ESPN college football analyst Mark Schlabach believes that the 2016 campaign is going to end just like the one in 2015 did – with Alabama crowned as the national champion.
Monday, Schlabach released a column dedicated to his 10 major predictions for the upcoming season. You can read all of his takes over at ESPN – but in short, he believes that Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Oklahoma will be playing in this year’s College Football Playoff. He also has the Crimson Tide taking down the Wolverines in the national title game.
I’m picking Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Oklahoma to make the playoffs. Alabama will play Michigan in the national championship game, which will be preceded by an eight-day Twitter war between Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Sadly, the Twitter war will be more entertaining than the actual game.
As you can see, Schlabach doesn’t have much faith in Michigan giving Alabama a game.
Schlabach also gives predictions regarding the Heisman Trophy, the Pac-12 race, the SEC title game and how Big 12 expansion will unfold.
Does Schlabach have it right? Most Las Vegas casinos still have Alabama as the favorite to win it all, so you can’t really fault him. ESPN’s FPI, however, doesn’t even have the Crimson Tide as the favorite to win the SEC.
Oklahoma and Clemson are very popular picks regarding the College Football Playoff – especially since both played in the event a year ago. In fact, Schlabach’s foursome includes three of the four teams that played in last year’s Playoff.
Michigan, meanwhile, continues to be a trendy pick to upset Ohio State and win the Big Ten title.
Only time will tell how accurate any of these predictions wind up being. But it’s always interesting to see which squads are getting the hype before the season starts.