The 2021 College Football Season starts this month, which means we had better sharpen those handicapping skills. Check out our list of teams that can reach the 10 win mark. Instead of just listing the teams, though, we’re categorizing our choices into 10 win locks, teams with a chance to win 10 games, and NCAAF squads that require help to reach the 10 win plateau. With all that in mind, let’s jump right into action so you can plan your bets against their NCAAF Regular Season Wins odds.
NCAA College Football Predictions: What Teams Can Reach the 10 Win Mark?
2021 NCAA College Football Season
- When: Saturday, Aug. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 27
10 Wins Lock Picks
- Clemson Tigers
Dabo Swinney’s crew returns a top quarterback, D.J. Uiagalelei, and enough talent on both sides of the ball to run the table. The toughest game is in Week 1 when the Tigers battle the Georgia Bulldogs. So even if the Bulldogs beat Clemson, the Tigers still finish 11-1.
- Alabama Crimson Tide
Bama mustn’t take on the Georgia Bulldogs this season. Not only that, but the yearly throw down agianst LSU is in Tuscaloosa. The Tide’s toughest game could be on Sep. 4 when they take on the Miami Hurricanes. It’s difficult seeing Alabama losing that contest. So a 12-0 season is likely.
- Georgia Bulldogs
If Clemson beats Georgia, the loss will be the only one the Bulldogs suffer this season. If Georgia beats Clemson, UGA should go 12-0 during the regular season. Georgia doesn’t play LSU or Texas A&M while SEC opponents like Auburn, Tennessee, and Florida aren’t on the Dawgs’ level.
- Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
The Chanticleers return 19-of-22 starters from a team that went 11-0 during the regular season in 2020. Coastal’s only loss was versus Liberty in overtime at the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Unless MAC squad Buffalo steps it up on Sep. 18, CC Chanti should go 12-0 in 2021.
- Cincinnati Bearcats
The Bearcats have a difficult schedule. They’re at Indiana, at Notre Dame, and host Central Florida in the span of a month. But Cincinnati is loaded on both sides of the football. Don’t expect the Bearcats to be satisfied with last season’s 9-0 finish and 21-24 loss to Georgia in the Peach Bowl. Cincinnati feels they should make the CFP. Doing so requires an undefeated record.
10 Wins Is a Possibility
- Oklahoma Sooners
We’d say 10 wins is a sure thing, but Texas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and West Virginia are all solid football teams. Kansas State and TCU are also good. The Sooners should reach 10 games. It’s not a sure thing.
- North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels have a great shot of winning 10 games. However, even though UNC doesn’t play Clemson, the schedule is full of pitfalls: at VA Tech, at Notre Dame, at North Carolina State, versus Virginia, and versus Miami. Running the table will be tough.
- Iowa State Cyclones
Just like Oklahoma, Iowa State must navigate a deep Big 12 schedule. The Cyclones also play Iowa, which means even though Brock Purdy and Breece Hall return, the chances of reaching 10 wins is good, not great.
- UCF Golden Knights
Like Cincinnati, the Golden Knights have a tough schedule. The difference? UCF is at Temple, at Cincinnati, at Louisville, at Navy, and at SMU. 10 wins is a possibility, for sure. But 10 “W’s” is no slam dunk.
- Ohio State Buckeyes
Surprised the Buckeyes aren’t a 10 win lock? You shouldn’t be. Who will play quarterback? Who will protect the quarterback? Who will fill in for the defenders that left to the NFL? Games at Minnesota, versus Oregon, at Indiana, versus Penn State, at Nebraska, and at Michigan aren’t locks. Yes, Ohio State should win all of those games and march to the Big Ten Championship with a 12-0 record. But the Buckeyes have gone through enough changes to make them a probable 10 win pick and not a for sure 10 win pick.
10 Wins Will Be Tough
- USC Trojans
The Trojans are one of the better teams in the Pac 12 this season. But the conference is deep. USC must travel to Colorado, Arizona State, and California. The Trojans take on Notre Dame in South Bend and home contests versus Stanford, BYU, and UCLA aren’t locks.
- Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers have a better shot than most teams to reach the 10 win plateau. Wisconsin’s road games are at Illinois, at Purdue, at Rutgers, and at Minnesota. The problem? The Golden Gophers aren’t an easy win because Minnesota returns a lot of senior starters. Also, even though Wisconsin gets to play most of their tough matchups at home, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska, and Northwestern aren’t in the bag wins.
- Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State has a tough road this season. The Nittany Lions must travel to Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Maryland, and Michigan State. Michigan, Indiana, and Auburn are also on the schedule. If Penn State does win 10 games, they will have earned the mark.
- Miami Hurricanes
The Canes first game this season is against Alabama, which means Miami should be 0-1 after Week 1. Running the table after the matchup against the Tide is a possibility, but there are also plenty of games where Miami could falter, like taking on North Carolina on the road and battling Virginia Tech at home. The Miami Hurricanes must be close to perfect after the Bama game to ensure 10 wins.
- Texas A&M Aggies
A&M’s only loss last season was against Alabama, which is why so many college football fans believe the Texas A&M Aggies can take the next step this season. But Jimbo Fisher must find a quarterback to replace Kellen Mond. The new quarterback mut play behind a rebuilt offensive line while the Aggies show Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, and underrated Pac 12 squad Colorado on the schedule.
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