Updated Playoff Projections 7-22-2020 Jul 22, 2020 19:29:36 GMT
Post by EvilVodka on Jul 22, 2020 19:29:36 GMT
Clemson is primed for another run behind Trevor Lawrence. Their schedule looks a little more tricky than 2019 though. They have road games at FSU, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech. Also, Virginia and Louisville are on the schedule. It would not surprise me if they look human at times, but I do think they make it back to the playoff and are my favorite to win it all.
I also like Ohio State to make it back to the playoff. I think Fields will be a phenomenal QB. Also, playing solely Big 10 games will help. The conference looks to be down this year. The toughest game is a road trip to Penn State.
Alabama will be in the mix, and they have a good shot to make the playoff. I just can't see them being as competitive as the 2019 version though. Matt Jones will have to step up. Alabama reloads, but there will be a lot of new faces.
Besides those obvious three, a lot has been mentioned about Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Florida. Meh...I just don't see it from those teams. Florida might make it to the SEC Championship game in a weak SEC East, but they don't have the guns to make it to the playoff.
Three teams I think could seriously surprise are:
If USC plays a strictly PAC-12 schedule, they lose Alabama and Notre Dame. THIS IS HUGE for the Trojans. If they get on a roll, I think they can get past a tough stretch of Cal, @ Arizona, Colorado, @ Oregon. If they get through that stretch with just 1 loss or less, look out. I think this is a serious playoff run year for the Trojans.
Now is the time to shine for Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies to rise! But it looks like they are on probation, so this is really a blown opportunity. I have the Aggies as the #2 team in the SEC. What a shame!
Oklahoma State has the team and the players to make a serious run at a playoff appearance. I've got them as #1 in the Big XII. Beating Oklahoma, Texas, and Iowa State won't be easy, but OSU is the most complete team at this point.
Oklahoma and Texas. Oklahoma has all the pieces EXCEPT QB. And they are a QB driven team. If they can find the answer at QB, they could be in the playoffs for a 4th straight year. Texas has the components to make, but Ehlinger needs to step up and own the team. The whole team needs to step up and want it. You don't win championships just because your jersey says TEXAS. It's time to get angry.
Overall, here's my prediction:
2. Ohio State
1 Clemson over 4 USC
2 Ohio State over 3 Alabama
Clemson over Ohio State
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