Futures aren’t always about picking the team you think will win the entire season. A future pick needs to have value. Yes, its great to win your future, but the opportunity to hedge off a higher value play is more profitable in the long run. For example, the Golden State Warriors are -195 (Bovada) to win the NBA Championship, but the Celtics are +500. If the Celtics make it to the NBA Championship, can bet against them in every series and win the money back that you may lose in the Finals. Both picks below are solid future plays to make the NCAAF playoffs.
The train starts with Dabo Sweeny, who is one of the best coaches in college. On top of that, the Tigers had a top 5 recruiting class headlined by, #2 QB Trevor Lawerence, #4 DE Xavier Thomas, #6 DE K.J. Herny, and #21 OT Jackson Carman. Clemson is returning maybe one of the best college defensive lines in the history of football and added two of the best freshman in the class. Returner Kelly Bryant is back to lead the charge but should be pushed by Trevor Lawrence who has a better passing game. Travis Etienne emerged as a freshman and returns as their lead back, while Junior Tavien Feasters was close behind in yards and should help carry the load. Clemson leading wideouts are gone, but that hasn’t hurt in the past. Hunter Renfrow is back, as well as, Tee Higgins and Diondre Overton who should be solid options for either quarterback. The linebackers aren’t great but they are deep, fast and athletic. The secondary may be the weakest spot but has produced NFL caliber CB’s, so expect someone to emerge. The schedule looks like a cake walk. Outside of the Texas A&M trip and a visit to Tuscaloosa, if this team doesn’t run the table it will be a let down. Rematch vs. Alabama looks primed yet again.
University of Washington +1500
Chris Peterson is one of the best coaches in college football and recruiter. Scooping up talent from the likes of other Pac-12 schools like its nothing. UW had a top 20 recruiting class last year 2nd in the Pac. Jake Browning is back behind center and is a year removed from a 43 touchdown season. He could still be that guy but none the less, he is still one of the most consistent QB’s in college. Jacob Eason (ex-Georgia QB) should push him in his senior season. Running back Myles Gaskin returns for his senior year and just came off a 1380 yard season. The Huskies will lose their leading receiver but return their 2nd and 3rd option from last year. UW’s o-line is NFL-prospect quality and is ready to dominate some of the weaker Pac talent. The teams safties both return after solid 2017 campaigns. Losing their starting nose tackle may hurt a little but they will replace him with a talented player in Greg Gaines. The linebackers are lead by disciplined senior and 5 star recruit. Auburn to start game one will be the toughest test but after that, even @ Oregon and home against Stanford shouldn’t stop Browning and Co. from running to the playoffs.