Camps have just opened across the college football landscape as we prepare for the 2016 season. All the preview magazines are out and opinions have been or are being formulated about conferences.
Sportbooks like BetOnline have college football odds on futures to crown a champion in January and odds who will win conferences titles. Backed with this knowledge, who should we be looking at and why? Here is my current predictions who will be playing in the Peach and Fiesta bowls in the national semi-finals on Dec. 31st. And yes, some of you will think I am crazy.
No.1 Seed - Oklahoma Sooners (+1200 to win title)
Coach Bob Stoops crew made it to this very spot a year ago and will be even hungrier this time around. Quarterback Baker Mayfield will come out swinging and brought back the swagger to the program. With the Big 12 not as tough as a year ago, as long as the offensive line comes together and the talent in the defensive front seven becomes cohesive, Oklahoma has a real shot at 12-0 campaign and the ability to escape against the arduous games in a row against Ohio State, at TCU and Texas in Dallas.
No.2 Seed - Florida State Seminoles (+1000)
If what's up front that counts, than Florida State has all five offensive linemen back and capable backups for support. The defensive line has three starters returning and this could become a domineering contingent who already excellent at tackles for loss a year ago. Offensively, the Seminoles have all the pieces to score swiftly or with grind out drives and if presumption is accurate, the new faces at linebacker will fill-in nicely, the maturity of this team should be able to handle trips to Louisville, Miami and N.C. State and knockoff Clemson.
No.3 Seed - LSU Tigers (+1000)
I know, LSU over Alabama, am I nuts? At least here me out. The Crimson Tide has a far more difficult road schedule and for the first time in this astonishing seven-year run, is as inexperienced at so many positions as they have been. Granted, the players stepping in are very talented, but this year Bama is stung for two regular season defeats. For LSU, either Les Miles wins with 18 returning starters or is out the door. The Tigers slate is much more friendly and expect the defense to resemble past groups, being more physical at line of scrimmage. If passing game is merely average, the Bengal Tigers should have seat at the big boys table.
No.4 Seed - Notre Dame (+2200)
Brian Kelly's team has been knocking at the door and this year busts through, not losing that crucial game that matters. We know Notre Dame is sound on offense with two first-rate quarterbacks and the offense line is no longer a weakness in the program. The Irish won 10 games with an onslaught of injuries and that seldom happens two years in a row. The linebacker position and secondary have holes, but injured players are returning and the defensive line has elite SEC depth. The Fighting Irish should also benefit from playing just three true road games (three others at neutral sites), which will incite Domer haters if they reach this far.
If I'm right on these college football picks, you know who told you. If I'm wrong, changing my phone number and all social media ways to contact me. Let's enjoy how it all plays out!