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Brad’s 2019 College Football Preview- Top 25 Regular Season Upset Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 13th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 12th article for full schedule).  I am both beginning my college football preview guide and ending it with an article/entry that I have not done in year’s past.  Over the past 4 seasons, I have made my college football offseason more expansive by predicting the outcome of every single game that is played by every FBS team over the course of the upcoming season.  I obviously sprinkle a few upsets in there when favored teams matchup poorly with inferior opponents or play them at inopportune times.  In the past I have just mad mental notes of these upset picks (ex: last year I correctly picked Cuse over Florida St in the preseason), but this season I decided to compile a list of 25 of them that I think will happen.  At the end of the season, it will be interesting to look back and see how many of these upset picks actually come to fruition.  I am willing to bet a few of these will hit at the very least.  These upsets are listed in chronological order, and the ten upset picks that will be the most impactful to the college football playoff picture are marked in bold.  Also, the (H) and (A) written on each line represents whether or not the the team pulling off the upset is playing the game at home or on the road.  Feel free to comment or debate on this post as well as any others included in this preview guide.

Preseason Upset Picks of the Year
1 James Madison (A) over West Virginia- Aug 31
2 Toledo (A) over Kentucky- Aug 31
3 Coastal Carolina (H) over Eastern Michigan- Aug. 31
4 Eastern Kentucky (A) over Louisville- Sept 7
5 Oregon State (H) over Stanford- Sept 28
6 Nebraska (H) over Ohio State- Sept 28
7 Charlotte (H) over FAU- Sept 28
8 Cincinnati (H) over UCF- Oct 4
9 UL-Monroe (H) over Memphis- Oct. 5
10 UTEP (H) Over Louisiana Tech- Oct 26
11 New Mexico (H) over Hawaii- Oct 26
12 UNLV (H) over San Diego State- Oct 26
13 Mississippi State (H) over LSU- Oct 26
14 Georgia Tech (H) over PItt- Nov 2
15 East Carolina (H) over Cincinnati- Nov 2
16 Hawaii (H) over Fresno St- Nov 2
17 Arkansas (H) over Mississippi State- Nov 2
18 Kentucky (H) over Tennessee- Nov 9
19 Auburn (H) over Georgia- Nov 16
20 Duke (H) over Syracuse- Nov 16
21 Colorado (H) over Washington- Nov 23
22 Tulsa (H) over Houston- Nov 23
23 Indiana (H) over Michigan- Nov 23
24 Baylor (H) over Texas- Nov 23
25 Oklahoma State (H) over Oklahoma- Nov 30

 

 

 

Brad’s 2019 College Football Preview- Heisman Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 13th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 12th article for full schedule).  Here is my predicted Heisman order of finish for 2019.

1 Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
2 Jake Fromm, Georgia
3 Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
4 Justin Fields, Ohio State
5 Zack Moss, Utah
6 Ian Book, Notre Dame
7 Travis Etienne, Clemson
8 D’Andre Swift, Georgia
9 Najee Harris, Alabama
10 JK Dobbins, Ohio State

Brad’s 2019 College Football Preview- Bowl Predictions

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 13th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 12th article for full schedule).   Without further ado, here are my predicted bowl match-ups for the 2018 season.  Note- the following teams I’m predicting to reach bowl eligibility yet not receive a bowl bid: Wyoming, Louisiana Tech, UL-Monroe.

Date Bowl Teams Time Channel
20-Dec Bahamas Marshall Buffalo 2:00 ESPN
20-Dec Frisco Houston Middle Tennessee 7:30 ESPN 2
21-Dec New Mexico UAB San Diego State 2:00 ESPN
21-Dec Cure South Florida Troy 2:30 CBSS
21-Dec Cheribundti Tart Cherry Cincinnati Toledo 3:30 ABC
21-Dec Camellia Western Michigan UL-Lafayette 5:30 ESPN
21-Dec Las Vegas Boise State Washington State 7:30 ABC
21-Dec New Orleans Southern Miss Appalachian State 9:00 ESPN
23-Dec Gasparilla Bowl Tulane Florida International 2:30 ESPN
24-Dec Hawaii BYU Fresno State 8:00 ESPN
26-Dec Independence Wake Forest East Carolina 4:00 ESPN
26-Dec Quick Lane Florida Atlantic Northwestern 8:00 ESPN
27-Dec Military Navy Pittsburgh 12:00 ESPN
27-Dec Pinstripe Syracuse Minnesota 3:20 ESPN
27-Dec Texas TCU Arkansas 6:45 ESPN
27-Dec Holiday Iowa Southern California 8:00 FS1
27-Dec Cheez-It (Cactus) Oklahoma State Arizona State 10:15 ESPN
28-Dec Camping World Florida State Iowa State 12:00 ABC
28-Dec Cotton Notre Dame Memphis 12:00 ESPN
28-Dec Fiesta (playoff game) Georgia Ohio State 4:00 ESPN
28-Dec Peach (playoff game) Clemson Alabama 8:00 ESPN
30-Dec First Responder (Heart of Dallas) Arizona North Texas 12:30 ESPN
30-Dec Music City Miami-FL Tennessee 4:00 ESPN
30-Dec Redbox (San Francisco) Wisconsin California 4:00 FOX
30-Dec Orange Virginia Tech Michigan State 8:00 ESPN
31-Dec Belk NC State South Carolina 12:00 ABC
31-Dec Sun Virginia Washington 2:00 CBS
31-Dec Liberty Baylor Mississippi State 3:45 ESPN
31-Dec Arizona Georgia Southern Nevada 4:30 CBSS
31-Dec Alamo Texas Oregon 7:30 ESPN
1-Jan Citrus Nebraska Texas A & M 1:00 ABC
1-Jan Outback Penn State Auburn 1:00 ESPN
1-Jan Rose Utah Michigan 5:00 ESPN
1-Jan Sugar Oklahoma LSU 8:45 ESPN
2-Jan Birmingham UCF Army 3:00 ESPN
2-Jan Taxslayer (Gator) Purdue Florida 7:00 ESPN
3-Jan Famous Idaho Potato Northern Illinois Utah State 3:30 ESPN
4-Jan Armed Forces Indiana Air Force 11:30 ESPN
6-Jan Dollar General Ohio Arkansas State 7:30 ESPN
13-Jan Championship Game Alabama Georgia 8:00 ESPN

Brad’s 2019 College Football Preview- Disappointment Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 13th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 12th article for full schedule).   Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to disappoint this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

Disappointment teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 Florida 38th in nation (-30); 5th in SEC East (-3) 8th in nation; 2nd in SEC East
2 TCU 43rd in nation (-12); 6th in Big 12 (-3) 31st in nation; 3rd in Big 12
3 Stanford 75th in nation (-49); 5th in Pac-12 North (-2) 26th in nation; 3rd in Pac-12 North
4 Maryland 105th in nation (-38); 7th in Big 10 East (-2) 67th in nation; 5th in Big 10 East
5 Houston 84th in nation (-22); 4th in AAC West (-2) 62nd in nation; 2nd in AAC West
6 Northwestern 61st in nation (-22); 6th in Big 10 West (-2) 39th in nation; 4th in Big 10 West
7 Wisconsin 39th in nation (-20); 5th in Big 10 West (-2) 19th in nation; 3rd in Big 10 West
8 North Carolina 101st in nation (-36); 6th in ACC Coastal (-1) 65th in nation; 5th in ACC Coastal
9 SMU 114th in nation (-23); 5th in AAC West (-2) 91st in nation; 3rd in AAC West
10 Western Kentucky 107th in nation (-20); 7th in C-USA East (-1) 87th in nation; 6th in C-USA East

Brad’s 2019 College Football Preview- Surprise Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 13th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 12th article for full schedule).  Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to surprise this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

Surprise Teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 California 20th in nation (+32); 2nd in Pac 12 South (+3) 52nd in nation; 5th in Pac-12 South
2 Virginia Tech 14th in nation (+19); 1st in ACC Coastal (+1) 33rd in nation; 2nd in ACC Coastal
3 Purdue 32nd in nation (+18); 2nd in Big 10 West (+2) 50th in nation; 4th in Big 10 West
4 Baylor 19th in nation (+17); 3rd in Big 12 (+2) 36th in nation; 5th in Big 12
5 Tennessee 28th in nation (+9); 3rd in SEC East (+1) 37th in nation; 4th in SEC East
6 Missouri 15th in nation (+7);2nd in SEC East (+1) 22nd in nation; 3rd in SEC East
7 Navy 86th in nation (+15); 3rd in AAC West (+2) 101st in nation; 5th in AAC West
8 East Carolina 69th in nation (+42); 4th in AAC East (+1) 111th in nation; 5th in AAC East
9 Nevada 53rd in nation (+41); 2nd in MWC West (+1) 94th in nation; 3rd in MWC West
10 Tulane 45th in nation (+39); 2nd in AAC West (+1) 84th in nation; 3rd in AAC West

Brad’s 2019 College Football Preview- Comprehensive Ranking

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 13th annual college football preview guide which will contain 19 entries in all (see July 12th article for full schedule).   Here are my rankings of teams 1-130.  The column to the left of each team is my ranking of each squad, and the column to the right of each team is the experts ranking (average of Street & Smith, Lindy’s, USA Today, Athlon, ESPN FPI, College Football News, and Phil Steele) for that program.  You will soon see that the teams in which I have the biggest disparities with the experts will be featured in my surprise/disappointment lists in the upcoming days.   One other thing you will notice is that the top four teams in the rankings have parentheses next to their names.  That number represents each team’s seeding in the 2019 college football playoff.  These rankings intend to encapsulate the entire college football season, so I felt it necessary to differentiate between a team’s regular season finish/playoff seeding and their final ranking.

Team Experts
1 Alabama (4) 1
2 Georgia (2) 3
3 Clemson (1) 2
4 Ohio State (3) 7
5 Utah 14
6 LSU 5
7 Oklahoma 4
8 Michigan 6
9 Notre Dame 9
10 Texas 12
11 Michigan State 16
12 Auburn 13
13 Nebraska 28
14 Virginia Tech 33
15 Missouri 22
16 Florida State 30
17 Memphis 48
18 Miami-FL 23
19 Baylor 36
20 California 52
21 Toledo 79
22 Appalachian State 56
23 Oregon 11
24 UCF 26
25 Texas A & M 10
26 Boise State 40
27 Penn State 18
28 Tennessee 37
29 Washington 15
30 Iowa 17
31 Iowa State 21
32 Purdue 50
33 Oklahoma State 35
34 Syracuse 31
35 Virginia 34
36 Minnesota 38
37 Ohio 77
38 Florida 8
39 Wisconsin 19
40 Washington State 24
41 Mississippi State 20
42 Southern California 29
43 TCU 31
44 NC State 46
45 Tulane 84
46 Air Force 85
47 Army 47
48 Brigham Young 51
49 North Texas 82
50 South Carolina 25
51 Southern Miss 77
52 Cincinnati 43
53 Nevada 94
54 UAB 97
55 Troy 81
56 Buffalo 102
57 Florida International 72
58 Arkansas 70
59 Indiana 55
60 Pittsburgh 54
61 Northwestern 39
62 Arizona State 42
63 Wake Forest 66
64 Arizona 45
65 Fresno State 59
66 Marshall 71
67 San Diego State 69
68 Arkansas State 88
69 East Carolina 111
70 Florida Atlantic 87
71 Georgia Southern 90
72 Northern Illinois 93
73 UL-Lafayette 98
74 Western Michigan 76
75 Stanford 26
76 Kentucky 44
77 UCLA 40
78 Boston College 64
79 Vanderbilt 59
80 Kansas State 53
81 Duke 61
82 South Florida 75
83 Utah State 63
84 Houston 62
85 Louisiana Tech 88
86 Navy 101
87 Wyoming 95
88 Middle Tennessee 100
89 UL-Monroe 109
90 West Virginia 57
91 Ole Miss 58
92 Texas Tech 49
93 Georgia Tech 74
94 Illinois 83
95 Temple 80
96 Hawaii 92
97 Eastern Michigan 108
98 Charlotte 112
99 UNLV 103
100 Texas State 116
101 North Carolina 65
102 Colorado 68
103 Rutgers 96
104 Oregon State 85
105 Maryland 67
106 Kansas 99
107 Louisville 73
108 Bowling Green 124
109 Old Dominion 118
110 Coastal Carolina 122
111 New Mexico 114
112 Miami-OH 105
113 Liberty 113
114 SMU 91
115 Ball State 110
116 UTSA 121
117 Kent State 115
118 New Mexico State 126
119 Central Michigan 120
120 UTEP 130
121 Colorado State 106
122 Tulsa 104
123 San Jose State 118
124 UMass 129
125 Georgia State 117
126 Akron 125
127 Western Kentucky 107
128 UConn 128
129 South Alabama 123
130 Rice 127