UTEP
Nov. 30 at Liberty
Full Schedule Analysis

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Part of the reason everything worked out well for the Irish was a schedule loaded with a whole slew of down teams. Florida State, USC, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Navy weren’t themselves, but give credit to the Irish for pushing through the solid teams to get to 12-0. This year, they should be good again, but going to Georgia, Michigan and Stanford will be a problem. USC and Virginia Tech are going to be better, too.

2018 Record: 12-1
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Sept. 2 at Louisville
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 New Mexico
Sept. 21 at Georgia
Sept. 28 Virginia
Oct. 5 Bowling Green
Oct. 12 USC
Oct. 19 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Michigan
Nov. 2 Virginia Tech
Nov. 9 at Duke
Nov. 16 Navy
Nov. 23 Boston College
Nov. 30 at Stanford
Full Schedule Analysis

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

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