The 2017 NCAAF season is almost upon us, and that means that it’s time to break out the old crystal ball and make some predictions. Since these are of the BOLD variety, there is a very good chance that I am going to misfire on a few, but that is part of the fun of being in the prediction business. Let’s look at 10 predictions that I believe we should take and also be on the lookout for the odds for the 2017 college football season.
Analyzing the 2017 NCAAF Season 10 Bold Betting Predictions
Alabama will miss out on the National Championship
The Crimson Tide have been dominant under Nick Saban, but their luck has to run out at one point or another, so why not this season? They have a brutal opening week game against Florida State, and if they drop that one, the need only lose one other game, most likely against an SEC West foe to be on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
Nick Chubb will win the Heisman
The smart money is on Baker Mayfield to take home the trophy this season, but I think it will head in the direction of Georgia. This all assumes that Chubb will be able to stay healthy, but if he can’t. Maybe it will be Sony Michel who gets to win it.
Kevin Sumlin will be the first coach fired this NCAAF Season
I am talking about coaches of major programs here, and I believe that Sumlin is in real danger of not making it out of this season alive. There is a better than average chance that Texas A&M will be the worst team in the SEC West, and that could spell doom for the head coach.
Clemson will struggle this NCAAF Season
Struggling is a relative term when talking about a team like Clemson. The defending champions lost a lot of key players to the NFL in the draft, and it is going to be tough for them to come out and defend their crown with a lot of new guys on the field. Clemson will not make the playoffs.
The ACC may miss out on the playoff altogether
If Clemson do indeed struggle, then the logical choice to represent the ACC in the postseason would be Florida State. As already mentioned, they start with a game against Alabama, and a loss there would put them under incredible pressure the rest of the way.
Thomas Tyner will lead the PAC-12 in rushing
No-one expects the Oregon State Beavers to be particularly good this season, but they do have an ace in the hole in the form of RB Thomas Tyner. He transferred in from Oregon, and is ready to start after missing the last 2 seasons with injury. Tyner will be strong, fresh, and ready to prove the doubters wrong.
Watch out for West Virginia
The Mountaineers are coming off a solid 10-3 season, and while they lost some key players, they did manage to add Will Grier from Florida at the QB spot. There is a chance that 10 wins could be on the cards again, and if they can stretch that to 11, the playoff committee is going to need to pay attention.
Michigan Wolverines will take a step back
Few teams got hit as hard by the NFL draft as the Michigan Wolverines did. There was a definite sense that last year was their big chance to win it all, but they came up a good way short. They should still get 8 or 9 wins, but just too many holes to fill on this team.
Georgia win the SEC East
Last year was something of a transition season with a new head coach and a freshman QB at the helm. Kirby Smart looks to have recruited well, and Jacob Eason will make a lot less mistakes this season. The division may come down to the meeting with Florida later in the year, and I think the Dawgs win.
Ohio State are your NCAAF Season National Champions
The Buckeyes look like a lock to win the Big Ten, especially with Michigan losing so many players in the draft. Ohio State will cruise to the playoffs, and I think they win it all.
Latest 2018 NCAA Football Championship Odds To Win
Air Force +40000
Boston College +40000
Central Florida +40000
East Carolina +40000
Florida St +600
Georgia Tech +18000
Iowa St +40000
Kansas St +5500
Louisiana Tech +40000
Miami Fl +7000
Michigan St +9000
NC State +10000
North Carolina +25000
Notre Dame +3800
Ohio St +450
Oklahoma St +4000
Penn St +1200
South Carolina +25000
Virginia Tech +4000
Washington St +7000
West Virginia +5500
Texas A&m +9000
Boise St +9000