I love college football. I love how the fans are so rabid about their own teams. There is just something about watching football at the collegiate level that excites people and revs their engines. The college football playoffs are one of the most watched events in all sports, and this season will prove to be no different. I’ve taken a hard look at the futures set by Vegas. There are some teams that are strong favorites, and some are quality sleepers. I let you know who is who right here. Here are my college football playoff predictions.
The Sooners know how to reload every single season. Its rare to see Oklahoma down in the dumps when Bob Stoops is the head coach. They won the Big 12 conference last year and will likely do it again this year. They are needing to fix some holes on their starting units, but like I mentioned before, this isn’t anything knew for the Sooners. They will fill in the gaps and they do it better than most. They still have great talent at critical positions, like quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Samaje Perine. They’re a good bet to be in the college football playoffs again. They’ve played in some of the best bowl games of all-time.
No, I haven’t lost my mind. This is a team to be reckoned with. Jim Harbaugh came in last year with great fanfare and has changed the culture at Michigan. He has been an incredible recruiter and has even pulled in the #1 player in high school in Rashan Gary who could even start this year. Jabrill Peppers, their outstanding defender and most versatile player, will be moved to linebacker as well this season. That should give any offensive coordinator nightmares since Peppers can run a sub 4.4 40 time. The defensive line may be one of the best in the country and plenty deep. Their only issue is at quarterback, but that should pan out nicely. This will be an exciting college football season with the Wolverines back in the mix.
Clemson has the most dynamic quarterback in the country with Deshaun Watson who threw for over 4000 yards and rushed for over 1000. He is the threat that all teams want to neutralize. Clemson had a huge season in 2015 and could be the team in the nation to win it all. The Tigers lost a lot of players to the NFL, and they are going to have to retool, and that won’t be an issue since they have talent that’s off the charts. Their offensive weapons are going to hurt opponents, but the defense will lag just a little bit. That means more of Watson on the field, and for the opposing defense, that’s not good.
What’s a college football playoff without Alabama? Arguably one of the best college football programs in history. They have probably the college football coach that ever lived in Nick Saban, plus a group of assistant coaches that is arguably the best in the nation. They are big, fast, strong, and they are relentless. They have so much depth their second team could start for 99% of the rest of the nation. They are just too good each year.