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Way-Too-Early 2024 College Football Playoff Predictions

The 2024 College Football Playoff is set to be the first of its kind.

The field has moved to 12 teams and the nation is patiently awaiting what will be a special postseason. As we sit here three months out from kickoff to the 2024 season, there is much discussion about what the field might look like.

Below, take a look at the 12 teams that could be playing for a National Championship in 2024.

2024 College Football Playoff Bracket

  • 12-Liberty at 5-Texas, Winner plays 1-Ohio State
  • 11-Kansas State at 6-Alabama, Winner plays 2-Georgia
  • 10-Ole Miss at 7-Oregon, Winner plays 3-Clemson
  • 9-Notre Dame at 8-Michigan, Winner plays 4-Utah

2024 College Football Playoff Teams 

1-Ohio State: The Buckeyes are looking to get back to National Championship level and this could be the year. Chip Kelly joined the staff as the offensive coordinator under Ryan Day. The team did not name a starting QB in the spring but Will Howard transferred in to battle Devin Brown. Ohio State will be one of the best teams in the nation this year and can finish at the top of the rankings with a Big Ten title.

2-Georgia: A loss in the SEC Championship cost the Bulldogs a chance at a three-peat but Georgia will be back. Carson Beck returns looking to build off a strong 2023 season.

3-Clemson: It has been a down time for Clemson. In 2024, high hopes will be there once again with Cade Klubnik and Garrett Riley leading the way. The Tigers will be the favorites to finish at the top of a lesser ACC.

4-Utah: The loss of Cam Rising put a major halt to any hopes for Utah last season. Now, he has a chance to return to the field and make an impact in the Big 12. There is a chance this is a tight race at the top but Utah should have enough firepower.

5-Texas: The Longhorns saw their top two wide receivers leave for the NFL but the good news is that their top-rated quarterback will return. Steve Sarkisian hit the portal hard in the portal. With Quinn Ewers under center, the offense will remain in a great spot and Texas will excel in its first season in the SEC.

6-Alabama: It is hard to picture the Crimson Tide entering a season without Nick Saban but that is the reality in 2024. Kalen DaBoer has taken over and Alabama has attempted to make up for losses in the transfer portal. There might be a lot of changes in Tuscaloosa but there is still plenty of talent on the roster and an expectation around the program.

7-Oregon: Dillon Gabriel is prepared to step n for Bo Nix under center. He should be ready to have an extremely productive year under Dan Lanning. The Ducks have not been known for their defense but that side of the ball returns much production as well.

8-Michigan: Sherrone Moore is another new head coach looking to continue traditions at a big-time program. It is likely that Michigan continues what Jim Harbaugh started — strong play across the offensive line and running the football. The Wolverines will be in contention for an at-large bid but the Big Ten title also remains a possibility.

9-Notre Dame: Are the Irish going to be a landing spot for veteran quarterbacks in the transfer portal moving forward? That’s not the worst spot to be in. Riley Leonard is next on the list and will take over for Sam Hartman under center. There are few teams that will benefit more than Notre Dame from this playoff expansion. In year one, the Irish get in.

10-Ole Miss: Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss addressed many needs in the transfer portal and this puts the team in a position to improve off last year. It will take 10-11 wins to land this final spot and the Rebels will be near the bottom of the Top 10.

11-Kansas State: There is no predicting the Big 12 this season. What we can do is attempt it and that means pairing Kansas State and Utah in the Big 12 title game. Despite a loss, the Wildcats do enough work in the regular season to make the field.

12-Liberty: The fifth-highest ranked conference champion will enter as the 12th seed in the field. Liberty in the driver’s seat to land this spot. Kaidon Salter returns under center coming off a year where he was named the Conference USA MVP by the coaches. This puts the Flames in a great spot heading into the 2024 season.


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