Ex-Texas A&M player found guilty of machete killing

A former Texas A&M participant was discovered responsible of homicide Tuesday after he used a machete to kill a jogger in 2015.

A jury took lower than 30 minutes to search out Thomas Johnson, 25, responsible of murdering 53-year-old Dave Stevens with a machete in Dallas, WFAA 8 reported.

The previous receiver determined to not testify in his protection and stated he was mentally ailing on the time of the homicide. Nevertheless, he made certain to make clear he was not insane.

Thomas’ protection legal professional initially wished to make use of an madness protection, citing his historical past of psychological sickness and that he was recognized with schizophrenia. That protection would additionally imply Thomas allegedly did not know proper from mistaken, which might imply he wasn’t accountable for his actions.

In October 2015, Stevens jogged on the White Rock Path when Johnson got here out and began attacking him. He then discovered a park worker and requested to make use of his mobile phone to name police to report the homicide.

Johnson was recognized with schizophrenia in 2014, two years after he went lacking throughout his freshman yr at Texas A&M in the course of the soccer season, after the Aggies defeated Alabama on the street.

Johnson was present in Dallas, 170 miles away from Faculty Station. He was anticipated to hunt therapy and return to soccer, however acquired into extra bother in 2014 when he was charged with evading arrest, housebreaking of a habitation and auto theft after he broke into his aunt’s home and stole her minivan and cash.

Initially a five-star recruit, the operating again was dedicated to Texas earlier than flipping to the Aggies. In his lone season with Texas A&M, Johnson caught 30 passes for 339 yards and a landing in 10 video games in 2012.

2019 NFL Draft: SEC completes dominant decade with nine first-round picks

The SEC accomplished a decade of draft dominance with 9 first-round picks within the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday. That edged out the Large Ten and ACC, which had seven first-round picks every. The Pac-12 and Large 12 every had three first-round picks.

The SEC dominated once more. The convention completed with 95 first-round picks within the final 10 NFL drafts, relationship again to 2010. That leads all Energy 5 conferences in that decade-long stretch. There’s a big hole between the SEC and the remainder of the Energy 5 conferences.

The ACC (51), Large Ten (45), Pac-12 (43) and Large 12 (37) completed in that order within the final 10 drafts. The SEC had essentially the most first-round picks in each NFL Draft this decade besides 2010 and 2015.

MORE: 2019 NFL Draft: First-round analysis

That development continued in 2019. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams (No. 3), LSU’s Devin White (No. 5) and Kentucky’s Josh Allen (No. 7) had been top-10 picks.

The Crimson Tide led all FBS colleges with 28 first-round picks since 2010, a exceptional stretch beneath coach Nick Saban. Jonah Williams (No. 11) and Joshua Jacobs (No. 24) added to that complete.

Mississippi State additionally had three first-round alternatives in Jeffery Simmons (No. 19), Montez Sweat (No. 26) and Johnathan Abram (No. 27). Georgia’s Deandre Baker (No. 30) rounded out the first-round picks.

The SEC additionally had the No. 1 choose in three drafts within the decade, together with Auburn’s Cam Newton (2011), South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney (2014) and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (2017).

Here is a have a look at each first-round choose from the SEC since 2010:

12 monthsDecideParticipantStaffFaculty
20105Eric BerryKansas MetropolisTennessee
20107Joe HadenClevelandFlorida
20108Rolando McClainOaklandAlabama
201018Maurkice PounceyPittsburghFlorida
201020Kareem JacksonHoustonAlabama
201025Tim TebowDenverFlorida
201026Dan WilliamsArizonaTennessee
20111Cam NewtonCarolinaAuburn
20113Marcell DareusBuffaloAlabama
20114A.J. InexperiencedCincinnatiGeorgia
20115Patrick PetersonArizonaLSU
20116Julio JonesAtlantaAlabama
201113Nick FairleyDetroitAuburn
201115Mike PounceyMiamiFlorida
201125James CarpenterSeattleAlabama
201128Mark Ingram Jr.New OrleansAlabama
201132Derrek SherrodInexperienced BayMississippi State
20123Trent RichardsonClevelandAlabama
20126Morris ClaiborneDallasLSU
20127Mark BarronTampa BayAlabama
201210Stephon GilmoreBuffaloSouth Carolina
201212Fletcher CoxPhiladelphiaMississippi State
201214Michael BrockersSt. LouisLSU
201217Dre KirkpatrickCincinnatiAlabama
201218Melvin IngramSan DiegoSouth Carolina
201225Dont’a HightowerNew EnglandAlabama
20132Luke JoeckelJacksonvilleTexas A&M
20136Barkevious MingoClevelandLSU
20139Dee MillinerN.Y. JetsAlabama
201310Probability WarmackTennesseeAlabama
201311D. J. FlukerSan DiegoAlabama
201313Sheldon RichardsonN.Y. JetsMissouri
201317Jarvis JonesPittsburghGeorgia
201318Eric ReidSan FranciscoLSU
201323Sharrif FloydMinnesotaFlorida
201329Cordarrelle PattersonMinnesotaTennessee
201330Alec OgletreeSt. LouisGeorgia
201332Matt ElamBaltimoreFlorida
20141Jadeveon ClowneyHoustonSouth Carolina
20142Greg RobinsonSt. LouisAuburn
20146Jake MatthewsAtlantaTexas A&M
20147Mike EvansTampa BayTexas A&M
201412Odell Beckham Jr.N.Y. GiantsLSU
201417C.J. MosleyBaltimoreAlabama
201419Ja’Wuan JamesMiamiTennessee
201421Ha Ha Clinton-DixInexperienced BayAlabama
201422Johnny ManzielClevelandTexas A&M
201423Dee FordKansas MetropolisAuburn
201429Dominique EasleyNew EnglandFlorida
20153Dante FowlerJacksonvilleFlorida
20154Amari CooperOaklandAlabama
201510Todd GurleySt. LouisGeorgia
201521Cedric OgbuehiCincinnatiTexas A&M
201522Bud DupreePittsburghKentucky
201523Shane RayDenverMissouri
201524D. J. HumphriesArizonaFlorida
20169Leonard FloydChicagoGeorgia
201611Vernon HargreavesTampa BayFlorida
201613Laremy TunsilMiamiOle Miss
201617Keanu NealAtlantaFlorida
201618Ryan KellyIndianapolisAlabama
201623Laquon TreadwellMinnesotaOle Miss
201629Robert NkemdicheArizonaOle Miss
201631Germann IfediSeattleTexas A&M
20171Myles GarrettClevelandTexas A&M
20174Leonard FournetteJacksonvilleLSU
20176Jamal AdamsN.Y. JetsLSU
201714Derek BarnettPhiladelphiaTennessee
201716Marlon HumphreyBaltimoreAlabama
201717Jonathan AllenWashingtonAlabama
201719O. J. HowardTampa BayAlabama
201721Jarrad DavisDetroitFlorida
201722Charles HarrisMiamiMissouri
201723Evan EngramN.Y. GiantsOle Miss
201727Tre’Davious WhiteBuffaloLSU
201731Reuben FosterSan FranciscoAlabama
20188Roquan SmithChicagoGeorgia
201811Minkah FitzpatrickMiamiAlabama
201813Daron PayneWashingtonAlabama
201820Frank RagnowDetroitArkansas
201822Rashaan EvansTennesseeAlabama
201823Isaiah WynnNew EnglandGeorgia
201825Hayden HurstBaltimoreSouth Carolina
201826Calvin RidleyAtlantaAlabama
201829Taven BryanJacksonvilleFlorida
201831Sony MichelNew EnglandGeorgia
20193Quinnen WilliamsN.Y. JetsAlabama
20195Devin WhiteTampa BayLSU
20197Josh AllenJacksonvilleKentucky
201911Jonah WilliamsCincinnatiAlabama
201919Jeffery SimmonsTennesseeMississippi State
201924Josh JacobsOaklandAlabama
201926Montez SweatWashingtonMississippi State
201927Jonathan AbramOaklandMississippi State
201930Deandre BakerN.Y. GiantsGeorgia

College football spring game primer: Times, dates, what to watch on loaded weekend | NCAA Football

Who’s prepared for spring soccer?

A complete of 32 Energy 5 groups may have their spring soccer sport on Saturday, and that features six top-10 groups in Sporting Information’ way-too-early high 25 in Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Florida and Michigan. Impartial Notre Dame is also in motion.

MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019

With that in thoughts, Sporting Information circles the greatest storylines among the many Energy 5 and independents for this weekend’s spring video games. There’s all the time a cause to look at:

ACC

WorkforceTimeTV
Pitt1 p.m. 
Syracuse1:30 p.m. 
Virginia Techfour p.m. 
North Carolina5 p.m.ACC Community Further

The large story

Mack Brown is back on the sidelines at North Carolina, and he challenged the followers for an enormous displaying. The Tar Heels didn’t have a spring sport final 12 months, and that is the beginning of a brand new and thrilling period. The brand new offense possible will characteristic the tag-team of Michael Carter and Antonio Williams within the backfield.

What else?

The Tommy DeVito period begins at Syracuse. Pitt tailback AJ Davis and Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis can be within the highlight as they attempt to solidify beginning jobs for 2019.

Huge Ten

WorkforceTimeTV
Indiana (Friday)7 p.m.BTN2Go
MinnesotaMiddayBTN2Go
Ohio StateMiddayHuge Ten Community
Wisconsin1 p.m.BTN2Go
Illinois2 p.m.BTN2Go
Michigan State2 p.m.BTN2Go
Nebraska2 p.m.BTN
Penn StateThree p.m.BTN2Go
Rutgers3:30 p.m.BTN2Go/BTN
Michigan5 p.m.BTN2Go

The large story

Ohio State followers will get a first look at Justin Fields in motion below new coach Ryan Day, although Matthew Baldwin is additionally competing for the beginning job. The Buckeyes even have a pair of thrilling freshmen in receiver Garrett Wilson and defensive finish Zach Harrison ought to make an on the spot affect. The 2-time defending Huge Ten champions can be loaded as ordinary.

What else?

Nebraska ought to have a big crowd with second-year coach Scott Frost and Heisman darkish horse Adrian Martinez. Michigan State and Michigan shuffled their offensive staffs, and it is going to be fascinating to see how a lot their philosophy shifts. Simply don’t count on to see an excessive amount of.

MORE: College football’s most intriguing 2019 spring games

Huge 12

WorkforceTimeTV
Oklahoma (Friday)8:30 p.m.FSOK+
Baylor1 p.m.Fox Sports activities Southwest
West Virginia1 p.m.WVUSports.com
Kansas State2 p.m.
Texas TechThree p.m. 
Kansas7 p.m.ESPN+
Texas7:30 p.m.Longhorn Community

The large story

Oklahoma followers will get a first look at Jalen Hurts to see how he suits inside Lincoln Riley’s offense. The protection can be a spotlight with new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, too. … Texas is again in motion for the primary time for the reason that Sugar Bowl victory towards Georgia, and all eyes can be on the playmakers surrounding quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Operating backs Keaontay Ingram and Jordan Whittington can be within the highlight. Freshman Bru McCoy is awaiting phrase on a waiver to play instantly after transferring from USC. Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay are also a part of a deep group of receivers.

What else?

First-year coaches Neal Brown, Chris Klieman, Matt Wells and Les Miles can be making their first spring sport appearances.

Pac-12

WorkforceTimeTV
Utah1 p.m.Pac-12 Community
Stanfordfour p.m.ESPNU
ArizonaEight p.m.P12N

The large story

How will Khalil Tate bounce again? The Wildcats can be in prime time, so it is going to be one other have a look at how the quarterback adjusted within the offseason below second-year coach Kevin Sumlin.

What else?

Andy Ludwig returns as Utah’s offensive coordinator. This can be a reside have a look at the offense, which shouldn’t change a lot. Stanford quarterback Ok.J. Costello not shares a backfield with Bryce Love, and three starters are gone alongside the offensive line. Which playmakers emerge?

MORE: Early predictions for 2019 season

SEC

WorkforceTimeTV
Kentucky (Friday)6 p.m.SEC Community
Texas A&M (Friday)8:30 p.m.SECN
Florida1 p.m.SECN (ALT)
Alabama2 p.m.ESPN2
Mississippi State2 p.m.ESPNU
Auburnfour p.m.SECN
Missourifour p.m.ESPNU
Tennessee6 p.m.SECN

The large story

Alabama can be within the highlight for the primary time for the reason that 44-16 loss to Clemson within the School Soccer Playoff championship. Will there be delicate variations within the offense with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian? How would be the protection change below Pete Golding? Freshman defensive finish Antonio Alfano has moved up the depth chart all through the spring.

What else?

Texas A&M moved its sport up with stormy climate within the forecast. There’s extra pleasure heading into Jimbo Fisher’s second season, particularly with Kellen Mond again at quarterback. Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood will battle for the beginning job in a pivotal season for Auburn. Kelly Bryant is in a Missouri uniform. Tennessee introduced in a gifted freshman class, together with linebacker Quavaris Crouch. Feleipe Franks enters the spring because the starter at Florida after a 10-win season.

Impartial

WorkforceTimeTV
Military (Friday)7 p.m. 
Notre Dame12:30 p.m.NBC Sports activities Community

The large story

Notre Dame wants to interchange some playmakers round Ian Guide, and people playmakers ought to step up. The Irish, nevertheless, have extra questions on protection: Defensive coordinator Clark Lea should exchange a number of key items, and this can provide clues as to who will fill in round Julian Okwara, Asmar Bilal, Khalid Kareem, Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott.

What else?

Military is ranked, too, and the Black Knights have a ton of momentum with quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. Returning.

Texas A&M football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Aggies | NCAA Football

The 2019 season might be one in all paradoxes for Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M.

The Aggies, in Yr 2 of the Fisher period, confirmed sufficient promise in 2018 and are bringing in sufficient blue-chip recruits to construct a contender within the SEC. However their schedule options 5 groups ranked in Sporting Information’ pre-preseason high 25, together with 4 top-seven groups and the highest three groups in Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.

MORE: SN’s pre-preseason rankings for 2019

It is actually not a make-or-break 12 months in School Station, however it ought to be a formative one, and telling of how shortly Fisher can ship the outcomes he is being paid a king’s ransom to attain.

Texas A&M is ranked No. 11 in Sporting Information’ pre-preseason high 25 for 2019. Here is a more in-depth have a look at the Aggies heading into 2019:

Texas A&M soccer schedule 2019

DateOpponentLocation
Aug. 29Texas StateSchool Station, Texas
Sept. 7at No. 2 ClemsonClemson, S.C.
Sept. 14LamarSchool Station, Texas
Sept. 21No. 16 AuburnSchool Station, Texas
Sept. 28ArkansasArlington, Texas
Oct. 5ByeOff
Oct. 12No. 1 AlabamaSchool Station, Texas
Oct. 19at Ole MissOxford, Miss.
Oct. 26Mississippi StateSchool Station, Texas
Nov. 2Texas San AntonioSchool Station, Texas
Nov. 9ByeOff
Nov. 16South CarolinaSchool Station, Texas
Nov. 23at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.
Nov. 30at No. 7 LSUBaton Rouge, La.
Dec. 7SEC championshipAtlanta

Daring denotes SEC sport

MORE: SEC 2019 primer

Texas A&M soccer recruiting 2019

The Aggies noticed an enormous leap of their recruiting prowess in Fisher’s first full 12 months on the job. Texas A&M hauled within the nation’s No. four general class (No. Three in SEC) based on 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. That is due largely to Fisher’s commitment to securing in-state talent: 18 gamers of the Aggies’ 27-man class hail from the Lone Star State. That features A&M’s two five-star abilities in offensive deal with Kenyon Inexperienced (No. 1 in-state recruit) and DeMarvin Leal (No. 2 in Texas).

Texas A&M soccer roster 2019

Texas A&M’s soccer roster might be up to date within the spring and fall here.

MORE: Early predictions for 2019 season

What to look at from Texas A&M in 2019

1. What a schedule

No different workforce in faculty soccer faces a more durable top-heavy schedule than Texas A&M. The Aggies journey to No. 2 Clemson within the second sport of the season, then settle for No. 16 Auburn in School Station two weeks later. They’re going to get what ought to be a much-needed bye the week earlier than top-ranked Alabama visits earlier than a manageable five-week stretch. Their season ends, nevertheless, with consecutive street journeys to No. Three Georgia and No. 7 LSU. A&M might very effectively be a greater workforce this season, however going by way of that slate of video games may be an excessive amount of to ask — however what if it did?

2. Yr 2 of the Fisher period

There is a motive Jimbo Fisher is getting paid $7.5 million yearly over 10 years in School Station. The Aggies wish to get to championship-caliber soccer, and fast. As talked about with that schedule, it may be a bit a lot to anticipate an enormous leap in Yr 2 — however do not be shocked if A&M does take a big step ahead. The Aggies performed robust towards unbelievable competitors final 12 months — together with Alabama and Clemson — and solely misplaced one sport by greater than a landing. The gamers on Fisher’s roster ought to have purchased in by now, and that ought to be obvious because the Aggies make their means by way of that schedule. It is also price noting Fisher had a rose file in his second 12 months at Florida State earlier than lastly breaking by way of with a 12-win season in Yr 3.

3. Kellen Mond’s improvement

Mond in 2018 was ok to assist the Aggies to a nine-win season, and having one other 12 months underneath Fisher the quarterback guru ought to lead to improved play for the junior. He accomplished 238 of 415 passes (57.eight p.c) for 24 touchdowns and 9 interceptions whereas operating for 474 yards and one other seven .touchdowns. He confirmed off athleticism and effectivity towards Alabama (98 dashing yards), Clemson (430 passing yards) and LSU (seven whole, six passing touchdowns) but in addition seemed subpar towards Arkansas and in losses to Auburn and Mississippi State. The Aggies will want him to be extra constant in 2019, particularly with 1,760-yard rusher Trayveon Williams headed to the NFL.

Texas A&M football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Aggies | NCAA Basketball

The 2019 season may very well be one among paradoxes for Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M.

The Aggies, in 12 months 2 of the Fisher period, confirmed sufficient promise in 2018 and are bringing in sufficient blue-chip recruits to construct a contender within the SEC. However their schedule options 5 groups ranked in Sporting Information’ pre-preseason high 25, together with 4 top-seven groups and the highest three groups in Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.

MORE: SN’s pre-preseason rankings for 2019

It is actually not a make-or-break yr in School Station, but it surely ought to be a formative one, and telling of how rapidly Fisher can ship the outcomes he is being paid a king’s ransom to attain.

Texas A&M is ranked No. 11 in Sporting Information’ pre-preseason high 25 for 2019. This is a better take a look at the Aggies heading into 2019:

Texas A&M soccer schedule 2019

DateOpponentLocation
Aug. 29Texas StateSchool Station, Texas
Sept. 7at No. 2 ClemsonClemson, S.C.
Sept. 14LamarSchool Station, Texas
Sept. 21No. 16 AuburnSchool Station, Texas
Sept. 28ArkansasArlington, Texas
Oct. 5ByeOff
Oct. 12No. 1 AlabamaSchool Station, Texas
Oct. 19at Ole MissOxford, Miss.
Oct. 26Mississippi StateSchool Station, Texas
Nov. 2Texas San AntonioSchool Station, Texas
Nov. 9ByeOff
Nov. 16South CarolinaSchool Station, Texas
Nov. 23at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.
Nov. 30at No. 7 LSUBaton Rouge, La.
Dec. 7SEC championshipAtlanta

Daring denotes SEC recreation

MORE: SEC 2019 primer

Texas A&M soccer recruiting 2019

The Aggies noticed an enormous soar of their recruiting prowess in Fisher’s first full yr on the job. Texas A&M hauled within the nation’s No. four total class (No. Three in SEC) in accordance with 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. That is due largely to Fisher’s commitment to securing in-state talent: 18 gamers of the Aggies’ 27-man class hail from the Lone Star State. That features A&M’s two five-star skills in offensive deal with Kenyon Inexperienced (No. 1 in-state recruit) and DeMarvin Leal (No. 2 in Texas).

Texas A&M soccer roster 2019

Texas A&M’s soccer roster will likely be up to date within the spring and fall here.

MORE: Early predictions for 2019 season

What to observe from Texas A&M in 2019

1. What a schedule

No different crew in faculty soccer faces a more durable top-heavy schedule than Texas A&M. The Aggies journey to No. 2 Clemson within the second recreation of the season, then settle for No. 16 Auburn in School Station two weeks later. They will get what ought to be a much-needed bye the week earlier than top-ranked Alabama visits earlier than a manageable five-week stretch. Their season ends, nevertheless, with consecutive street journeys to No. Three Georgia and No. 7 LSU. A&M may very properly be a greater crew this season, however going by that slate of video games is perhaps an excessive amount of to ask — however what if it did?

2. 12 months 2 of the Fisher period

There is a motive Jimbo Fisher is getting paid $7.5 million yearly over 10 years in School Station. The Aggies wish to get to championship-caliber soccer, and fast. As talked about with that schedule, it is perhaps a bit a lot to count on an enormous leap in 12 months 2 — however do not be shocked if A&M does take a big step ahead. The Aggies performed robust towards incredible competitors final yr — together with Alabama and Clemson — and solely misplaced one recreation by greater than a landing. The gamers on Fisher’s roster ought to have purchased in by now, and that ought to be obvious because the Aggies make their method by that schedule. It is also value noting Fisher had a rose report in his second yr at Florida State earlier than lastly breaking by with a 12-win season in 12 months 3.

3. Kellen Mond’s growth

Mond in 2018 was adequate to assist the Aggies to a nine-win season, and having one other yr underneath Fisher the quarterback guru ought to end in improved play for the junior. He accomplished 238 of 415 passes (57.eight %) for 24 touchdowns and 9 interceptions whereas working for 474 yards and one other seven .touchdowns. He confirmed off athleticism and effectivity towards Alabama (98 dashing yards), Clemson (430 passing yards) and LSU (seven whole, six passing touchdowns) but in addition regarded subpar towards Arkansas and in losses to Auburn and Mississippi State. The Aggies will want him to be extra constant in 2019, particularly with 1,760-yard rusher Trayveon Williams headed to the NFL.

Early predictions for 2019 college football season | NCAA Football

Everybody is aware of that is March, however there’s at all times school soccer within the air.

Spring soccer kicks off throughout some school soccer campuses this week, that means the sixth 12 months of the School Soccer Playoff period is underway.

MORE: SN’s pre-preseason top 25 for 2019

Is that this only a formality earlier than Clemson-Alabama V? In any case, the Tigers and Crimson Tide have break up the final 4 nationwide championships. Which colleges may get in the best way? Who’s going to win the Heisman Trophy?

We wish to predict issues when soccer is within the air. With that in thoughts, Sporting Information takes a crack at 19 early predictions for the 2019 season:

Georgia-Notre Dame a Playoff elimination recreation

That is an enormous recreation at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 21 — one which made the distinction within the Bulldogs’ 2017 Playoff run. The winner of this recreation shall be good condition for the same run. We predict there shall be larger penalties for the loser. The Bulldogs nonetheless have Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn in November. Notre Dame travels to Michigan and Stanford. The loser is not going to be a part of the ultimate Playoff dialog.

The LSU-Texas winner will end 11-1

The Tigers and Longhorns hook up on Sept. 7 in Austin, and it is an enormous Playoff chip for each groups. LSU will get Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M at residence this 12 months and nonetheless could be in first rate Playoff form if they cannot overcome the Alabama hurdle. Texas has a negotiable Large 12 highway schedule across the annual date with the Sooners on Oct. 12. We could have extra on the Longhorns in a bit.

Oct. 12 shall be superior

Not simply due to my 40th birthday bash. That weekend options Alabama at Texas A&M, Oklahoma vs. Texas, Florida at LSU and USC at Notre Dame. The fallout from these video games shall be big for various causes. The Alabama-Texas A&M matchup should be a top-10 showdown no matter what the Aggies do in opposition to Clemson on Sept. 7. Florida-LSU is at all times scorching, and we outlined the stakes for Oklahoma and Texas. However Notre Dame-USC has an even bigger step as a result of we’ll study what comes subsequent for the Trojans.

Clay Helton’s destiny shall be sealed

Take a look at USC’s schedule. The primary six weeks function residence video games in opposition to Fresno State, Stanford and Utah and highway video games in opposition to BYU, Washington and Notre Dame. How scorching will Helton’s seat be if the Trojans aren’t constructive in that stretch, particularly after a 5-7 season in 2018? The again half of the schedule is much-more pleasant. Will that matter?

Washington’s schedule will development

Washington ought to get a lift from Jacob Eason at quarterback, and very similar to final 12 months, the Huskies shall be a scorching Playoff choose. The distinction this 12 months? Washington will get Oregon and USC at residence, and the nonconference schedule (Jap Washington, Hawaii, BYU) units Chris Petersen’s crew as much as make a Playoff run like 2016. That schedule, nonetheless, goes to get picked at so much (a la the 2017 season).

MORE: Jalen Hurts to Oklahoma is a happy ending for everyone

Jalen Hurts will thrive in Oklahoma

Hurts will take the teachings discovered at Alabama and put up large numbers in Lincoln Riley’s offense at Oklahoma. That may give him an opportunity to be a quarterback within the NFL. We just like the match, and the graduate switch shall be on the perimeter of the Heisman dialogue. Hurts, nonetheless, won’t be able to stop our subsequent prediction from coming true.

Texas will win the Large 12

Yep, we’re coming proper out with it. Tom Herman and the Longhorns will take the momentum from final 12 months’s 10-win season and Sugar Bowl victory in opposition to Georgia to win the Large 12 championship. The Longhorns already took step one with an excxellent 2019 recruiting class. It’d take a break up with Oklahoma to get there, however Sam Ehlinger leads the Longhorns to the subsequent step towards a Playoff race. They may have competitors.

The Gators shall be 7-1 after they play UGA

Florida has a blockbuster opener in opposition to Miami, then Tennessee and Auburn earlier than back-to-back highway video games in opposition to LSU and South Carolina earlier than the matchup in opposition to the Bulldogs. Dan Mullen constructed a bunch of momentum in Gainesville final season. In the event that they beat Georgia this season, the Gators will symbolize the SEC East in Atlanta.

Bama will go 12-Zero once more

Nick Saban would love to listen to this in April. The Crimson Tide have misplaced simply three regular-season video games within the final 5 years. Alabama travels to South Carolina and Texas A&M this season — the one two locations the place the Crimson Tide haven’t received by no less than 28 factors beneath Saban. Saban will speak so much about “inside scoreboards,” however Alabama is not going to flinch on the highway to a different SEC championship look. Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy will be just as good on offense, and the protection will enhance. After all, they are going to have acquainted firm.

Clemson will common 50 per recreation

Clemson’s offense will take a run at a season like Florida State had in 2013, when it averaged 51.6 factors per recreation with Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston on the best way to a nationwide championship. FSU scored greater than 40 factors in 11 of 12 regular-season video games. The Tigers’ offense is not nearly quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Working again Travis Etienne and receivers Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins are also All-American candidates.

MORE: Clemson has crossed blue blood line for good under Swinney

Justin Fields shall be a Heisman finalist

That is a dangerous choose given the Georgia switch has but to take a snap in Columbus, however we really feel Fields’ expertise will match first-year coach Ryan Day’s scheme to a tee. Fields won’t put up the identical passing numbers as record-setter Dwayne Haskins, however he’ll make up for that together with his legs.

Michigan shall be 10-1 (once more) for The Sport

We could have the same conversations about the Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh will negotiate one other robust schedule to maintain Michigan in competition, however the Wolverines should keep away from early hurdles in opposition to Military and Wisconsin earlier than a possible “White Out” in opposition to Penn State. The Wolverines get Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State at residence. It’d take a sweep of these three to get Michigan within the Playoff, however the recreation in opposition to the Buckeyes would be the largest referendum for this system as soon as once more. Can Harbaugh lastly win The Sport?

Scott Frost will get eight (perhaps 9) wins

We predicted Nebraska would win eight video games final season, however Scott Frost couldn’t get this system to a bowl recreation. What lesson did we learn? We’ll say Nebraska can get to eight — perhaps 9 — wins this 12 months. The Huskers ought to be 4-Zero when the Buckeyes go to Lincoln on Sept. 28, and they are going to be within the Large Ten West hunt when Wisconsin and Iowa go to in November. If we miss, then we’ll go for Spherical three subsequent 12 months.

Mack will get UNC again to a bowl recreation

Mack Brown’s return to UNC is among the most intriguing storylines of the 2019 season. The primary half of North Carolina’s schedule is brutal, with nonconference video games in opposition to South Carolina and Appalachian State and visits from Miami and Clemson. Search for the Tar Heels to enhance because the season progresses. The bar for successful the ACC Coastal was low final season. If UNC can steal a couple of wins early, they’ll have an opportunity to make it to Charlotte.

The Heisman finalists are …

Tagovailoa, Lawrence and Fields. Ehlinger, Hurts and Jake Fromm shall be on the skin wanting in.

MORE: Best should-have-been Heisman winners

The Playoff groups are …

Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Texas. If there was a option to get Alabama-Clemson V out of the best way within the semifinals, that’d be even higher with the drama round Zach Smith and Herman final season. Texas-Ohio State could be unbelievable. If we may get three disclaimers in March, then we would use the next: Michigan or Penn State may take Ohio State’s spot; Oklahoma may take Texas’ spot; and two SEC groups can get within the Playoff once more, given the variety of top-10 groups the convention fields. That is the Playoff area we’re , and we’re certain we’d like the disclaimers.

Saban wins No. 7

It will be becoming that Saban passes Bear Bryant for probably the most nationwide championships in New Orleans, the place Bryant received his final nationwide title on the 1980 Sugar Bowl. Alabama will proceed the development of alternating nationwide championship seasons within the CFP period, and there is a good probability Clemson shall be on the opposite sideline. Eight-team Playoff speak will rage on and Ohio State, Texas and some others will problem, however these are the 2 greatest packages within the nation. Alabama will get again on high once more after Saban goes again to a tried-and-true approach with his coaching staff.