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!!!!!!

 

 

 

12. UConn Huskies

Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2015 St. Petersburg vs. Marshall (Lost 10-16)

Head Coach: Randy Edsall (73-72 @ UConn, 95-106 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +1

Top Returning Players: Matthew Peart (OL), Hergy Mayala (WR), Darrian Beavers (LB), Tyler Coyle (DB), Michael Tarbutt (K), Kyle Buss (WR), Keyion Dixon (WR), Aaron McLean (TE), Cameron DeGeorge (OL), Ryan Van Demark (OL), Marshe’ Terry (LB), Brett Graham (P)

Top Incoming Players: None worth my time

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Cameron DeGeorge (OL)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 77th

Predicted Record: 3-9 (1-7)


 

11. East Carolina Pirates

Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2014 Birmingham vs. Florida (Lost 20-28)

Head Coach: Scottie Montgomery (6-18 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -1

Top Returning Players: Trevon Brown (WR), Aaron Ramseur (LB), Garrett McGhin (OL), Kendall Futrell (DL), D’Ante Smith (OL), Tim Irvin (DB), Hussein Howe (RB), John Spellacy (OL), Jalen Price (DL), Alex Turner (DL), Warren Saba (DB), Colby Gore (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Dorian Hardy (DL), Holton Ahlers (QB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Trevon Brown (WR)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 72nd

Predicted Record: 3-9 (1-7)


 

10. Tulane Green Wave

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2013 New Orleans vs. Louisiana (Lost 21-24)

Head Coach: Willie Fritz (9-15 @ Tulane, 26-22 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +2

Top Returning Players: Noah Fisher (OL), Cameron Sample (DL), Terren Encalade (WR), Corey Dublin (OL), Corey Dauphine (RB), Charles Jones (OL), Roderic Teamer (DB), Donnie Lewis (DB), Jonathan Banks (QB), Jabril Clewis (WR), Darnell Mooney (WR), Dominique Briggs (OL), John Leglue (OL), Zachery Harris (LB), P.J. Hall (DB), Merek Glover (K)

Top Incoming Players: Alfred Thomas (DL), Jeffery Johnson (DL), Jason Swann (OL), Ryan Wright (K), Nik Hogan (OL), La’Dedric Jackson (LB), Dorian Camel (DB), Amare Jones (RB), Tyrick James (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Donnie Lewis (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 69th

Predicted Record: 4-8 (2-6)


 

9. SMU Mustangs

 

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Frisco vs. Louisiana Tech (Lost 10-51)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Frisco vs. Louisiana Tech (Lost 10-51)

Head Coach: Sonny Dykes (0-1 @ SMU, 41-46 all-time)

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

Top Returning Players: Xavier Jones (RB), James Proche (WR), Richard Moore (LB), Jordan Wyatt (DB), Mikial Onu (DB), Ben Hicks (QB), Hayden Howerton (OL), Trevor Denbow (LB), Nick Natour (OL), Bryce Wilds (OL), Chad Pursley (OL), Pono Davis (DL), Tyeson Neals (DL), Kyran Mitchell (LB), Christian Davis (DB), Patrick Nelson (DB), Jamie Sackville (P)

Top Incoming Players: Levon Livingston (OL), Shabazz Dotson (DL), Treveon Johnson (WR), TaMerik Williams (RB), Jared Miles (WR), William Brown (QB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Ben Hicks (QB), Braeden West (RB), Xavier Jones (RB), Tyeson Neals (DL), Jordan Wyatt (DB), Mikial Onu (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 68th

Predicted Record: 5-7 (3-5)


 

8. Cincinnati Bearcats

Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2015 Hawaii vs. San Diego State (Lost 7-42)

Head Coach: Luke Fickell (4-8 @ Cincinnati, 10-15 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -6

Top Returning Players: Cortez Broughton (DL), Kahlil Lewis (WR), Garrett Campbell (OL), Marquise Copeland (DL), Gerrid Doaks (RB), Perry Young (LB), Tyrell Gilbert (DB), Kyle Trout (OL), James Smith (P), Thomas Geddis (WR), Ethan Tucky (DL), Bryan Wright (LB), James Wiggins (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Malik Vann (DL), Leonard Taylor (TE), Tavion Thomas (RB), Josh Whyle (TE), Ben Bryant (QB), Meechi Harris (WR), Ty Van Fossen (LB), Ryan Montgomery (RB), Charles McClelland (RB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Cortez Broughton (DL), Marquise Copeland (DL), Perry Young (LB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 89th

Predicted Record: 6-6 (3-5)


 

7. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: No bowl game

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2016 Miami Beach vs. Central Michigan (Won 55-10)

Head Coach: Philip Montgomery (18-20 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -4

Top Returning Players: Justin Hobbs (WR), Chandler Miller (OL), Tyler Bowling (OL), Cooper Edmiston (LB), McKinley Whitfield (DB), Shamari Brooks (RB), Willie Wright (OL), Shemarr Robinson (DL), Reggie Robinson (DB), Keenen Johnson (WR), Thomas Bennett (P), Luke Skipper (QB), Josh Stewart (WR), Chris Minter (TE), Myles Mouton (DL), Diamon Cannon (LB), Manuel Bunch (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Davis Brin (QB), James Palmer (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Chandler Miller (OL), Tyler Bowling (OL), Shemarr Robinson (DL), Cooper Edmiston (LB), McKinley Whitefield (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 66th

Predicted Record: 6-6 (4-4)


 

6. Temple Owls

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Gasparilla vs. FIU (Won 28-3)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Gasparilla vs. FIU (Won 28-3)

Head Coach: Geoff Collins (7-6 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +5

Top Returning Players: Shaun Bradley (LB), Delvon Randall (DB), Ryquell Armstead (RB), Matt Hennessy (OL), Dan Archibong (DL), Isaiah Wright (WR), Kenny Yeboah (TE), Chapelle Russell (LB), Quincy Roche (DL), Aaron Boumerhi (K), Frank Nutile (QB), Vincent Picozzi (OL), Michael Dogbe (DL), Sam Franklin (LB)

Top Incoming Players: Sean Ryan (WR), Kyle Dobbins (RB), Dante Burke (DL), Trad Beatty (QB), Travon King (LB)
Potential NFL Hopefuls: Ryquell Armstead (RB), David Hood (RB), Chris Mayrick (TE), Dan Archibong (DL), Shaun Bradley (LB), Delvon Randall (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 83rd

Predicted Record: 6-6 (4-4)


 

5. Houston Cougars

Last Year’s Record: 7-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Hawaii vs. Fresno State (Lost 27-33)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Hawaii vs. Fresno State (Lost 27-33)

Head Coach: Major Applewhite (7-6 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -2

Top Returning Players: Ed Oliver (DL), Emeke Egbule (LB), Garrett Davis (DB), D’Eriq King (QB), Raelon Singleton (WR), Josh Jones (OL), Jerard Carter (DL), Darrion Owens (LB), Leroy Godfrey (LB), Terence Williams (RB), Caden Novikoff (K), Dane Roy (P), Courtney Lark (WR), Will Noble (OL), Braylon Jones (OL), Javian Smith (DB), Isaiah Johnson (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Kelan Walker (RB), Dekalen Goodson (LB), Julon Williams (QB), Clayton Tune (QB), Christian Trahan (TE), Spencer Wells (TE)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Braylon Jones (OL), Jerard Carter (DL), Ed Oliver (DL), Leroy Godfrey (LB), Isaiah Johnson (DB), Garrett Davis (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 76th

Predicted Record: 7-5 (5-3)


 

4. USF Bulls

Last Year’s Record: 10-2

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Birmingham vs. Texas Tech (Won 38-34)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Birmingham vs. Texas Tech (Won 38-34)

Head Coach: Charlie Strong (10-2 @ USF, 63-39 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +3

Top Returning Players: Marcus Norman (OL), Greg Reaves (DL), Ronnie Hoggins (DB), Tyre McCants (WR), Mitchell Wilcox (TE), Nico Sawtelle (LB), Kevin Bronson (DL), Darnell Salomon (WR), William Atterbury (OL), Mazzi Wilkins (DB), Jaymon Thomas (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Sebastian Sainterling (OL), Stacy Kirby (DL), Jordan McCloud (QB), Zion Roland (WR), John Waller (DL), Ethan Watson (OL), Ocatvious Battle (QB)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Mitchell Wilcox (TE), Billy Atterbury (OL), Greg Reaves (DL)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 114th

Predicted Record: 8-4 (5-3)


 

3. Navy Midshipmen

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Military vs. Virginia (Won 49-7)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Military vs. Virginia (Won 49-7)

Head Coach: Ken Niumatalolo (84-48 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: +4

Top Returning Players: Malcolm Perry (QB), Andrew Wood (OL), Sean Williams (DB), Jarvis Polu (DL), Hudson Sullivan (LB), Anthony Garguilo (FB), Jake Hawk (OL), Jackson Pittman (DL), Jarid Ryan (DB), Owen White (P)

Top Incoming Players: U.S. Military Academy prohibits the release of cadet athletes names until just before the season starts

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Malcolm Perry (QB), Sean Williams (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 78th

Predicted Record: 9-4 (6-2)


 

2. UCF Knights

 

Last Year’s Record: 13-0

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Peach vs. Auburn (Won 34-27)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Peach vs. Auburn (Won 34-27)

Head Coach: Josh Heupel (0-0 all-time)

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

Top Returning Players: McKenzie Milton (QB), Dredrick Snelson (WR), Jordan Johnson (OL), Trysten Hill (DL), Pat Jasinski (LB), Kyle Gibson (DB), Adrian Killins (RB), Wyatt Miller (OL), Titus Davis (DL), Shawn Burgess-Becker (LB), Matthew Wright (K), Mac Loudermilk (P), Gabriel Davis (WR), Brandon Moore (DB), Tre Neal (DB)

Top Incoming Players: Trevor Eibert (OL), Eriq Gilyard (LB), Randy Charlton (DL), Ke’von Ahmad (WR), Demetreuis Mayes (DL), Eric Seidelman (OL), Lamarius Benson (OL)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Adrian Killins (RB), Dredrick Snelson (WR), Jordan Johnson (OL), Jake Brown (OL), Wyatt Miller (OL), Trysten Hill (DL), Titus Davis (LB), Kyle Gibson (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 80th

Predicted Record: 9-4 (6-3)


 

1. Memphis Tigers

Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Liberty vs. Iowa State (Lost 20-21)

Last Bowl Game Appearance: 2017 Liberty vs. Iowa State (Lost 20-21)

Head Coach: Mike Norvell (18-8 all-time)

Head Coach Effect For 2017-18 Season: -1

Top Returning Players: Darrell Henderson (RB), Joey Magnifico (TE), Trevon Tate (OL), T.J. Carter (DB), Curtis Akins (LB), Jackson Dillon (DL), Tim Hart (LB), Tito Windham (DB), Tony Pollard (WR), Roger Joseph (OL), Dustin Woodard (OL), Jonathan Wilson (DL), Drew Kyser (OL), O’Bryan Goodson (DL), Austin Hall (LB), Josh Perry (DB), Riley Patterson (K)

Top Incoming Players: Antonuo Gibson (WR), William Lawrence (OL), Troy Hurst (WR)

Potential NFL Hopefuls: Tony Pollard (RB), Drew Kyser (OL), Trevon Tate (OL), Curtis Akins (LB), Austin Hall (DB)

Schedule Ranked By Difficulty: 119th

Predicted Record: 11-2 (8-1)