College football end-of-year accountability: The good, bad and ugly of predictions for 2021 season

You, the fans, deserve what you asked for. The offseason — talkin’ season, according to Steve Spurrier — is a glorious time when we all make predictions for the upcoming season and then get ripped to shreds by all of you who not only think that we’re wrong, but believe we hate your team due to long-tenured personal bias.

If you had that reaction, this column’s for you.

The world severely lacks accountability these days, but I won’t stand for that. I write and end-of-the-season accountability story every offseason, condemning myself to a life of despair due to my dumb preseason predictions — well, except I do have to pat myself on the back a little bit as well.

It’s been a great college football season, so here’s my parting gift as we head into the new talkin’ season.

The ugly: Unbridled love for LSU 

I picked LSU to win the SEC West and suffer its second loss of the season in the SEC Championship Game, which would eliminate the Tigers from the College Football Playoff. Yes, that same LSU team that would go on to finish 6-7, fire coach Ed Orgeron and suffer a remarkable crash back down to Earth after winning the 2019 national title.

It was one of the first times in my life — I’m 41 years old — that I have ever put faith in the Tigers. I apologize. It won’t happen again. Well, at least not until Brian Kelly gets things headed into the right direction.

The good: False hype for Texas A&M 

The Aggies stunned the college football world when they upset Alabama in early October, but they still managed to finish the regular season 8-4 — the third time in four seasons that coach Jimbo Fisher has finished with four or more losses. The preseason hype for Texas A&M was predicated on a stout defense, incredible depth and versatility at running…


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