Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate will be right back in the Heisman Trophy discussion, and will help the Wildcats challenge for the Pac South title. College football's best uniforms for You might be watching four future first-round picks. TCU set the single-game record sacks in a game with 15 against Nevada in Will the Tigers break that record? We'll try to contain our enthusiasm. Nick Saban will, too.
But it's impossible not to get up caught in the hype with college football's next big megastar. All Tagovailoa has to do is win, and the numbers should follow. He's our best bet to win the Heisman Trophy. Yeah, we can't believe it either.
One of these two will be a Heisman finalist. We know Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor will be in the mix, but keep an eye on some sophomore running backs who with high yard-per-carry averages last season. We're talking about Georgia's D'Andre Swift 7. This group will be sensational as sophomores. The Badgers will win the Big Ten West with one loss or fewer this season and have another chance to get in the Playoff with a win. The test, however, hasn't changed. They must beat a Big Ten East power when it matters most: Everybody knows what happened the last time Stanford visited Husky Stadium.
It's on David Shaw to change that. That game will decide the Big Ten East, and the Buckeyes will control their playoff destiny this time win or lose. The Tigers have lost an ACC game in back-to-back years and could stumble once during the regular season. Everything that could go wrong went wrong for Florida State last season. New coach Willie Taggart is one of the offseason's top hires, and he should have this team in the mix to win nine or 10 games in The Seminoles aren't short on talent, and rising star running back Cam Akers should thrive in Taggart's attack.
The defense returns only three starters, but the cupboard isn't empty for new coordinator Harlon Barnett. There's too much talent to expect a repeat of last season's seven-win campaign. But the Wolfpack should be able to finish third behind an offense that features the league's best quarterback in Ryan Finley.
During Athlon's ACC prediction meeting, this trio of teams was the hardest to sort out. Louisville finished in the league last year behind quarterback Lamar Jackson and a defense that ranked near the bottom of the ACC.
New quarterback Jawon Pass is promising, but Louisville has to improve on defense to finish better than. Boston College faces one of the league's toughest schedules by catching Miami and Virginia Tech in crossover play.
It's a close call, with all three programs likely to be around. It's not a huge gap, but we like Miami to win its second Coastal Division title in a row.
The Hurricanes need to settle the quarterback battle and find the right mix up front, but there's plenty to like at the skill positions and on defense. The Hokies host Miami in November, which should allow coach Justin Fuente's team plenty of time to restock a defense that returns only five starters and has major concerns at cornerback.
Quarterback Josh Jackson should be better in his second year on campus, provided the offense can find a go-to target to replace receiver Cam Phillips. Virginia Tech's ground game also needs to step up after averaging just 3. The Tar Heels will be better by default. After all, this is a team that won 19 games from that slipped to last fall. However, getting back to a bowl will require marked improvement on both sides of the ball.
Also, North Carolina must reload up front and improve a defense that gave up Pitt and Georgia Tech led the next tier and both teams should improve after posting losing records in The Panthers feature rising star quarterback Kenny Pickett, and the defense should take a big step forward with seven starters back.