RB Trent Richardson
With the 2012-2013 collegiate football season upon us, I look forward to the all-star action that awaits.
For the past couple of seasons in predicting, I'm one for one. Picking Auburn in 2011 and Wisconsin in 2012 (I only missed Wisconsin making the championship by two Hail Mary's and Doug Flutie may be the only one who would appreciate that).
Here is a look at the NCAAF season prediction.
In doing research, I find that Alabama has a lax schedule this year with Western Carolina, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Mississippi State. No offense Bulldogs (and congrats on your stadium expansion), I just cannot imagine the BCS computers working with the Crimson Tide this year unless they are complete blowout games. Heck, they've even proven that by losing a game, you can still have a shot at the title.
Prediction: Ole Miss in an upset to Alabama.
RB Rex Burkhead
The Big Ten has proven that they are BCS Championship contenders. A little hit and miss, but they are consistent. In only the second year after joining the Big Ten, Nebraska comes into this season with some power horses.
Running back Rex Burkhead will return, along with RB Ameer Abdullah and the offensive weapon of TE Kyler Reed. If Burkhead can stay healthy and dominate the field on away games (as he does at home), he is sure to lead this offense to the Big Ten Championship. Couple that with the return of Will Compton on defense leading the Blackshirt corps.
It's worth noting that with Monte Ball returning for Wisconsin and Denard Robinson leading the Wolverines, the Big Ten should be watched closely for top five appearances in the BCS.
Prediction: Nebraska goes 11-2.
Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly
Let's face it, the Oregon Ducks got robbed last year. You can bet they will come back with a double jab, uppercut and straight right. Chip Kelly has overcome great odds with this organization and I do not see this team giving up until they bring the Coaches' Trophy back to Eugene.
Look for running back Kenjon Barner to return, while the Ducks attempt to impose the quarterback position as a force. Barner is an all-around athlete and a threat to any opponent in rushing, receiving and returns.
Another all-around player to watch this season is De'Anthony Thomas, who finished his freshman season with 2,235 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns. Thomas, a sophomore running back, is extremely versatile, smart and dangerous with his speed.
Prediction: Oregon wins Pac-12.
Head Coach Mike Gundy
Head Coach Mike Gundy has chosen to go with true freshman Wes Lunt as quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Lunt, 6'4" and 211 pounds, earned the position and Gundy has plenty of depth with Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh at this position.
Lunt has a strong target in WR Tracy Moore, who had 45 receptions last season. This is a highly offensive team who was upset only by Iowa State last year.
Seven of the Cowboys' top 10 tacklers return this season as they will try again to lead the nation in turnover margins.
Players to watch are cornerbacks Justin Gilbert and Brodrick Brown on the defensive secondary, while Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith lead the rushing and aim for another 2,000 yard (combined) season.
Look for the Cowboys to take the Big 12 crown again, even with a rookie quarterback.
Prediction: Look for the Oklahoma State Cowboys to take the 2013 BCS Championship!