Well here we are. Only a couple of days stand between us and the 2015 college football season. It's been, as always, a long offseason filled with anxiety and anticipation. And now its here.
If you've been following along, you seen our "outrageous predictions" for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC. Now it's time to focus on the whole. Now it's time to focus on the picture that those outrageous predictions for each conference paint of the entire college football landscape for 2015.
No team from last season's College Football Playoff will make the final four this season
If you were following along, you know that a Big Ten West team will win the B1G, eliminating Ohio State from the mix. UCLA will win the Pac-12, knocking out Oregon. Florida State won't even make it to the ACC title game and Alabama will be lucky to finish in the top 3 of the SEC West. New year. New blood. New champion.
Two Group-of-Five teams will finish unbeaten and get left out of the College Football Playoff
The committee spoke loud, clear and early in 2014: The Group of 5 is pretty much in a whole separate class when it comes to competing for a national title. Boise State and Marshall are going to run the table in 2015 and do so with ease. Boise could field the best defense in all of college football. None of it will matter. One of them will play in one of the New Year's Six bowls not included in the College Football Playoff while the other will end up in Las Vegas or Detroit the week after Christmas.
Neither TCU nor Baylor will make the College Football Playoff
Baylor won't even sniff the playoff on the back of a four-loss season, while TCU will drop its early contest with Oklahoma and play the waiting game for the rest of the season, hoping the Sooners lose. It's not happening. We don't need a conference title game to figure out who the Big 12 champion is in 2015. Boomer Sooner is back and everyone else is playing for second place.
Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly will win the Heisman
Sure, he still needs to nail down the starting job. But once he does, it's all downhill from there. He'll have every lineman and skill player from last season in the huddle with him and the SEC's best defense backing him up. From there, his NFL-caliber arm and deceptive speed will make him the face of the best team in the nation's best conference, putting him in the driver's seat for college football's most prestigious award.
Notre Dame will emerge from the College Football Playoff as National Champions
Here's how it'll go down: No. 1 Notre Dame will knock off No. 4 UCLA. No. 2 Ole Miss will take down No. 3 Oklahoma, setting up a showdown between Heisman Trophy winner Chad Kelly and the runner-up, Malik Zaire. On this day, it will be Zaire taking home the hardware, as college football fans/Notre Dame haters toss half-full beverage containers at their televisions and subsequently set their furniture on fire in the street.