Clemson capped the 2018 faculty soccer season with a 44-16 victory towards Alabama within the School Soccer Playoff championship sport on Monday.

Now, it is on to 2019: Who will the subsequent massive participant to look at be? How will the conferences races pan out? Who will win the nationwide championship subsequent? It is by no means too early to ask.

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These questions — and others — will form the upcoming faculty soccer season and the chase for the subsequent School Soccer Playoff all offseason. With that thoughts, Sporting Information asks 19 way-too-early questions for the 2019 season:

Who begins the season No. 1?

Most preseason publications may have both Alabama or Clemson at No. 1, and Sporting Information’ has the Crimson Tide on high for now. You probably have the Tigers at No. 1, we can’t argue an excessive amount of. These are the 2 superpowers in faculty soccer, and so they have the 2 finest gamers heading into 2019. Talking of which. …

Who wins the Heisman Trophy?

This additionally seems like Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson sophomore Trevor Lawrence towards the sector. It is a quarterback’s award, and these two could possibly be on the crash course towards a sequel subsequent season. These are the heavy favorites for 2019. Simply to spice it up, can we begin a marketing campaign for Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy or Clemson receiver Justyn Ross?

How a lot SEC it an excessive amount of?

Our pre-preseason high 25 options seven SEC groups, together with No. 1 Alabama, No. Three Georgia, No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Florida and No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 16 Auburn. These group completed 5-2 in bowl video games this season, together with a 3-1 report in New 12 months’s Day Six Bowls that weren’t Playoff video games. This can prop up the SEC bias questions, however the league is deep and proficient heading into 2019. That’s solely going to enhance.

Is Texas again?

Texas is shut. It’s going to be again when it wins a Massive 12 championship, which hasn’t occurred since 2009. The Longhorns want to interrupt up Oklahoma’s monopoly within the convention earlier than we are able to take that subsequent step. Tom Herman proved Texas can beat Oklahoma within the common season, after which beat Georgia in a New 12 months’s Day Six bowl. They’re getting nearer with every massive win — and a Sept. 7 showdown with LSU will inform you let you realize if it is actual.

What about Texas A&M?

The Aggies are forward of schedule below Jimbo Fisher, however the 2019 schedule is what holds us again from predicting greater than a New 12 months’s Day Six bowl. The Aggies play at Clemson (Sept. 7) and face Auburn (Sept. 21) and Alabama (Oct. 12) within the first half of the season. They shut with street video games at Georgia (Nov. 23) and LSU (Nov. 30). The place, precisely, would Texas match on that schedule?

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How can Jim Harbaugh silence the critics?

Open up the offense, beat Ohio State and win the Massive Ten. The final two issues will not occur till Michigan reveals just a little extra willingness to let the offense revolve round Shea Patterson and an NFL-caliber group of receivers led by Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. If the Wolverines may be go-for-broke aggressive on protection, there isn’t any purpose to not do the identical on offense. The Wolverines get Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State at residence. It is a massive yr.

Which first-year coach intrigues you most?

Ryan Day at Ohio State. That is a straightforward reply, however the transformation of the offense with Dwayne Haskins took root in 2018. Day stuffed in for City Meyer for 3 video games, however now it is a full-time job with nationwide championship-or-else expectations. The quarterback battle is intriguing as standard, this time with three candidates in Justin Fields, Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin.

What was the most effective rent of the teaching carousel thus far?

Neal Brown to West Virginia. It simply matches. Brown completed 31-Eight the final three seasons with Troy, and he is certain to deliver that energetic character to a program that has not been capable of break via within the massive video games within the Massive 12. Brown ought to be capable to enhance the recruiting, too.

What coordinator rent pursuits you most?

Alex Grinch to Oklahoma. The Sooners’ protection held them again once more in 2018, and irrespective of what number of factors this offense generates in Massive 12 play with Lincoln Riley, the protection should be higher with the intention to win the nationwide championship. The added wrinkle of Grinch coming from Ohio State after a one-year stint — a group that has jostled for Playoff spots with the Sooners the final three years — makes that much more attention-grabbing.

Which second-year coach has to ship?

Willie Taggart at Florida State. UCLA’s Chip Kelly and Nebraska’s Scott Frost had struggles too, however Kelly beat USC and Frost will probably be given a much-longer good thing about the doubt in Lincoln, particularly contemplating he quarterbacked this system’s final championship group in 1997. Florida State had its bowl streak snapped in 2018, and endurance has by no means been a advantage in Tallahassee.

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Notre Dame at Georgia on Sept. 21. The winner will take an enormous chunk of actual property within the Playoff race. The loser will really feel the warmth of a fan base questioning if they’ll win the massive sport with their respective coaches. Kirby Good and Brian Kelly actually need this one. Jake Fromm established himself because the Bulldogs’ starter with a game-winning landing drive in South Bend in 2017. Can Notre Dame’s Ian Ebook return the favor?

Which division race pursuits you most?

The Massive Ten West. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Northwestern all gained their bowl video games. Nebraska and Purdue be ok with coaches Frost and Jeff Brohm, respectively. You may choose any a type of groups to win the division subsequent yr and would not be mocked. Which group pursuits us most? The Gophers, who’re constructing confidence via recruiting with third-year coach P.J. Fleck. Minnesota avoids Ohio State and Michigan within the crossover video games, too.

Who’s the Pac-12’s finest Playoff hope?

Washington has an opportunity to be good once more, and the Huskies have USC, Oregon and Washington State at residence. We’re excited to see what Jacob Eason can do at quarterback on a roster Chris Petersen continues to improve with expertise. The Geese are also trending upward with Mario Cristobal, and meaning this convention rivalry will probably be that rather more vital. Oregon could make an announcement for your entire convention at Jerry World within the opener towards Auburn, the identical one the Huskies nearly made final season.

Will USC be higher?

That is what led to Kliff Kingsbury’s very temporary stint in USC earlier than he bolted for the NFL. Clay Helton’s teaching employees underwent a significant renovation, and there will probably be stress to carry out after a 5-7 season. The Trojans face Fresno State, Stanford, Utah and Washington earlier than their bye week. The place will Helton be when the Trojans journey to Notre Dame on Oct. 5? That is an intriguing query.

Who’s your favourite non-Energy 5 faculty?

The one which dropped 70 factors towards Houston in its bowl sport. Military returns an skilled group that gained 29 video games and three bowls the final three seasons, and the Black Knights will probably be led by star quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. A Sept. 7 date at Michigan is on our must-watch checklist for September.

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Will City Meyer coach once more?

Not this yr, and the checklist of faculties Meyer would entertain down the street could be very brief. These are names like Notre Dame, USC, Florida State and maybe an SEC faculty with the easy-bake nationwide championship components. Each time a significant Energy 5 faculty fires a coach, Meyer would be the first title talked about.

When does the eight-team Playoff begin?

Not this yr. The commissioners made that very clear after their assembly on Monday. Regardless of the outcry, it is not simple to have a fool-proof, complete plan in an setting the place the ACC and SEC play eight convention video games and the Massive Ten, Massive 12 and Pac-12 play 9. That is not even considering the Group of 5, which is able to produce one other UCF-like argument subsequent yr. The four-team Playoff would be the reply for the subsequent few years, however the eight-team chatter is nowhere close to completed.

Who’re your Playoff groups for 2019?

Alabama and Clemson make it again, and they’re going to play the winner of Ohio State-Michigan and Oklahoma-Texas (once more, within the Massive 12 championship). Notre Dame is not going to get within the away this time.

Who wins all of it?

The winner of Clemson-Alabama V. This seems like a best-of-seven collection the place everybody else is watching. They’ve alternated wins, so do not be shocked if the Crimson Tide strike again and Nick Saban surpasses Bear Bryant with a seventh nationwide championship.

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