College Football: High Profile Programs Will Shine Again in 2020

It’s been a while since we talked about college football. This coming season (whenever that is) will most likely be dominated by many of the top-tier programs in the country.

Let’s take a look at a few that we should focus on when the new season begins.

Auburn Tigers

The SEC will be different next season and there are a few reasons for that.

The defending national champion LSU Tigers lost a ton of seniors to the NFL Draft, including Joe Burrow who got picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Georgia lost quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift to the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions respectively in the draft.

The Bulldogs also won’t have starting tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson who were selected by the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans.

Then there’s Alabama who will need Mac Jones to step up and take over for Tua Tagovailoa who was drafted by Miami.

Another big question with Bama is how will they replace Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III at the receiver spots?

Auburn can take the next step with Bo Nix at quarterback in 2020, but he’ll have to improve his completion percentage, especially against some of the better programs in college football.

The Tigers could go 11-1 or even 12-0 if they play their cards right this year.

Penn State Nittany Lions

Yes, Ohio State will be stacked with talent yet again this season and Michigan is no joke.

However, Penn State is a program I’m keeping my eyes on.

Their defense will be a force once again, especially with Micah Parsons returning for his junior season at outside linebacker.

The Nittany Lions are bringing back an offense that has plenty of seniors across the board, especially on their offensive line.

Sean Clifford and Journey Brown should give PSU fans more reasons to jump for joy this coming season.

After all, Brown did catch 12 touchdowns last season.

Penn State went 8-0 to begin the 2019 campaign and finished the year 11-2, which was enough to give them the No. 9 spot in the final AP Poll.

The Lions topped Memphis in the Cotton Bowl, 53-39.

Utah Utes

Utah played excellent football a season ago and should be primed to excel again.

The Utes were 11-3 last year and clinched the Pac-12 South before losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.

With the Ducks losing QB Justin Herbert to the draft, maybe Utah seizes the day and has enough to win their conference in ’20.

Utah is bringing back plenty of juniors on both sides of the ball.

They even have Devin Brumfield back at running back with Jake Bentley transferring from South Carolina to be the quarterback.

Brumfield only had 59 carries and 263 yards last year, but that 4.5 yards per rush definitely stands out.

I’m not saying Utah is a national title contender, but they should make things interesting out west. It’s likely that they’ll win the Pac-12.

Texas Longhorns

Texas didn’t impress many people as they went 8-5 last season.

However, they should be a 10 to 12 win team this coming season.

This year’s schedule is a bit easier with LSU losing plenty of talent and the Longhorns will play some of their toughest opponents at home.

Plus, Texas is bringing back several juniors on both sides of the ball. They’ll also get some key seniors, which include Ta’Quon Graham and Sam Ehlinger.

The Big 12 has witnessed some major changes.

Baylor lost head coach Matt Rhule who departed for the Carolina Panthers and Oklahoma will have Tanner Mordecai as the successor to Jalen Hurts.

TCU will have a good amount of juniors and they have some seniors in their front-7, but with a sophomore QB and a young cornerback group, I’m not sure they’ll be a strong force in 2020.

Which of these college football teams will you watch in 2020? Leave a comment below.

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