2019 College Football Picks and Predictions

I can’t classify myself as a bona fide college football expert. In reality, there’s only about ten people alive who really can. When your sport consists of 130 teams and nearly 100 players per team, only those who are paid to study the teams day in and day out can truly claim to know and understand them. However, I definitely know more than the average sports fan. I read up on Phil Steele’s comprehensive preview, Athlon’s team by team record predictions, and check the data provided by Football Outsiders. So I thought I’d give this another try. I wanted to give you, my readers, a bare bones look at what I think college football will look like 2019. And no, there are no lengthy paragraphs or long explanations, just a prediction of every team’s record after I went through each of  their schedules game by game. But don’t worry, I’ve been working on a lot of college football stories that will be going up later this week. I just wanted to put this out there so I can hold myself to predictions, accurate or awful. Feel free to let me know what I’m wrong about in the comments. Enjoy!

SEC West Division

Alabama 12-0 (8-0)

LSU 10-2 (6-2)

Texas A&M 8-4 (5-3)

Mississippi State 9-3 (5-3)

Auburn 8-4 (4-4)

Ole Miss 4-8 (2-6)

Arkansas 4-8 (0-8)

SEC East Division

Georgia 12-0 (8-0)

Missouri 10-2 (6-2)

Florida 9-3 (5-3)

South Carolina 6-6 (3-5)

Tennessee 7-5 (3-5)

Kentucky 6-6 (2-6)

Vanderbilt 3-9 (0-9)

SEC Conference Championship 

Alabama (13-0) over Georgia (12-1)

 

Big 10 East Division

Ohio State 11-1 (8-1)

Michigan 10-2 (7-2)

Michigan State 9-3 (6-3)

Penn State 9-3 (6-3)

Indiana 5-7 (2-7)

Maryland 3-9 (1-8)

Rutgers 2-10 (0-9)

Big 10 West Division

Wisconsin 9-3 (6-3)

Nebraska 9-3 (6-3)

Northwestern 8-4 (6-3)

Minnesota 8-4 (5-4)

Iowa 8-4 (5-4)

Purdue 6-6 (4-5)

Illinois 4-8 (1-8)

Big 10 Conference Championship

Ohio State (12-1) over Wisconsin (9-4)

 

ACC Atlantic Division

Clemson 12-0 (8-0)

Syracuse 10-2 (6-2)

Florida State 7-5 (5-3)

N.C. State 8-4 (4-4)

Boston College 6-6 (3-5)

Wake Forest 6-6 (3-5)

Louisville 2-10 (0-8)

ACC Coastal Division 

Virginia Tech 9-3 (6-2)

Virginia 9-3 (6-2)

Pittsburgh 7-5 (5-3)

Miami 7-5 (4-4)

Duke 5-7 (3-5)

North Carolina 3-9 (2-6)

Georgia Tech 3-9 (1-7)

ACC Conference Championship

Clemson (13-0) over Virginia Tech (9-4)

 

Big 12

Oklahoma 10-2 (7-2)

TCU 9-3 (6-3)

Texas 8-4 (6-3)

Iowa State 8-4 (6-3)

Oklahoma State 8-4 (5-4)

Baylor 8-4 (5-4)

Kansas State 6-6 (4-5)

West Virginia 4-8 (3-6)

Texas Tech 5-7 (3-6)

Kansas 2-10 (0-9)

Big 12 Conference Championship

Oklahoma (11-2) over TCU (9-4)

 

Pac 12 North

Washington 11-1 (8-1)

Oregon 9-3 (7-2)

Stanford 8-4 (6-3)

Washington State 8-4 (5-4)

California 6-6 (4-5)

Oregon State 2-10 (1-8)

Pac 12 South

Utah 10-2 (7-2)

Arizona State 8-4 (6-3)

USC 6-6 (5-4)

UCLA 5-7 (4-5)

Colorado 3-9 (1-8)

Arizona 3-9 (1-8)

Pac 12 Conference Championship

Washington (12-1) over Utah (10-3)

 

Independents

Army 11-2

Notre Dame 10-2

BYU 8-4

Liberty 5-7

New Mexico State 3-9

Massachusetts 2-10

 

American East

UCF 10-2 (7-1)

Cincinnati 9-3 (6-2)

Temple 6-6 (4-4)

South Florida 5-7 (3-5)

East Carolina 5-7 (2-6)

Connecticut 1-11 (0-8)

American West

Memphis 11-1 (7-1)

Houston 8-4 (6-2)

Navy 5-7 (4-4)

Tulane 5-7 (4-4)

SMU 5-7 (4-4)

Tulsa 3-9 (1-7)

American Conference Championship

Memphis (12-1) over UCF (10-3)

 

Mountain West Mountain Division

Boise State 11-1 (7-1)

Air Force 7-5 (5-3)

Utah State 8-4 (5-3)

Wyoming 6-6 (4-4)

Colorado State 3-9 (2-6)

New Mexico 4-8 (1-7)

Mountain West West Division

Fresno State 9-3 (7-1)

San Diego State 8-4 (6-2)

Nevada 6-6 (4-4)

Hawaii 8-5 (4-4)

UNLV 2-10 (1-7)

San Jose State 1-11 (0-8)

Mountain West Conference Championship

Boise State (12-1) over Fresno State (9-4)

 

Conference USA East

Marshall 8-4 (7-1)

Florida Atlantic 8-4 (6-2)

Florida International 9-3 (5-3)

Middle Tennessee State 5-7 (4-4)

Old Dominion 4-8 (3-5)

Western Kentucky 2-10 (1-7)

Charlotte 3-9 (1-7)

Conference USA West

North Texas 9-3 (7-1)

Southern Miss 8-4 (7-1)

UAB 9-3 (5-3)

Louisiana Tech 8-4 (5-3)

UTSA 3-9 (2-6)

UTEP 2-10 (1-7)

Rice 0-12 (0-8)

Conference USA Championship

North Texas (10-3) over Marshall (8-5)

 

MAC East

Ohio 10-2 (7-1)

Buffalo 7-5 (5-3)

Miami, OH 6-6 (5-3)

Akron 4-8 (3-5)

Kent State 4-8 (3-5)

Bowling Green 3-9 (2-6)

MAC West

Toledo 9-3 (7-1)

Northern Illinois 6-6 (5-3)

Western Michigan 7-5 (5-3)

Eastern Michigan 6-6 (4-4)

Ball State 3-9 (2-6)

Central Michigan 1-11 (0-8)

MAC Conference Championship

Toledo (10-3) over Ohio (10-3)

 

Sun Belt East

Appalachian State 11-1 (8-0)

Troy 9-3 (6-2)

Georgia Southern 7-5 (5-3)

Coastal Carolina 4-8 (3-5)

Georgia State 2-10 (1-7)

Sun Belt West

Arkansas State 10-2 (7-1)

ULM 5-7 (4-4)

Louisiana 5-7 (3-5)

Texas State 3-9 (2-6)

South Alabama 1-11 (0-8)

Sun Belt Conference Championship

Appalachian State (12-1) over Arkansas State (10-3)

 

New Year’s Six Bowl Game Matchups

Rose Bowl: Washington (12-1) vs Michigan (10-2)

Sugar Bowl: LSU (10-2) vs  Utah (10-3)

Orange Bowl: Syracuse (10-2) vs Notre Dame (10-2)

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma (11-2) vs Boise State (12-1)

College Football Playoff Semifinal Predictions

1. Alabama (14-0) over 4. Ohio State (12-2)

2. Clemson (14-0) over 3. Georgia (12-2)

College Football National Championship

1. Alabama (15-0) over 2. Clemson (14-1)

 

Award Predictions: 

Coach of the Year: Ryan Day, Ohio State

Doak Walker Award (Best Running Back): Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Bronko Nagurski Award (Best Defensive Player): Grant Delpit, LSU

Biletnikoff Award (Best Receiver): Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Ted Hendricks Award (Best Defensive End): Chase Young, Ohio State

John Mackey Award (Best Tight End): Alber Okwuegbunam, Missouri

Best Interior Defensive Lineman: Derrick Brown, Auburn

Heisman Trophy: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB

Heisman Runner Up(s): Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB), Jake Fromm (Georgia QB)