Predicting college football can be tough for even the best experts. The ever-changing rosters mean that a team that looks strong in preseason can fall by the wayside after the first few gameweeks. So, we’re sticking our necks out and predicting the teams we expect to rise through the rankings in 2020.
TCU Horned Frogs
Coach Gary Patterson has been with the TCU Horned Frogs since 2001, and as the Patriots will know, sticking with a good coach for a long time works. The Frogs lost a couple of first-round stars from their roster, so those positions need looking at. If quarterback Max Duggan, who blows hot and cold, picks up form they will be a danger.
There is no denying the Razorbacks had a bad season in 2019, picking up just two wins. They are sure to pick up from that form this season after making a change at quarterback, which can bring them closer to four wins.
Last season was just one of those years where nothing went right for Stanford Cardinal. In each of coach Shaw’s eighty seasons prior to last year, the Cardinal had won eight games or more. They should have a more fruitful season this year thanks to their hotly-tipped quarterback Davis Mills.
The NorthwesternWildcats brought in a new offensive coordinator and quarterback for the new season, and they should be a threat once more. With a favorable schedule toward the final few games, the Wildcats should be looking at picking up at least eight wins and a bowl appearance.
This upcoming season, Miami’s schedule looks to be favorable for the Hurricanes. There are few top 25 teams standing in Miami’s way during the regular season, with North Carolina and Virginia Tech the two big threats. The Hurricanes also have two of the most important positions on the football field well covered, defensive end and quarterback.
Love college football? Then you’ll want to keep your eye on these teams!
Florentino Perez Claims Soccer Is Ruined Without the Super League
Real Madrid president and European Super League chairman, Florentino Perez revealed in an interview with Spanish television show El Chiringuito de Jugones that the proposed breakaway elite competition was designed “to save” European soccer from collapsing.
Perez Tried to Fight Back Critics with Unproven Claims
The 74-year-old Spanish businessman tried to push back against widespread criticism by claiming that the change was necessary because young generations were no longer interested in the sport. He said that young people no longer watch soccer because there are many poor-quality games, and therefore prefer to distract themselves through other platforms.
During the interview, Perez said that European soccer is at a critical moment because audiences are decreasing, which is leading to a decrease in television viewing figures, which makes it hard for soccer clubs to generate revenue. The businessman, however, didn’t provide any concrete evidence supporting his claims that younger soccer fans were walking away from the sport nor that there is a drop in television viewing figures.
The European Super League Didn’t Respect Soccer’s “Pyramid” System
The announcement of the European Super League was met with disapproval from former soccer players, managers, pundits, political figures, and most importantly, a vast majority of soccer fans. It also received heavy criticism from both UEFA and FIFA, which threatened the organizers with severe sanctions, including heavy financial fines and bans from national and international competitions.
The European Super League was designed to rival UEFA’s Champions League as Europe’s top annual club competition. However, its format sparked outrage among soccer aficionados because it challenged the game’s meritocratic nature, which allowed teams to rise and fall based on their performances in their respective national championships.
Two days after the league’s introduction, ten of the original twelve participants decided to withdraw from the competition in order to prevent further downfall with their supporters and soccer’s main governing bodies.