The 2019 college football season is in the books and it was highlighted by a national championship title for an LSU Tigers squad that stated a very convincing case to be considered the greatest college football team of all-time.
LSU faced a beast of a schedule and conquered it by defeating six Top 10 teams during the season that were in the Top 10 at the time they played them (Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma). They swept a bunch of CFB season awards including QB Joe Burrow for the Heisman Trophy.
From a betting standpoint, the most impressive aspect about LSU was how they retained their point spread value and success despite being such a strong public team as they accumulated a profitable 10-5 ATS mark in their 15 games this season and the Tigers were 4-2 ATS in their six games against Top 10 competition. A tip of the cap to LSU for putting forth quite possibly the best season in the history of the sport.
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One of the things I liked this season more as a fan than as a bettor was Alabama not being part of the playoff mix. It was refreshing and provided a nice change of pace to see another SEC squad, in this case LSU, in the playoff.
One of the most impressive seasons outside of what LSU did was Louisville’s remarkable turnaround from 2-10 last season at the end of the Bobby Petrino coaching era which ended in embarrassing fashion to this season in which they went 7-5 in the regular season and won their bowl game against Mississippi State.
It was a tremendous coaching effort from Scott Satterfield, the former Appalachian State head coach, who has already proven in just a single season that his hire was a good one.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers deserve some praise for an amazing season as well going 11-2 SU (8-4-1 ATS) capped off by a fantastic performance in an Outback Bowl victory against a solid Auburn team as 7-point underdogs. P.J. Fleck has brought what was once a floundering program back to prominence notching back-to-back winning seasons at Minnesota. With the improved recruiting and coaching, there is a good chance the upward trajectory could continue for the Gophers as long as Fleck sticks around.
The Washington Huskies are an easy choice as one of my top disappointing and underachieving teams this season in college football. The Huskies brought in Georgia transfer at QB Jacob Eason which was expected to bolster the offense but that unit sputtered throughout the season while the historically strong defense declined quite a bit ranking just 40th in the country in total yards per game.
Now the program is in a state of flux after former head coach Chris Petersen resigned and defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake now takes over the position of head coach.
Clemson lost the national title game this season and were denied their third championship in four seasons but they already top the list of title contenders next season as they are the current betting favorite to win the 2021 national championship at 9-4. With a returning Trevor Lawrence at QB, there is little doubt they will be once again in the mix for another title.
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