Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney are the only two Division I to have 7 straight years with 10 or more wins. They are also the only two coaches to make it to the last three Final Four Playoffs. The reasoning is simple, they are the best coaches and best recruiters in the country.
Top 20 College Football Rankings:
#20 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Three years ago Scott Frost took over a UCF Program that went 0-12. Last season, UCF went 13-0. It is the greatest turnaround of a program in the history of college football. Frost has a lot of work to do but he will turn this program around.
#19 Florida State Seminoles: The Jimbo Fisher era is over at FSU. Willie Taggert is now “running the show” in Tallahassee. This is a terrible hire. Taggert has been the very definition of mediocre. He has a career record of 47-50. Jimbo left enough talent on this roster to carry Taggert for a year or two.
#18 UCLA Bruins: Chip Kelly can take 22 high school players and win 8 games. This Team should get better as the season goes on. Over the next few years, Chip will have this team at the top of the PAC-12 division. In four years at Oregon, Kelly had a conference record of 33-3.
#17 Arizona Wildcats: What if I told you head coach Kevin Sumlin has had 1 losing season as a head coach. In 2010, he compiled a record of 5-7 while coaching at Houston. In 9 years as a coach, he has been to 8 bowl games. It should be much easier to recruit kids to play at Arizona than Texas A&M. They should win 9 games minimum.
#16 USC Trojans: Clay Helton is the first coach in USC’ss history to guide the Trojans to 10 wins in each of his first two season. I don’t know if he makes it a 3rd straight 10 win season but they should be good enough to win the SEC South
#15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Brian Kelly is coming off a 10 win season. It is the 2nd time in 3 years that he has led The Fighting Irish to ten wins. Once again, they have a very tough schedule. They play 4 teams who are ranked in the pre-season top 25. Michigan, Stanford, Florida State and USC.
#14 Michigan Wolverines: Are the Wolverines getting worse under Jim Harbaugh? In three season’s he has compiled a record of 10-3, 10-3 and 8-5. This could be a make or break season for the Former Wolverine quarterback. Harbaugh has a reputation of wearing out his welcome.
#13 TCU Horned Frogs: Gary Patterson could be one of the best coaches that most of America does not know about. He has a career record of 160-57.
#12 Stanford Cardinal: Running back Bryce Love should be in the Heisman Trophy race from week 1. He is a great running back who could carry this team all season long.
#11 West Virginia Mountaineers: Is Will Grier the best quarterback in the country? In 2017, Grier had 3,490 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. West Virginia’s offense should be even better in 2018.
#10 Michigan State Spartans/ Ohio State Buckeyes: Mark Dantonio has 19 returning starters from last year. They will be an elite defensive unit but can their offense get them to the Final Four? If Urban Meyer doesn’t return to the sidelines, Ohio State will not be a top 5 team.
#9 Auburn Tigers: Quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw for over 3,100 yards and completed 66% of his passes. Auburn lost a few players to the NFL and graduation but should still win 9-10 games in the tough SEC.
#8 Penn State Nittany Lions: James Franklin has turned this program around. He is a very good game coach and excellent recruiter. Running back Saquon Barkley is gone but there is still talent on this roster. Quarterback Trace McSorley led the Big Ten in passing at 274.6 yards per game. He should average over 300 passing yards per game this season.
#7 Oklahoma Sooners: It is almost impossible to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback. But, Lincoln Riley is a very good offense coach. His system is effective and he should get the Sooners to at least 10 wins.
#6 Miami Hurricanes: Mark Richt has a plethora of talent and The Hurricanes are now the new destination for Florida high school prospects. Miami, (recruiting wise), is getting back to its glory years of the 1980s and 1990s. Miami opens up against LSU but they only play 1 pre-season top 20 (Florida State on Oct 6th.) The problem here is this… They will play Clemson in the ACC Championship and that is a game they won’t win.
#5 Georgia Bulldogs: Like the Miami Hurricanes, I absolutely love what Kirby Smart has done with the Bulldogs. They don’t rebuild, they retool. The two star tailbacks, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, are now in the NFL, but the team still has D’Andre Swift and young, talented backs. Jake Fromm completed 62.2% of his passes and should improve on that number this year. The Bulldogs should get to the SEC Championship game and play Alabama. If that happens they will lose and not make it to the Final Four.
Final Four Playoffs:
#4 Wisconsin Badgers: Ten of the 11 starters from the Orange Bowl are back. This could be the best offensive unit in the Big-10. If they win the Big-10 They will be a lock to make the Final Four.
#3 Washington Huskies: Chris Petersen had a career record of 92-12 at Boise State. His last two years at Washington, his team is 22-5. It doesn’t matter where he coaches, Petersen wins. Washington’s offense line has two players over 6’7 and over 320 lbs. They will both be drafted next year. They should be the class of the PAC-12 and that will take them to the Final Four.
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide: Nick Saban lost 12 starters to the NFL. This team. Bama’s schedule is relatively easy. They only play 1 pre-season top 20 team, Auburn on Nov 24th. This team will get better as the season progresses. I fully expect, Sophomore, Tua Tagovalida to be the starting quarterback by the end of the year. He is a much better passer than Jalen Hurts. In 11 years at Alabama, Saban has a record of 132-20, he is 73-12 in the SEC, and won 5 National Championships in Tuscaloosa.
#1 Clemson Tigers: Over the past 3 years, Dabo Swinney has been to 2 National Championships and 3 Final Four appearances. How good is Clemson’s front four? Many experts are already comparing them to the Miami Hurricanes of the mid 1980s. Clemson’s D-Line of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Watkins, Dexter Lawrence, and Austin Bryant will all be playing in the NFL over the next few years. Freshmen K.J. Henry and Xavier Thomas should contribute off the bench as well. Offensively, Clemson has an “All-World” quarterback on the bench.Trevor Lawrence could be implemented into the starting line up if Kelly Bryant struggles to move the team. No matter who starts at quarterback this team should win 11 games just by showing up. That is how talented and deep their roster is.
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