There’s one certainty about predicting the outcome of college football games.

It’s totally unpredictable.

You figure you have a 50-50 chance of being right anyway. The favorite will win probably at least 75% of the time.

The locale doesn’t mean much. The best team will usually win whether at home or on the road.

The pandemic has added even more uncertainty. Some teams may have people out because of illness on top of the usual possibility of injuries.

I’ve been sharing my predictions in the Redstone Rocket since the early 1980s. I’ve learned not to take it seriously. You usually go with the favorites. You go with your hunches. You recall which teams have a history of overcoming the odds and pulling upsets. You look at how teams have done in the past against each other.

You look at the coaches. Some coaches know how to motivate their players to perform their best no matter what.

Alabama is the gold standard. Year after year, the Crimson Tide has it all – great coach, great players, great recruits. That’s just the way it is. Hopefully my alma mater, Auburn, will get to that level someday. I’m predicting that will happen.

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