Every college football season is a wild and unpredictable one.
However, there are some things I can state about the 2009 college football season that I can deem to be absolutely certain. I have compiled a list of five things that will happen next year, and you can bet the house on them.
Washington just completed an 0-12 season, the first in FBS history.
Don't expect a repeat.
Washington will be back next year, under new head coach Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Also dont forget returning quarterback Jake Locker. I guarantee you they have the first date (Sept. 5, LSU) circled and they just may catch the Tigers napping. If they don't win against them, then they will likely beat Perennial loser Idaho, if not against them then the Huskies have many more opportunities to catch a team napping.
The Huskies will not go through 2009 winless.
"I'm gonna turn Florida in right here in front of you" said Tennessee's 21st head coach, Lane Kiffin.
Those words doomed him, It turns out Florida wasn't cheating, as a matter of fact. It's Lane that has been slammed with three recruiting violations. Not only did Lane get embarrassed on a national level, he gave the Gators a reason to go out and embarrass him. By all means they will. Take Georgia for example, pulling the endzone celebration and sacks on Tebow before the ball had been snapped in 2007. What did Urban Meyer do? He came out in 2008 and beat the Bulldogs to the tune of 49-10. If that weren't enough, Urban Meyer called two time outs with under a minute to go to bleed them slowly.
You can bet Florida will come out fired up for this game and take care of Tennessee, and humble Lane Kiffin.
Oh yeah, one more thing............ The game is at "The Swamp".
Revenge is a sweet motivating factor, and that's just what the 2009 Red River Shootout will bring for Texas.
On Oct. 11, 2008, Texas beat Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl, a neutral field, 45-35. However, in the midst of a three-way tie between Texas, Texas Tech, and The Sooners, the Big XII elected Oklahoma to play Missouri for the Big XII Title. That left many Longhorns upset. Texas will use this fuel to once again beat OU in 2009 behind quarterback Colt McCoy, as they try to win the Big XII outright.
Notre Dame will improve from their mediocre 7-6 season. Frankly, how can they not?
Below is Notre Dame's 2009 Schedule:
Sept. 5 NEVADA
Sept. 12 at Michigan
Sept. 19 MICHIGAN STATE
Sept. 26 at Purdue
Oct. 3 WASHINGTON
Oct. 10 Open Date
Oct. 17 USC
Oct. 24 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 31 vs. Washington State (at San Antonio, Texas)
Nov. 7 NAVY
Nov. 14 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 21 CONNECTICUT
Nov. 28 at Stanford
If seven regular season wins isn't achievable on that, then it's time to part ways with Charlie Weis.
I got another guarantee for you, if Notre Dame doesn't improve, it's not only goodbye Charlie, but possibly the whole staff.
Alabama and LSU are rivals. When Nick Saban elected to coach at Bama, that rivalry got bigger.
Since Nick Saban's arrival at Alabama, the games have been decided by a touchdown each, with LSU winning 41-34 in 2007, and The Tide winning 27-21 last year in a thriller. Not only does this add fuel for the showdown between the two, but the recruiting battle between the two this offseason was intense. The two battled hard for prospects, creating more animosity between the coaches and the fan base.
Alabama is poised to be great in 2009, so is LSU. The 2009 game may just decide the SEC west.