Brief NFL and CFB Preview
By PJ Chandra
While AU remains undefeated all time in college football, we currently do not have a team to cheer for (but everyone should make the trip to College Park for a UMD game due to the electric atmosphere on game days), so here’s a quick preview and some predictions for the upcoming NFL and College Football Season.
10 Important Questions about this NFL Season that will be answered shortly...
Can the greatest football player of all time, Tom Brady, lead the New England Patriots to a record breaking seventh Super Bowl victory and continue to stave off father time?
Will there be a regression for second year starter and reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes
Are there too many big egos that can thwart big seasons for the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders?
NFC Playoff Hangovers? Will the youngest coach in NFL history, Sean McVay, face a Super Bowl hangover after facing a gut punch of a loss in February, and how will Sean Payton and the Saints respond after getting robbed of a trip to Atlanta last year?
How will the most overrated NFL player of all time, Aaron Rodgers, click with new head coach Matt LaFleur and will the offense click in the chilly city of Green Bay?
How will the new rule of being able to challenge pass interference effect how defensive coaches manage their gameplans?
With a potential lockout on the horizon, what steps will the NFLPA and the NFL take to create a new CBA and avoid a lockout in 2021?
What will the NFL do to this year differently to address the plaguing issues of domestic violence and substance abuse issues by some of its top stars?
What will the NFL do about cries (which they should ignore) for reducing the postseason to two games and potentially expanding the (already perfect, why mess with it?) postseason?
When will the new guard of QBs officially take over? 10 of the last 12 Super Bowl champions have come from QBs who are all 30+ and this could be the year with the likes of Watson, Goff, Wentz, Mahomes, Mayfield, and Garoppolo potentially ready to dethrone Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Playoff Teams (In order of Seeding)
AFC: 1. Kansas City Chiefs 2. New England Patriots 3. Pittsburgh Steelers 4. Houston Texans 5. Cleveland Browns 6. Los Angeles Chargers
NFC: 1. Philadelphia Eagles 2. Green Bay Packers 3. Seattle Seahawks 4. New Orleans Saints 5. Atlanta Falcons 6. Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl: Chiefs over Eagles
MVP: Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles)
3 Pressing College Football Questions…
Can anyone challenge Clemson/Alabama? One of them has now won the championship for the last four years and it’s time for the changing of the guard. Who will it be though? Georgia? Oklahoma? Ohio State? Appalachian State? American University flag football team?
Who will win the Heisman? Clemson star, Trevor Lawrence, is potentially the best prospect since Andrew Luck and seems like the runaway favorite. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, now at Oklahoma, could challenge Lawrence.
When will the NCAA start considering providing compensation for the athletes who bring over 1.1 billion dollars in revenue to them? With plenty of new facilities, including a $28 million locker room from LSU, fans are piling on the NCAA for not compensating their players who bring in the revenue, although the NCAA could make incremental changes to how they treat their athletes.
College Football Predictions
Teams to make College Football Playoff: 1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Georgia 4. Ohio State
Championship: Clemson over Alabama
Heisman Winner: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)