2. 2019 Texas A&M will be 2018 LSU
LSU was supposedly in big, big trouble going into the 2018 season.
Head coach Ed Orgeron was at the top of every hot seat coaching list, the quarterback situation was iffy, and the schedule looked impossible to manage.
The Tigers had to start out the season against Miami, had to go on the road to face Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M, and had to deal with Georgia and Alabama, too.
It was tough, but they got great play on both lines, a terrific season from a swarming defense, a nice year out of QB Joe Burrow, and in the end, managed to win ten games with a Fiesta Bowl victory over UCF.
Welcome to 2019 Texas A&M – this year’s 2018 LSU.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher isn’t remotely close to being on any hot seat list, but the schedule is a gigantic bag of unfair.
Any normal team would have to scratch and claw just to get bowl eligible with a slate of at Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, at Georgia, and at LSU, with dates against Arkansas and Ole Miss away from College Station, too.
It’s going to be tough, but A&M will get great play on both lines, a terrific season from a swarming defense, a nice year out of QB Kellen Mond, and in the end, it’ll manage to win ten games after taking home a bowl victory.
Also like last year’s LSU team, A&M will lose to Alabama at home. It’ll also lose the late-season games against Georgia and LSU on the road, but before all of that, welcome to the throw-ball-before-receiver-breaks-out-of-route call that was made from the very start of the offseason. It’s too late to back off it now …
Texas A&M will beat Clemson.
The defending national champs are better than the Aggies, they’re playing at home, and unlike last year’s battle – a tight 28-26 Clemson win – when Trevor Lawrence was just getting up to speed, the offense is going to be devastating. But Kelly Bryant had a good game, and it wasn’t the offense’s fault that the defense couldn’t handle Mond’s 430-yard passing day.
A&M will pull off the thriller, setting up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup when Alabama comes to College Station on October 12th.
Relax, Clemson people … you will still get into the College Football Playoff.