College Football Predictions: Who Will Win the Major Conferences?
The BCS system might be corrupt and cause coaches to have conniptions, but it is how the NCAA crowns its champion.
The power conferences are the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10, SEC, ACC and Big East. These teams will win their respective conferences and compete for the BCS National Championship.
Big 12: Oklahoma Sooners
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Since winning the 2000 National Championship, the Oklahoma Sooners have made three BCS Championship Games, winning none. They hope to change that fate in 2011.
While the loss of running back DeMarco Murray might hurt the Sooners offense, they will have one of the top QB/WR combos in America with QB Landry Jones throwing to WR Ryan Broyles.
Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes
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Even with a tumultuous offseason and controversy surrounding head coach Jim Tressel, Ohio State remains the team to beat in the Big Ten.
With six players, including QB Terrell Pryor, missing the first five games of the season, the Buckeyes will have their work cut out for them. Even so, their talent and depth will be too much for opponents to handle.
Pac-10: Oregon Ducks
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QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James will lead the Ducks to the Pac-10 Championship and a BCS bowl game.
Despite significant losses along their defensive line and in their linebacking corps, the Ducks offense should be potent enough to get them through games early on and give the defense time to develop.
SEC: Louisiana State University
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LSU will have tough competition in Alabama not just for the SEC title, but for the BCS National Championship. LSU will overcome the Alabama juggernaut with four returning offensive lineman to protect senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson.
Jefferson has the weapons to be effective, and with protection should finally be able to pull the unit together. Defense is rarely an issue for LSU. If Jefferson can answer the doubters, LSU will be ahead of Alabama at season's end.
ACC: Florida State Seminoles
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Head Coach Jimbo Fisher will try to parlay a successful 2010 campaign into another win-filled season that again puts Florida State among the country's elite programs.
Highly touted quarterback E.J. Manuel is somewhat of a question mark, but assuming he comes near fulfilling his potential, Florida State will have a potent offense in 2011.
Big East: West Virginia Mountaineers
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The Big East is the weakest BCS conference. Although the Mountaineers may struggle to receive a preseason Top 25 ranking, the team will be the favorite to win the Big East.
Geno Smith will benefit from offensive genius Dana Holgorsen's play calling. Smith will be one of the top players in the Big East, but with the loss of WR Jock Sanders and RB Noel Devine, Smith will have to adjust to new players carrying the load.