The beginning of college football comes with a lot of high hopes and speculations. Each school in the FBS has a goal set aside before the season. The goal could be finishing with a winning record, winning the conference, making a bowl game, winning a bowl game, or winning a national championship. For most teams, finishing the season ranked is an accomplishment in itself, unless you are Alabama.
The Houston Cougars’ defense only gave up 23.8 points per game and can be even better this year with stud defensive tackle Ed Oliver returning. They start the season off with teams Texas Tech, Arizona, Rice, and Texas Southern. Houston could very well start the season off 4-0. The only team on the schedule I could see giving Houston a real test is Memphis, but we will have to wait and see. This could be a huge season for Houston.
You would think that losing Lamar Jackson would mean that Louisville would just wither and fade away. While Jackson was a key piece in the Cardinals run the last couple years, they knew he wasn’t going to be there forever and had to plan for when he left. Jawon Pass will step into the starting quarterback position with one of the best receiver cores in the ACC in Jaylen Smith, Dez Fitzpatrick, and Seth Dawkins. Louisville will be tested early against Alabama. After that hump, they could band together enough wins to end the season ranked.
Much like UCF, Florida Atlantic is not expected to share the same success as last year. Lane Kiffin won 11 games last season in his first year as head coach. However, he has his work cut out for him in the season opener aginst Oklahoma. Later, the Owls play at UCF. The rest of the schedule should go smoothly for the Owls as they are favored to win every game. Their biggest problem is deciding between De’Andre Johnson or Oklahoma transfer Chris Robinson at quarterback. Once that is settled, FAU could be potentially playing in a big bowl game as a ranked team with double digit wins.
Every year fans and players alike wait on rankings to be released to see where they stand. Some teams are over-ranked while others under-ranked. At the end of the day, the play on the field speaks at higher volumes.