Preseason Conference Predictions

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Preseason Conference Predictions
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Ok so the last time I did this was before the spring games. Now that’s all past and players have transferred and quit teams. Some have been kicked off others injured beyond a point of being able to return this season.

I have read numerous spring game reports and now some from the fall camps. I have read preview magazines this summer and watched some preview shows on tv. Then there was College Football Live almost everyday.

Its time to revisit and revise my predictions. Below are my predictions from March 30, 2009 followed by a note on what, if anything, I would change.

 

ACC - Virginia Tech

Atlantic

Florida State

Maryland

Boston College

North Carolina State

Wake Forest

Clemson

Coastal

Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech

Miami

North Carolina

Duke

Virginia

Overall leaving the ACC alone except I am higher on GT than VT so that’s my one difference.

Big East

West Virginia

Rutgers

South Florida

Cincinnati

Pitt

Connecticut

Louisville

Syracuse

To be honest I think my 1-4 are all pretty interchangeable. At this time I think I would move West Virginia down though and probably go with South Florida on top. Actually just flip flop the two.

Big Ten

Ohio State

Penn State

Michigan State

Iowa

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Northwestern

Michigan

Illinois

Purdue

Indiana

I would move Iowa up to three and move Michigan State down maybe behind Minnesota.

Big XII - Texas

North

Nebraska

Kansas

Missouri

Colorado

Kansas State

Iowa State

South

Texas

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Texas Tech

Baylor

Texas A&M

No changes for the Big XII.

CUSA - Houston

East

East Carolina

Southern Miss

UCF

UAB

Memphis

Marshall

West

Houston

Tulsa

UTEP

Rice

SMU

Tulane

No changes for Conference USA.

MAC - Central Michigan

East

Bowling Green

Buffalo

Temple

Akron

Miami (OH)

Ohio

Kent State

West

Central Michigan

Western Michigan

Northern Illinois

Ball State

Toledo

Eastern Michigan

At the time I wrote this, I will admit, I didn’t know a lot on the MAC. With that being said my new Mac East prediction is:

Akron

Kent State

Ohio

Temple

Buffalo

Bowling Green

Miami

This stems from actually doing some homework. Buffalo with what it is replacing, plus now losing Stark,s drops for me. BG is overhauling the D plus a new coach. Jarvis is healthier for Kent State. On the other side though I stand by my West predictions.

Mountain West

TCU

BYU

Utah

Air Force

UNLV

Colorado State

New Mexico

Wyoming

San Diego State

No Mountain West changes.

Pac 10

Oregon

USC

Oregon State

Arizona

Cal

Stanford

Arizona State

UCLA

Washington

Washington State

So it may be the homer in me but I’m gonna stand by my Pac 10 predictions.

SEC - Florida

East

Florida

Georgia

South Carolina

Tennessee

Vanderbilt

Kentucky

West

Ole Miss

Alabama

LSU

Arkansas

Auburn

Miss St

No SEC changes

Sun Belt

Troy

FAU

ULL

Middle Tennessee

Arkansas State

FIU

ULM

Western Kentucky

North Texas

I think Troy stays on top but I like what Arkansas State has going on so I say move them to the two spot. I now would flip flop ULM and ULL. So that now looks like:

Troy

Arkansas State

FAU

ULM

Middle Tenn

FIU

ULL

WK

NT

WAC

Boise State

Nevada

Louisiana Tech

Fresno State

Hawaii

San Jose State

Utah State

Idaho

New Mexico State

No changes in the WAC

There you have it my official call for the 2009 season. I reserve the right to edit this up to Sept 3,2009 before any games are played.

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