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2019 College Football Predictions: Every Team, Every Conference, and the CFP

Please only bring these up again if we’re right.

For our 2019 college football predictions, we are taking it further than we every have.

This is the fourth college football season of which The Bracket Yard has been a part. That is a minor part in the scheme of things, but a part nonetheless. In past seasons, like 2018, we picked the College Football Playoff field. At least we can say we were right about Clemson and Alabama, just like everyone else.

That told the story of just four teams. There are 130. This year, we will tell the story of all of them. We have our conference standings and projected conference winners for every team and conference. Our 2019 college football predictions end with our index of likely 2020 College Football Playoff teams and contenders.

2019 College Football Predictions: Conferences

American Athletic Conference (AAC)

West Division

1 Memphis Tigers 10-2 (6-2)
2 Houston Cougars 7-5 (5-3)
3 Tulane Green Wave 4-8 (3-5)
4 SMU Mustangs 5-7 (3-5)
5 Navy Midshipmen 4-8 (3-5)
6 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 3-9 (3-5)

East Division

1 UCF Knights 10-2 (7-1)
2 Cincinnati Bearcats 9-3 (6-2)
3 Temple Owls 8-4 (5-3)
4 South Florida Bulls 6-6 (4-4)
5 East Carolina Pirates 4-8 (2-6)
6 Connecticut Huskies 2-10 (1-7)

American Championship: UCF (11-2) over Memphis (10-3)

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Atlantic Division

1 Clemson Tigers 12-0 (8-0)
2 Syracuse Orange 10-2 (6-2)
3 Boston College Eagles 7-5 (4-4)
4 Florida State Seminoles 7-5 (4-4)
5 NC State Wolfpack 8-4 (4-4)
6 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 7-5 (4-4)
7 Louisville Cardinals 3-9 (1-7)

Coastal Division

1 Virginia Tech Hokies 8-4 (5-3)
2 Virginia Cavaliers 8-4 (5-3)
3 Pittsburgh Panthers 5-7 (3-5)
4 Miami Hurricanes 6-6 (3-5)
5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5-7 (3-5)
6 Duke Blue Devils 5-7 (3-5)
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 5-7 (3-5)

ACC Championship: Clemson (13-0) over Virginia Tech (8-5)

Big 12 Conference

1 Oklahoma Sooners 11-1 (8-1)
2 Texas Longhorns 10-2 (7-2)
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys 8-4 (5-4)
4 Iowa State Cyclones 8-4 (5-4)
5 TCU Horned Frogs 7-5 (5-4)
6 Baylor Bears 7-5 (4-5)
7 Kansas State Wildcats 6-6 (4-5)
8 West Virginia Mountaineers 4-8 (3-6)
9 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5-7 (3-6)
10 Kansas Jayhawks 3-9 (1-8)

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma (12-1) over Texas (10-3)

Big Ten Conference

West Division

1 Iowa Hawkeyes 8-4 (6-3)
2 Northwestern Wildcats 8-4 (6-3)
3 Wisconsin Badgers 9-3 (6-3)
4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6-6 (4-5)
5 Nebraska Cornhuskers 7-5 (4-5)
6 Purdue Boilermakers 6-6 (4-5)
7 Illinois Fighting Illini 4-8 (1-8)

East Division

1 Ohio State Buckeyes 11-1 (8-1)
2 Michigan Wolverines 11-1 (8-1)
3 Penn State Nittany Lions 9-3 (6-3)
4 Michigan State Spartans 8-4 (5-4)
5 Maryland Terrapins 4-8 (2-7)
6 Indiana Hoosiers 5-7 (2-7)
7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 3-9 (1-8)

Big Ten Championship: Ohio State (12-1) over Iowa (8-5)

Conference USA

East Division

1 Marshall Thundering Herd 8-4 (7-1)
2 Florida International Panthers 9-3 (6-2)
3 Florida Atlantic Owls 7-5 (5-3)
4 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 5-7 (4-4)
5 Old Dominion Monarchs 5-7 (3-5)
6 Charlotte 49ers 4-8 (2-6)
7 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 3-9 (2-6)

West Division

1 North Texas Mean Green 8-4 (7-1)
2 UAB Blazers 9-3 (6-2)
3 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 8-4 (5-3)
4 Southern Miss Golden Eagles 6-6 (5-3)
5 UTSA Roadrunners 3-9 (2-6)
6 UTEP Miners 2-10 (1-7)
7 Rice Owls 1-11 (1-7)

C-USA Championship: North Texas (9-4) over Marshall (8-5)

FBS Independents

Army Black Knights 12-1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-2
Liberty Flames 5-7
BYU Cougars 4-8
New Mexico State Aggies 3-9
Massachusetts Minutemen 3-9

Mid-American Conference (MAC)

West Division

1 Toledo Rockets 9-3 (7-1)
2 Eastern Michigan Eagles 7-5 (5-3)
3 Northern Illinois Huskies 5-7 (4-4)
4 Western Michigan Broncos 6-6 (4-4)
5 Central Michigan Chippewas 4-8 (2-6)
6 Ball State Cardinals 3-9 (1-7)

East Division

1 Ohio Bobcats 11-1 (8-0)
2 Buffalo Bulls 8-4 (6-2)
3 Akron Zips 4-8 (3-5)
4 Miami Redhawks 4-8 (3-5)
5 Kent State Golden Flashes 4-8 (3-5)
6 Bowling Green Falcons 3-9 (2-6)

MAC Championship: Ohio (12-1) over Toledo (9-4)

Mountain West Conference (MWC)

Mountain Division

1 Utah State Aggies 10-2 (7-1)
2 Boise State Broncos 10-2 (7-1)
3 Air Force Falcons 6-6 (4-4)
4 Wyoming Cowboys 6-6 (3-5)
5 Colorado State Rams 3-9 (2-6)
6 New Mexico Lobos 3-9 (1-7)

West Division

1 Fresno State Bulldogs 11-1 (8-0)
2 San Diego State Aztecs 8-4 (5-3)
3 Hawaii Warriors 5-8 (4-4)
4 Nevada Wolf Pack 7-5 (4-4)
5 UNLV Rebels 4-8 (2-6)
6 San Jose State Spartans 3-9 (1-7)

MWC Championship: Fresno State (12-1) over Utah State (10-3)

Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12)

North Division

1 Washington Huskies 10-2 (7-2)
2 Oregon Ducks 8-4 (6-3)
3 Stanford Cardinal 7-5 (6-3)
4 Washington State Cougars 8-4 (5-4)
5 California Golden Bears 6-6 (4-5)
6 Oregon State Beavers 3-9 (1-8)

South Division

1 Utah Utes 10-2 (7-2)
2 USC Trojans 7-5 (5-4)
3 Arizona State Sun Devils 6-6 (4-5)
4 UCLA Bruins 5-7 (4-5)
5 Arizona Wildcats 6-6 (3-6)
6 Colorado Buffaloes 4-8 (2-7)

Pac-12 Championship: Utah (11-2) over Washington (10-3)

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

West Division

1 Alabama Crimson Tide 12-0 (8-0)
2 LSU Tigers 10-2 (7-1)
3 Texas A&M Aggies 8-4 (5-3)
4 Mississippi State Bulldogs 8-4 (4-4)
5 Auburn Tigers 7-5 (3-5)
6 Ole Miss Rebels 5-7 (2-6)
7 Arkansas Razorbacks 5-7 (1-7)

East Division

1 Georgia Bulldogs 12-0 (8-0)
2 Florida Gators 9-3 (5-3)
3 Missouri Tigers 8-4 (4-4)
4 South Carolina Gamecocks 6-6 (3-5)
5 Kentucky Wildcats 7-5 (3-5)
6 Vanderbilt Commodores 5-7 (2-6)
7 Tennessee Volunteers 5-7 (1-7)

SEC Championship: Alabama (13-0) over Georgia (12-1)

Sun Belt Conference

West Division

1 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 8-4 (6-2)
2 Arkansas State Red Wolves 6-6 (4-4)
3 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 4-8 (3-5)
4 Texas State Bobcats 4-8 (3-5)
5 South Alabama Jaguars 2-10 (1-7)

East Division

1 Troy Trojans 10-2 (7-1)
2 Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-4 (6-2)
3 Georgia Southern Eagles 7-5 (5-3)
4 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 4-8 (3-5)
5 Georgia State Panthers 3-9 (2-6)

Sun Belt Championship: Troy (11-2) over Louisiana (8-5)

2019 College Football Predictions: College Football Playoff Index

1 Clemson Tigers 13-0 (8-0 ACC) Likely
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 13-0 (8-0 SEC) Likely
3 Oklahoma Sooners 12-1 (8-1 Big 12) Probable
4 Georgia Bulldogs 12-1 (8-0 SEC) Probable
5 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-1 (8-1 Big Ten) Possible
6 Michigan Wolverines 11-1 (8-1 Big Ten) Possible
7 Utah Utes 11-2 (7-2 Pac-12) Less Likely
8 LSU Tigers 10-2 (7-1 SEC) Less Likely
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-2 Less Likely
10 Army Black Knights 12-1 Unlikely

Group of Five: New Years Six Bowl-Crasher Index

1 Fresno State Bulldogs 12-1 (8-0 MWC) Frontrunner
2 UCF Knights 11-2 (7-1 AAC) Possible
3 Ohio Bobcats 12-1 (8-0 MAC) Less Likely

Further Reading

Want to make your own predictions? Start with the schedules for every team in (FBS) college football.

ACC Schedules | American Schedules | Big 12 Schedules | Big Ten Schedules | C-USA Schedules | FBS Independent Schedules | MAC Schedules | MWC Schedules | Pac-12 Schedules | SEC Schedules | Sun Belt Schedules

Check out our aggregation of all the 2019 college football predictions via preseason media poll.

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