2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

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Another season of college football betting is upon us, and it’s time to get the answers to the most important questions heading into the 2018 season. This is so readers can see how right (or laugh at how wrong) I was at the end of the season.

Here are the top 10 questions heading into the 2018 season.

1.) Will Alabama win the CFP National Championship?

Yes! Next question.

On a serious note, it does seem like the No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide have the best roster ever assemble under Nick Saban. However, defending a national championship is difficult and it’s only happened once since the turn of the century. Unfortunately for the rest of college football, Coach Saban is the coach who pulled it off – winning titles in 2011 and 2012.

2.) Which four teams will make the College Football Playoff?

Well, the No.1 seed should be pretty obvious looking at the previous question, but here are my predictions:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Clemson Tigers
  3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. Ohio State Buckeyes

This very well could be the first time all four teams enter the College Football Playoffs undefeated during the regular season, but I expect Notre Dame and Ohio State to drop one game and both will likely be out of in the first round of the CFP, meaning Alabama vs. Clemson for the fourth straight year will happen.

3.) Which teams will win their conference?

Three of my picks to win their conference will make it to the CFP, but I believe the winner of the Big 12 and Pac-12 will miss out this year due to Notre Dame getting in as an independent.

  • ACC: Clemson Tigers
  • Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Big 12: Texas Longhorns
  • Pac-12: Washington Huskies
  • SEC: Alabama Crimson Tide

4.) Which conference will be the strongest?

I predict the SEC will firmly plant itself as the strongest conference in the country for the 2018 season after having some competition from the Big Ten the past couple seasons. The polls are overvaluing the teams up north, but with Jimbo Fisher going to Texas A&M and both LSU and Florida being severely underrated, I could easily see the SEC having 7-8 teams in the Top 25 at the end of the season.

5.) Will UCF go undefeated again?

The REAL 2017 national champions, according to themselves anyways, finished with a perfect 13-0 record last season and many believe the Golden Knights will do it again this season.

If it’s just for the regular season, then yes: UCF will go undefeated again. However, when accounting for the New Year’s Six bowl they’ll likely get invited to, then I’m saying no, and that’ll be when the nation’s longest win streak comes to an end.

Which I have some bad news for fans of the Golden Knights: Your team is going to get shafted for the second straight year by the CFP Selection Committee.

6.) Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

Typically, the Heisman winner isn’t awarded to anyone on the top 5 or top 10 watchlist before the season, and I think this will happen again this season.

While this is a tough one: I’m going to go will either Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence or Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, which is bold considering neither is guaranteed to even be the starter. But I predict these two teams will be the ones playing in the national championship and these two QBs will be a big reason why. A longshot, but another possible candidate would be West Virginia QB Will Grier.

7.) Who will win Coach of the Year?

I’d bet on Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly, since he’ll take the Fighting Irish from a 9-3 overall record in 2017 to potentially a 12-0 record and a berth in the CFP for 2018.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen of West Virginia is another good choice, since I believe the team will improve on their 2017 record of 7-6, be a contender for the Big 12 title, and have a Heisman contender with QB Will Grier.

8.) Which team will improve the most in 2018?

Well I may have spoiled it with the previous question, but I think the West Virginia Mountaineers show massive improvement this season and finish with only a couple loss at most after losing 6 games a year ago.

9.) Which team will disappoint the most in 2018?

My money is on the Miami Hurricanes, who come into the season ranked No.8 in the country. This is a team that ended 2017 with three bad losses, and I’m supposed to believe they are a Top 10 team? And with Mark Richt as the head coach? Not a chance.

10.) Which team will pull off the biggest upset in 2018?

Looking at each team’s schedule, I think the Northwestern Wildcats have a good shot to cause chaos and ruin a top team’s chances of making the CFP. They play Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame – all in the Top 15 – this season and get all but Michigan State at home. Northwestern is a very well coached team, and it’s very likely they could win one or more of these games in 2018.