How to Follow All 32 Games of the 2018 NCAA Football Season
On Monday, Bleacher report published a schedule for the 2018-19 season, which covers all 32 of the NCAA’s Division I football programs.
As expected, the schedule is a little confusing.
For instance, there is a lot of overlap between the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, and ACC.
The SEC, Big Ten, and Big 12 all have some of the most talented rosters, but they’re not exactly the same caliber of football programs as they were in years past.
However, the Pac-10 and ACC all boast some of their best teams in recent years, with a couple of returning superstars.
So, who are the Pac 12’s best teams?
As of right now, they’re: Washington State: The Cougars have been among the best programs in college football since 2012, and they’ve been one of the few to win in conference play since then.
They have a strong defensive backfield, a talented offensive line, and a stellar quarterback.
Washington State is led by a defensive end and a quarterback that is among the top 25 nationally.
Bryce Love has a knack for getting his hands on the ball and is one of just five Pac-14 quarterbacks to finish in the top 10 in yards per attempt.
That doesn’t even include Love’s play in the passing game, which was a top-three mark in the Pac 14 last season.
In the Pac 15, Love is the Pac 10’s leading rusher, with 695 yards.
But Love is not the only Pac-15 star on the team.
Brandon Linder is the league’s leading receiver with 1,096 yards.
The Huskies also have a talented backfield, led by the most productive running back in the nation, Ameer Abdullah.
He has 1,078 yards rushing, which is third in the conference behind Washington State’s Ameer Andrews and USC’s Christian McCaffrey.
Abdullah’s career-high 12 rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth on the Huskies.
Auburn: In addition to the top three running backs in the ACC, Auburn has a pair of top-five scoring running backs, and two of the conference’s top receiving backs, as well.
Devin Johnson is second in the SEC with 1.096 points per game, and is second on the SEC in receptions (79).
A year ago, he was the league MVP, and now he’s a Heisman finalist.
At 6-foot-4 and 228 pounds, Johnson has great size for the position, and he is a great athlete.
His 6.0-yard average on catches of 35 yards or more was second among SEC running backs last season, and it was his second-highest mark in conference history.
Defensively, Auburn’s defensive line is led a by a duo of first-team All-SEC selections, and the team has three second-team picks.
Jordan Phillips is second among all SEC defenders in tackles for loss (17), while his team-high 4.5 sacks are second among the SEC.
And in the secondary, safety Jalen Mills has a career-best 12 interceptions.
Another standout safety, Xavier Rhodes, is third among SEC safeties in tackles (44), and second in interceptions (6).
And with the return of All-American safety Malik Jefferson to the secondary this year, the Tigers are loaded with talent.
Jamaal Adams, Jalen Davis, and Jalen Tabor have all played well for Auburn this season.
Rutgers: While Rutgers is the only program in the Big Ten to have a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, they are one of only two programs to have three first-year players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, and only one to have two.
On paper, it looks like Rutgers is poised for another solid season, with the Scarlet Knights having one of college football’s most explosive offenses, a top five defense, and one of its best players at wide receiver.
Led by sophomore receiver Michael Williams, Rutgers has a deep and dynamic receiving corps led by quarterback Kyle Rudolph.
Rudolph, who is the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, is also a dynamic runner, and his ability to find open space makes him an explosive option for opposing defenses.
Williams and Rudolph are among the nation’s top-20 players in receiving yards per game this season, while sophomore receiver Jamarcus Robinson is second nationally with 3.1 yards per reception.
This season, Rutgers also has a talented defensive line, led with a pair-headed nose tackle, and an outstanding linebacker.
Josh Sweat is the top returning tackler in the country, and freshman linebacker Jaylen Brice leads the team with seven interceptions.