2011 College Football It Could Happen: 17 Bold Predictions

David HedlindAnalyst IISeptember 1, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers runs down field against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Since 2008, I began to make 17 bold predictions on the upcoming college football season. While I am sure I have a losing record in these, it won’t stop me from making more.

Here we go with the 2011 set:

1. Heisman invites per conference—two Pac-12, one SEC, one Mountain West. That's all. 

2. One of the big name coaches currently not with a team will have a job before the season ends. 

3. Some coach on no ones hot seat list will be out by week nine. 

4. Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley will again lead the nation in interceptions. Cliff Harris and John Boyett at Oregon will lead as a combo. 

5. The Big-Ten will change the names of the divisions known as Legends and Leaders (this is less of a prediction and more what I hope happens).

6. Conference realignment will shift to the 14 team conference and not quite to the 16 team model just yet. 

7. No major FCS upsets. Beware of the Sun Belt.

8. Despite popular belief, the Mountain West will prove to be really no different than what the WAC was with the departure of Utah and BYU.

9. The Sun Belt has a solid showing, but doesn’t finish as the 11th conference.

10. Three Stoops brothers as head coaches. 

11. Utah and Nebraska play in their new conference championship games in their first years in    the new conferences. 

12. An SEC team doesn’t win the National Championship.

13. A one-loss Mountain West champion plays in a BCS bowl.

14. Navy joins the Big East.

15. Despite all the griping and moaning by some people, the new taunting rule will not impact the outcome of a game without the penalty being well deserved.  

16. The most recent team that came up to FBS, Western Kentucky, will not be the worst team in the nation.

17. USF becomes the last of the Big East expansion teams to make a BCS bowl (Lousiville, Cinci, and Uconn all have already gone).