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2023 College Football Playoffs Team Predictions

By Hank Blaine

The new NCAAF College Football Season starts on August 26. Now is the time to make future predictions regarding which teams will make this season’s College Football Playoff and which teams won’t. We’ve made bold predictions regarding four teams that will and four teams that won’t make it to this season’s College Football Playoff.

Why These Teams Will or Won’t Make the College Football Playoff in 2023

Michigan will make the College Football Playoff

The Wolverines return an intact squad that made it to last season’s CFP. If anything, Michigan is stronger this season because starting running back Blake Corum is one-hundred percent, and J.J. McCarthy is the full time starter for a second straight season.

Michigan’s defense is loaded. Linebacker Junior Colson could be the best LB in the nation. The schedule is more than workable. The Wolverines get rival Ohio State at Ann Arbor and the only other tough road game appears to be at Penn State on Nov. 11.

Ohio State won’t make the College Football Playoff

Unlike the rival Wolverines, the Ohio State Buckeyes went through too many offseason changes to make it to the College Football Playoff this season. The Buckeyes break in a new starting quarterback, Kyle McCord, after C.J. Stroud bolted to the NFL.

The defense underperformed in 2022. Changes to personnel could improve Ohio State’s defense. But there’s no way to tell.

The real reason to go against the Buckeyes is because the schedule is tougher than expected. Ohio State is at Notre Dame, at Wisconsin, and at Michigan this season. That’s three potential losses.

Alabama won’t make the College Football Playoff

Like Ohio State, Alabama must break in a new quarterback. Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, whoever plays QB in Tuscaloosa has massive shoes to fill.

Bama has started NFL quarterbacks for the past six seasons. Jalen Hurts signed the richest contract in NFL history with the Eagles. Tua Tagovailoa replaced Hurts and now plays for the Miami Dolphins. Mac Jones replaced Tua and now starts for the New England Patriots. Bryce Young replaced Mac and now starts for the Carolina Panthers.

No matter who ends up starting for Bama, there’s no way they play at the same level as Hurts, Tagovailoa, Jones, or Young. So Alabama could have a disappointing 2023.

LSU will make the College Football Playoff

Brian Kelly’s squad returns enough players to overtake Georgia and Alabama and become the top team in the SEC this season. The Tigers will start the best quarterback in the conference, Jayden Daniels.

More importantly, 2023 is Kelly’s second as the head coach in Baton Rouge. The defense will be one of the best in the nation. LSU rolls.

Georgia won’t make the College Football Playoff

Like Alabama and Ohio State, Georgia must replace a legend at quarterback. Talk all you want about the UGA defense, but the reason Georgia won back-to-back titles is because of Stetson Bennett.

If the Bulldogs don’t find a Stetson Bennett like signal-caller, they won’t win the National Championship. Heck, they won’t make the CFP.

Texas will make the College Football Playoff

Texas is loaded on both sides of the ball. Not only that, but the Big 12, although deep, doesn’t boast teams that should challenge Steve Sarkisian’s bunch.

If the Longhorns upset Alabama on Sep 9, they should go undefeated during the regular season. Oklahoma isn’t good enough to beat the Horns this season and TCU should take a backward step after the Frogs’ surprising 2022.

Clemson won’t make the College Football Playoff

Nobody is going to confuse starting quarterback Cabe Klubnik with Trevor Lawrence. Klubnik could end up a decent college quarterback, but he doesn’t have Trevor like skills.

The defensive line is supposed to be the best in the nation. But without Brett Venables calling the shots, Clemson’s D underperformed in 2022. Clemson’s CFP quest ends before it starts when Duke upsets the Tigers on Sep 4.

Florida State will make the College Football Playoff

Florida State will upset LSU in College Football Week 1. LSU will go undefeated the rest of the way while FSU loses a single game, possibly to Clemson in Death Valley on Sep 23.

Florida State makes the College Football Playoff this season. The Seminoles have a fantastic defense and the offense should be electrifying. Jordan Travis is a legit Heisman Trophy contender. The good times are back in Tallahassee.

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