Yung Gunz Sports and BR writer Will Osgood have conversation about the upcoming 2009-10 college football season. This conversation includes predictions, sleepers, and conference outlooks.
YGS: I believe the best conference this year will continue to be the Big 12, although losing all talent from Texas Tech, they still have plenty left. This of course including Heisman winner QB Sam Bradford and Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant and RB Kendal Hunter. And you can forget Texas and their Heisman candidate QB Colt McCoy, all three of those teams could make a BCS game.
Osgood: I agree, the Big 12 should repeat as the nation's top conference and have depth throughout their league. I also like Kansas this year to have abreak out season, and like you said, you can't ignore the talent coming back from the Big 12.
YGS: I like QB Bradford to repeat again this year, he isn't losing much offensive weapons and has another year of experience under his belt. Of course, no one would be surprised to see Florida's Tim Tebow win Heisman yet again. If a QB weren't to win it this year, look for WR Dez Bryant to be at the top of the Heisman list, if healthy.
Osgood: I would have to disagree, I think there is a lot of talent coming back this year at QB, but I think the quarter backs might cancel themselves out of competition for the Heisman. I think it's the year of the Running Back. I would say for a out of the blue running back to take Heisman come this season.
YGS: The SEC can definitely take the top spot as the nation's number one conference, and most likely Florida will be on top. I like the Gators to repeat as the SEC Champs, but wouldn't be surprised if another SEC team snuck in. I like LSU and Ole Miss this year to possibly upset some teams and make it into the top rankings. At the end, I still like Florida, they are too powerful and are basically the same team coming back from last year (except Harvin).
Osgood: I agree, Florida is too strong and will most likely win the conference. I think Ole Miss could get up there, and don't forget about Alabama. They made to a BCS game last year and are coming back strong on offense.
YGS: The Night in Happy- Valley could decide this year's Big Ten Champion. Ohio State will play PSU for would could be the Big Ten Championship game. I like PSU to repeat this year as the Big Ten Champs. QB D. Clark is coming back and could have a Heisman like year. A strong defense will also be back this season. Ohio St. could definitely contend, but I think they lost too many key players (LB Larunitus & RB Chris Wells).
Osgood: That will most likley happen, but I think the Spartans could upset and win the conference this year. Although they lost RB Javon Ringer, they are a much improved team and have made the right adjustments to contend for the Big Ten title.
YGS: I would have to disagree, MSU lost their entire offense in Ringer and starting QB Bryan Hoyer. They also lost top defensive player O. Wiley. They didn't get a top 15 recruiting class, so they arn't coming back strong. They did, however, strengthen their depth at defense and their schedule (not playing Ohio St.) does strengthen their odds at becoming a top Big Ten team. I just don't think the QB's will be strong at all, and they looked very weak with their running attack this off season.
YGS: I have to stay with my original pick and pick Oregon as this years sleeper. Although they lost their first game (19-8 vs Boise St.) and RB L. Blount is out for season (obvious reasons) they still have a strong team. Quarterback Jeremiah masoli looked very talented last year, especially in their bowl victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They may stumble at first, but come conference play, the Ducks could become unstoppable and maybe pull off an upset over the Trojans.
Osgood: I like Kansas to be this year's sleeper team. They have talent behind the QB and finished very strong in the second half of their season last year. They may get some surprise victories this year in the Big 12, and will show the top teams that they can't look past the Kansas Jayhawks this season.
YGS: After an embarrass season last year, the Wolverines have had the most success in the offseason. They acquired freshman QB's Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. They also have Captain Brandon Minor coming back this year. They fired the Defensive coordinator and signed a new one. They should show much improvement this season and after looking closely at their schedule, I think Michigan will most likely go 7-5 this year. With 9-3 at the best and 6-6 at the worst.
Osgood: They couldn't have gotten much worse then last year. They can only improve. I would predict them to go 6-6 this year. They aren't a whole different team, then last year. The Freshman QB's are that, Freshman. I think that they will get back on stride and return to a bowl game this year. They are still a work in progress, but the losing records should come to a d halt this year.
National Championship Predictions:
YGS: Once the BCS National Championship game starts, there will be a rematch. I like Oklahoma to come out of the Big 12 undefeated and for Florida to also reach the top of the BCS rankings. Sam Bradford has been waiting all year for a rematch and gets his revenge in this game. I Like Oklahoma to become this years National Champions.
*Yung Gunz Sports (YGS) interview with Writer and Recruiter Will Osgood
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