Less than 100 days separate us from the scheduled start of the 2020 college football season.
The preseason magazines are hitting the presses and some will soon be on bookshelves. Preseason prognostications will heat up elsewhere, too, especially as voluntary workouts begin to crank up across college campuses this month.
Today marks the first day voluntary workouts can begin across the NCAA after the coronavirus pandemic shut down workouts and spring football in mid-March. Nearly three months without team activities has left us with plenty of questions about the upcoming season, but also plenty of time to mull what could happen on football fields across the country this fall.
Can we expect more of the same as the likes of Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State challenge for a spot in the College Football Playoff, or will new teams arise? Who wins the Heisman Trophy? Who are the underdogs people are overlooking in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC?
I spanned the country and drew up 20 bold predictions for the 2020 season, one that could be as wild as ever — on and off the field.
Texas A&M will not have a break-through season
The popular dark horse pick in the SEC (does it make sense to be popular and a dark horse?) to challenge Alabama is Texas A&M. The Aggies will have plenty of talent and a veteran quarterback returning in Kellen Mond, a player some believe could be a first-round selection in the NFL Draft. Jimbo Fisher came to Texas A&M as a quarterback whisperer, but the turnaround on defense has been the big story. The Aggies have improved each of the last two seasons and should jump again after allowing only 22.5 points per game in 2019.
But questions remain on offense.
For one, Mond is way too erratic to lead the Aggies to a championship.