We are getting to that point where all the analysts are going to start breaking down schedules and stating who they think are gonna win conferences and national titles.
The one thing that is absolutely true about winning championships, you had better know how to beat teams you should beat, and you better win at home.
I went through the NCAA schedule and tried to find 10 FBS teams that I thought could run the table at home, and it was kind of hard. In my opinion this season will be as exciting as ever with more teams appearing to be bunched up at the top of their divisions.
So here is in my humble opinion, the list of teams to go undefeated at home in 2010.
271-69-7 All time at Jordan Hare Stadium
Longest streak 30 (1952-1961)
Auburn is everybody's popular upset pick to win the SEC West this year, and they will if they can win them all at home.
Their home slate is not easy at all. Home to LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, and South Carolina in the SEC doesn't smell of roses, but I think they can get it done. I think the Gamecocks give them their toughest game at home.
Outside the SEC ULM, Chatanooga, Arkansas St, and Clemson should all fall to the Tigers.
They are the only SEC team I feel has the chance to run the home slate.
215-49 All Time at Bronco Stadium
Longest Streak 44 (Current)
You cannot have this list without the boys from the blue turf who are an opening night win over Virginia Tech away from being a BCS title contender.
They haven't lost a regular season game on the blue turf since who knows when. They are loaded returning 21 of 22 starters. Plus they play in the Wac.
With that said the Broncos should handle Toledo, Louisiana Tech, Hawaii, Fresno, and Utah State. Their toughest game will be against Pac Ten favorite Oregon State.
I think the blue turf and atmosphere will be too much for what I think is going to be an over-rated Beavers team with an inexperienced QB.
46-38-1 All Time at Robertson Stadium
Streak (W 11)
Longest Streak (Current)
The Cougars are another popular BCS sleeper pick. They have one of the best offenses, led by Heisman candidate Case Keenum. The Cougars will undoubtedly put up points, and if they can stop people they may be looking at a Fiesta or Orange Bowl bash.
The home slate is pretty much a joke, with games against Texas St, Tulane, Mississippi State, UTEP, UCF, and Tulsa.
UCF and Tulsa will have the best chance to pull the upset, but I see no one coming close to knocking Houston off at Robertson.
349-78-15 All Time at Memorial Stadium
Streak (W 30)
Longest Streak (Current)
The Sooners have been great at home the last 5+ years. They have not lost at home since 2005. This year should be no different.
Landry Jones has a year under his belt at QB, the defense will be solid, and they should run the ball well.
Iowa State, Colorado, Texas Tech, Air Force, and Utah State should all go as wins. Florida State will be the only major challenge, but I think the Sooners will show the Seminoles how things are done, Boomer Sooner style.
224-161-16 All Time Record at Amon G. Carter Stadium
Longest Streak (2001-2004)
The Horned Frogs will once again be a top notch team in 2010 with a stellar defense and a well coached team under Gary Patterson.
They also have the benefit of a relatively easy home schedule, with Oregon State being the exception. But as I said earlier, a new, inexperienced QB could be the Beavers downfall.
TCU handles them, Baylor, Tenn Tech, Wyoming, BYU, Air Force and San Diego State to run the table.
? All Time Record at Movie Gallery Stadium
Longest Streak ?
Perhaps a surprise entry on the list comes to us from Alabama, but not the Alabama you're thinking of.
The Troy Trojans have quietly gone about their business year after year with the main constant being winning.
This year they only host 5 games, which pales in comparison to that of the big name schools, but anyway you look at it they are going to be better than those teams.
So Bowling Green, Arkansas State, UL Lafayette, FIU, and Western Kentucky, I am sorry but as the Russian from Rocky IV would say, "You will lose."
185-67-6 All Time at Lane Stadium
Longest Streak (1999-2001)
The Hokies come into 2010 with a veteran QB, two headed tailback monster, and a tough defense. It has all the makings of being one of Frank Beamer's best teams in recent memory.
James Madison, ECU, Central Michigan, Wake, Duke, and Virginia should all be laughers. The game to watch is a late season matchup with what appears to be a rebuilding Georgia Tech team.
Of course the neutral site game against Boise does not count as I see that one being a toss up.
123-48-4 All Time at Mountaineer Field
Longest Streak ?
West Virginia and Pitt appear to be the top dawgs in the Big East this season with each possessing a stud running back.
Noel Devine is that WVU stud, and he and his offensive line should feast on the home schedule that includes Coastal Carolina, Maryland, UNLV, USF, Syracuse, Cincy, and Rutgers.
I cannot see any of these squads coming into Morgantown and posting a victory. The Mountaineers are too good and the home foes are either too inferior, or too young.
87-32-3 at Cam Randall since 1990
Longest Streak (2005-2008)
Bucky could have his finest moment of the post Barry Alvarez era in 2010. A Heisman contending tailback, bruising O-line, and experienced quarterback will all help. It's the home slate that will help the most.
San Jose State, Austin Peay, and Arizona State pose no threat in the non conference. Minnesota and Indiana will be no match for the Badgers. Ohio State is a kicker along with Northwestern, but I am not too big on the Buckeyes on the road in the Big Ten. Bucky wins all 7 at home.
142-20 All Time at Grizzly Stadium
Longest Streak (1994-1997)
As I said in the opening, the FBS seems a bit too even, so I had to dig into the FCS a bit. I did not have to dig very far.
Montana is as dominant a program as any, having won nearly every game at Griz Stadium.
This year a veteran club will Kill Western State, handle Sacramento State, and run through Idaho St, No. Arizona, and No. Dakota. The big test comes in the finale against in state rival Montana State in what should be for the conference crown.
So that is my list.
What is yours?
Who is missing from my list in your opinion,except for 'Bama, Ohio State, and Nebraska?
I will say before anyone even posts those schools that they will not go unbeaten at home, this I guarantee.
As always, it's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Feel free to post your comments and check out all of my other Friday Tailgates to get you ready for the 2010 NCAA football season.