This year, we'll see teams in both familiar and unfamiliar places
The polls are rolling out and the odds are being set. The 2019 college football season is upon us.
All of the most prolific talking heads have had their say. Almost all of them have everything — from individual awards to team accolades — going to Alabama and Clemson.
They're only half right.
All dynasties experience hiccups along the way, and that'll be the case in 2019 with the sport's most prolific program. What else can you expect from the 2019 college football season? Let's make some OUTRAGEOUS* predictions.
Two teams from last season's College Football Playoff make repeat appearances in the 2019 playoff — and Alabama isn't one of them
Clemson and Oklahoma will both suffer a regular-season loss but win their respective conference championship games. That'll be enough to get them in. Oregon will go undefeated and win the Pac-12. They'll punch a ticket. Then LSU will roll through the SEC unblemished. The Tigers get in. The Tide do not.
Jim Harbaugh's job is in jeopardy by season's end
Harbaugh was brought to Ann Arbor to win conference titles and compete for national championships. He's done neither, and he won't do either in 2019. Michigan's schedule is brutal, and the Wolverines are staring down a four-loss season. That won't sit well with the loyal followers of the Maize and Blue. Michigan man or not, you must beat your rivals. Harbaugh hasn't done that. There will be some uncomfortable conversations at the end of the season.
Les Miles wins at least one Coach of the Year award
There is a handful of these things, and you can bet Les Miles takes one home after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to a bowl game for the first time since 2008. Miles is a winner, and he'll be one in Lawrence as well.
LSU wins the national championship
The Tigers have every bit as much talent as Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Oklahoma. They've got a salty veteran quarterback (Joe Burrow) and a head coach (Ed Orgeron) playing with house money. Look for the bayou to be rocking in 2019 from start to finish, as LSU steamrolls its way to a title with relative ease.
*Remember, "outrageous" can be defined as “wildly exaggerated or improbable,” and “very bold, unusual, and startling.” These are "outrageous" predictions and should be treated as such.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.