2022 college football season: fact or fiction? Another opinion

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Before moving on to other fact or fiction issues, Brent has a few different opinions than Erik:

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  • Clemson is back to perennial national champion status.

I’m going with Fiction here. Clemson has a lot of talent, no doubt, and honestly, he recovered better last season than I thought after the first faceplant. But, in the end, it feels like a sinking ship. The elite coordinators who kept this program at the top for so long are gone, and Dabo’s success has always gone hand in hand with elite QB play – Tahj Boyd to DeShaun Watson to Trevor Lawrence. Well, DJ Uiagalelei isn’t that, and until they find someone else there, they’ll continue to be a team with a dangerous defense and scary talented players, but not a real competitor at the highest level.

  • Southern Cal will participate in the College Football Playoffs.

DO! I almost laughed and just said fiction and left it at that. USC has talent, but it’s been spotty due to shallow recruiting classes for nearly a decade now. A new trainer’s break-in often doesn’t bode well for great success in the first year and, to be honest, I don’t have much faith that Lincoln Riley can run a program for very long.

HOWEVER, have you looked at the Trojan calendar? I mean… Woof. They dodged Oregon and Washington. Notre Dame is likely to take a sharp dive after losing its coach, and outside of Utah, the rest of the Pac-12 is a breeze. It’s basically a 1 game season for the Trojans.

They’ll be mollywhipped in the playoffs (it’s a Lincoln Riley tradition, after all), but they’ll get there.

  • ohio state will go 13-0 (regular season plus the B1GCG).

Fiction The Buckeyes are a bit of the opposite of the Trojans. They’re neck and neck with Alabama as the most talented team in the country, and they’re probably a bit more complete than the Tide. But look at this stretch: Wisconsin, Rutgers (perennial Buckeye slayer), Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State. Then a trio of really tough “easy” games with Northwestern, Indiana and Maryland before a showdown with Michigan and then the Big-10 Championship.

It’s absolutely brutal.

Ohio State will drop a game, but they will win the Big 10 and advance to the playoffs.

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  • Brian Kelly will win more SEC games this year than Jimbo Fisher (the tiebreaker is a head-to-head matchup).

Fiction – Year 1 will be tough for Kelly, and the Aggies have amassed so much more talent than the Tigers have in the past two years. That said, I don’t expect there to be a huge divide between the two, and I would even say that LSU wins the head-to-head. Jimbo goes Jimbo and they will go 8-4 or 9-3. LSU will get 7 wins, although it won’t be easy for them.

Absolutely Fiction. You don’t lose many players from a great team and you come back even better than the year before. We’ve seen many Saban teams lose their hunger the year after winning a National Championship, and given that this was the first for the Dwags since the Mayflower arrived, they’ll have a lot of mental hangovers to overcome.

Also, the East seems to be generally more dangerous this year. A Napier-led Florida might very well be dangerous in the first year, Tennessee might actually have a little something going for them (*gags*), and Kentucky might just have the second-best QB in the conference (what a world we live in -we) . And don’t forget they open the season with a showdown against the Oregon Ducks. 10-2 or even 9-3 seems more likely to me.

  • Vanderbilt will go 0-9 against the Power-5 teams.

The Dores kept it tight against Missouri and South Carolina last year, and I’m not sure either team will really improve. So I guess there’s a shot they could win one. You know what, let’s give them some undeserved faith. FICTION! Vandy has 1 victory in the East this year.

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  • Will Anderson will win the Heisman. The question isn’t whether he deserves it, but can he actually pull it off and what it might take.

Fiction. No chance. He won’t quite have the stats he had in 2021, and there’s no way the media is letting three Alabama players in a row win the Heisman, let alone one boring defensive player. .

  • The Crimson Tide offensive line will excel.

Do. They won’t be good in 2012 or 2020, but they will be significantly better than 2021. Javion Cohen becomes an All-SEC guard, Tyler Steen solidifies a tackle spot, and a talented young player like JC Latham takes the other spot and made significant progress throughout the season. The real question, for me, is central. Does Darrian Dalcourt fix his line-calling and chemistry issues? Or is Seth McLaughlin adding muscle to hold in the middle? Can the new OL coach, Eric Wolford, simply mix the two to obtain a complete player?

Anyway, I think the change of coaching position here makes all the difference in the world compared to the ‘chemistry’ dumpster fire we saw last year.

  • Alabama will go 12-0 this season

Do again, I think. It’s a relatively weak schedule this year, and Saban is still going out on a warpath after a tough end to the season. This year should being the culmination of Saban’s defensive shift to the 3-3-5/4-2-5 defense that began with the hiring of Pete Golding. It’s a veteran-laden defense that has now been fully recruited for this program, and I don’t see any real weak points. Offensively, OL and WR are question marks, that’s for sure, but, as I said above, I have a lot of optimism about OL. The long-term prognosis on WRs is still a bit hazy, and we’re counting on two transfers and a real freshman or two to build chemistry with Bryce in time to shake things up.

I think there might be a few offensive hiccups (like we saw in a few games last year), but outstanding defense and the best QB in the country is enough to keep the tide going in the playoffs.

TOPIC ERIK BRENT TO DISAGREE
Clemson is back! Fiction Fiction
Southern Cal in PCP Fiction Do X
Ohio State 13-0 Do Fiction X
Brian Kelly earns more SEC than Jimbo Fiction Fiction
Georgia 12-0. Fiction Fiction
Vanderbilt 0-9 against Power-5 Do Fiction X
Will AndersonHeisman Fiction Fiction
Bama OL will excel Fiction Do X
Alabama 12-0 Do Do

It’s not a competition but, yes, it is a competition. So, what opinions do you share?

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