McGahee: 2014 Fearless Predictions

Wayne McGahee looks into his crystal ball for the 2014 season

Florida State will finish the season 15-0: Florida State is significantly better than every other team on its schedule right now and any team that it could play in the ACCCG. I think this team is good enough to beat any of the other three teams in the playoff.

FSU, Bama, MSU, and UCLA will be the four teams in the playoff: Florida State will run through the ACC. I think Alabama will have one loss by the end of the season, but they will be SEC champs and get in by default. Michigan State takes down Oregon in Eugene in week two and then runs the table on the B1G. UCLA loses to Oregon, but takes them down in the PAC-12 Championship game to secure their place. Florida State and UCLA in the Sugar, with Alabama and Michigan State in the Rose.

Brett Hundley will win the Heisman: He is going to put up monster numbers in a league with no great defenses beside Stanford. Mariotta will not be able to stay healthy (again), and the committee will be looking to give it to anyone, but Winston. I think Todd Gurley of Georgia has an excellent shot, but he has trouble staying healthy as well.

Winston’s numbers go down: Despite losing two running backs from last year the running game will actually improve this season. As the rushing numbers go up, Winston’s numbers will go down.

Florida loses at least six games: An absolutely brutal schedule for the Gators this year. The key game will be whether they can go in to Knoxville and beat Tennessee after getting beat by Alabama the previous week. Even then there are still six preseason ranked teams on their schedule. Five of which are in the top 13. Not going bowling again is certainly possible for a team without any offensive weapons.

Miami goes 8-4 or worse in the regular season: All signs point to true freshman Brad Kaaya being named the starter for their opening game at Louisville. After this game they have two easy games before starting a rough seven game stretch against teams that went to bowl games last season. The Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State three game stretch during that is particularly brutal.

Duke repeats as the Coastal champion: Virginia Tech and North Carolina is the toughest stretch that Duke will have to go to, but they get both teams at home. Duke will not win all of their ACC games, but with the Coastal they just have to not lose as many as the second best team.

Georgia Tech, Virginia, Florida, West Virginia, and Kansas will all have new coaches next season: Virginia is the most obvious one here. Anything under ten wins get London fired and UVA isn’t getting to ten wins. Georgia Tech can finally get rid of Paul Johnson and the triple option. His contract has made him unfireable until now. Charlie Weiss in Kansas will not last another season and he will head back to being an offensive coordinator somewhere. Holgorsen has taken a team that went to a BCS bowl game and turned them into a team that didn’t go to a bowl game last season. One more like that and he is gone. Will Muschamp has to win at least nine games in order to save his job from what I’ve heard. As I stated above I think Florida loses six games.

Texas wins the BIG 12: Everyone gushed over Trevor Knight’s performance against Alabama, and rightfully so, but everyone needs to look back at his stats earlier in the season where he lost the quarterback job to now tight end Blake Bell. Other than the Alabama game, Knight did not have a single game above 200 yards. Texas will lose to UCLA in early September, but should be well prepared for a tough slate of games in October. They get Baylor and Oklahoma at home.

Clemson loses four games: They start the season at Georgia, and then get a cupcake and a bye week before traveling to Florida State. Right after that they have to come home and host North Carolina. I think they lose three of their first four games before going through the season and losing to South Carolina per the normal. Dabo just can’t beat Spurrier.

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