Our long national nightmare is over. Football is back this weekend and we will not have a weekend without it until February. How sweet it is! Of course, that means for bloggers like myself we get to make predictions that will definitely make us look like we have never watched sports before in our entire lives. So without further adieu, I present to you my official predictions for the CFP, the National Champion, and this season's Heisman Trophy Winner.
Heisman Trophy: DJ Uiagalelei
We have entered into a new era of college football. The teams that have dominated recent memory have all passed the baton onto new quarterbacks who all are not draft-eligible for a number of seasons. Those players being Ohio State's CJ Stroud, Alabama's Bryce Young, and Clemson's DJ Uiagalelei. The advantage for Uiagalelei is that Trevor Lawrence missed two starts due to COVID a season ago, giving him the opportunity to show why he is going to be a top pick in the 2023 draft. In those two starts, Uiagalelei amassed 781 yards passing against Notre Dame and Boston College to go along with 4 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and zero interceptions. This season Clemson plays Georgia in week 1 and then will be favored by 20+ points in every other game the remainder of their season. It is very likely Clemson will not see another ranked opponent until the College Football Playoff (spoiler alert). That gives Uiagalelei the opportunity to put up insane numbers in 2021. If you are a gambling man I like his odds at +600 to be the first Heisman Trophy winner in the history of Clemson's football program.
The other finalists that I think we will see are CJ Stroud, JT Daniels, and Breece Hall (there is always an under-the-radar guy and Iowa State is poised for a big season).
College Football Playoff and National Champion
Now that Alabama isn't trotting out an absolute all-star team I think we will have a tad bit of freshness in this season's College Football Playoff. Listen, they can absolutely still get there, I just don't think it is in the cards for them this year. My CFP is as follows: 1. Georgia
3. Ohio State
This prediction can get thrown out the window in a hurry if Clemson beats Georgia in week 1, but I love the Bulldogs this season; they have a real shot at going undefeated. The SEC is theirs to lose in my eyes. They have the best quarterback and the most talent. Go get it Kirby Smart.
I also have to admit I am a sucker for storylines. Clemson getting another crack at Georgia would be an awesome matchup as a 1 vs. 4. Clemson may certainly be better than a four seed, but ultimately I think the committee punishes them for having a weak schedule.
This year I think we get a rematch of the 2018 Rose Bowl and see Georgia take on Oklahoma at Lucas Oil Stadium. In that game, I like the Georgia Bulldogs to win 45-41 in an instant classic. Let's get ready for some football, shall we?