The crazy, wacky college football call that will actually happen this season will be …
Jeff Feyerer @JeffFeyerer, CFN
Lincoln Riley leaves for the NFL, and Brent Venables takes the Oklahoma job.
If Lincoln Riley can get Oklahoma to the playoff again with three different quarterbacks, some NFL team (Hello Dallas or Washington) will back up the truck for him.
For a guy like Riley, go take a shot at the NFL when you’re young and vibrant, and hey, if it doesn’t work out, the college game will welcome you back with open arms before you hit the middle of your career. Venables would be a fantastic replacement given his body of work at both Clemson and Oklahoma.
Pete Fiutak @PeteFiutak, CFN
Forget for a moment that I didn’t/can’t go wacky in various bowl and College Football Playoff projections, because I have to be practical and responsible when doing those …
Either Clemson or Alabama won’t make the College Football Playoff.
It’s going to happen at some point.
Clemson has managed to not lose two pre-CFP/Bowl games in each of the last four seasons – that’s crazy. Alabama has done that an insane eight seasons in a row, but that’s absolutely insane.
Texas A&M will be a problem for both teams, the Crimson Tide have to deal with the normal brutal finishing kick in SEC play and then, maybe in the SEC Championship. Clemson it overdue to drop a random ACC game, might have a problem in the conference championship, and …
I can’t do it. It’ll be 14-0 Clemson vs. 14-0 Alabama for the national title.
Texas A&M will get a split between Alabama and Clemson.
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The College Football Playoff Committee will break the seal on a two-loss team getting in, and after flirting with the idea last year, it’ll be Georgia. The Bulldogs will lose one of the three games between Florida, Texas A&M, or at Auburn, and then lose in the SEC title game by Alabama in a close one. The narrative will begin, and it’ll happen this time.
Rutgers wins a Big Ten game. Just kidding. Illinois will win a couple, though, and will be a whole lot better than expected.
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Khalil Tate and Arizona win the Pac-12 South with Tate being a Heisman finalist. My strange love for “Pac-12 After Dark” might be clouding my view on this one. The Wildcats are going to be fun to watch this season.
Texas A&M will beat both Alabama and Clemson but not make the playoffs because it’ll lose two games in SEC play and won’t even win the West.
Texas A&M will pull off the upset at Clemson.
Michigan outlasting Penn State in Happy Valley … in four overtimes.
Mizzou will be 8-0 going into the Georgia game and, it’s eligibility for the postseason will become a bigger and bigger story each week in September and October.
Okay, you want wacky? Let’s do this … Ohio State will make a run at Chip Kelly after the Buckeyes lose three games, including at Ann Arbor.
Kansas will become instantly relevant under Les Miles. The Jayhawks went 3-9 last season, and Miles will get them close to .500 this season based on his pedigree. They have seven home games, and don’t be surprised if they win a few Big 12 conference clashes from Lawrence.
Kirby Smart calls a fake punt at midfield late in the SEC Ch…. Oh wait. Too soon! Too soon!
Rutgers will win more than three games. It’s nuts to admit they can even win four but it has an easier schedule than last season and is improved on both sides — albeit slightly.