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College Football: The Real 2008 Championship Contenders

David KuykendallCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2008

So there I was, bored and looking for something to do, when I suddenly remembered that football starts in only one month! So I immediately began to wonder: Who's gonna win it all this year?

So i researched a little bit and did a schedule check, and I came up with four teams who can and very possibly might run the table.

1. West Virginia

They have a pretty tough schedule, so if they go undefeated they shouldn't have to worry about being jumped in the polls. The offense, led by QB Pat White and last year's freshmen sensation Noel Devine, will be what steers this Mountaineer team towards a national championship.

While they have a new coach, I doubt they will miss a beat, given that he was already a part of the staff. Plus, with defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel still in Morgantown, i doubt the defense will not have another top-20 season in 2008.

West Virginia will also be adding a few freshmen on both sides of the ball, but the newcomer to watch out for is sophomore Juco transfer Terrence Kerns from Maryland. He's 230, runs a 4.4, and could very well be the next Herschel Walker.

2. Oklahoma

With an experienced staff and a returning QB in Sam Bradford who broke a few freshmen records last year, we could see another Big 12 championship as well as a title bid for the Sooners. Despite the loss of Malcolm Kelly, I expect their receiving core to have another strong year. The Sooners also have a solid defense and a good schedule.

3. USC

They would have been my No. 2 team if they didn't have Ohio State scheduled, but they still hold the No. 3 spot and that's nothing to be ashamed of. With Marc Sanchez leading the Trojans' talented offense, Pete Carroll can earn a BCS ring if he can guide the Trojans through the Pac-10 schedule and against a tough OSU team. While the Trojans may have lost some amazing defensive players, they have some pretty good replacements.

4. Virginia Tech

This spot could have gone to a number of teams, but the one I think has the best chance to run the table is Virginia Tech due to their talented QB and weak schedule. With Matt Ryan gone from BC, Virginia may be the only contender against the Hokies for the ACC crown and an early top-15 spot in the polls could be all the Hokies need to crawl past the various upsets and disappointments as the season progresses.

here are a few surprise teams to check out also. USF, AU, MIZZ, and KU

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