- BetOnline has released win totals for the top teams in NCAA college football
- Alabama and Clemson open with regular season win totals of 11
- Teams are led by Heisman Trophy favorites Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence
Considering most college sports stars haven’t even started cheating for this year’s final exams yet, it seems a tad early to be thinking about the 2019 college football season.
2019 NCAA Football Win Totals
Regular Season Win Totals at BetOnline
|Over odds||Under odds|
*All odds from March 12, 2019
Alabama: Over 11 Wins
Nick Saban hasn’t lost two games in the regular season since 2010, so taking the over on a win total of 11 games feels like the biggest steal in college football since “Famous Jameis” ran off with those crab legs. I mean, the worst you’re getting is a push.
While the Crimson Tide will lose game-wrecking defensive tackle Quinnen Williams to the NFL, Alabama once again ranked atop the 2019 recruiting class rankings, so there should be no shortage of talent.
Now that he finally has the quarterback position all to himself, Tua Tagovailoa is also in the driver’s seat to win the Heisman.
Steve Spurrier says Tua Tagovailoa should be 2019 Heisman favorite https://t.co/226jHBPnwb
— Alabama Crimson Tide (@RollTide) March 9, 2019
Clemson: Over 11 Wins
While there’s always much speculation about what shoe brands will land the top college athletes, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is destined to start a fistfight between Vidal Sassoon and Paul Mitchell.
It is a crying shame we have to wait years to see if he ultimately chooses Herbal Essences or Head & Shoulders, but the Tigers’ sophomore quarterback still has two more full seasons in college football.
Given the beating the 19-year-old laid on Bama in January’s national championship massacre, it’s hard to believe Clemson will lose two games this season. In fact, 2014 is the last year Dabo Sweeney’s boys lost more than one regular season contest.
it is time for me to retweet the trevor lawrence hair picture https://t.co/QDbNO3sqyv
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 8, 2019
Michigan: Under 9.5 Wins
Since Jim Harbaugh took his khakis game to The Big House in 2015, the Wolverines have win totals of 9, 10, 8 and 10, so it could go either way.
However, to strike a slightly more confident tone, Michigan will be without the services of defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush (both expected to go in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft), not to mention speedy edge rusher Chase Winovich.
Ann Arbor has also not been kind to offensive coordinators in recent years. Harbaugh will apparently cede control of the offense to 35-year-old play-caller Josh Gattis, his third OC in as many years; but given Michigan is already painfully thin at running back, even Harbaugh’s pants rack has more options at this point.
Just had a nice chat w/ Jim Harbaugh about his khaki game. He upgraded to @lululemon pants and says, “I’ll never wear anything else.” Smart. pic.twitter.com/uDny4Ceqc8
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 24, 2017
Notre Dame: Under 9.5 Wins
Notre Dame went undefeated during the 2018 regular season and has reached double-digit wins in three of the past four seasons. However, the Fighting Irish looked more like the guy who hides under a pool table until the bar brawl is over during their 30-3 CFP Semifinal beatdown at the hands of Clemson.
Entering his 10th year as head coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has returning starter Ian Book at quarterback and a talented group of pass catchers, but his program may have already peaked. After losing elite players on all three levels of the defense, the Irish might not have much fight left in them this season.
Not a bad run of QBs for Oklahoma ? pic.twitter.com/JTRuvH41UH
— ESPN (@espn) January 16, 2019
Oklahoma: Over 10.5 Wins
In terms of winning 11 games, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley is two-for-two since taking over for Bob Stoops in 2017. Kyler Murray may be poised to go 1st overall in April’s NFL Draft, but this isn’t the first time Riley has been forced to replace a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Next up is Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts, who (only) went 26-2 as a starter and came off the bench to help the Tide beat Georgia 35-28 in last year’s SEC championship game. After landing two of the nation’s top three receiving recruits, expect Riley’s ‘Air Raid’ offense to keep putting points on the board.