Following yet another offseason where conference realignment and typical college football controversies dominated the conversation, it’s time to concentrate on what actually matters: the 2023 season. There’s no better way to do that than with a series of prognostications, so CBS Sports is here to do our parts with predictions, expert picks and plenty of opinionated takes with just days until Week 1 kicks off.
Who will be the program that make up the final four-team iteration of the College Football Playoff? Georgia is on a quest to become the first team to three-peat in the wire service era (since 1936), but the Big Ten has three potential contenders in Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. USC and Washington are the favorites in the season finale of the Pac-12, but no one should be sleeping on Oregon, Utah and perhaps even Oregon State. Alabama and Clemson are both seeking returns to the top of the heap, Florida State seeks to prove its hot close in 2022 was not a fluke, and Texas may have the most talented team in the Big 12 (for whatever that’s worth).
What about once-proud powers Oklahoma and Florida, which are entering Year 2 respectively under Brent Venables and Billy Napier with plenty of questions about whether they can turn the corner? Meanwhile, LSU is hoping it can continue rocking in Year 2 under Brian Kelly, and Texas A&M is attempting to make a pairing of Jimbo Fisher and Bobby Petrino work. Oh yeah, and who could forget Deion Sanders getting started with Colorado? (As if you have not heard enough about that already.)
In addition to projecting the playoff and national champion, we decided to take a look at which teams may just miss the four-team field, which programs are the most overrated and underrated nationally, and which coaches…
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Author : Chip Patterson
Publish date : 2023-08-28 16:54:35
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