With the 2018 college football season complete, it is only natural that we look ahead to 2019. As only true college football fans can do, we love to speculate about what will happen in the future. Here’s what we see happening in 2019. Remember, the new season is just eight months away!
Lawrence Wins a Heisman Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is about as good as they come. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Lawrence is just the perfect blend of size, mobility, intelligence, and arm talent. He plays with a poise that is extremely rare in a college quarterback and it showed as he led the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 record and their second national championship in three seasons. Lawrence is the first true freshman quarterback to lead a school to a national title since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. At some point, most likely in 2019, Lawrence will win a Heisman Trophy. It’s possible that he wins two straight. He’s that good.
Oklahoma QB Factory Oklahoma replaced Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield with MLB first-round draft pick Kyler Murray, who went on to have a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign of his own. With Murray headed to the Oakland A’s or the NFL, the Sooners will introduce yet another elite quarterback in 2019. It could be junior Austin Kendall or even true freshman Spencer Rattler, the nation’s No. 1 overall dual-threat quarterback. Whoever starts for the Sooners will flourish just as Mayfield and Murray did.
The PAC-12 Will Miss Again Washington is the only PAC-12 school to make the College Football Playoff and that was two seasons ago. No conference school made it last season and that will continue in 2019. Washington will rebuild with former Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason under center. Oregon should be very good with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Justin Herbert, and Stanford has K.J. Costello. Still, none of the conference’s teams will have what it takes to crack the season-ending top-4. Better luck in 2020.
Miles to Go in Kansas New Kansas head coach Les Miles takes over one of the nation’s worst programs. While the Jayhawks might be a little more disciplined, it won’t win them many games. Kansas simply will not have the athletes to compete with the rest of the Big 12. There will be no miraculous turnaround at Kansas in Year 1 and it’s highly possible a resurrection never occurs.
Army Wins 10 Again For the second consecutive season, head coach Jeff Monken’s Army squad won at least ten games. The Black Knights went 11-2 after beating Houston 70-14 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Army nearly upset Oklahoma taking the Sooners to overtime before losing 28-21. Army will return QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr and five other starters on an offense that led the nation in rushing. The Black Knights should be able to beat everyone on their schedule but Michigan, a team they will likely give fits. When it’s all said and done, Army will have another 10-win season.
The Alabama Dynasty Continues To say that Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty is over after the national title game loss to Clemson is absurd. The Crimson Tide are on track to sign the country’s top-rated recruiting class for the sixth time in the past eight years. As Saban has done for the past decade, he will reload with tremendous talent and Alabama will be a favorite to make the College Football Playoff for a sixth consecutive season.