Were almost there, the start of the most exciting college football season is right around the corner! The biggest talk this offseason was about the returning quarterbacks from Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma. Those being Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, and Sam Bradford. These 3 players made big decisions and chose to stay another year in college, and battle for a national championship. These three teams will be exciting to follow and watch this season, but besides these teams you still have USC to consider, who year in and year out continues to play well and compete for a national championship. I believe everyone can agree by saying this season is going to be wild, dramatic, confusing (as usual), and most of all, alot of fun! Here are my predictions on the four big teams to watch out for, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and USC, and what I believe will happen come bowl season. I'll also be talking about some sleeper teams and Sleeper Heisman contenders as well.
Let's start off with the strongest conference from top to bottom in college football, the SEC. This conference is probably the easiest one to predict besides the Pac 10. I couldn't see anyone winning this conference besides the Florida Gators. Florida is returning the best player and leader in college football, Tim Tebow, and they have the second best coach in the nation, Urban Meyer (Pete Carroll being #1). It also helps that almost half the team will be upper classmen as well. The only semi-tough game Florida has during the season is at L.S.U. but I still believe they will get past that game and make the SEC championship. They will face off against Ole Miss because Ole Miss has Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, and Alabama all at home this season. Ole Miss' toughest game on the road is at Auburn, and Auburn isn't the same football team they used to be. Ole Miss also has returning star quarterback Jevan Snead. Ole Miss is my sleeper team to win the SEC but, I believe Florida will beat them in the SEC championship game which will automatically punch the Gator's ticket to the National Championship once again.
Next up, the most exciting league this year in college football, the Big 12. When I look at the Big 12 their are two teams that jump out at me, those being Oklahoma and Texas. These are two of the best offenses in the country and they can hit you in the jaw from any direction, whether it be in the air, or on the ground. Oklahoma is returning last years heisman trophy winner, quarterback Sam Bradford, and they still have key returning playmakers, those being DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown in the backfield, and the most talented tight end in the country, Jermaine Gresham. Texas on the other hand has Colt McCoy leading the offense again this season along with his favorite target and college roomate Jordan Shipley. Texas is solid all around this season and they also have a huge chip on their shoulder after watching two teams they beat in the regular season play for the Big 12 crown last year. Oklahoma is only returning one starting offensive lineman which makes me worry about Bradford and the pass protection. After Texas getting snubbed last year, I feel like this will be their second chance to redeem themselves and they will take full advantage of it, and prove to the country they deserve to win the Big 12. I feel that Texas will win the Big 12 conference and my sleeper team that I believe could win the Big 12 is Oklahoma St.
The Pac 10 has struggled these last few years to show any real competition. But USC always stands out to everyone and they continue to be dominant every year. USC has won the Pac 10 the last 7 years and they continue to be the most consistant college football team in the last decade. They return the best Safety in the country and maybe even the best defensive player, Taylor Mays. USC has bone crushing hitters, one of those that jumps out being Mays, and they also have an experienced secondary which will give offenses fits this season. USC has key returners to the offense as well, first with the runningbacks, Joe McKnight, C.J. Gable, and Stafon Johnson. Those three runningbacks running in and out will tire out teams. They have experienced recievers coming back as well, one of those recievers being a top 5 reciever in the nation, Damian Williams. The only positions that might worry the Trojans are the quarterback position and the linebacker position. But, they always have great recruits who have no problem stepping into the big roles. Pete Carroll is confident in whoever the Quarterback will be, most likely being Aaron Corp. Pete is also thrilled about the new core of young linebackers. He has said that they are wild hitters, quick to the ball, and smarter then most of the linebackers he has had in the past. I don't see anybody stopping USC this season in the Pac 10 and I believe the men of troy will win their 8th straight Pac 10 title this season, which will automatically give them a Rose Bowl bid at the least.
After going over these major teams, and seing how the BCS system has worked in these past years, I believe Florida and Texas will be playing for the National Championship. I know, boring right! Not so fast my friend, the journey of those two teams getting their is going to be a thriller. This season will be unlike any other and I look forward to the excitement and drama this year has to offer.
Rose Bowl- USC over Ohio State
Sugar Bowl- Oklahoma over West Virginia
Fiesta Bowl- Ole Miss over Oklahoma State
Orange Bowl- Penn State over Virginia Tech
Sleeper Teams for BCS bowls- Rutgers, East Carolina, and South Florida.
1. Colt McCoy QB Texas
2. Tim Tebow QB Florida
3. Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
4. Terrel Pryor QB Ohio State
5. Javhid Best RB CAL
3 sleepers for heisman- Julio Jones WR Alabama, Zac Robinson QB Oklahoma State, and Taylor Mays S USC.