Can you believe it that CFB is almost here already?? Can't wait to see all the teams, bands, fans, and crazy happenings. Craig has already looked at the NFL top five surprises and now he is looking at College Football 2009.
Very interesting year as some of the teams that have been struggling recently will really improve this year. Craig even has two prominent programs taking a huge downturn this year as part of his surprises.
1. Oregon Ducks: USC has owned the PAC 10 for years but this year Oregon will take over. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and tailback LeGarrette Blount will both be the key to getting this team into national championship contention.
This team will put up ridiculous points and with a favorable schedule make them a PAC 10 winner, and if all shakes out well, a National Championship contender.
2. Michigan Wolverines: No, I did not fall and hit my head. I do believe that the maize and blue will be so much better and really have a chance to finish in the top three of the big ten. The Big Ten is just not very good this year and Coach Rod's system has always won in his second year at a school. This team will be bowling with at a minimum eight wins and really could see up to 10 wins for them.
3. Georgia Bulldogs: Success has spoiled the Bulldog fans but don't be surprised when this team finishes with less than nine wins this season. As always, the SEC will be the best top-to-bottom football conference, and Georgia will be in the pack but not at the top!
4.Oklahoma State: This is the season that OSU goes from being pretty good Big XII team to national powerhouse. The best trio of offensive players in the country with Quarterback Zac Robinson, tailback Kendall Hunter, and receiver Dez Bryant.
Defense is usually the question with this team but if they improve just a little bit this team will win the Big XII. Dez Bryant has a real chance to walk away with the Heisman Trophy if he stays healthy this season.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide: This team will struggle this year. Don't be surprised if this team really comes out slow with a rebuilt offensive line and new QB. This team was manhandled in the Sugar Bowl really exposing the lack of team speed.
The SEC is so good and see this team as fourth or fifth best team in league at best. Coach Saban should be happy if he gets to nine wins this year. Fans will be disappointed and really surprised when this team finishes several games back in the SEC!
College football will be here before we know it and there will be teams that over and under achieve that is the fun of each college football season.