Ten "Sexy" College Football Streaks That Will Be Snapped in 2010
All good things must come to an end.
And for some college football teams, that end is near. In fact, that date lies in the anticipated upcoming season where hearts will be broken, trophies will be handed over, and dynasties may very well fall in 2010.
When you think streaks, you think rivalries, stadiums, and championships. Although sometimes it seems as if things are too good to be true, one day those impressive feats come crashing down thanks to the single greatest aspect of any sport—the underdog.
Watching these same streaks develop is just half of the fun. Watching them be erased from the record books is the other half that serves not only as entertainment, but as motivation.
So let's take a look at what's at stake and who can dethrone these 10 streak-bearers in 2010.
Oklahoma's 30-Game Home Winning Streak
Home-field advantage. Nothing beats it—especially if you're riding a 30-game winning streak at your place.
Oklahoma currently holds the nation's longest such streak and will look to continue dominating competition at home in 2010. Although the streak doesn't touch that of '85-'94 Miami Hurricanes (57 straight at home), it will be tough to beat them in Norman this year, with or without Sam Bradford.
Luckily for Bob Stoops' program, the Sooners have gotten the job done at the Oklahoma Memorial in order to hold the record until their next loss at home. But when will that loss finally come?
The season kicks off with an easy matchup with Utah State but will be followed by a visit from the new-look Seminoles of Florida State. Jimbo Fisher's squad may have the best chance to knock the Sooners off at home in 2010.
After Week Two, not much elite competition will make a trip into the Memorial. Texas Tech will pose the second-biggest threat to the streak on Nov. 13.
OSU's Six-Game Winning Streak vs. Michigan
"The Game" is one of the most anticipated matchups each season no matter what the records of each program are.
Ohio State, on a six-game winning streak against the Wolverines, has had the upper hand as of late. However, this is a rivalry. In fact, it may be the greatest sports rivalry in North America.
Because of that, motivation will be higher than ever for this underdog, Rich Rodriguez-led team to finally put an end to its Buckeye-fueled misery.
Although Ohio State will probably come into the contest as a large favorite, especially with the game taking place in Columbus, you can never underestimate a Michigan team. Last year's duel ended up in a 21-10 Buckeye victory, with the scoreboard not showing exactly how close this one could have been.
It'll take a lot to go right for the Wolverines and a few mishaps by Tressel's elite, but it has to end sometime, right?
Sophomores Winning the Heisman Trophy
What do Mark Ingram, Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow all have in common?
They all won the Heisman trophy as sophomores.
Many would think that the award would be favored to those who have paid their dues in college football, preparing to leave school after four years for a monster first-round NFL contract. However, a new underclassman trend has been set as of late.
This year, though, don't expect the same.
There aren't any hugely impactful sophomores-to-be lurking in 2010 ready to take home Mr. Heisman himself. The top sophomore candidate would most likely be former freshman sensation Ryan Williams.
The problem here is that the year of the sophomores looked to be in '09. Now juniors, guys like Terrelle Pryor, Jacory Harris, Kellen Moore, and John Clay will all be candidates this year.
Then again, who expected the season Ingram posted last year during his Heisman campaign?
National Championship for Teams in the Big Six Conferences Only
Believe it or not, 2010 will be the year that a non-Big Six team finally gets into the nation's biggest matchup.
Cries for Boise State, TCU, and Utah to get a crack at the ring has been echoing for years now.
The Broncos may very well be the best team in the country, and if they go undefeated, they deserve a chance to win a national championship. They have proven their consistency (although on blue turf) and have earned the right to play in the battle for No. 1.
Don't forget about the Horned Frogs, either. They have proven to be an under-the-radar team and can end up near the top if an undefeated season is in the works again. However, they will most likely need some help from the big dogs.
Guaranteeing a ring isn't fair this early on in the year, but Boise State or TCU will become the first non-Big Six team to make an appearance in the BCS national championship.
South Division Six-Time Repeating Big 12 Champion
Known for their deep southern-style of football, the Big 12 consistently fields elite teams that always find a way to make an impact on the national scene.
Although it is looked at as one big conference, the Big 12 is divided into two divisions—North and South.
For most of the history of the conference, the South has taken home the conference crown thanks mostly in part to Texas and Oklahoma. The past six years, these two have taken the conference championship game for the Southerners.
However, 2010 may be a different story, thanks to one team geographically located with the Northerners, but on the talent level of the Southerners. That team is the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
If they can put together a successful season and find their way into the Big 12 championship, there is no reason Nebraska can't contend for the crown in the end.
Florida-Alabama SEC Championship Meeting
Florida and Alabama have ruled the SEC the past two years, along with being conference champions.
Led by two of college football's elite, the Gators and the Tide always seem to be a notch above the rest of the playing field, save LSU.
In '08 it was Florida coming out on top, and in '09 it was the eventual national champions in Alabama. Now a year later, will they still remain above everyone else?
Florida loses a good amount of talent, including Tim Tebow himself. They won't be the nation's top team, but don't expect them to fall too far from the tree.
Alabama returns a large portion of the ring-winning roster, so it's a safe bet they will be contending for another national championship along with a conference ring as well.
LSU, Georgia, and Arkansas pose the biggest threat to both of the top dogs. If they can win the games they are supposed to while pulling off an upset against either foe, you will see one of these three teams in the SEC championship.
And I, for one, wouldn't mind just that.
USC's Eight-Game Winning Streak vs. Notre Dame
As a Notre Dame fan, I am constantly hearing the promise that "this is the year that the Irish finally beat USC."
Frankly, it's going to happen sometime. So until it does, year after year, USC fans will have to deal with the annoyance of the claim.
So why can't the eight-game USC winning streak be halted in 2010?
Of course, the Irish field plenty of questions, and maybe none bigger than their first-year starting quarterback's recovering ACL. It's hard to tell exactly how good Brian Kelly's team will be, but anyone who has witnessed the work of Kelly knows he will get the most out of his roster.
On the other side of the argument, the Trojans also are in the first year of the Kiffin era and will also pose some interesting question marks come the fall.
Just like the Irish had a great opportunity to end the streak in '09, this year looks to present yet another good one.
Ohio State Five-Time Repeating Big Ten Champions
In the 2000s, Ohio State has become the pride and joy of Big Ten football. Since '05, the Buckeyes have been the repeating champions.
But that all changes in 2010.
With the likes of Iowa, Penn State, and even Wisconsin lurking behind Jim Tressel's Red Army, this is the year that the streak ends and a new champion is named.
Although Ohio State will field yet another elite group of football players, there is too much talent around the conference for them to run through it again.
Iowa, drawing the luckiest of the home slates, is set up nicely to make a run at the title. With Ricky Stanzi healed, look for the Hawkeyes to make even more noise in 2010.
Penn State will get a chance to knock off the defending champs, unlike the Badgers. The champion will be named based on the ability to win games that should be won and their match-ups between the "Big Four."
Look for Iowa to get revenge at home for their 27-24 overtime loss to Ohio State last year in Columbus. With a win, a title may be in the works for the Hawkeyes.
Offensive Players Winning the Heisman
Let's start off by stating that of all 10 of these possible ending streaks, this is the most far-fetched.
So why did it manage to squeak its way on the list, you ask? Well, when a statement needs to be made, a statement needs to be made.
There has been exactly one defensive player that has taken home Mr. Heisman's hardware at the end of the year. And even though Charles Woodson did it in 1997, he wasn't just a defensive back. In addition, he had a huge impact on the return games, attaching his name to stats that are usually acquainted with those of the offensive superstars.
Last season was a prime example of a star on the other side of the football not even having a realistic chance at the trophy.
Ndamukong Suh was the best player in college football, and although he was invited to the Big Apple to partake in the presentation, everyone knew his 300-pound plus frame was being used to simply fill a seat.
Defenders deserve realistic Heisman consideration. Stars like Greg Romeus, Da'Quan Bowers, and even a cornerback like Patrick Peterson should be shown some love if they have a record-breaking year in 2010.
SEC Winning the National Championship
First it was Florida. Then Les Miles and Co. followed. After the Gators made their return, Alabama joined the party late.
For the past four years, the SEC has dominated the national championship, going into 2010 with a four-game winning streak as a conference in the biggest game in the land.
With Alabama appearing to be the favorite to take home the hardware again this year, the question that will be asked by many will be "Who will dethrone the SEC in 2010?"
With Tim Tebow finally moving on in life, Florida will take a small step back in the early national championship discussion while searching for a new identity. In addition, LSU looks to have a very good football team for the upcoming year, but maybe not one that could be labeled quite yet as "elite."
Boise State returns as one of the top three teams in the nation behind Kellen Moore's signal-calling. In the state where things are always bigger, Texas and TCU may also make a run at the trophy.
From the Big Ten, Ohio State will begin the season as a top-five ranked team, and if Terrelle Pryor plays like an upperclassmen, another ring for Jim Tressel may be on its way.
The Big 12 also poses some big threats in the Longhorns, Oklahoma, and Nebraska—all of which are teams that, if their schedule allows them to, can all make a run at being No. 1.