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College Football Preview - Contenders and Freezing Cold Takes

by Jonny Gaunt



Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama has tremendous losses in every phase of the offense. Whether their young replacements can quickly live up to their potential will determine whether they can defend the SEC West against the Texas A&M Aggies

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma may have their most complete team since Lincoln Riley took over as head coach. If Oklahoma is to take that next step, the defense will have to carry the team at times and Rattler will need to be consistent at QB, especially with an Iowa State team looming.

Clemson Tigers

The Tigers defense should be improved this year and will need to guide the team. With a favorable schedule, the opener against Georgia is easily the biggest test before the ACC Title game.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State returns much of its young talent on both offense and defense. If Stroud can be a decisive distributor the Buckeyes will win another Big Ten title. Linebackers, however, will decide whether this team can win a National Title.

Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs will be desperate to win their opener in Charlotte against Clemson. With a brutal schedule, a win would be the ultimate trump card in a resume discussion. Whether Daniels is the QB that they have been waiting for could be determined by the outcome of the SEC Championship game.

Jonny's Preseason Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Oklahoma

3. Ohio State

4. Clemson

5. Texas A&M

6. Georgia

7. Iowa State

8. North Carolina

9. Cincinnati

10. Notre Dame

11. Oregon

12. Wisconsin

13. Miami (FL)

14. Indiana

15. Iowa

16. Florida

17. LSU

18. Penn State

19. USC

20. Texas

21. Arizona State

22. Louisiana

23. Coastal Carolina

24. Oklahoma State

25. Washington

Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies have been slowly building since Jimbo Fisher arrived in College Station. Finally, this is the year they have the potential to pop. With Spiller at running back, this team has the talent to win the SEC West.

Iowa State Cyclones

Campbell has built a juggernaut in Ames. With a team full of All-Americans, this team can not only spoil the Big 12 favorite Sooners' season, but the Playoff as well. If QB Brock Purdy can play within himself, this team is more than dangerous.

Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats have the notoriety, schedule, and team to be the first Group of 5 team to crack the playoff. However, they will need to be perfect and receive some help along the way by the strong teams (Notre Dame and Indiana, especially) they defeat.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Irish will always be a Playoff contender, but based on what they need to replace and their return to a typical schedule, it seems unlikely this season. Much of their success will be on Wisconsin-transfer QB Coan's ability to make plays.

North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina has the ability to defeat any team they step on the field this year with Sam Howell at quarterback. Avoiding Clemson in the regular season means the Tar Heels have a chance at a special season if they can replace their talented skill position players from a year ago.

Oregon Ducks

Oregon has solidified the interior and their defense may be one of the best in the country with Thibodeaux as the anchor. However, if the offense refuses to open up and develop creativity, the season could be a disappointment once again.

Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers have been one of the most consistent programs in the country. So, it is widely believed they will return back to form this season after a disappointing 2020. The question remains whether they have what it takes to seize the Big ten crown (over Ohio State).

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

With a talented QB like McCall returning for the Chanticleers, they will have an opportunity to muck up the New Year's Six bowl scenario by running the table.


Freezing Cold Takes

These can't possibly go wrong, right?

  • The American and another Group of 5 conference get in a NY6

  • Only one undefeated team entering the College Football Playoff

  • Iowa State wins the Big 12

  • The SEC only has one team in the Playoff

  • PAC-12 misses the Playoff (again)

  • Clemson or Oklahoma doesn't make the Playoff

  • Sam Howell wins the Heisman

  • Playoff teams: Ohio State, Alabama, North Carolina, Iowa State

  • Ohio State beats Alabama in the CFP Championship

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