It seems like every college football season, chaos ensues. After all, one of the beauties of the game is that it’s so unpredictable at its core. No comment or prediction made can ever be outright dismissed, especially after recent seasons have seen players like Joe Burrow and Baker Mayfield shoot straight out of obscurity and right into stardom.
With all that being said, even though there may not even be a season this upcoming fall due to the current coronavirus pandemic at hand, I did my best to provide some bold and shocking takes. Get ready, because there may be a few wild ones.
Kedon Slovis Wins The Heisman
If you’ve seen Slovis play, you know this one isn't all that far-fetched.
Thrust into USC’s starting spot as a true freshman a season ago, Slovis handled himself with a ridiculous amount of grace as an 18-year-old, vastly outplaying his 3-star status and forcing JT Daniels to transfer in the process. Putting up sparkling numbers with a rising star at offensive coordinator in Graham Harrell, Slovis fit perfectly in the Trojans’ air raid scheme, providing stellar accuracy and maximizing his talented weapons on the perimeter. Now, with star wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown returning, along with fellow receiver Tyler Vaughns, Slovis has the pass-catchers and experience to take an even bigger leap as a sophomore.
Racking up enough wins to be considered a legitimate Heisman candidate may be a bit difficult, but Slovis will be in the spotlight all year long as the star signal-caller at an esteemed campus.
Ultimately, Slovis has the platform, play, and supporting cast to make a legitimate run at taking home the award. It’s time we recognized him as a legit threat to do just that.
California Wins The Pac-12
Earning their last Pac-12 title all the way back in 2006, the Golden Bears haven’t exactly been a stellar organization over the last decade. Even with first overall picks like Jared Goff coming through the program, they’ve never seemed to make a legit run as a program, only ranking inside the top 25 on a number of occasions. However, with a vaunted defense and an exciting, come-up quarterback now on campus, it’s about time we take them seriously.
In a weak Pac-12 with a retooling Oregon, Mike Leach-less Washington State, Chris Peterson-less Washington, and inconsistent USC, the top spot in the conference is wide open, which means there’s no reason that Cal can’t be the ones to earn that mantle in 2020.
Although they lost both safety Ashtyn Davis and linebacker Evan Weaver to the NFL this past spring, the Golden Bears bring back an extremely talented secondary, underrated receiving core, and most importantly, quarterback Chase Garbers.
Going 7-0 when Garbers played in full games last season, his health will be key, especially in a situation with not much margin for error. He’s shown more than enough with both his arm and legs to prove he’s a serious threat when on the field, however, and that stellar record proves as much.
Projecting a 7-0 team to become a 12-1 or 11-2 team isn’t all that big of a leap, and that’s essentially what we’re doing in this situation.
North Carolina Wins The ACC
Like California, North Carolina isn’t exactly known for its football program. Last winning an ACC title all the way back in prehistoric 1980, the odds of them suddenly earning that honor now aren’t exactly high. However, with new (well, old) head coach Mack Brown, the program has seemingly done a 180, putting forth a quality 2019 season followed by a brilliant recruiting class.
Simply put, football in Carolina is on the ups, especially with star sophomore quarterback Sam Howell back at the helm. Surrounded by electric wideouts like Dazz Newsome and Dyami Brown, Howell will need to become a little more consistent and play with more patience, but the offense should be raring to go and offer no problems. Chazz Surratt, meanwhile, headlines the defensive unit, projecting as one of the top linebackers in the entire nation.
Unfortunately, the Tar Heels will have to beat out Clemson for the ACC honor, which seems nearly impossible considering the Tigers powerhouse status, but as we know in college football, it’s not impossible. The rest of the ACC is relatively weak, which means that they’ll really just need one big upset to make this bold prediction a reality.
LSU Loses 4 Games
You might think I'm crazy for this one and that’s completely understandable. With a superb head coach (Ed Orgeron) and a plethora of star players returning (Ja’Marr Chase, Derek Stingley, Tyler Shelvin, Terrace Marshall Jr.) it would seem like LSU isn’t in danger of a post-championship slump.
The amount of things that have changed is staggering. Losing their Heisman-winning QB, No. 2 WR, top RB, top-three OL, top -two TEs, best edge rusher, top safety, second-best corner, passing-game coordinator, and defensive coordinator, LSU has enough holes to be confused with Swiss cheese.
Now yes, like Alabama, Clemson, or any other number of powerhouse programs, LSU will have high recruits who quickly fill up these spots. Assuming it can happen so seamlessly in such a tough conference is a tall task, however, especially since just two seasons ago the Tigers had four losses.
Looking ahead at the 2020 schedule, Texas, Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M are all potentially losable games. Of course, it’s quite possible—and maybe even likely—that LSU loses just one or none of these games. However, at the same time, it’s also conceivable to imagine them losing four of the six.
All in all, after a historic 2019 campaign, LSU is a prime candidate for some major regression and I think it’s more than okay to acknowledge a potential four-loss scenario could come to fruition.
- Dec 08, 2022
- Dec 08, 2022