There’s a reason we as fans anxiously return right back to the greatest game on Earth come August.
College football fans absorb their annual dose of surprises, with Cinderella squads two-stepping their way into the top 25 and the sound of Brent Musberger’s voice ringing throughout your surround sound, dishing on some play late in the game that vastly effected a Vegas spread.
That stuff happens.
However, like playwright, few happenings should come as no surprise next autumn. The script has been edited and passed on to the director for proofreading prior to the 2015 season. This is what I expect it will reveal:
Led by Leonard Fournette, LSU’s Offense Will Be a Force
For starters, you can’t really claim that the highly-touted athlete sparked the LSU offense, because the Bayou Bengals’ production was supremely subpar. Rather, I feel that Fournette’s physicality and immediate impact glued the LSU offense together for the entire season.
Assisting a sophomore quarterback in Anthony Jennings, who failed to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark through the air, Fournette’s play led the Tigers to a 25th-ranked rush attack. The key component for 2015 is that LSU returns three of their four top receiving threats from a year ago, all underclassmen.
I fully expect the offense to gel with Jennings securing a decent year under his belt. He’ll throw the ball 22-25 times a game successfully, and the load will be slightly lifted off the back of Fournette.
Georgia’s Nick Chubb Will Be a Heisman Frontrunner
The shivers that were once sent down the down the backs of Bulldog fans when Toddy Gurley was ruled out for the remainder of the season were quickly replaced by smiles and jitters once Nick Chubb emerged.
Starting in only eight games, the freshman from Cedartown, Georgia topped the 1,500-yard mark with ease. His 113 rushing yards on nine carries was the low-point of 2015, coming against Charleston Southern. Chuckles.
Passing the great Georgia running back Herschel Walker for rushing yards in a single game (283), Chubb topped the Bulldogs’ season off with a stellar game against Louisville. That performance should more then set the tone for 2015.
Given Georgia cuts ties with quarterback Hutson Mason due to graduation, expect the entire SEC to endure their dose of Chubb early and often.
UCLA’s Josh Rosen Will Be the Next Great Freshman Quarterback
The Johnny Football era built up the Texas A&M program for years to come down in College Station with the 2012 season earning him a Heisman Trophy. The next season saw much of the same with Jameis Winston out of Florida State, except he topped Manziel in the trophy case category, bringing home a national championship to Tallahassee.
In 2015, a number of names are just scratching the surface under center, but if there’s one guy I could highlight, it’d be UCLA’s Josh Rosen out of Don Boscoe Prep high school.
UCLA sparkled in the 2015 recruiting class and will hope that running back Soso Jamabo and tight end Chris Clark contribute immediately. Add returning receiver Jordan Payton and the Bruins will have plenty of threats on offense for Rosen, given he earns the starting position.
Aside from Utah and Stanford, the PAC 12 has shown weaknesses on the defensive side of the pigskin, so it’s not a terrible place to start your freshman season under center.