ESPN's Brad Edwards predicts Auburn in 2015 CFB Playoff, Tennessee and Alabama in New Year's Six
ESPN’s Brad Edwards is one of the most knowledgable college football analysts on television, so when he makes predictions, they’re worth considering.
In his recent article on ESPN.com, Edwards lists his predictions for the 2015 season including his New Year’s Six teams. Note that the article is an ESPN Insider article and requires a membership to read in full.
Auburn Makes The 2015 Playoff
Of most interest to SEC fans is Edwards’ prediction that Auburn will be one of the four playoff teams next season along with USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. Edwards places Auburn against Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl (the two semifinal games are hosted by the Cotton and Orange Bowls next year).
Edwards cites the fact that despite the QB change for Auburn, it is done so within a system that allows first-year starters to have success (similar to Ohio State and the Buckeyes’ 2014 run). Of course, many Auburn fans eagerly anticipate Jeremy Johnson as the starting quarterback in 2015.
On the defensive side of the ball, it’s all about the addition of Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator.
Lastly, Edwards makes the point that despite the usual tough schedule for any team in the SEC West, Auburn’s 2015 schedule is manageable, and manageable schedules are a key ingredient to getting into the four-team playoff.
Tennessee and Alabama in the New Year’s Six
SEC fans will also be interested to see that Edwards predicted two other SEC teams to make New Year’s Six bowls. He has Alabama facing off against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and Tennessee playing Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.
Tennessee landing a coveted spot in the New Year’s Six games would be quite a feat for Butch Jones and the rising Tennessee football program. Edwards likes Joshua Dobbs at quarterback and the 18 returning starters coming back for 2015.
According to Edwards, a ten win season might be in the cards for the Vols in 2015.
What do you think about Edwards’ predictions? Do you agree?