The biggest storyline in college football this season will be …
Jeff Feyerer @JeffFeyerer, CFN
Is it worth it to pick anything other than Alabama vs. Clemson for the national title?
Pete Fiutak @PeteFiutak, CFN
I’ll do a deeper dive in the 2019 Cavalcade of Whimsy Extravaganza next week, but the one big thing that’s going to matter more than anything else will be how the transfer portal/grad transfer world has gutted the quarterback depth.
One of the top ten teams will see its College Football Playoff dream fizzle out because it won’t have a good-enough No. 2 guy.
All of the top teams have enough talent to overcome a major starting quarterback loss for a little while, but – with all due respect to Cardale Jones – forget about winning the whole thing if a superstar goes down with something serious.
There’s no Jalen Hurts at Alabama anymore. There’s no Austin Kendall at Oklahoma. There’s no Tate Martell at Ohio State – no big whoop, apparently – and there’s no Justin Fields at Georgia.
Think of it this way. Last year at this time, Hurts, Fields and Trevor Lawrence were all backups.
Alabama and Clemson … again.
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There will be a real and immediate push to expand the College Football Playoff after more controversy leaves out two of the Power 5 conference champions. We saw some momentum begin last season, and it’ll ramp up with a proposal at the end of the 2019 season.
Jalen Hurts will keep Oklahoma and its offensive attack rolling as it was under both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
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“Should Trevor Lawrence be allowed to go to the NFL after two seasons?” He’s going to light it up and the chatter that followed the title game last year will grow to a roar as he lights teams up en route to the CFP. Also, “Is Texas back?” That always seems to end up as a storyline.
Everyone’s eyes will be on USC and head coach Clay Helton, because if the Trojans struggle to compete for the Pac-12 South, then all the talk will be about Urban Meyer’s being the next USC head coach. Former USC RB Reggie Bush is already recruiting Meyer to Southern Cal.
The hierarchy of Tier I and Tier II in college football gets wider … and not just Alabama and Clemson ahead of everyone else.
The biggest storyline will be Clemson’s run at a repeat, but there will be many critics of a “weak ACC schedule.” At least the Tigers play Texas A&M, but it’s at home.
Bama/Clemson V. That’s it. That’s the season. That’s what everyone will be looking at.
The NCAA looking into changing their policy on using a player’s likeness for profit will be the big, big story. We could see a huge shift and an opportunity for players to make money while still in college.
The world might treat it with a bit of a yawn, but it’s all about Clemson and Alabama, and even more so, how does the Crimson Tide respond?
AJ Dillon of Boston College will run for over 2,000 yards. He’s going to rise up and be a sleeper factor in the Heisman race.
Can Clemson repeat, especially as Trevor Lawrence runs wild through the ACC? The ACC, as a whole, should not offer much resistance to Clemson. It will be when Clemson gets to the CFP where the tests come.