It may seem a bit premature, but the 2010-11 College Football Season is slowly creeping up on us and I'm ready to roll out my prediction of the final BCS Rankings of the 2010-11 season.
I'm just going to run down the top 10 teams and a recap of their bowl game and some notable wins and losses. I mean, after all, who doesn't love a good ol' fashioned championship prediction?
Texas comes into the 2010 season with the BCS Championship loss to Alabama squarely on their mind.
But this is a new season and the future of Garrett GIlbert is so bright, I may need to buy some new Oakleys. As is the case for any young player, however, there will be speed bumps.
For instance, the Longhorns had a myriad of turnovers in their first and only loss against Texas A&M where Gilbert threw three interceptions.
Not to be overshadowed were the high moments of the 'Horns season where they defeated a steady Nebraska team with a solid defense 28-24.
Nonetheless, the Longhorns held tough and were overpowered in their Orange Bowl match-up against Va. Tech and went on to fall 31-17.
Oh Boise... While many have this team tagged as the "Dream Team" that will be the first non-BCS team to play in the National Championship, I don't see it. In fact, I see that dream going out the window in their opening game on September 6th against Virginia Tech.
The Broncos will be overpowered by the Hokies and this Va. Tech team will realize that all it will take to defeat the Broncos is a heavy dose of Ryan Williams and Darren Evans, with a dash of Tyrod Taylor play-action.
The Broncos lethargic performance leaves a lasting impression on the voters and the computers and they are almost dropped out of the Top 25.
Even with winning out the rest of the season, the best the Broncos can do is get inside the Top 12 to reach a BCS Bowl Berth in the Sugar Bowl against Florida, where they would go on to lose a shootout 45-42.
Although they were practically one second away from dismantling Texas' National Championship birth and heading to Tempe, Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. The Cornhuskers couldn't close the deal and ended up losing that Big 12 Championship 13-12.
So with a nice amount of starters returning for a Bo Pelini coached team it's reasonable to expect a solid season, right?
The Corn Chuckers were singing hymns of joy this season until a game against the Longhorns of Texas changed the direction. With an undefeated season at stake the Longhorns were albe to take down the 'Huskers 28-24.
This wouldn't be a lasting trend as Coach Pelini got his players back on the winning track as they won out to the Big 12 Championship game where they defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 24-14.
From there the 'Huskers earned a Fiesta Bowl bid against the Bearcats of Cincinnati. However a potent Cincy offense was just too much for Nebraska as they fell 24-17.
With Cincinnati being the creme de la creme of the Big East for the past two years, and despite losing their coach to that one school up in South Bend the Bearcats are still standing strong.
The Bearcats had one of the top offenses in the nation last season and though they graduated their top performers in Tony Pike and Mardy Gilyard to the NFL there are plenty of ready backups who had solid playing time last year that have risen to the call.
For instance Zach Collaros filled in for an injured Tony Pike last season and his meaningful playing time and rapport with Aroldis Bends proved solid.
The Bearcats were looking at perfection but a loss to UCONN was a blemish that kept the 'Cats away from a possible National Championship run, but a Fiesta Bowl bid was very graciously accepted in Coach Jones' first season as the Head Coach.
The Fiesta Bowl hosted the Bearcats and the Cornhuskers of Nebraska in what seemed to be one of the more intriguing match-ups of the Bowl Season.
Cincinnati rides the momentum of their stud QB Zach Collaros and defeats the 'Huskers in a well fought game 24-17.
The Iowa Hawkeyes 2010 was a lot like 2011. As a matter of face, it may have been too similar as the Hawkeyes ended their run to the National Championship in the last week with a loss to Ohio State... again.
But to focus on the good, Ricky Stanzi established himself as a contender for the Heisman and even finished in the Top 5 in voting.
Marvin McNutt established himself as a legitimate target and made himself into a 1st round pick at the wide receiver position.
However, despite all the good, the Hawkeyes season was capped with a 31-17 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl.
Hokie Hokie High was running full force in the 2010 season and Ryan Williams and Darren Evans were a big reason for that.
The Hokies lone loss during the regular season was to a solid Miami team that would even top Va. Tech in the final rankings.
With Tyrod Taylor leading the Hokies to a 31-17 win over Texas in the FedEx Orange Bowl the expectations for Frank Beamer's first National Championship only grow for the 2011 season.
It's hard to imagine the Florida Gators without #15 in the huddle leading this team on, but as it is said, the show must go on.
John Brantley steps in at QB for the Gators and he leads this team to an almost perfect season, hence the almost.
Brantley is leading his team down for the winning field goal against Alabama in their matchup but, instead of becoming the hero, Brantley throws an interception to Donta Hightower and the Bammers roll on as the Gator Train takes a halt.
The Gators recovered and were led by Brantley to a Sugar Bowl birth. Florida battled the Boise State Broncos and in this shoot-out the Gators emerged victorious 45-42.
With the Lane Kiffin era being ushered into Hollywood, many are expecting great things from USC; However, many didn't see success coming this fast for the young Trojans.
Matt Barkley transformed from John David Booty to Mark Sanchez in the span of one season and vaulted himself to being a Heisman finalist along with Mark Ingram and Terrelle Pryor.
USC suffered one loss to Oregon, but fired back with domination of the rest of the Pac-10 and that led to yet another Rose Bowl berth. Seems as if I've seen this before...
The Trojans, then, were in the fight of their lives as RIcky Stanzi and the Iowa Hawkeyes ran out to a 14-0 lead in the Rose Bowl. But not to be outdone the Trojans outscored the Hawkeyes 31-3 after the 1st quarter and went on to win 31-17.
To the surprise of many, I don't think Alabama will repeat as National Champions. I think they will run the table and have a perfect season up until they meet a certain team in the National Title Game.
Florida will be a close win for the Tide, as will be Tennessee and Auburn, as both are looking out for revenge.
But the Tide aren't able to garner a Heisman or another Championship as they fall in the Championship game 35-31.
And now to announce the 2010 NCAAF Champion...
Here they are, the Sweater Vest returns to claim yet another Championship.
Perhaps it was the storybook year that Terrelle Pryor had that eventually led to him garnering the Heisman Trophy.
Perhaps it was Cameron Heyward and his outstanding defensive presence that consistently pumped the Bucks defense to timely stands.
Perhaps it was just destiny.
No matter what way you look at it, you still see that Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes are the 2010 National Champions with a perfect season. Prepare the hype for Vince Young 2.0...