The 2019 college football season gets underway on August 31, so we don’t have much longer to wait for the action to begin. The gap between seasons seems interminably long, which is perhaps why we spend so much time talking about which teams will rise and who will fall in the coming season.
That is what we are going to do again today as we prepare to look ahead and make some bold NCAA Football Betting predictions ahead of the start of the new season. Since these are indeed bold claims, it is going to be interesting to see how many of the five actually pan out.
Five Bold College Football Betting Predictions for 2019 Season
Trevor Lawrence Wins the Heisman
Knowing that he was going to be a one and done, you always got the sense that Kyler Murray was going to be a shoe-in for the Heisman last year. This time around, I think we are looking at Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence as the favorite to win the MVP.
He had a stellar first year as a starter, winning a National Championship in the process, and will likely win the Heisman if he leads his team to the playoffs again. A dark horse here might be Jake Fromm of Georgia, as this will probably be his final season.
Alabama Misses the Playoffs
This prediction is about as bold as it gets, but I just have the feeling that the loss in the National Championship Game last season may have been a sign that their reign at the top is over.
That, of course, is nothing more than a hunch on my part, as this team has lost and rebounded before, so this one may blow up in my face. I think that the Georgia Bulldogs might just be ready to take that next big step forward and steal SEC supremacy in the process.
The PAC-12 Misses Out Again
The PAC-12 is not in particularly great shape at the moment, as they don’t really have a dominant standout team that could make a serious run at a National Championship.
You have Washington and Oregon essentially locked in a 2-horse race in terms of being the bookies’ favorites, but neither team strikes me as a potential playoff candidate. I see another lean year for this conference.
No Power 5 Team Goes UnbeatenIf we are looking at likely unbeaten Power 5 candidates for the coming season, it would be Alabama and Clemson that would appear most capable of going through the regular season unscathed.
Since I believe that Alabama will lose, that leaves the defending champions. They had a couple of close calls last season and are probably going to see that happen again this year. The law of averages suggests that they will drop one of those close ones.
Michigan Finally Topples Ohio State
Ohio State is arguably the best team in the Big Ten heading into the new season, but they have a couple of things working against them, most notably trying to learn a new system under new head coach Ryan Day. The pressure is going to be absolutely immense, which may end up wearing heavily on this team.
Michigan is going to be great on the defensive side of the football and have a veteran QB in Shea Patterson. They get the Buckeyes at home this year and I think Harbaugh finally gets the rivalry win.