It’s in the air people. You smell it. I smell it. Everyone smells it. The grass is getting cut. The lines in the field are getting drawn. Football players everywhere are starting to get nervous because football season is ALMOST UPON US!

Every year I predict how every single FBS college football team is going to perform. I breakdown every team by conference and put some serious thought into these predictions. I like to pride myself on being correct (who doesn’t these days though?) so I go over every single team with a fine tooth comb.

College football is a unique sport. The roster transition from year-to-year can make it so a team can go from a 12-0 season to a 3-9 season with no time to stop and think about what the hell went wrong. No other sport deals with the kind of roster changes that college football head coaches have to deal with every year. That in itself makes college football one of the most interesting sports out there in my opinion.

And guess what folks? Kick-off is right around the corner so it’s time to nut up and find out what the wonderful world of college football has in store for us this year. It’s time for the 2018 College Football preview so sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

The Guide:

Last Year’s Record: Pretty self-explanatory

Last Year”s Bowl Game: Did the team compete in a bowl last year

Last Bowl Game Appearance: If the team wasn’t in a bowl last year, when’s the last time they made a bowl game?

Head Coach: The team’s leader

Head Coach Effect: A nice little formula featuring +/- that lets you know how good your coach performed last season. A + grade is how many wins I credit the coach for last season while a – grade means the coach did a pretty bad job with what he was working with

Top Returning Players: These are the best players from last year that are returning this year

Top Incoming Players: The top recruits in the Nation who will be joining your favorite team

Potential NFL Hopefuls: These are the guys on your favorite team’s roster that are already on the NFL’s radar. Obviously the more NFL talent you have on your team, the more I like your team

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: How difficult is your schedule compared to the other 129 FBS teams? Credit to Phil Steele for the schedule rankings

Predicted Record: How good will your team be next season?

 

And that’s it. ENJOY THE PREVIEW FOLKS!!!!!!

 

 

 

10. Texas State Bobcats

Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: Have never appeared in a bowl game

Head Coach: Everett Withers (4-20 @ Texas State, 11-26 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -6

Top Returning Players: Frankie Griffin (LB), Aaron Brewer (OL), Bryan London (LB), Anthony Taylor (RB), A.J. Krawczyk (DB), Jacob Rowland (OL), Tyler Watts (WR), Jeremiah Haydel (WR), Reece Jordan (C), Nic Foster (OL), Dean Taylor (DE), Sami Awad (DT), Hal Vinson (LB), Anthony Taylor (CB), JaShon Waddy (CB), Foster Hilborn (K)

Top Incoming Players: None worthy of my time

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Aaron Brewer (OL), Bryan London (LB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 123rd

Predicted Record: 2-10 (1-7)


 

9. Georgia Southern Eagles

Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2015 GoDaddy Bowl vs. Bowling Green (won 58-27)

Head Coach: Chad Lunsford (2-4 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: Wasn’t the full-time coach last year

Top Returning Players: Logan Hunt (DL), Wesley Fields (RB), Raymond Johnson (DL), Monquavion Brinson (DB), Shai Werts (QB), Curtis Rainey (OL), Jeremiah Culbreth (OL), Ellis Richardson (TE), Tomaricio Reese (LB), Kindle Vildor (DB), Malik Henry (WR), Obe Fortune (WR), Lawrence Edwards (OL), Drew Wilson (OL), Ian Bush (DL), Jay Bowdry (LB), Sean Freeman (S), Joshua Moon (S), Tyler Bass (K)

Top Incoming Players: Quin Williams (LB), Andrew Cunningham (RB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Wesley Fields (RB), Jeremiah Culbreth (OL), Logan Hunt (DL)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 118th

Predicted Record: 3-9 (2-6)


 

8. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: Will finally be bowl eligible this year

Head Coach: Joe Moglia (3-9 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +1

Top Returning Players: Malcolm Williams (WR), Silas Kelly (LB), Fitz Wattley (DB), Trey Carter (OL), Ja’ree Tolbert (DL), Anthony Chesley (DB), Evan Rabon (P), Omar Black (WR), Maxwell Kjosa (TE), Brock Hoffman (OL), Jack Franklin (OL), Ethan Howard (OL), Laqavious Paul (LB)

Top Incoming Players: Tyrese Johnson-Fisher (RB), Isaiah Likely (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Silas Kelly (LB), Evan Rabon (P)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 112th

Predicted Record: 3-9 (2-6)


 

7. Georgia State Panthers

Last Year’s Record: 7-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Cure Bowl vs. WKU (Won 27-17)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Cure Bowl vs. WKU (Won 27-17)

Head Coach: Shawn Elliott (7-5 @ GSU, 8-10 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +1

Top Returning Players: Penny Hart (RB), Michael Shaw (LB), Shamarious Gilmore (OL), Marterious Allen (DL), Gabe Mobley (OL), Chase Middleton (LB), Christian Owens (WR), Hunter Atkinson (OL), Dontae Wilson (DL), Terry Thomas (DL), Tamir Jones (WR), Jamal Paxton (OL), Quion Gilmore (OL), Jerome Smith (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Destin Coates (RB), Swift Lyle (QB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Penny Hart (WR), Shamarious Gilmore (OL)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 106th

Predicted Record: 4-8 (3-5)


 

6. ULM Warhawks

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2012 Independence Bowl vs. Ohio (Lost 14-45)

Head Coach: Matt Viator (8-16 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +2

Top Returning Players: Caleb Evans (QB), Marcus Green (WR), Devin Jackson (OL), David Griffith (LB), Derrick Gore (RB), R.J. Turner (WR), Josh Pederson (TE), Mason Husmann (DL), Rashaad Harding (LB), Craig Ford (K), Bobby Reynolds (C), T.J. Fiailoa (OL), Eastwood Thomas (OL), Tyler Johnson (DL), Donald Louis (DL), Marcus Hubbard (DB), Rhoy Williams (DB), Wesley Thompson (S)

Top Incoming Players: None worthy of my time

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Marcus Green (WR), R.J. Turner (WR), Josh Pederson (TE)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 122nd

Predicted Record: 5-7 (4-4)


 

5. South Alabama Jaguars

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Not bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 Arizona Bowl vs. Air Force (Lost 21-45)

Head Coach: Steve Campbell (0-0 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: Didn’t coach last year

Top Returning Players: Jamarius Way (WR), Bull Barge (LB), Nigel Lawrence (DB), Tyree Turner (DL), Riley Cole (LB), Tra Minter (RB), Troy Thingstad (OL), Sean Brown (DL), Darrian Mills (DB), Gavin Patterson (K), Corliss Waitman (P), Cephus Johnson (QB), Kawaan Baker (WR), Malik Stanley (WR), Collier Smith (TE), Ryan Alexander (OL), Sean Grayer (DL), A.J. Deshazor (DB), D.J. Daniels (S)

Top Incoming Players: None worthy of my time

Potential NFL Hopefuls: None

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 96th

Predicted Record: 5-7 (4-4)


 

4. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 New Orleans Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi (Won 21-28)

Head Coach: Billy Napier (0-0 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: Didn’t coach last season

Top Returning Players: Trey Ragas (RB), Chase Rogers (TE), Kevin Dotson (OL), Joe Dillon (DL), Robert Hunt (OL), Jacques Boudreaux (LB), Corey Turner (DB), Ryheem Malone (WR), Jalen Williams (WR), Keenan Barnes (WR), Cole Prudhomme (OL), Calvin Linden (K)

Top Incoming Players: Masry Mapieu (DL), Timaje Porter (DL)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Trey Ragas (RB), Kevin Dotson (OL), Joe Dillon (LB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 85th

Predicted Record: 6-6 (4-4)


 

3. Troy Trojans

Last Year’s Record: 11-2

Last Year’s Bowl Game: New Orleans Bowl vs. North Texas (Won 50-30)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 New Orleans Bowl vs. North Texas (Won 50-30)

Head Coach: Neal Brown (25-13 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +4

Top Returning Players: Deondre Douglas (WR), Deontae Crumitie (OL), Hunter Reese (DL), Tron Folsom (LB), Blace Brown (DB), Kirk Kelly (OL), Trevon Sanders (DL), Cedarius Rookard (DB), Marcus Webb (DL), Marcus Jones (DB), Jamarius Henderson (WR), Damion Willis (WR), J.L. Gaston (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P), Sam Letton (TE), Tristan Crowder (OL)

Top Incoming Players: A.J. Lewis (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Tristan Crowder (OL), Trevon Sanders (DL), Blace Brown (DB), Cedarius Rookard (S)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 129th

Predicted Record: 7-5 (5-3)


 

2. Appalachian State Mountaineers

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Dollar General vs. Toledo (Won 34-0)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Dollar General vs. Toledo (Won 34-0)

Head Coach: Scott Satterfield (37-14 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +4

Top Returning Players: Jalin Moore (RB), Victor Johnson (OL), Anthony Flory (LB), Clifton Duck (DB), Tae Hayes (DB), Colin Reed (TE), Myquon Stout (DL), Thomas Hennigan (WR), Zac Thomas (QB), Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB), Desmond Franklin (DB), Dominique Heath (WR), Noah Hannon (OL), Ryan Neuzil (OL), Chandler Staton (K), Xavier Subotsch (P)

Top Incoming Players: Stephon Brown (QB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Jalin Moore (RB), Jalen Virgil (WR), Corey Sutton (WR), Collin Reed (TE), Victor Johnson (OL), Anthony Flory (LB), Clifton Duck (CB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 127th

Predicted Record: 10-3 (7-2)


 

1. Arkansas State Red Wolves

Last Year’s Record: 7-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Camellia Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee (Lost 30-35)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Camellia Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee (Lost 30-35)

Head Coach: Blake Anderson (31-20 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +1

Top Returning Players: Justice Hansen (QB), Lanard Bonner (OL), Ronheen Bingham (DL), Justin Clifton (DB), Warren Wand (RB), Dahu Green (WR), Jacob Still (OL), B.J. Edmonds (DB), Justin McInnis (WR), Troy Elliott (OL), Kevin Thurmon (DL), Trent Ellis-Brewer (LB), Sawyer Williams (K), Cody Grace (P), Marvis Brown (OL), Tony Adams (DL), Darreon Jackson (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Kirk Merritt (WR)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Justice Hansen (QB), Jacob Still (OL), Lanard Bonner (OL), Justin Clifton (S)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 126th

Predicted Record: 11-2 (9-0)