2014 College Football Preview: Good Teams that Will Get Better
- Updated: March 13, 2014
College football is a unique sport because recruiting plays such a vital role. Good teams will often stay on top of the college football rankings as long as they can recruit. This year there are several teams that will only get better because they have god coaching and will be able to recover from losing athletes to the pros.
Here are a few teams that could get better in the near future.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes stumbled last season to the Michigan State Spartans and lost the Big Ten Championship. Now with 9 to 1 odds to win the National championship and a good recruiting season, the Buckeyes will be back. The Buckeyes will miss workhorse running back Carlos Hyde, but make no mistake: The defense will determine the team’s ceiling. A new voice in the meeting rooms, new co-coordinator Chris Ash, could turn out to be what was missing. Plus it was another banner recruiting class for Meyer and the staff, No. 7 in 2014 to go with No. 3 in ’13. Meyer has not allowed this team to lose a regular season game since he took over as head coach and he will have the Buckeyes on top of the world again.
The Bulldogs have always had very good football teams, but they have failed to meet expectations. Last year the run by Auburn and injuries derailed the Bulldogs season. A healthy Todd Gurley, averaging about 6 yards a carry in his first two seasons, means there’s a central piece on offense on which to build. And coach Mark Richt indicated there’s a healthy amount of faith in first-year starting QB — but fifth-year senior — Hutson Mason. As for the defense, Richt called new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt a “gem.” You’ll get no arguments from FSU and Alabama, where Pruitt aided three consecutive championship seasons. A lot of defensive players were forced into action a year before they were ready. At 28 to 1 odds for the Bulldogs they could provide some value.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish are in place to be better this season. The return of quarterback Everett Golson, a player some close to the program believed would become a Heisman-level player before his academic suspension. Notre Dame wasn’t all that poor on offense without Golson, 37th in yards per play (6.07) in 2013, but he should only help. The odds for this team are 40 to 1 and f the Irish can navigate a difficult schedule they will have as good of a shot at anyone to secure a national championship.
The true college football experts will start to handicap the season now if they have any hopes of making a profit when betting on the wide array of football futures.