Thanks to our great friends over at ESPN, we wanted to give you some College Football news and notes to get you all ready for a new season. Let’s be honest – College Football is the sport that we expect to possibly start up before anything else in the world, right? We hope. So, let’s show you some of the news and notes for the 2020 season:
 
Illinois has the easiest non-conference schedule in FBS, but the schedule takes a sharp turn during the season’s
second half. Each of its final six opponents are in the Top 30 in FPI, making the back half of the Fighting Illini’s
schedule the second-toughest six-game stretch in FBS this season. Only Michigan State has a harder stretch, from
Weeks 5 to 10.
 
If LSU wants to make it back to the SEC championship game and the College Football Playoff, it will need to
survive the toughest November schedule in FBS. According to FPI, there’s only a 22 percent chance that the Tigers
will go 4-0 in the final month of the regular season … and the average FBS team would only have a 1-in-8,000 shot
for a perfect November against that slate.
 
Clemson has an 88 percent chance to win the ACC, 11 percentage points better than any other FBS school (UCF in
the American); Oregon is the only other school with more than a 50 percent chance to win its conference.
 
Clemson, Oregon and Wisconsin are the most likely Power 5 teams to reach their respective conference
championship game. Only three Power 5 divisions have multiple teams with at least a 30 percent chance to reach
the conference championship game: the SEC East, ACC Coastal and Pac-12 South.
 
According to FPI, seven FBS teams are favored in all 12 of their regular-season games. Clemson has at least a 90
percent chance to win all but one of its games; the Tigers “only” have an 87 percent chance to beat Notre Dame
when they visit South Bend in November.
 
According to the Allstate Playoff Predictor, there’s a 38 percent chance that the national championship game will
involve some combination of Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama. There’s nearly a 3-in-4 chance that one of the
three wins the title.
One of the biggest surprises of the 2019 season was North Carolina in its first year under “new” coach Mack
Brown. The Tar Heels better not rest on their laurels; no team opens the season with two harder games. UNC faces
a pair of FPI Top-15 opponents to start the season: a road game at No. 14 UCF and a neutral-site game against No.
9 Auburn.
We look forward to the College Football season!