With college football right around the corner, I decided to predict the playoffs. College football is one of the most exciting games around. Coming into the 2017 season a lot of teams come in with high hopes but only four will make it in the college football playoffs. I will be telling you the four teams I believe who could be in the playoffs.
The Trojans will be a young but very talented team. They will have Sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and he could very well be a Heisman candidate. The wide receiving core had to replace JuJu Smith-Schuster and Barreus Rodgers, but gets back Deontay Burnett.
The way the offense played last season the defense didn’t get a lot of credit. The USC defense allowed 27 points or fewer ten times. One thing about this defense is they like to bring pressure. They have a legit chance to be holding up the trophy at the end of the season.
The Alabama Crimsom Tide are known for their football. With no more Lane Kiffin or Steve Sarkisian, the new offensive coordinator is Brian Daboll. He has been a part of the New England patriots for the last few seasons.
The Tide will have back the very talented quarterback Jalen Hurts, who can throw the ball and also run very well. The big name wide-out is five-star Calvin Ridley.
Alabama will have returning starters on the defense alone. Keep in mind this was the number 2 overall defense last season. The linebackers will need to step up following the loss of Reuben Foster and Tim Williams to the NFL.
The Oklahoma Sooners come into the new season under new head coach Lincoln Riley. Starting up the new season, the Sooners have big hopes with Baker Mayfield. The only question this team raises is who will step up to play wide receiver. Some options will be Jeff Badet, Jeffery Mead, A.D. Miller and Jordan Smallwood. One player to watch out for will be the junior tight end Mark Andrews.
The defense for the Sooners should be strong with Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Chad Kelly at linebacker. The Sooners have two strong corner backs with Jordan Thomas and Jordan Parker. They also have a very good special team with Austin Seibert handling both kicking and punting.
The Washington Huskies are set to have a great season. The Huskies shouldn’t have any problem scoring with Junior quarterback Jake Browning and running back duo Myles Gaskins and Lavon Colemen. They have Dante Pettis, who had 53 catches and 15 touchdowns last season, but they will need a second guy to emerge.
The defense will have 3 returning starters at the linebackers position but the secondary lost 3 highly decorated players. The Huskies do get back Sophomore free safety Taylor Rapp.
In the end all 4 of these teams are elite in some way, but only one can win. My prediction for the championship is: USC 24, Oklahoma 21. After a long hard fought game, the Trojans are just set up to win it all.