Spring practices are wrapping up around the country for college football programs, so we’re about to enter that time of the year where the summer seems eternal, and predictions are made for the upcoming season.
ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor was released Wednesday and nobody should be surprised with the two top teams on the list. Alabama and Clemson are on a different level than everyone else, and are the two with the highest percentage of getting in.
Good luck stopping @ClemsonFB and @AlabamaFTBL pic.twitter.com/1SqWSpSEr9— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) April 17, 2019
There are also few other teams predicted to have a shot at winning the 2020 College Football Playoff, including the Michigan Wolverines, who have the fourth-best odds according to the predictor.
Clemson's looking for the repeat pic.twitter.com/RIhJnAGgDN— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 17, 2019
ESPN is also giving Michigan a 41 percent chance to simply make it to the dance.
The likely reason Michigan is predicted to have a good chance at making the College Football Playoff this season is offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and the new offense. He has full control, as we’ve heard Jim Harbaugh mention, so the play-calling will not come from a mix of personnel like it did previously.
Another reason may have to do with eight returning starters on offense, including Shea Patterson, and five on defense, including veteran defensive backs Lavert Hill and Josh Metellus. The experience on both sides of the ball will go a long way for Michigan in the 2019 season.
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