College Football Preview 2018-19

David Carey

Sports Editor

The NCAA Division I season is officially underway and with that, came a wild week one already.

From week one, we saw several upsets including Maryland upsetting #23 Texas and #25 LSU defeated #8 Miami. This season appears to be much more wide open at the top than in previous seasons.

The perennial powerhouse Alabama received preseason #1 honors and right behind them is Clemson at #2. To round off the top four is #3 Georgie and #4 Wisconsin. The SEC remains the powerhouse conference, but the other conferences seem to be a little more uncertain than in prior years.

Usually, the Big 10 is well represented, but after failing to have a team reach the final four playoffs, the Big 10 needs to show it can remain a big player. Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State come into the season as top 25 teams, but there looks to still be many question marks.

MSU barely beat a weak Utah State team at home, Michigan’s quarterback situation suggests to be up in the air again with no definitive answer, Penn State lost Saquon Barkley, Ohio State has been dealing with coach Urban Meyer’s off-field antics and Wisconsin has a weak offense relative to SEC and Pac 12 teams.

Some dark horse candidates for the Final Four playoffs are: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and West Virginia. In the preseason Heisman watch, is Quarterback from West Virginia Will Grier, running back from Stanford Bryce Love, running back from Wisconsin Jonathan Taylor, and Quarterback from Clemson Kelly Bryant.