10 College Football Predictions

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIAugust 31, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs down field against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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1. Wisconsin - with Montee Ball as running back —will win the Big Ten despite the fact that everyone's talking up the likes of Nebraska. Ohio State and Michigan will be the dark horses for the division —although everyone's eyes on the Big Ten is going to be on Penn State's Week 2 matchup with Alabama. Alabama is a nailed-on favorite. Sadly, we'd tend to agree.

2. Oregon - losing cornerback/punt returner Cliff Harris to suspension will lose to LSU on the opening day of the season in an absolute classic. Everyone's talking up the speed on Oregon's offense and speedy diminutive running back LaMichael James, but they don't have an offensive line that can deal with LSU's defence, which is as solid as they come.

Plus, and here's the kicker, LSU might be without quarterback Jordan Jefferson (also due to suspension). LSU's solid running game is going to absolutely pound Oregon's defense and not give the offense the chance to get on the field. Oregon might be able to score quickly, but LSU is pretty darned good too. Maybe that's because both teams are No. 4 and No. 5 in the nation.

3. Saying all of this, Oregon will win the Pac-12 and earn a spot in the Rose Bowl. Here's the reason: They are the best team in the league. However, USC's a very, very good dark horse and QB Matt Barkley's going to be a solid NFL player. Plus, their cheerleaders have already got the National Championship sewn up!

4. Oklahoma will win the Big XII. Landry Jones is a great quarterback, and Ryan Broyles is going to punish every defense he plays at wide receiver. Yes kids, he's that good. Oklahoma is top-ranked in the nation.

5. Now that Miami has been beset by problems, we think it's going to be Florida State who wins the ACC this year, beating Virginia Tech in the title game.

6. For those of you who care about the Big East in anything other than basketball, West Virginia will win the conference. So there you go.

7. College football was completely disrupted by Texas A&M's decision to go to the SEC. Texas A&M's move to the SEC continues some seismic shifts in college football, that at the end of the day, creates some super conferences that no one will enjoy. Why? It's all about the TV money. Stupid.

Frankly, we're stunned that the SEC would take Texas A&M, because we think they would be a pretty forgettable SEC player with a TV market (i.e. teams that are interested) who only cares about Texas A&M Football. If we're honest, Texas is the biggest team in Texas. Texas will then announce a decision to play Notre Dame on Thanksgiving, screwing up one of the best rivalry games of the Thanksgiving weekend.

8. Speaking of the SEC, the competition continues to be absolutely outrageous in football's best conference. We know that people don't like us saying it (we were accused of "drinking the Kool-Aid" by a writer we know after a pro-SEC article written for Sky Sports.com), but it's still the most competitive conference if you ignore Vanderbilt, Kentucky and (this year) Ole Miss, who are going to be forgettable.

Anyway, in the SEC East we think South Carolina despite losing to Georgia on the second week of the season, will (because they'll beat Florida and Florida once again) get their revenge against Georgia in the "Biggest Cocktail Party In The World."
In the SEC West, it's not easy to choose between Alabama, LSU and dark horse Mississippi State (we still can't believe we're saying this). Auburn won't compete for a title (after losing Cameron Newton to the NFL this year), but they'll be competitive.
We're going with Alabama, because their talented running back Trent Richardson and their defensive talent is absolutely frightening. Plus, Nick Saban (or "Satan," as he's known in some college football circles), is one of the best coaches in the sport.

9. Winning the SEC will be Alabama. There you go there. That'll make sure Alabama goes to the National Championship Game....

10. Where they will be playing Oklahoma in the National Title Game.....And beat them.