The college football season is in full swing, with plenty of exciting games already happening, (did you see that fantastic 63-yard, last-second Hail Mary by the Gators during their game against Tennessee?). We’re looking forward to the full season, but we’ve got a few teams we’re keeping an eye on this year.
Here are our picks this season:
Not a surprise, right? While Coach Nick Saban lost many players to the NFL last year, there are still many excellent players filling the roster. Keep an eye on quarterback Jalen Hurts and junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Chances are the Crimson Tide will hold on to the top seed spot, and you can stock up on your school gear in our League Concept Shop at the University Supply Store!
Clemson lost a fair number of key players across the board this year, but that doesn’t mean the team doesn’t still have a lot of talent. Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has big shoes to fill, but with help from Deon Cain and Hunter Renfrow, the Tigers have a definite shot again this year. Find the perfect piece for this football season at The Tiger Sports Shop!
We’ll admit it: Penn State is one of our favorite teams, since they’re our neighbors. We have high hopes for the Nittany Lions this year, especially after their 56-0 blowout against Georgia State! Keep an eye on running back Saquon Barkley this year, quarterback Trace McSorley, and tight end Mike Gesicki. If they can beat the Buckeyes this year, they’ll head to the playoffs. Head to Happy Valley to grab your League gear at Lions Pride and the Penn State Bookstore .
Yes, we know- Syracuse has to face the double whammy of both Florida State and Clemson each year, thanks to sharing the division. It’s hardly fair. But coach Dino Babers brought the team to life last year, and his team has matured. With the help of quarterback Eric Dungey, we think Syracuse will pick off someone unexpected this year and make some waves in the division. Take a look at the Syracuse University Bookstore for a cozy sweatshirt to wear at all the fall games!
The Trojans have a tough schedule with games against Standford, Texas, and Washington State, but quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones boost a great offense. Plus with the defense led by junior linebacker Cameron Smith and full of great players, they have a shot this year. Our concept shop in the USC Bookstore has all of our popular pieces to show your school spirit.
Last year was tough for Florida State with safety Derwin James injured for most of the season. Since James might just be the best defensive player in college football, the team will likely shine now that he’s back on the roster. Quarterback Deondre Francois had a good season last year, so expect to see great playing from him again this year. Pick up our tailgate ready styles at the Seminole Sportshop!
With a schedule that boosts the Badgers, they will be the favorite in nearly every game this season (with Michigan being the exception, of course). Coach Chryst needs to push sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook to create a killer running attack, and then the offense should be solid. Our long sleeve tees at The University Book Store are fantastic for cozy Saturdays watching football.
With eleven Wolverines called during the NFL draft in April, there’s only one of last year’s starters returning to the Michigan field this year. Coach Jim Harbaugh lost many of his best players—but have no fear, there are plenty of standout players left. Quarterback Wilton Speight is back after a great season last year, and sophomore running back Chris Evans are just two of the standouts to watch this year. Stop in to The M Den and snag the perfect game day outfit.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield’s talent makes the Sooners a big favorite in the Big 12. With a team lineup that’s red-hot team and finished the season with 10 straight wins, expect Coach Lincoln Riley to make a big show this season. Let’s see if they can top last year’s 17-1 conference record. The OU Bookstore carries all the timeless pieces you’ll be needing this football season.
Auburn returned this year with plenty of tough playmakers, and there’s no reason to think they won’t rock this season. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham (formerly of Baylor) will lead the offense, with help from sophomore wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers and running back Kamryn Pettway. The Auburn University Bookstore features plenty of classic silhouettes that you can rock at Jordan-Hare Stadium on warm Alabama nights.
While these teams might be the standouts this year, League wishes good luck to all!