The 2023 college football season is shaping up to be a fascinating one. The biggest storyline involves the Georgian bulldogs chasing history as the second team to win three consecutive titles.
However, that will be easier said than done. The team returns some talent, but also loses a good chunk to the NFL draft. They have to figure out who their team’s quarterback will be, just like the Alabama crimson tide And Ohio State Buckeyes.
A season ago, there were some surprise teams with the Florida State Seminoles winning 10 games. Freshman head coaches took center stage and we saw some quick turnarounds like the LSU Tigers under Brian Kelly and the USC Trojans under Lincoln Riley.
As spring football comes to a close, we’re breaking down the contenders for the College Football Playoff for the upcoming season. Will you buy or sell on these 12 contenders?
The Georgian bulldogs have won the last two national championships and don’t look like a team ready to slow down. They must decide who will be the starting quarterback, but they must also turn in one of the most important weapons in Brock Bowers. Not to mention they still have plenty of playmakers on defense.
Every year we wait for the Texas Longhorns to be back. Until they actually play for New Years Six Bowls and the CFP every season, I’ll keep selling stock. They have the talent, they just need to avoid early losses if they want to return to the top of the national scene.
Alabama crimson tide
Buy, buy, buy
It’s a hard sell when it comes to Nick Saban. Not only does he have a long life in this industry, but he also has a proven track record. Whether the team rolls with Jalen Milroe or Ty Simpson doesn’t matter, Saban will have it Alabama crimson tide ready to fight for another title run in 2023.
Texas A&M Aggies
Sell, sell, sell
We’re all about the Texas A&M Aggies as legitimate contenders and it has nothing to do with the Aggies per se. It has everything to do with Jimbo Fisher. He won his only national title in a lesser year for Alabama, and while he has beaten the Crimson Tide in recent years, he falls victim to teams like Appalachian State and narrowly survived a game against a talentless Colorado Buffaloes squad.
Seminoles of the state of Florida
The Florida State Seminoles jumped back onto the national scene in 2022 with a 10-3 record. They opened the season by upsetting the LSU Tigers and ended it by giving the Oklahoma Sooners their first losing campaign since 1998. Jordan Travis returns to manage the Noles in hopes of returning to the CFP.
Notre Dame Fighting Irishmen
We sell on the idea of the Notre Dame Fighting Irishmen as contenders in 2023. They added Wake Forest’s all-time best passer Sam Hartman, but lost offensive coordinator Tommy Rees to Alabama. After snooping about their OC rental, the team settled with Gerad Parker. It doesn’t exactly exude confidence with the Golden Domers.
Hiring Brian Kelly led many to believe that LSU would turn it around after the 2021 campaign ended 6-7. I’m not sure we thought the Bayou Bengals would be in contention for an SEC title in their first year. However, this team is confident and Jayden Daniels has revived his collegiate career under Mike Denbrock. We buy the LSU Tigers this season.
When Lincoln Riley left for the West Coast, some thought Brent Venables was the man for the job at the Oklahoma earlier. I was not one of them. The team started recruiting again last season, but it’s not enough for me to buy in after what I saw on the field a season ago. They have a tough schedule and their only easy win could be the opener against Arkansas State.
The Michigan Wolverines were able to overcome his demons when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan State in recent years. Head coach Jim Harbaugh hums along to this program after two consecutive trips to the GVB. Now they just need to win a semi-final match. The return of Blake Corum’s running back should help their cause.
The USC Trojans have one of the highest offenses in the country led by defending Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams. However, that won’t be the reason we’re selling on USC and Lincoln Riley. It’s his defense led by Alex Grinch. Until they can show they can slow down offenses, they can’t compete for a title in Southern California.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Despite not winning the Big Ten, the Ohio State Buckeyes were one field goal away from playing for a national title against TCU. There is no CJ Stroud this season, but they do have Marvin Harrison Jr and Emeka Egbuka, one of the best duos in the country at wide receiver. I expect the attack will be fine and they will be near the top by the end of the season.
Mario Cristobal returned to his alma mater in hopes of returning the “U” to its former glory. In the first year, things looked promising with the success of early recruiting, but product on the pitch suffered. They have a lot to correct before they can compete with the Clemson’s and Florida State’s.