Predictions for the 2016 College Football Season

Posted by Aaron . on May 26, 2016 in

Labor Day weekend is the first week of the majority of the action in the NCAA football season. Let’s take a look at some online betting predictions about how some of the programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) will fare this season.

Predictions for the 2016 College Football Season

 

 

SMU will be bowl eligible.

That’s right — they went 2-10 in Chad Morris’ first season last year, but they will have a stronger defense (remember, they were down just five to TCU in the fourth quarter last year, 42-37). So how do they get to six wins? They open at North Texas, a team they beat by 18 last year who will be featuring a new head coach. Then they go down to Baylor (where I’m not expecting a win). Then they host the Liberty Flames (W). They host TCU and could win that too, after last year’s near miss. Then they go to Temple, where they should avenge last year’s home loss. A trip to Tulsa should leave them at 4-2 going into their bye.

After the bye, they will face the wrath of Houston, but then they have Tulane (win last year) and Memphis (who will have a new quarterback). A trip to East Carolina will test their rushing defense, but they should still be no worse than 6-4, making them already bowl eligible. If they can get by USF and/or Navy at home in the last two games of the season, they should get a decent bowl bid and might even have a shot at the AAC title game.

Michigan won’t win 10 games.

Yes, Jim Harbaugh has folks excited up in Ann Arbor, and several books give the Wolverines the third-best odds of winning the national title. However, the offense still has a lot of holes. The defense will deliver a lot of wins, but Ohio State and Michigan State are both road dates for the maize and blue this year. I don’t see Michigan winning either one of those two games, and that iffy offense will keep Michigan from getting past nine victories.

Texas won’t lose more than four games.

Now, the Longhorns are about to finally show some growth under Charlie Strong. He posted consecutive losing seasons in Austin, but his Texas team did knock off bitter rival Oklahoma — who made it all the way to the College Football Playoff semifinals. Both the defense and offense should be even better this year as Strong’s recruits start to play an even more prominent role.

Oregon will bring home the Pac-12 title.

It’s true that Stanford is leading a lot of the Pac-12 polls, and USC and UCLA are getting some buzz as well. Christian McCaffrey is coming back for the Cardinal, and he will open the season as a Heisman Trophy favorite. However, the Ducks have found another terrific transfer quarterback from an FCS program (Dakota Prukop), and Royce Freeman is a stellar running back. This might be one of the more controversial predictions on this list, but I’d put some money on it.