The 2020 college football season is on the horizon as teams all across the nation are back in camp. Teams will go back to the three a days and coaches will get on the recruiting trail. Fans will embrace the new hope for a better season as dreams of the national championship will emerge once again. The fresh, new season of college football is finally upon us.
Last year Clemson finished as the national runner-ups falling to a fantastic LSU squad in the national championship. This year they return 7 of their offensive starters including Trevor Lawerence. The last year was a roller coaster of a season for him, though the up and down games he had. Towards the end of the season, he was able to figure it out which should lead to a strong 2020 campaign. This is most likely his last year at Clemson and the talented QB will have all his focus on another national championship. Not to mention that Clemson has seven defensive starters returning which helps the already stout Defense.
The Tide had a letdown of a season last year after losing their star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa late in the season. The only positive about last year’s campaign for Nick Saban is the victory in the VRBO Citrus Bowl for the Tide. Nick Saban is one of the best if not the best coach in college football and if anyone can put this team right back on top, it’s him. Alabama returns 7 offensive starters which should help with the problems from last year. One thing is very questionable about this team though, their defense. The Tides’ defense last year struggled at times, especially in many important games. They lose 6 of their starters this year which could lead to this Alabam team relying on their offense for wins.
3. Ohio State
Ryan Day finished off his first year with a perfect 13-0 regular-season record that ended in a defeat against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP semis. His second year in college football will be a tough one, as OSU loses stars everywhere. Chase Young and Jeff OKudah are both departures from this defense who will leave a gaping hole in their positions. Holes that won’t be able to be fixed in this upcoming year. J.K Dobbins is another departure that will also affect the Ohio State running game. Ryan Day and his QB Justin Fields will literally be scrambling this year as the Ohio State boat is very rocking as they start to navigate through the 2020 season.
Even though you might say the Ducks have no chance this year with the loss of their starting QB Justin Herbert, you might want to think again. Another first year coach Mario Cristobal ended his season with a respectable 12-2 record that ended with a Rose Bowl victory. The Ducks’ main hole to fill is at the offensive line position where they lose 4 of their starters there. The Ducks team is known for reloading as they seem to have everything figured out. The best part about this Ducks team is their favorable schedule where they have most of their toughest Pac-12 opponents at home. The only real challenge to this season is whether they can win the HUGE nonconference game against the Ohio State Buckeyes early in the season. Expect this team to grind out another double-digit win season and possibly a playoff appearance.
The Sooners had another letdown in the CFP this time getting shamed by LSU in the Chik-fil-a Peach Bowl 63-28. The much improved defense is nowhere near what it has to be in order to compete for a national championship. Though Coach Grinch deserves some credit as he did very good work on this defense throughout last year. The Sooners will have to reload on offense once again with the departures of Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb. Although this team seems to never have a lack of offense in the past years. OU has two QBs in Spencer Rattler who was the number 1 dual threat QB of his class and Tanner Mordecai that will compete for the starting job. Rattler has looked very good in the many highlight reels he has made with his throwing ability. Expect this OU team to make another run at the Playoffs this year with many veterans on both sides of the ball returning 16 starters.
The defending National Champions have time to enjoy their win, but when their done they will return to many problems. The question marks are all over the place for this team as they will lose Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Justin Jefferson, Jacob Phillips, Grant Delpit, and Joe Burrow. All of these players were the leading rusher, pass catcher, tackler, DB, and passer this year at LSU. This will be very tough for Coach O as he will have to rally his team once again to have a successful season in 2020. Are the LSU Tigers really ready for a complete reload right after the national championship run.
The college football season has many question marks that can’t really be predicted until you see it in real life. This year’s season should be just as crazy as all the other ones especially with many big names departing for the draft. For the fans of college football, fasten your seatbelts because this ride of college football emotion is about to take off again.
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