College Football Predictions 2011: Auburn's Title and 5 Things That May Go
The University of Southern California was stripped of their 2004 National Championship yesterday after the NCAA concluded their investigation of Reggie Bush's illegal actions.
Not only was USC stripped of their National Title, but the BCS ruling also vacated the results of the 2005 Orange Bowl. The BCS will even etch out USC's participation in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which USC lost to Texas, 41-38.
The university gave back their copy of Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy and Bush eventually relinquished his trophy as well.
Rumors swirled all season long about whether Cam Newton violated NCAA rules and if he was eligible to play. The allegations were eventually tied to his father, but will that change down the line? What will happen to Auburn's National Championship from 2010?
Here are five predictions of things that may go in 2011.
1: Terrelle Pryor
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Terrelle Pryor's godfather (and legal guardian) has stated that he believes Terrelle will remain an Ohio State Buckeye. Sorry, I am not buying it.
Pryor is already suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, and the coach that was able to recruit him away from Penn State and Pittsburgh is no longer around.
Pryor will follow (former) Coach Tressel and enter the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, if there is one. So far, there haven't been any applicants, and no deadline has been set for interested players to apply.
Look for this all this to be taken care of when the lockout is lifted and teams will be drooling over an athlete like Pryor. Many scouts have stated that he will not be a quarterback in the NFL, but he has all of the tools to be a number two or three wide receiver in the NFL.
Pryor will leave all of his troubles behind and spurn THE Ohio State University one more time.
Looking back, I'm really happy (valley) Pryor never signed with Penn State...
The Terrelle Pryor chapter of Buckeye history will come to an end when he enters the supplemental draft, but that's not all.
2: Ohio State's Reign Will End
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The Ohio State Buckeyes' reign as Big Ten powerhouse is as out of style as Jim Tressel's sweater vests. Tressel has the most BCS bowl game appearances (8) of any coach in history.
He also boasts the most BCS bowl wins in the coaching ranks. The scandal at Ohio State will forever taint Tressel's legacy, but there is no doubt that he was among the best, if not the best, college football coach in the country.
You simply do not replace the figurehead of your program a few months before the season starts and dominate. It just doesn't happen.
The Buckeyes have won at least a share of the Big Ten title in six of the last seven seasons. They have been the model of consistency in the extremely competitive conference.
Some national media have said this scandal was a "reality check" for Ohio State, but the impact of the NCAA's rulings will not be felt until the games are played.
The fans from Columbus and their beloved Buckeyes will meet their maker in 2011.
3: Auburn's 2010 National Championship
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Better celebrate that National Championship while you can, Gene Chizik, because the BCS will be on your tail for the next couple of years. Will the NCAA discover that Cam Newton did indeed know that his father was shopping him to other universities?
None of that will matter to Cam Newton, as he already was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Don't be shocked, Auburn Tiger's fans, if your BCS National Championship is stripped after all of the evidence that is collected against Cam Newton comes to light.
The Reggie Bush saga may just be the prequel to Cam Newton's tale.
4: Say It Ain't so Joe!
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Will 2011 be the last season on the sidelines for the man, the myth and the legend, Joe Paterno?
Quite simply, Joe Pa IS college football. One of the most beloved figures in the sport's history has been the head coach in Happy Valley since 1966. So why would Paterno, who has been coaching the Penn State Nittany Lions for 45 seasons, make 2011 his last?
Keep reading and I'll explain.
Paterno is already the first coach in FBS history to reach the 400-victory milestone, and he will retire with the most victories in FBS history. Paterno deserves to go out on top, and he will be able to do so in 2011.
Ohio State is in sheer turmoil, and Michigan State lost Greg Jones. Wisconsin and Nebraska lost key contributors as well. Paterno has two undefeated seasons under his belt, but 2011 will be remembered as his finest coaching job.
At 84 years of age, Paterno will lead an experienced group to the Big Ten title in 2011. A perfect way for one of the classiest sports figures in history to go out.
5: The Notre Dame Dark Age
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are finally ready to return to glory in 2011. The Notre Dame "Dark Ages" will seem like a distant memory after this season.
Notre Dame made the right choice when they pried Brian Kelly away from the University of Cincinnati. Kelly has an uncanny ability to get every bit of talent out of his players. He recruits quality talent that fits his schemes and quality people that he knows he can trust.
Kelly may have never been able to recruit some of the top talent in the country, but he has always been able to develop players to their full potential. Heck, he turned Tony Pike into a superstar, didn't he?
Kelly has won big everywhere he's coached, and he has done so with little resources. He even took Grand Valley State to two Division II National Championships when that program was more of a regional power.
He led the perennially poor Central Michigan Chippewa's to a MAC title. Cincinnati was always known as a basketball school, but incredibly he led the Bearcats to back-to-back BCS bids.
Brian Kelly will have more resources (and money) at his disposal at Notre Dame than he will know what to do with. Kelly has always been a winner wherever he has coached.
Brian Kelly will have Notre Dame fan's convinced that he was the right man for the job after the 2011 season.
The "Dark Ages" of Notre Dame football will be long gone.