Thu. Feb 27th, 2020

2019 College Football Playoff Predictions

With college football finally being back, — thank the Lord — it’s time for me to dive in and give you eight teams I think have a realistic shot at making the illustrious College Football Playoffs. Similar to my Heisman prediction article, which you can check out here, I’ll include the current lines from Oddshark, just in case anyone wants to place a bet. 

Before I start, I have to tell you that I am NOT a fan of the four team playoff. Give me a playoffs with six or eight teams. Give me all five conference champions and either one or three at large bids. The only thing a four team playoff brings is controversial news headlines when a team gets left out. 

Clemson- +225

There’s not much I have to say here. Defending champs, potential generation quarterback in Trevor Lawerence, dominant all around, and in an easy ACC Conference. Hell will freeze over before Clemson misses the playoffs this year. 

Alabama- +225

Again, not much I have to say. The most talented team in college football. Two potential top-five picks in the 2020 draft with Tua and Jerry Jeudy. They have never missed a playoff, even if they didn’t appear in their conference championship game. (We all already know about the SEC bias). Unless Bama gets caught with a Penn State or Michigan State-like violation, ESPN and the playoff committee will put them in. 

Georgia- +650

Like with any sports team from the state of Georgia, the Bulldogs play out of their minds all season just to choke it away at the end. Their offense should be lights-out with former “QB1: Behind the Lights” star Jake Fromm under center and a dynamic running back in D’Andre Swift — but their receivers are unproven. They only have one returning player at the position, and he was a backup the past few seasons. The rest are freshmen and a redshirt junior transfer from the university of California. Honestly, the only way Georgia makes the playoff is if they win the SEC, which is probably harder than winning the actual National Championship. 

Ohio State- +950

For those that don’t know, I’m a die-hard Michigan fan, so I’d rather jump off a bridge than put Ohio State on this list, but they deserve to be on here. A new head coach in Ryan Day, new potential superstar quarterback in Justin Fields, same old dominating defensive line led by Chase Young. They’re the kings of the Big Ten until proven otherwise. Even though the expectations aren’t as high for them as previous years, if they win the conference and have a better record than the PAC-12 champ, and any independents (join a conference already Notre Dame), they’ll be in the playoff. 

Michigan- +1400

If Michigan wants any chance to stop the nonstop criticism and to shut up the fabricated rumors about Jim Harbaugh making a return to the NFL, this is the year they need to do it. They have NFL talent all over on offense and are always a defensive powerhouse. Their biggest rival has a rookie head coach and a first time starting quarterback. All the stars are aligned for Michigan. They just need to finally beat Ohio State, win the Big Ten and they’ll be in. (Like Alabama, they know Michigan will bring in more viewers than a PAC-12 school.) 

Oklahoma- +1500

There’s a legitimate chance that an Oklahoma quarterback wins the Heisman for the third year in a row. As Kyler Murray walked out of Norman, Jalen Hurts ran there faster than he lost his starting job at Alabama. However, Hurts is now in a way better system for his game. Under Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma has become paradise for dual threat quarterbacks — not to mention the Big XII isn’t known for defense. The only thing that will keep Oklahoma out of the playoff, is if Texas is actually back. 

Texas- +2000

Is Texas actually back? It seems we have this conversation every year. They’ll win semi-big games, but they’ll also lose to Maryland to open the season in back to back years. Sam Ehlinger is looking like he’s going to be the next great Longhorn quarterback, but can the rest of the team step up to his level, beat Oklahoma and win the Big XII? Or will the only current relevant thing from that school continue to be “Okay cool. Hook ‘Em”.

Oregon- +2200

Oregon is in a real tough spot to make the playoffs. Yes, they have one of the better quarterbacks in Justin Herbert and they just had the best recruiting class in school history, but they’re in the weakest “Power 5” conference. Not to mention, Utah has been getting all the attention to win the PAC-12. The only way the Ducks can possibly make the playoffs, is if they win their conference and have a better record than the Big XII champ, Big Ten champ, and/or the SEC runner up. 

My Prediction

After doing all my research, my prediction for this year’s College Football Playoff will be:

  1. Clemson(13-0)
  2. Alabama (13-0)
  3. Michigan (12-1)
  4. Oklahoma (12-1) 

Obviously, Clemson and Alabama will go undefeated, Michigan will lose a should-win game (my guess is Army), and Oklahoma will lose to Texas in the Red River Shootout. For the National Championship, I predict Clemson will win a nail-biter against Michigan. 
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