It seems like yesterday that we saw Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide hoisting the National Championship trophy. In just four short months, Saban and his Alabama team will start the defense of their national title. Right now, with the spring practice season coming to an end, we’re going to have a little vacation from college football. But never fear, we’ll still be hearing about the upcoming season for the next few months.
The regular season will kick off in late August, so fans will have to wait until then to see their beloved schools take the field. Spring practice ended last weekend, as schools from all five of the power conferences held their annual spring games. Last year, the COVID 19 pandemic ended spring practices, so it has been nice to see things getting back to normal this spring season. Let’s check out our latest College Football update so you can plan your bets against their NCAAF odds for the upcoming season.
NCAA Football COVID-19 Update – April 26th Edition
Alabama Crimson Tide
Looking at the preseason rankings, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Alabama Crimson Tide are the preseason #1 team in the country. Even though Alabama lost a lot of key pieces from last year’s title team, the Tide never have to rebuild; they just reload. Saban has an elite class of freshmen coming in, and he hopes that they can make some key contributions to this year’s squad. Sophomore quarterback Bryce Young is being counted on to step in for Mac Jones and continue to lead the Crimson Tide on a path of dominance.
The preseason #2 also won’t surprise anyone, as Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers occupy that slot. Clemson’s season didn’t end on a real high note last season, so they’ll be looking for some revenge this season. As Trevor Lawrence missed some time due to testing positive for COVID last season, DJ Uiagalelei saw some playing time. He looked good in limited action and should be ready to lead the Tigers in the upcoming season.
Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma Sooners come in at #3. Riley will have a high-powered offense once again this season. Last season marked the first time in four seasons that the Sooners weren’t part of the final four. With Spencer Rattler leading the offense, the Sooners have a great shot at getting back into the playoffs. If their defense can finally carry its fair share of the load, the Sooners should be a national title contender.
Although COVID wreaked its fair share of havoc last season, everyone is hoping that this season goes off without a hitch. Many stadiums will be back to full capacity, and even those that aren’t at full capacity will still have lots of fans in the stands. If this season starts off well, we could get back to having all stadiums full, and we can then enjoy the great atmosphere that always surrounds the top programs in the country.
We know that the SEC, Big 12, and Big 10 will be loaded, so we’ll be anxiously awaiting someone from another conference to step up and show everyone that they belong in the national championship hunt. It won’t be long before we’re all glued to our television sets on Saturdays in the fall to watch some of the top programs in the country duke it out.