Thursday Mailbag: Who My No. 1 Team for This Season Is (and More)

Lisa Horne@LisaHornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterMay 23, 2013

Apr 20, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fan shows her support for her team during the annual A-Day game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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It is Thursday, and that means it is time to open the mailbag. 

With fewer than 100 days until college football kicks off on August 29, the fever is starting to infect fans. We're more than halfway to the finish line. It is time to take your team sweatshirt out of the mothballs and start dusting off your pom-poms. 

Frederick Gibson asks the first question. 

For clarity, I asked Frederick if "next season" refers to this fall. He replied that it did, so that clears that up. Now to answer the question. 

I am a defense-oriented broad. I believe great defense wins championships—are you sensing where I will be going here?—and so do great coaches. It is important to have talent on a team, but the head coach determines how well that talent develops. 

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is the best football coach in the country. He develops talent better than most, although Boise State's Chris Petersen is high on my list. 

If you give Saban 30 days to draw up a game plan to beat another team, he is almost unbeatable. And that is about how much time he will have between winning the SEC Championship and playing for the BCS Championship.

I'm picking Alabama to beat Ohio State in the BCS Championship. I like Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer, and I believe his team will go 13-0 and win the Big Ten. But the Buckeyes' defense needs to improve. 

Maybe Ohio State's defense will light it up this year. At this point, it's all a guessing game, except for Alabama's defense. It will be asphyxiating.

Lori asked a question about UCLA. 

The quarterback situation at UCLA is locked and loaded. For the first time in years, there is no question who will start. Brett Hundley will be the Bruins' field general. 

As far as his backup, that remains a question mark. T.J. Millweard is probably the No. 2 guy, but incoming freshman Asiantii Woulard deserves a hard look. He's athletic but lacks experience at quarterback.

If Hundley gets hurt, UCLA will be in trouble. Mike Fafaul, Devin Fuller and Jerry Neuheisel are listed as reserves, but they have yet to attempt a collegiate pass. 


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