Clemson completed the 2018 college football season with a 44-16 win over Alabama in Monday's College Football Playoff championship game.
Now, it's 2019: Who will be the next big player to watch? How will the conferences be held? Who will win the national championship next? It's never too early to ask.
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These and other issues will shape the upcoming college football season and the continuation of the next off-season college football game. In this spirit, Sporting News asks 19 questions far too early for the 2019 season:
Who starts season # 1?
Most pre-season publications will have either Alabama or Clemson in the front row, and Sporting News' currently has the Crimson Tide. If you have the Tigers at No. 1, we will not discuss it too much. These are the two superpowers in college football, and they have the top two players by 2019. By the way. …
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It also gives the impression that Tua Tagovailoa, finalist of the Heisman Trophy, and Trevor Lawrence, second student of Clemson, are on the ground. It's a quarterback reward, and these two could be on the accelerated course for a sequel next season. These are the big favorites of 2019. Just to spice up, can you launch a campaign for Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy or Clemson receiver Justyn Ross?
How much is too much?
Our top 25 before pre-season includes seven SEC teams, including the No. 1 Alabama, the No. 3 Georgia, the No. 7 LSU, the No. 9 Florida and the No. 11 Texas A & M, the No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 16 Auburn. This team finished the season with a 5-2 record at the Pétanque Games, including a 3-1 record in the Six Bowls of New Year's Day that were not playoffs. This will raise the bias issues of the SEC, but the league is deep and talented in 2019. This will only improve.
Texas is back?
Texas is near. He will come back when he wins a Big 12 Championship, which has not happened since 2009. The Longhorns must break Oklahoma's monopoly at the conference before we can move on to the next step . Tom Herman proved that Texas could beat Oklahoma in the regular season and then beat Georgia in the bowl of the sixth day of the New Year. They are getting closer with each big win – and a showdown with LSU on September 7th will tell you to tell if it's real.
What about Texas A & M?
The Aggies are ahead of Jimbo Fisher, but the 2019 calendar prevents us from predicting more than the bowl of the sixth day of the new year. The Aggies play at Clemson (Sept. 7) and will face Auburn (Sept. 21) and Alabama (Oct. 12) in the first half of the season. They end with road games in Georgia (November 23) and LSU (November 30). Where exactly would Texas be in this schedule?
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How can Jim Harbaugh silence critics?
Open the offensive, beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten. The last two things will not happen until Michigan is a little more willing to let the offensive turn around Shea Patterson and a group of NFL receivers headed by Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. If the Wolverines can be aggressive in defense, there is no reason not to do the same thing on offense. The Wolverines recover Notre Dame, the states of Michigan and Ohio at home. It's a great year.
Which freshman intrigues you the most?
Ryan Day at the Ohio State. That's an easy answer, but the transformation of the offensive with Dwayne Haskins started in 2018. Day has replaced Urban Meyer for three games, but it's now a full-time job with expectations. national championships or others. The quarterback battle is intriguing, as usual, with this time three candidates in Justin Fields, Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin.
What has been the best coaching carousel hiring so far?
Neal Brown in West Virginia. It's okay with me. Brown has finished 31-8 in the last three seasons with Troy, and he needs to bring that energetic personality to a program that has failed to break into Big 12's big matches. Brown should also be able to Improve recruitment. .
Which coordinator are you most interested in?
Alex Grinch in Oklahoma. The Sooners' defense held them back in 2018, and no matter how many points the Big 12 earned with Lincoln Riley, the defense must be better to win the national championship. Grinch's extra Ohio State ride after a one-year spell – a team that has been shaking the playoffs with the Sooners for the last three years – makes this even more interesting.
What second year coach needs to deliver?
Willie Taggart at Florida State. Chip Kelly of UCLA and Scott Frost of Nebraska also had problems, but Kelly defeated USC and Frost will be even more likely to lose some of Lincoln's suspicion, including his last game in the 1997 championship. Florida State lost his series of shots. in 2018, and patience has never been a virtue in Tallahassee.
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Our Lady in Georgia on September 21st. The winner will win a huge share of real estate during the playoff race. The loser will feel the heat of a fan base wondering if they can win the big game with their respective coaches. Kirby Smart and Brian Kelly really need this one. Jake Fromm is imposed as the starter of the Bulldogs with a winning touchdown at South Bend in 2017. Can the Ian Book of Notre Dame return the favor?
Which division race are you most interested in?
The Big Ten West. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and the Northwest have all won their cup matches. Nebraska and Purdue feel good with coaches Frost and Jeff Brohm, respectively. You can choose any of these teams to win the division next year without making fun of you. Which team are we most interested in? The Gophers, who develop confidence through recruiting with third-year coach, P.J. Fleck. Minnesota also miss Ohio State and Michigan in the cross-match.
Who is the best hope of Pac-12 in the playoffs?
Washington is once again fortunate to be good and the Huskies have USC, Oregon and Washington state at home. We are excited to see what Jacob Eason can do at the quarterback in training. Chris Petersen continues to develop with talent. The Ducks also tend to rise with Mario Cristobal, which means that the rivalry with the conference will be all the more important. Oregon can make a statement for the entire conference at Jerry World during the opening match against Auburn, the same as the Huskies have almost done last season.
Will USC be better?
This led Kliff Kingsbury to stay very briefly at USC before joining the NFL. The coaching staff at Clay Helton has undergone a major renovation and there will be pressure to perform after a 5-7 season. The Trojans will face the states of Fresno, Stanford, Utah and Washington before their week off. Where will Helton be when the Trojans go to Notre Dame on October 5th? It's an intriguing question.
Who is your favorite non-Power 5 school?
The one who lost 70 points against Houston in his bowl game. The Army is sending an experienced team that has won 29 games and three bowls over the last three seasons, and the Black Knights will be led by star quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. The Sept. 7 date in Michigan is on our list of must-watch events for September.
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Will Urban Meyer lead again?
Not this year, and the list of schools that Meyer would like to receive later is very short. These are names like Notre Dame, USC, Florida State and maybe a SEC school with the ingredients of the national championship easy to cook. Meyer will be the first mentioned name whenever a large Power 5 school will fire a coach.
When do the eight-team playoffs begin?
Not this year. The commissioners were very clear at the end of their meeting on Monday. Despite the outcry, it's not easy to have a complete and flawless plan in an environment where ACC and SEC play eight conference games and the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 play nine. This does not even include the Group of Five, which will produce another UCF-like argument next year. The four-team playoffs will be the solution for the next few years, but the eight-team talks are far from over.
Who are your playoff teams for 2019?
Alabama and Clemson return, and they will face the winner of Ohio State-Michigan and Oklahoma-Texas (again in the Big 12 championship). Our Lady will not go in the void this time.
Who wins everything?
The winner of Clemson-Alabama V. It's like being in a best-of-seven series where everyone is watching. They have alternated their victories, so do not be surprised if the Crimson Tide returns and Nick Saban outperforms Bear Bryant with a seventh national championship.