College football coaches make seven predictions for 2023

Quarterback Jordan Travis returns to a loaded Florida State team that won 10 games in 2022. "They've got all the pieces." Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire

There's a natural inclination to always look ahead in college football, especially at a time when the movement of players and coaches is fast and furious.

The 2022 season wrapped up Monday night, as Georgia thumped TCU in the College Football Playoff National Championship. So what's on tap for 2023?

Georgia will pursue a third straight championship. USC quarterback Caleb Williams will try to become the first back-to-back Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. Perhaps there's another TCU, a team pegged for the bottom half of its league that can defy the odds. Realignment is here with four teams entering the Big 12. There's an interesting group of first-year coaches, headlined by Deion Sanders at Colorado.

There certainly will be risers and fallers around the country entering the final season before an expanded CFP.

I spent last week talking to coaches and other insiders around the sport, especially during the recent American Football Coaches Association convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, to gather predictions for the 2023 season. Here's a look at seven things coaches are expecting next fall.

Florida State will push Clemson in the ACC

Clemson won the ACC in 2022, its seventh conference title in eight years under coach Dabo Swinney. But the program seems to be at a crossroads after failing to make the CFP for the second straight year and not resembling the elite offenses that propelled the Tigers to national titles in 2016 and 2018.

Florida State hasn't won the ACC since 2014, which was also the last season it beat Clemson. But coaches think the Seminoles are poised for a true breakthrough in coach Mike Norvell's fourth season.