As August reaches its ending and students return back to school, the smell of football is palpable in the air, so following that theme, JTP will be predicting our college football final four.
4.) Oklahoma Sooners
Even with the loss of Heisman winner, Baker Mayfield, Lincoln Riley has this team poised for another CFP run. History doesn’t repeat itself this year as Oklahoma finally has a competent defense riddles with experienced juniors and seniors, but their offense is what really makes them enticing; dual threat quarterback Kyler Murray and running back Rodney Andersen should make a lethal duo. In addition, they have three all-conference lineman and a phenomenal receiving core that can complement a relatively inexperienced Kyler Murray. With all that in mind, Oklahoma will dominate the Big 12 once again and sneak its way into the final four.
3.) Wisconsin Badgers
This veteran roster has proven to be a Big Ten powerhouse in the past decade and they will continue to dominate this season. Their offense returns essentially all of their starters including QB Alex Hornibrook and potential Heisman candidate, Johnathan Taylor. On the other side of the ball, their defense returns a strong linebacking core but there are some weaknesses in the secondary and pass rush, but I believe Paul Chryst, a stellar head coach, will manage. Wisconsin will win the Big Ten and be a contender for the national championship.
2.) Clemson Tigers
This team is just downright scary and could give Alabama a run for their money. Their defensive line is all-time great with a talented recruiting class paired with proven All-Americans like DT Christian Wilkins and DE Austin Bryant. They have a potent offense featuring Kelly Bryant at quarterback( who may be taken over by the number one recruit in the country this year, Trevor Lawrence) and experienced wide receivers like Renfrow and Higgins. Led by their phenomenal head coach, Dabo Swinney, Clemson should run through the ACC and basically guarantee themselves a chance at a national championship.
1.) Alabama Crimson Tide
Was this even a question? Alabama is an expanding college football empire that is conquering national championships like the Qing dynasty. Although there is some turmoil with the antagonizing quarterback dispute between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, it’s Nick Saban and it’s freaking Alabama. Sure, they lost key pieces in their perimeter offense and defense, but once again, it’s Alabama. The Crimson Tide will roll through a fairly mediocre SEC and on to the national championship game where they will have their toughest test against Clemson.