2021 College Football Predictions For All 130 Teams: Spring

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2021 College Football Predictions For All 130 Teams: Spring

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2021 College Football Predictions For All 130 Teams: Spring

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SEC East

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Florida Gators

There might be a whole bunch of lost parts, but the Gators will still be strong enough to at least compete for the SEC East. The schedule isn’t that bad, but Alabama comes to Gainesville, there’s a trip to LSU, and the Georgia game is the Georgia game. That should be just enough to keep Dan Mullen’s club out of the College Football Playoff fight, but it’ll still be a good year.

2018: 10-3 2019: 11-2 2020: 8-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 9-3

Sept. 4 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 11 at USF
Sept. 18 Alabama
Sept. 25 Tennessee
Oct. 2 at Kentucky
Oct. 9 Vanderbilt
Oct. 16 at LSU
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 6 at South Carolina
Nov. 13 Samford
Nov. 20 at Missouri
Nov. 27 Florida State
Full Schedule Analysis

Georgia Bulldogs

Can the Bulldogs avoid the clunker? The talent is there for the offense to be better – even with star WR George Pickens out with a torn ACL – and the defense is going to be phenomenal again. As long as there isn’t a brain cramp – there’s no Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M from the West – the Dawgs have to split between Clemson and Florida in neutral site showdowns.

2018: 11-3 2019: 12-2 2020: 8-2
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 11-1

Sept. 4 Clemson (in Charlotte)
Sept. 11 UAB
Sept. 18 South Carolina
Sept. 25 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 2 Arkansas
Oct. 9 at Auburn
Oct. 16 Kentucky
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 Florida (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 6 Missouri
Nov. 13 at Tennessee
Nov. 20 Charleston Southern
Nov. 27 at Georgia Tech
Full Schedule Analysis

Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky can’t take any game for granted considering its style of play, but getting to four wins won’t be an issue with this slate, dates with Florida and LSU are at home and there are just enough breaks in the midst of an interesting second half to at least get to six wins and push for seven or more.

2018: 10-3 2019: 8-5 2020: 5-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5

Sept. 4 ULM
Sept. 11 Missouri
Sept. 18 Chattanooga
Sept. 25 at South Carolina
Oct. 2 Florida
Oct. 9 LSU
Oct. 16 at Georgia
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 at Mississippi State
Nov. 6 Tennessee
Nov. 13 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 20 New Mexico State
Nov. 27 at Louisville
Full Schedule Analysis

Missouri Tigers

Mizzou has the ability and base of talents to have a strong Year Two under Eliah Drinkwitz, but it’s still going to be tough to push past .500. Central Michigan, SE Missouri State, North Texas – lock in three wins there – and there are more than enough winnable games to push for bowl eligibility at the very least. Pull off an upset over Florida, Georgia, or Texas A&M, and eight wins are possible.

2018: 8-5 2019: 6-6 2020: 5-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5

Sept. 4 Central Michigan
Sept. 11 at Kentucky
Sept. 18 SE Missouri State
Sept. 25 at Boston College
Oct. 2 Tennessee
Oct. 9 North Texas
Oct. 16 Texas A&M
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 6 at Georgia
Nov. 13 South Carolina
Nov. 20 Florida
Full Schedule Analysis

South Carolina Gamecocks

It’s going to take a year of rebooting under new head man Shane Beamer, but the schedule is just manageable enough to hope for six wins. Just assume losses against Clemson, Florida and Georgia – it’ll be a bonus if there’s a shocker against any of the three – with a few wins somewhere against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Kentucky a must.

2018: 7-6 2019: 4-8 2020: 2-8
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 5-7

Sept. 4 Eastern Illinois
Sept. 11 at East Carolina
Sept. 18 at Georgia
Sept. 25 Kentucky
Oct. 2 Troy
Oct. 9 at Tennessee
Oct. 16 Vanderbilt
Oct. 23 at Texas A&M
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 Florida
Nov. 13 at Missouri
Nov. 20 Auburn
Nov. 27 Clemson
Full Schedule Analysis

Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee might be all but starting over under Josh Heupel, but there’s a solid base of four wins all but locked in with this slate. Hope for at least one win in the 50/50 games against South Carolina, Missouri, Pitt, Ole Miss, and Kentucky, and dream of an upset somewhere else, and shooting for bowl eligibility isn’t that big an ask.

2018: 5-7 2019: 8-5 2020: 3-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6

Sept. 4 Bowling Green
Sept. 11 Pitt
Sept. 18 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 25 at Florida
Oct. 2 at Missouri
Oct. 9 South Carolina
Oct. 16 Ole Miss
Oct. 23 at Alabama
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 at Kentucky
Nov. 13 Georgia
Nov. 20 South Alabama
Nov. 27 Vanderbilt
Full Schedule Analysis

Vanderbilt Commodores

On the plus side, if you’re going to make any sort of a move in the East, this is the year to do it with South Carolina and Tennessee all but starting over and Kentucky and Missouri nothing amazing. However, Vanderbilt is undergoing an overhaul, too, and new head man Clark Lea has a whole lot of work to do.

2018: 6-7 2019: 3-9 2020: 0-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 2-10

Sept. 4 ETSU
Sept. 11 at Colorado State
Sept. 18 Stanford
Sept. 25 Georgia
Oct. 2 UConn
Oct. 9 at Florida
Oct. 16 at South Carolina
Oct. 23 Mississippi State
Oct. 30 Missouri
Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
Nov. 13 Kentucky
Nov. 20 at Ole Miss
Nov. 27 at Tennessee
Full Schedule Analysis


SEC WEST

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Alabama Crimson Tide

This isn’t going to be the steamroller that last year’s national champion was, but it’s not going to be terribly far off. There should be a bad day loss somewhere, but that’s just a guess – the Tide will be favored in every game. Going to Florida and Texas A&M will be dangerous, and hosting LSU will be a concern, but even though there might be a loss, there won’t be two.

2018: 14-1 2019: 11-2 2020: 13-0
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 11-1

Sept. 4 Miami (in Atlanta)
Sept. 11 Mercer
Sept. 18 at Florida
Sept. 25 Southern Miss
Oct. 2 Ole Miss
Oct. 9 at Texas A&M
Oct. 16 at Mississippi State
Oct. 23 Tennessee
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 LSU
Nov. 13 New Mexico State
Nov. 20 Arkansas
Nov. 27 at Auburn
Full Schedule Analysis

Arkansas Razorbacks

For all of the good things Arkansas did last season in the first season under Sam Pittman, it still only went 3-7. Now some of those good performances will turn into wins, but it’s not going to be easy with Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU and Alabama all away from home and dates with Texas, Auburn and Ole Miss hardly easy.

2018: 2-10 2019: 2-10 2020: 3-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 5-7

Sept. 4 Rice
Sept. 11 Texas
Sept. 18 Georgia Southern
Sept. 25 Texas A&M (in Arlington)
Oct. 2 at Georgia
Oct. 9 at Ole Miss
Oct. 16 Auburn
Oct. 23 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 Mississippi State
Nov. 13 at LSU
Nov. 20 at Alabama
Nov. 27 Missouri (in Little Rock)
Full Schedule Analysis

Auburn Tigers

Bryan Harsin isn’t going to have it easy with road games against Penn State, Texas A&M and LSU to go along with the fun of hosting Alabama and Georgia. However, the rest of the schedule is relatively manageable. There might be a misfire somewhere, but getting to six wins is still a given.

2018: 8-5 2019: 9-4 2020: 6-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5

Sept. 4 Akron
Sept. 11 Alabama State
Sept. 18 at Penn State
Sept. 25 Georgia State
Oct. 2 at LSU
Oct. 9 Georgia
Oct. 16 at Arkansas
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 Ole Miss
Nov. 6 at Texas A&M
Nov. 13 Mississippi State
Nov. 20 at South Carolina
Nov. 27 Alabama
Full Schedule Analysis

LSU Tigers

After an all-time of a reloading job, LSU should be back to its nasty self. It’s not going to be close to 2019 good, but the experienced and talented team has the upside to push for ten wins. Texas A&M and Florida are coming to Death Valley, but the Alabama game is on the road. The Tigers will likely be favored against everyone else – and probably against the Aggies and Gators, too.

2018: 10-3 2019: 15-0 2020: 5-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 9-3

Sept. 4 at UCLA
Sept. 11 McNeese State
Sept. 18 Central Michigan
Sept. 25 at Mississippi State
Oct. 2 Auburn
Oct. 9 at Kentucky
Oct. 16 Florida
Oct. 23 at Ole Miss
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 at Alabama
Nov. 13 Arkansas
Nov. 20 ULM
Nov. 27 Texas A&M
Full Schedule Analysis

Ole Miss Rebels

Just how much can the Ole Miss offense screw up the rest of the SEC? Beat Louisville to start the season, and 3-0 is a must before going to Alabama. After that, everything is on the table with LSU and Texas A&M coming to Oxford. Anything less than a winning season will be a massive disappointment.

2018: 5-7 2019: 4-8 2020: 5-5
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4

Sept. 6 Louisville (in Atlanta)
Sept. 11 Austin Peay
Sept. 18 Tulane
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 at Alabama
Oct. 9 Arkansas
Oct. 16 at Tennessee
Oct. 23 LSU
Oct. 30 at Auburn
Nov. 6 Liberty
Nov. 13 Texas A&M
Nov. 20 Vanderbilt
Nov. 27 at Mississippi State
Full Schedule Analysis

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Call that first season under Mike Leach a reboot. The offense is eventually going to work, and it needs to happen right away or NC State and Memphis are going to be a problem before dealing with a whole bag of uh-oh with LSU, at Texas A&M and Alabama to start the SEC season. The back half of the slate is when everything has to kick in.

2018: 8-5 2019: 6-7 2020: 4-7
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6

Sept. 4 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 11 NC State
Sept. 18 at Memphis
Sept. 25 LSU
Oct. 2 at Texas A&M
Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 Alabama
Oct. 23 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 30 Kentucky
Nov. 6 at Arkansas
Nov. 13 at Auburn
Nov. 20 Tennessee State
Nov. 27 Ole Miss
Full Schedule Analysis

Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies might have to get the quarterback situation straight, and the O line needs work, but the talent is there to build up a nice base of wins to start things out before dealing with Alabama at home. They’ll likely be favored against everyone but the Tide and LSU.

2018: 9-4 2019: 8-5 2020: 9-1
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5
2021 Prediction, Spring Football Version: 10-2

Sept. 4 Kent State
Sept. 11 at Colorado (in Denver)
Sept. 18 New Mexico
Sept. 25 Arkansas (in Arlington)
Oct. 2 Mississippi State
Oct. 9 Alabama
Oct. 16 at Missouri
Oct. 23 South Carolina
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 Auburn
Nov. 13 at Ole Miss
Nov. 20 Prairie View
Nov. 27 at LSU
Full Schedule Analysis

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