We’re entering the time of year when it becomes challenging to come up with an interesting subject on a weekly basis.
The Auburn baseball team certainly didn’t help matters getting swept over the weekend in Nashville. Florida also took two of three from the Tigers on the softball diamond and put a damper on the final home stand of the year. The Atlanta Braves’ bullpen is more generous than Mother Teresa right now and spring football is over.
In lieu of the circumstances, it’s time again for my annual ridiculously early college football predictions. I’ll revisit these in early 2020 to peruse just how profoundly prophetic I prove to be.
You’re not going to believe this, but in my vast travels I came across these stones and this glove. All kinds of weird stuff happened and I even got a glimpse of the future.
Never mind, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
Here are 10 early predictions about college football in 2019.
1. Joey Gatewood will be named the Auburn starter at quarterback before the Oregon game. Bo Nix will be his backup. Gatewood will account for 339 yards of total offense against the Ducks.
2. South Carolina struggles to a 6-6 regular-season. The Gamecocks are defeated by Iowa State in the Texas Bowl and finish 6-7. After four years of mediocrity, Will Muschamp finds himself squarely on the hot seat.
3. Tua Tagovailoa backs up his 2018 season with another tremendous offensive output. He wins the Heisman Trophy throwing for 3,721 yards and 41 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. Trevor Lawrence is the runner-up.
4. Scott Frost and the Nebraska Cornhuskers double their win total from 2018 and end the year 8-5. I don’t believe Big Red will ever capture the magic of the mid-nineties, but Frost will make them relevant again.
5. The Auburn Tigers will defeat the LSU Tigers in Tiger Stadium on Oct. 26. That’s right; you heard me. I know it’s been a while (1999 to be exact), but Coach O’s voodoo hex is about to be lifted. Good guys win 34-24.
6. Les Miles makes headlines for a bizarre press conference following the Jayhawks’ seventh straight loss. He’s a bit incoherent, but there are some terrific quotes that make absolutely no sense.
7. Clemson and Alabama meet, yet again, for the fifth straight season in the college football playoff. This is becoming an annual event and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone when I say we’re all pretty sick of it by now. Right?
8. Oklahoma goes 11-1 in the regular season and wins the Big 12 Conference. Jalen Hurts flourishes in the Sooner offense leading them to the college football playoff.
9. JaTarvious “Boobee” Whitlow leads Auburn in rushing with 1,232 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Tigers go from ninth in the SEC in rushing as a team a season ago to third in the conference behind only Georgia and Alabama.
10. The PAC 12 miss out on the college football playoff and Clay Helton is fired at USC after another subpar year.