With the start of the College Football betting action now just a matter of weeks away, it’s time to start looking at the season ahead. One of the great things about college football is that it delivers the exciting and unexpected on a weekly basis. The predictions that we make today are very probably going to look ridiculous once we have crowned the National Champion in 2019, but it’s the trying that makes all of this so much fun.
The goal now is to look ahead and see if we can get one or two of these predictions right, although we promise not to gloat if we kill it. With all that being said, let’s make 5 bold predictions for the 2018 college football season.
Five Bold College Football Betting Predictions for 2018 Season
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Alabama Misses the Playoffs
While the Alabama Crimson Tide won it all last year, there are some who still contend that they were lucky to be in the playoffs at all. They lost the SEC West to the Auburn Tigers and still got in despite not winning a division or a conference championship. This is a team that is always dangerous, but I think they have some questions at the QB position.
Tua came in and played great in the second half against Georgia last year, but can he sustain that through an entire season? I am not suggesting that Alabama fall off the face of the earth, but I still think they will miss the playoffs.
Bryce Love is Your Heisman Winner
The Stanford Cardinal RB put up some gaudy numbers in his sophomore season last year, finishing second to Baker Mayfield for the Heisman. If he can match the stats that he put up in 2017 (over 2100 yards and 8.1 yards per carry) the Heisman will be his. I know this may not go down as a bold prediction given that he is the favorite, but we all know that the season of an RB can be done with a single hit.
The Big 12 is on the Outside Looking In
There are 5 power conferences in college football and only 4 playoff spots, so it stands to reason that at least one of them is not going to send a team to the postseason. This year, I think it may be the Big 12 that are going to be the odd one out.
The Oklahoma Sooners were the class of the conference last year, but with QB Baker Mayfield off to the NFL, they are almost certainly going to take a step back. There are a few good teams here, but none that I see as great.
The 4 Playoff Teams
If the Big 12 does indeed miss out on the postseason, that means we will have 4 teams from the other Power 5 conferences, but who will they be.
Clemson once again looks like a lock in the ACC, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are my pick in the Big 10. In the SEC, I am going with the Georgia Bulldogs, while I also like the Washington Huskies in the PAC 12.
The Georgia Bulldogs Will Be National Champions
Kirby Smart is well on his way to building a program that will eventually take over from Alabama as the power in the SEC, and arguably all of college football. They were about a year ahead of schedule last season, and while they lost a lot of key seniors, the last two recruiting classes have been nothing short of outstanding. The Bulldogs reload and win the National Championship.