The biggest disappointment in college football this season will be …
Jeff Feyerer @JeffFeyerer, CFN
Michigan. The Wolverines are set up to have a big year. Notre Dame. At home. Michigan State. At home. And most importantly, Ohio State … at home, and without Urban Meyer. This is the year it should happen, but I don’t think it will.
Their offensive line and receivers are outstanding, but what have we really seen from Shea Patterson to think he’s going to take advantage of them? More importantly, as much as Don Brown is a maestro on the defensive side of the ball, the Wolverines just lost four 1st-Team All-Big Ten defenders in Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Devin Bush and David Long. The opportunity is there … I’ll believe they win the conference when I see it.
Pete Fiutak @PeteFiutak, CFN
Ohio State. I’m 100% prepared to kick back and groove on it if the program can make an Oklahoma-like transition from a legendary coaching era and be even stronger.
I’m not sold on Justin Fields – fully prepared to admit I could be really, really wrong on that, too – and not quite there on assuming that having College Football Playoff talent across the board will be enough.
The Buckeyes could absolutely lose at Nebraska, or to Wisconsin, or to a killer Michigan State team, or late in the year to Penn State and/or at Michigan.
The playMGM lines on over/under regular season wins is at 10.5. Go with the under.
USC. The Trojans are supposed to bounce back after taking a year off. Nope. The Pac-12 South overall is going to be stronger.
Michigan, once again. The Wolverines are being hyped up, but they lost far too much talent and coaching on defense. It’ll take more than a quick turn to install a new scheme and offense without some growing pains.
Florida takes a step back after a promising 2018 season. Honorable mention to Michigan State, who continues to field a solid defense but a moribund offense.
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I think Michigan will be very good and win 9-10 games, but in year five, the table has never been better set for Jim Harbaugh and company to finally win the Big Ten.
I don’t think they do, and things will start to get anxious in Ann Arbor, especially if they lose to OSU and Michigan State.
Texas. Everyone is saying that the Longhorns are back after they defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Advanced stats have them winning about seven games and even being road underdogs to Baylor and Iowa State. They lost half of the production from last year, and playing three of their final five on the road do not help their cause.
Michigan … underwhelming again this decade.
Along with Alabama missing its first final four invite … it will be the Georgia Bulldogs. Expectations are high in Athens, but a four-loss regular season will be a major letdown.
Michigan. It’s Jim Harbaugh, it’s Michigan, and the Big Ten East is great. You know what’s coming.
Ohio State. No Big Ten title. No copyright for the word “THE.”
Wisconsin. Even though the Badgers have Jonathan Taylor, they lost a lot of talent on what is usually their strength – the offensive line. They also face Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and on the road, an improved Nebraska team.
Florida taking a step backwards after a solid first year under Mullen. Get ready for a 7-5 regular season in 2019.
It will probably be Michigan. Some have Michigan in their top five, and some have them as high as three or four. I don’t see it.
It may not even get past Notre Dame, and then likely it’ll likely lose to Ohio State, at least. It appears to be another 2-to-3 loss season for the Wolverines as they won’t have enough to get over the hump.