First of all, the notion that we may even have a full college football season is a crazy prediction within itself, but here are a few crazy predictions that may be a long shot at becoming reality, but then again so are the chances of Vanderbilt winning the SEC. These predictions clearly won’t include any Big Ten or Pac-12 teams since they’ve voted to cancel their seasons, but there are still three major conferences who can make headlines as long as they continue to prepare for the season.
Spencer Rattler doesn’t finish in the top five of the Heisman rankings
The playoff committee continues to put the Sooners up against high level competition in the playoffs that they’re simply not ready for, they’re 0-4 in the playoffs for a reason. Rattler may be a talented quarterback, and Lincoln Riley certainly is a hell of a coach but I’m inclined to believe that the Sooners reign of terror in the Big 12 is coming to an end, Rattler will have to end up dragging the team on his own and he simply can’t do it, hell of a quarterback don’t get me wrong but the Heisman hype house needs to slow down.
Notre Dame doesn’t make the College Football Playoffs
This is the only other team on my list who doesn’t have a compelling case for the playoffs on a yearly basis. They’re regular season warriors but when it’s time to put their money where their mouth is they’ve failed to do it time and time again. Ian Book can play ball, but I also think he was running with a scary offensive unit last season and they’ve also lost some experience. I have a feeling teams like Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Clemson and UNC may not go down easy this year, and that presents a problem for the Fighting Irish.
Auburn and Florida make it to the SEC Championship Game
Most people believe Alabama, Georgia and/or LSU are the indisputable crowns of the SEC, but I think that trend dies this year and for the foreseeable future. Bo Nix with more than a year under his belt in that offense is a crazy good ballplayer, and that defense knows how to get after opposing offenses. Florida was a hell of a team last year, if you take away losses against the defending national champions and a nail-biter against Georgia, the Gators might’ve seen the playoffs. Both sides of the ball lost some experience to the pros, but they’ve got even bigger talents and transfers replacing them. FBS postseason championship and bowl play is still in question due to COVID, but if the bowl games were to happen I would absolutely put my money on these two teams meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in December.
North Carolina goes undefeated in the ACC
As I said, while championship games are in the air, the Tar Heels either go undefeated this year and go home, or compete in the ACC championship game this year. Either way it’s a win for Mack Brown and Co. Behind an experienced Sam Howell and an explosive offense matched by a tenacious defense headed by Chazz Surratt, North Carolina is truly ready to make some noise after proving how quickly they can turn things around. They have to go on the road and beat Florida State and Miami (FL.), but getting the opportunity to take down Ian Book and the Fighting Irish at home would be a huge resume booster. Everyone else on their schedule should be a well-earned win, no reason as to why the Tar Heels can’t go undefeated and potentially finish Top 10 this year.
Najee Harris wins the Heisman Trophy this year
I don’t care what Trevor Lawrence and Chuba Hubbard are up to, behind that huge offensive line along with his God-gifted athleticism, Najee Harris is finally ready to run his way towards a Heisman Trophy award, becoming the third running back since 2009 to bring home the award (Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry). I love the way he plays, he’s an intense runner who will truck, hurdle and juke his way out of any tight spot. A solid stat sheet against the likes of Georgia, Auburn and LSU would solidify what I already know, that Harris is the real deal and will be the next big superstar to come through Tuscaloosa.