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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PAC-12 NORTH

Pac-12 Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

California Golden Bears

Justin Wilcox has created too good a team to tumble down after breaking through last season, but the offense has to be better. There can’t be any misfires, like at home against Nortmh Texas and in Pac-12 games against Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State. The Golden Bears will get to six wins, but it won’t be easy in an improved Pac-12.

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

Aug. 31 UC Davis
Sept. 7 at Washington
Sept. 14 North Texas
Sept. 21 at Ole Miss
Sept. 27 Arizona State
Oct. 5 at Oregon
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 Oregon State
Oct. 26 at Utah
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 Washington State
Nov. 16 USC
Nov. 23 at Stanford
Nov. 30 at UCLA
Full Schedule Analysis

Oregon Ducks

The Ducks are loaded with talent and experience, but there are just enough losable games to keep from this being the massive season many will expect. Starting out against Auburn will be the big early key, and games at Stanford, Washington and USC are likely enough to come just short of a ten-win regular season.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2019 Prediction, March Version: 9-3

Aug. 31 Auburn (in Arlington)
Sept. 7 Nevada
Sept. 14 Montana
Sept. 21 at Stanford
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 California
Oct. 11 Colorado
Oct. 19 at Washington
Oct. 26 Washington State
Nov. 2 at USC
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Arizona
Nov. 23 at Arizona State
Nov. 30 Oregon State
Full Schedule Analysis

Oregon State Beavers

The Beavers should be better in Jonathan Smith’s second season, but after Cal Poly, where are the wins? At Hawaii? Arizona State? At Oregon? It’s going to take a few massive upsets to get a few wins, but they’ll happen. Someone in the Pac-12 will get tagged on the wrong day.

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

Aug. 30 Oklahoma State
Sept. 7 at Hawaii
Sept. 14 Cal Poly
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 Stanford
Oct. 5 at UCLA
Oct. 12 Utah
Oct. 19 at California
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 at Arizona
Nov. 8 Washington
Nov. 16 Arizona State
Nov. 23 at Washington State
Nov. 30 at Oregon
Full Schedule Analysis

Stanford Cardinal

There are too many key replacements needed to be made on both sides of the ball for this to be a College Football Playoff season, and the schedule isn’t going to help, either. Look at those first four games … Northwestern, at USC, at UCF, Oregon. With Washington coming up a few weeks later, and Notre Dame at the end, it’s a brutal slate. However, almost all of the tough games after September 14th are at home.

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

Aug. 31 Northwestern
Sept. 7 at USC
Sept. 14 at UCF
Sept. 21 Oregon
Sept. 28 at Oregon State
Oct. 5 Washington
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 UCLA
Oct. 26 Arizona
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Colorado
Nov. 16 at Washington State
Nov. 23 California
Nov. 30 Notre Dame
Full Schedule Analysis

Washington Huskies

The bad: Way too many starters are gone on defense. The good: there’s a month to figure it out. Cal isn’t a layup, and going to BYU will take some work, but overall, it’s not a bad first four weeks before hosting USC and going to Stanford. The Oregon, Utah and Washington State games are at home, but there are just enough tough 50/50 games to expect a few losses.

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

Aug. 31 Eastern Washington
Sept. 7 California
Sept. 14 Hawaii
Sept. 21 at BYU
Sept. 28 USC
Oct. 5 at Stanford
Oct. 12 at Arizona
Oct. 19 Oregon
Oct. 26 OPEN DATE
Nov. 2 Utah
Nov. 8 at Oregon State
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Colorado
Nov. 29 Washington State
Full Schedule Analysis

Washington State Cougars

This won’t be the season the Cougars had last season, but the defense returns solid and everything is there to keep on rolling on offense if Eastern Washington transfer Gage Gubrud is the real deal. The first part of the schedule shouldn’t be much of an issue – needing to get by UCLA at home – but road games at Utah, Arizona State, Oregon, Cal, and Washington are just enough to expect a record drop, even if the team is better in some ways.

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

Aug. 31 New Mexico State
Sept. 7 Northern Colorado
Sept. 13 Houston
Sept. 21 UCLA
Sept. 28 at Utah
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Arizona State
Oct. 19 Colorado
Oct. 26 at Oregon
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at California
Nov. 16 Stanford
Nov. 23 Oregon State
Nov. 29 at Washington
Full Schedule Analysis

PAC-12 SOUTH

Pac-12 Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats have to beat Hawaii on the road to kick things off. They biffed the opener against BYU last season, and that can’t happen again. Northern Arizona is a win, and Texas Tech and UCLA have to be home wins to build up a base of victories. Five road games in the last eight are bad, and home games against Washington and Utah won’t help.

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

Aug. 24 at Hawaii
Aug. 31 OPEN DATE
Sept. 7 Northern Arizona
Sept. 14 Texas Tech
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 UCLA
Oct. 5 at Colorado
Oct. 12 Washington
Oct. 19 at USC
Oct. 26 at Stanford
Nov. 2 Oregon State
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Oregon
Nov. 23 Utah
Nov. 29 at Arizona State
Full Schedule Analysis

Arizona State Sun Devils

After a decent first season, Year Two under Herm Edwards should get off to a hot start with Kent State, Sacramento State, and Colorado in the first four games. It’s a tougher schedule than it looks, but four of the last five games are against teams that didn’t go bowling. However, Oregon and USC are part of that finishing kick.

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

Aug. 29 Kent State
Sept. 6 Sacramento State
Sept. 14 at Michigan State
Sept. 21 Colorado
Sept. 27 at California
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Washington State
Oct. 19 at Utah
Oct. 26 at UCLA
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 USC
Nov. 16 at Oregon State
Nov. 23 Oregon
Nov. 29 Arizona
Full Schedule Analysis

Colorado Buffaloes

Mel Tucker has a veteran team to take over, but there’s no room for any misfires at home. The Buffs have to beat Nebraska, can’t lose to Arizona, Stanford, and could use an upset over USC or Washington. None of the road games are two-foot putts, meaning it’ll be a battle just to get close to the six-win mark.

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

Aug. 30 Colorado St (in Denver)
Sept. 7 Nebraska
Sept. 14 Air Force
Sept. 21 at Arizona State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 Arizona
Oct. 11 at Oregon
Oct. 19 at Washington State
Oct. 25 USC
Nov. 2 at UCLA
Nov. 9 Stanford
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 Washington
Nov. 30 at Utah
Full Schedule Analysis

UCLA Bruins

Get ready for the Chip Kelly era to kick in. There’s experience, and he’s getting in the players who do what he wants and needs. The key is getting off to a good start, and that means a win at Cincinnati to kick things off, and then follow it up with a win over San Diego State. Out of Oklahoma, at Stanford, at Utah and at USC there should be at least three losses, but if there are two or fewer, eight to nine wins are possible.

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

Aug. 31 at Cincinnati
Sept. 7 San Diego State
Sept. 14 Oklahoma
Sept. 21 at Washington State
Sept. 28 at Arizona
Oct. 5 Oregon State
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 17 at Stanford
Oct. 26 Arizona State
Nov. 2 Colorado
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Utah
Nov. 23 at USC
Nov. 30 California
Full Schedule Analysis

USC Trojans

Let’s just assume USC gets out of bed and becomes USC again. Starting with Fresh State, Stanford, Utah and Washington all in September is tough, but the first three of those are in LA. That’s followed up by a trip to Notre Dame, but there’s a week off to get ready. Can the Trojans get through this with just three losses? They’d better.

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

Aug. 31 Fresno State
Sept. 7 Stanford
Sept. 14 at BYU
Sept. 20 Utah
Sept. 28 at Washington
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Notre Dame
Oct. 19 Arizona
Oct. 25 at Colorado
Nov. 2 Oregon
Nov. 9 at Arizona State
Nov. 16 at California
Nov. 23 UCLA
Nov. 30 OPEN DATE
Full Schedule Analysis

Utah Utes

The Utes should be even better with a healthy backfield returning to go along with a slew of good veterans returning from the Pac-12 South championship team. If they can beat BYU in Provo to kick things off, they’re going to be 3-0 before going to USC and dealing with Washington State. Going to Washington is a concern, but that’s about it – there are more than enough winnable games for this team to honestly push for ten wins.

2018 Record: 9-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 29 at BYU
Sept. 7 Northern Illinois
Sept. 14 Idaho State
Sept. 20 at USC
Sept. 28 Washington State
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Oregon State
Oct. 19 Arizona State
Oct. 26 California
Nov. 2 at Washington
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 UCLA
Nov. 23 at Arizona
Nov. 30 Colorado
Full Schedule Analysis

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
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