Clemson vs. Alabama, Chapter 5...And Other Predictions

Mark Blaudschun

It is June and almost everyone in the world of college football is on vacation. But we here at TMG want to whet your appetite for the coming season with a list of predictions:

And come January, you can look it up to see how prescient or how preposterous our choices were.

Playoff Bowls

Cotton Bowl--Central Florida vs.Ohio State

Orange Bowl--Miami vs. Texas A&M

Sugar Bowl--Oklahoma vs. Florida

Rose Bowl--Michigan vs. Oregon


Peach Bowl--Clemson vs. Georgia

Fiesta Bowl-- Alabama vs. Texas

Final Four

Clemson, Alabama, Texas and Georgia.

Nothing suggests that it WON'T Be Clemson vs.Alabama in another showdown in the Superdome in January. Georgia is almost there and our sleeper is Texas.

National Champion


We would like to go out on a narrow limb and say Clemson won't make it, but Tiger QB Trevor Lawrence is a difference maker. If he gets hurt, well, that changes the equation.

Conference Champions

American Athletic Conference--Central Florida

No surprises. Watch out for ND transfer Branden Wimbush to fill the gap as McKenzie Milton recovers from knee injury. But Knights have talent everywhere.

Atlantic Coast Conference--Clemson

Rest of conference is as weak its been in the last 10 years.

Big Ten--Michigan

Put up or shut up time for Wolverines. Watch out for Nebraska as sleeper.

Big 12--Texas

Horns make breakthrough under Tom Herman, but they may have to beat Oklahoma twice to reach their goal.

Conference USA--Florida International

Butch Davis knows how to build programs and in QB James Morgan, the Panthers can climb to the top.

Mid American Conference--Northern Illinois

When in doubt, pick the Huskies.

Mountain West--San Diego State

No Boise, No Fresno, but Aztecs will emerge. Watch out for RB Juwan Washington.


Year of the Duck in the Pac 12? Definitely

Nationally? Nah.​


Georgia, Florida, LSU, A&M all are dangerous, but its impossible to stop an incoming Tide.

Sun Belt--Appalachian State

More things change, the more they stay the same.

Heisman Front Runners

  1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

  2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

  3. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Winner: Lawrence.

QB award, for sure, with a Final Four team as well. You make the call.

Regular Season Games You Want to See

Aug. 24--Florida vs. Miami (Orlando)

Sept. 7--Texas A&M at Clemson

Oct. 12--Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)

Nov. 30--Ohio State at Michigan

There will be lots more as we approach the start of the regular season, but for now this is just a taste of what to expect.

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Yay! College Football!!

Mark Blaudschun