The computer tabs USC to plow through a weak south division in the PAC-12, then crush Washington in the championship game as a 10.99-point favorite. A conference championship for the Trojans would be their first since 2017 and just the third since 2008. But the run doesn't stop there as the computer picks USC to win the national championship, as well.
PAC-12 teams played the fewest number of total game among all the Power 5 conferences a year ago and, thus, provide the most unreliable data to work with for creating a preseason forecast for 2021.
This is the stunning preview to end all stunning previews, and it can be wrapped up in two statements - the computer says 1) no division title for Alabama, and 2) no Final Four appearance.
While it certainly isn't the way that Ohio State wanted the season to end, the Buckeyes managed to climb into the championship game after Covid-19 delayed the start of a campaign that left them with just 6 games to make their case for inclusion in the Final Four playoff as the No. 3 seed. The loss to Alabama was just the second in an impressive start to the career of Ryan Day who is 20-2 as the official head coach, and 23-2 counting his interim duties in 2018. 2021 could look much different. Could it be the end to four straight titles by the Buckeyes? The computer thinks so.
According to the Congrove Computer Rankings, the completely foolish, shocking, horrendous reality is that Clemson is NOT favored to win the ACC after collecting six straight titles.
After early losses two Kansas State and Iowa State, Oklahoma regrouped to capture a 6th straight Big 12 title in 2020. The Sooners avenged a 37-30 loss at Iowa State in the regular season with a 27-21 win in Arlington to claim the crown. The victory extended Oklahoma's lead in the series to 77-7-2 with two of those losses in the last four years.
This year, Cincinnati travels to Indiana and Notre Dame for its 3rd and 4th games of the season and the computer projects both of those to be losses for Luke Fickell's club. But the computer also predicts that the Bearcats will recover and march on to a second straight league title
2020 was a down year for the Mountain West as San Jose State gave the conference its highest finish in the Congrove Computer Rankings at No. 27, just ahead of Boise State at No. 28 and Nevada at No. 33. But the championship delivered by the Spartans was historic and fitting for the "Covid season".
The 2020 covid football season was far from exceptional for Conference USA as Marshall claimed the group's best record with a 7-3 mark over-all, but UAB won the championship game, 22-13, at Marshall en roue to a 6-3 finish. It was the second title for the Blazers in the last 3 years and their third straight championship game appearance.
The MAC had just two bowl participants in 2020 and made the most of it by winning both as Ball State trounced San Jose State 34-11 in the Arizona Bowl, and Buffalo downed Marshall 17-10 in the Camellia Bowl.
After capturing at least a share of four straight Sun Belt conference titles, Appalachian State came up short in 2020 and finished two games behind Coastal Carolina (11-1, 8-0) in the East division.
Defending national champion Alabama dominated the Super 16 preseason poll with 35 of 52 first-place votes from a panel of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers. Voters were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective and include CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove.
As with many sports, football is a team game. You can have the best player in the division, but if the team around them is lacking, it’s hard for a single young player to carry a whole team on their shoulders. That said, it doesn’t mean we can’t sit back and enjoy watching some of those top talents before they likely get picked up in the next NFL Draft.
IRVING, Texas – A sub-group of College Football Playoff’s (CFP) management committee today presented a proposal to change the current four-team format to a 12-team event.
The 2021-2022 bowl season will consist of 42 bowl games, plus the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The Fenway and L.A. Bowls join the fray this year.
Previously, a 2-point attempt was required after the third overtime period.
Here are many of the benchmark dates for the upcoming football season for college players and fans.
The Cougars open on Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas against Arizona. The Wildcats are the first of five PAC-12 teams on the BYU slate.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2021 Mountain West football schedule features eight games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the final Associated Press poll in 2020, including No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 11 BYU (twice), No. 16 Iowa, No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 21 USC and No. 23 Ball State.
The 2021 football season is set to open on Saturday, August 28, as UCLA hosts Hawai’i before the full slate kicks off with all 12 teams playing the following week, including two games on Thursday, Sept. 2, one game on Friday, Sept. 3, and nine on Saturday, Sept. 4.
The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN unveiled the league’s 2021 football schedule.
The Mid-American Conference today released the football schedules for its 75th Anniversary season.
Six games affected in rescheduling and, most recently, the Nebraska-Illinois game has been moved from Dublin, Ireland to Champaign, Illinois.
DALLAS – Conference USA has announced its football schedule for the 2021 season. The 14-team alignment for the 2021 campaign will again feature each team playing eight conference games, along with four non-league contests. A total of 168 games are featured over 13 regular season playing weeks, plus two week zero contests.
IRVING, Texas – Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the American Athletic Conference’s 88-game football schedule for the 2021 season, including the 44-game conference schedule.
The last college football opening in the FBS has been filled after UCF announced the hiring of Gus Malzahn on Monday. The former Auburn head coach inked a deal reportedly worth $2.3 million per year over 5 years, according to ESPN's Andrea Adelson.
The Big 12 has released its 2021 football conference schedule. The slate features a 10-team, nine-game, round robin format for the 11th consecutive season, culminating with the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship Game.
The Southeastern Conference has announced the football schedules for all 14 SEC schools for the 2021 season.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2021 football schedule Thursday, returning to two divisions – Atlantic & Coastal – with each team playing eight conference games and four non-conference games. The return to a traditional schedule is contingent on national, state and local health guidelines allowing such competition to occur.
The three-year term has expired for five members of the College Football Playoff Committee which announced new appointees today.