Bold Predictions for the 2021-22 College Season

Missouri head coach Brian Smith (right) and Tyrel Todd (photo/Tony Rotundo;

Technically the DI season started on Monday as Buffalo, North Carolina, and Wisconsin were in action. Campbell and Gardner-Webb have since hit the mat, as well. But before, things really get out of hand this weekend, InterMat's Conference Correspondent staff decided to get a little crazy ourselves. We're tossing out some bold predictions for the 2021-22 season. Some takes are mildly bold, while others are extremely flammable!


Robbie Wendell (ACC Correspondent)

ACC Bold Prediction: The ACC will have three teams finish in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships.

NCAA Bold Prediction: At least five NCAA finalists will come from 6th/7th/8th year seniors.

Cody Goodwin (Big Ten Correspondent)

Big Ten Bold Prediction: This is the year Nebraska breaks through and wins an NCAA trophy. You wanted bold, you've got bold. The Huskers took fourth at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Since then, they haven't been better than eighth. They took second at the 2020 Big Ten Championships, then COVID-19 canceled the NCAA Championships. They took third at last year's Big Ten tournament, then tumbled to 12th in St. Louis. Nebraska has the squad to do it. Let's see them make it happen.

NCAA Bold Prediction: I like Mizzou to make a valiant return to the Big 12 Conference by winning both the Big 12 Conference titles, in the regular season and in the tournament. What a season that would be and a performance that'll take to do it, but these Tigers are plenty capable. Let's have some fun!!!

Seth Duckworth (Big 12 Correspondent)

Big 12/National Bold Prediction: Missouri wins the Big 12, but Oklahoma State finishes higher at NCAA's.

Austin Sommer (EIWA Correspondent)

EIWA Bold Prediction: There will be three EIWA teams with at least eight national qualifiers.

NCAA Bold Prediction: Five or less 2021 NCAA champions will repeat this year.

Courtney Woods (MAC Correspondent)

MAC Bold Prediction: The MAC will double their All-American accolades from the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships and come up big with 12 student-athletes earning this elite honor.

NCAA Bold Prediction: Three teams will be put on COVID protocol for a student athlete, coach, or additional team personnel contacting the virus.

NCAA Bold Prediction: Two coaches will be fired after this season. That's it. That's the prediction.

Darius Levan (Pac-12 Correspondent)

Pac-12 Bold Prediction: All six Pac-12 schools will secure at least one All-American this year.

Rachel Gallardo (SoCon Correspondent)

SoCon Bold Prediction(s): There will be a three-way tie between Appalachian State/Campbell/Chattanooga for the Conference Title.

SoCon Bold Prediction(s): The Southern Conference will earn the most bids it's ever earned for the NCAA tournament (Their 21 in 2021 was the most over the last 20 years).

NCAA Bold Prediction: Oklahoma State will win the NCAA title

Earl Smith (Site Editor)

NCAA Bold Prediction: For the first time since 2013 (excluding 2020) there will be no freshman NCAA champions. (AJ Ferrari/Carter Starocci/etc don't count!)

NCAA Bold Prediction: Evan Wick wins Cal Poly's first NCAA title since 1976

NCAA Bold Prediction: The NCAA Team Title will be decided in the final match of the tournament which is the 125 lb weight class.


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Yes-Man (1) about a month ago
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Earl (3) about a month ago
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