College Football Playoff Sleepers
Every day that we wake up just means that we’re another day closer to College Football. Ever since college football adopted the flawed playoff system that should’ve been 8 teams instead of 4, it has been ruled by three teams. Ohio State won the first championship, and they haven’t made it back since (I’m just saying). And then we had Alabama vs Clemson Championships in back-to-back seasons, and both games were highly entertaining. Then last season, we were blessed with one of the greatest college football games of all-time when Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime. Realistically, the four schools I just mentioned are the favorites to probably return to the playoffs this season. But nothing goes as planned, and it seems like almost every season there’s a bit of a shocker team that makes the playoff. Here are the five schools that can make a run and play their way into a chance for the CFB Playoff Championship.
Texas had a successful first season in the Tom Herman era, and they were able to even win a bowl game. The Longhorns also suffered some close losses in big games last year, losing to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and USC by a combined 11 points. The Longhorns success also relies a lot on the development of Sam Ehlinger. As a freshman, Ehlinger completed only 56.5% of his passes for 1800 yards in the 8 games he played in (played in 9 games but only threw 2 passes against Kansas). He also needs to improve his TD/INT Ratio after throwing for 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
Florida State’s season realistically ended when Deondre Francois went down with a knee injury in the first game of the season. Francois has had a number of troubles this off-season, but if he’s able to return to his full playing ability then that means good news for Seminole fans. FSU also had the emergence of a new offensive weapon last season in running back Cam Akers. I’m anxious to see if Florida State can develop a high powered offense under first year Head Coach Willie Taggart.
Perhaps the transfer of Ohio State QB Joe Burrow will help LSU and their Quarterback issues, but most realistically it probably won’t. LSU has a tough schedule that features Miami, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. LSU will have to rely on a traditional brand of football, and it’ll be tough to try to replace star running back Derrius Guice. If LSU’s defense can keep games low scoring (just like every other defense), LSU has a chance to have a great season.
Harbaugh’s biggest issue while he’s been at Michigan has been their lackluster Quarterback play. Brandon Peters looked solid at times last season, but missed a chunk of the season due to injuries. But expect Shea Patterson, the Ole Miss transfer, to take over as the Michigan Quarterback. I wouldn’t be surprised if Patterson was able to make a run at the Heisman Trophy this season, and I can’t wait to watch him run around in the Big House droppin absolute fuckin dimes to Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones. At the worst, I see Michigan going 11-1 this regular season and that only loss being in Columbus at the end of the season. But don’t be surprised when Harbaugh gets the monkey off his back, leads Michigan to a perfect regular season record, and tells you all to shove that hot seat up your ass.