Despite losing the national championship last year, the Alabama Crimson Tide come to this season as the favorite. There are numerous reasons for this with the primary one being the team’s ability to constantly attract premium first year players. In doing so, they manage to create a depth chart that is filled with veteran and rookie talent. Here’s a quick look at four teams that many feel will be in the mix this season for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Look for the team to go 12-1 and to end up ranked #1. We expect the Tide to beat Florida State, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU. Even if they do lose to Auburn at the end of the regular season, they will most likely meet and beat the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC title game. With an almost perfect season in their pocket, they’ll get another shot at the national title as they’re selected for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.
The Huskies look to be at least as good this season as they were last season. They should reel off about eight straight wins to start the season. They will be challenged by Stanford and will probably lose that game. Still, they will get back on the winning track and meet USC for the Pac-12 title. We expect the Huskies to take the Pac-12 Championship and with a 12-1 record go to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship series.
Florida State Seminoles
This is a team that can easily end up at 11-2 in the ACC. They will be challenged by Alabama in their opener and by Clemson near the end of the season. Those games should mark their two losses. The rest of the season includes wins against Miami, NC State and Louisville. The finish the regular season against a very Florida team. They will then meet the Hurricanes once more in the ACC title game, which the Noles will have to win to get to the national playoffs.
The Wolverines should run off six straight wins. To do so they will have to beat the Florida Hurricanes in week one and, also, rivals Michigan State. Penn State will challenge and most likely beat the Wolverines. A few games later, expect them to be challenged by the Wisconsin Badgers. Despite losing to the Badgers, Michigan will come back and take down Ohio State. Look for them to win the Big Ten title and go to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship series.
2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Our bet is on Alabama to win it all. After that, we’re taking the Huskies with the Seminoles after then and the Wolverines being the true dark horse. These are projections. Once the 2017-18 college football season starts predictions can go out the window. College football season and the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship series will be here sooner than you think.