Preseason Playoff Predictions

Submitted by GVSUGoBlue on August 25th, 2017 at 12:59 PM
Tomorrow is the kickoff of the D1 college football season! So let's take a shot at the final 4. Media consensus appears to be 1. Bama, 2. Ohio State, 3. USC, 4. Florida State. However, the runner ups in each of those conferences all have legit shots at reaching the playoff: LSU, Michigan/PSU, Washington, Clemson. Who makes the final 4? I pick Bama, USC, Florida State, and Michigan in that order with Florida State winning it all.



August 25th, 2017 at 1:19 PM ^

Michigan, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Oregon State


If I'm going to make playoffs predictions that will inevitably be wrong, I might as well go full bore and predict a lineup that guarantees Michigan the championship.


August 25th, 2017 at 1:20 PM ^

This obviously isn't worthy of a new thread, so I'll just put it here. HERE is a video interview with Zordich talking about the secondary. At the 40 second mark, Oliver Martin looks pretty good running a deep route, but didn't make the catch due to an underthrown ball. 


August 25th, 2017 at 1:21 PM ^

Do you think a one loss Wisconsin team (loss to us) can make the playoffs if they win the big ten title?  Their schedule is so easy that they have a legit shot.


August 25th, 2017 at 1:25 PM ^

Auburn, USC, FSU, Michigan. 11-1 Ok St gets eliminated by 9-3 Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Stanford (as my "sleeper" team) has a real shot at being a playoff team if they get above average QB play.


August 25th, 2017 at 7:20 PM ^

When picking the 4 playoff teams, the first question is which conference will be left out? Seems like majority sentiment is that it's the Big XII. One of these years there will be 2 teams from the same conference, which would leave out 2 conferences.

Of course, there's probably 1, maybe 2, surprise winners in conference title games each year that may open a position for someone else. That we can't predict 3 months out.

Does the Alabama/FSU loser have to win-out to make it?

On second thought...let's just enjoy the season, see how it plays out, and have this discussion again in November.


August 25th, 2017 at 1:36 PM ^

The usual preseason shot-in-the-dark exercise. I can say that Herbie's predicted playoff (Bama, FSU, USC, and OSU) is pretty close to my worst nightmare of teams I don't want to do well. You know it's a problem when you're forced to root for USC because they're the best option.

But that's football going chalk, which to this point rarely occurs.

I'm going to go out on a limb. I think Michigan suffers 2 or 3 losses this year, but I think chaos clips the B1G and no team gets into the playoff. The Big 12 breaks through. Bama, Oklahoma, USC, and I guess FSU cause everyone says they should win the ACC.


August 25th, 2017 at 3:41 PM ^

I hear you on the nightmarishness, but I'm pretty numb to Alabama success right now. Frankly, if they won every NC from now until (whenever) Michigan wins its next, I sincerely anticipate I wouldn't care. Especially if that status quo (1) prevented a new nightmare (like OSU winning again), (2) removed Meyer from the same stratum as Saban and (3) meant the Michigan break-through was that much more of a national story.