Yes - It's Way Too Early (Not Really): Before we move out of football and on to something else (do we really ever move out of football?), let's go ahead and peek ahead and what might happen next season. Everybody else is doing it.
All the college football experts are consistent. You don't have to be an expert to pick the same way. It's Clemson and Alabama still. I won't dispute it until another team can dethrone one of them.
The last four champions have been Clemson and Alabama. Neither has won it back-to-back in the playoff era. Ohio State won the first CFP championship. Seems like a distant memory doesn't it?
Some are saying that Bama is done due to the nature of the loss to the Tigers in Santa Clara. Were they the same ones making that statement after Clemson's loss in the semis the previous year?
Someone else is going to sneak into the mix eventually - at least before 2025 - maybe. My best guess of the top contender is Georgia. Disregard what happened in the Sugar Bowl.
Kirby Smart's Bulldogs have the making of the next champion. I don't include Oklahoma even though they have been to the past two playoffs. The Sooners might land in the final four mix again in 2019, but until they find a semblance of a defense their title hopes are slim. By the way, Notre Dame is a still a pretender.
A lot of folks are jumping on the Texas bandwagon. The Longhorns turned heads this season from the regular season victory over Oklahoma to Bevo's near stampede of Uga (the mascot) in New Orleans.
Texas' Tom Herman is an up and comer. Much like Lincoln Riley at OU, the verdict is still out on him. Ryan Day will attempt to take Ohio State back to a championship standard. His hiring follows suit with what happened with Riley replacing Bob Stoops where they sing, "Boomer Sooner."
Looking at the SEC, will it be status quo with Alabama and Georgia again? Watch out for Dan Mullen in Gainesville. The SEC East might not be a cakewalk for the Dawgs going forward.
On the western side, Texas A&M finished second last year and looks to be on the rise. The problem is that they play what may be the top three teams in the country in Clemson, Alabama and Georgia.
Auburn's slate will also be difficult in a make or break year for Gus Malzahn. He might have shown us something with the explosive offensive output in the Music City Bowl. The Tigers have Oregon to kick off the 2019 campaign. They do get Georgia and Bama at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It was said by Kirk Herbstreit and several others, you have a blueprint now to game plan against the Tide. The question is, do you have Clemson's talent?
Nick Saban will have extra motivation during the off-season as the Tide will remain the favorite. The offense will still be very good after averaging 48 points per game last year. Will the defense improve? They had better. Trevor Lawrence has two years of eligiblity left.