The College Football season is finally upon us, and with that means that it is time for all college football fans to make their annual predictions. From who will win the Heisman Trophy to who will play in the National Championship Game, fans and experts across the country are all eager to weigh in with their own bold predictions.
With that being said here is an article chalked full of predictions for the upcoming college football season.
BCS Conference Champions
Louisville- It is the inaugural year for the American Athletic Conference, but do not expect it to be very exciting at the top of the standings. There are a few solid football teams in this conference, but none can match up with the Cardinals. Louisville should win this very comfortably, in fact I even see an undefeated season in their future. The only question really is: Is that perfect year going to be enough to put the Cardinals in the BCS National Championship Game?
Clemson vs Miami- The race in the ACC should be very exciting this season. Clemson features a high powered offense led by senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and junior wideout Sammy Watkins who is considered by many to be one of the top two receivers in the entire country. Clemson will get some trouble from Florida State in the Atlantic Division, but ultimately will use their homefield advantage in a game against the Seminoles on October 19th to win the division. If the Tigers want to have enough on their resume to be a dark horse for a national title, they had better be ready to go in week one against a very tough opponent in the Georgia Bulldogs.
The ACC Coastal Division is not nearly as strong as the Atlantic, but the Miami Hurricanes will ultimately prove to be the best team in the division and prove to be a worthy opponent for the Tigers in the ACC Title Game. Miami has a tougher schedule than some of the other teams in their division, but they will show that they have the talent to get through it.
Ultimately, Clemson will win the ACC Title Game over Miami.
Oklahoma State- The Big 12 has a lot of talented teams in it this year, and while many are jumping on the Texas bandwagon this year, I am going to go with Oklahoma State to win the conference. The Cowboys do not have an elite defense by any stretch, but it is better than most of the defenses that will be in the Big 12 this year. Match that defense with one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, and it looks like a Big 12 title will be making its way down to Stillwater this year.
Northwestern vs Ohio State- Pat Fitzgerald has done an outstanding job throughout his career as the head coach of Northwestern and this season everything will come to fruition for the Wildcats. Many people are overlooking this Northwestern team that won ten games last year, and they definitely should not be. The Wildcats are my pick to win the Legends Division.
In the Leaders Division the obvious pick is Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an undefeated season under head coach Urban Meyer, and have their eyes on the National Championship coming into this season. No one in the Leaders Division can match the talent level of the Buckeyes and they should have no problem making it into the Big Ten title game.
Not only are the Wildcats my pick to win the Legends Division, but they are also my pick to win the entire Big Ten. They will upset the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game and derail any hopes Ohio State had of going to a National Championship Game, and maybe even a BCS game for that matter..
Stanford vs UCLA- The Pac-12 Conference will be an absolute treat to watch this year. Oregon and Stanford will be in a constant battle for the top spot in the North Division all season, which will culminate in a November 7th showdown in Palo Alto.
In the South Division, bitter rivals USC and UCLA will be in a constant war over the top spot, which will ultimately be decided in their rivalry game on November 30th. Teams like Washington and Oregon State in the North Division and Arizona and Arizona State in the South Division will all be strong teams and will play a key role in determining which teams make it to the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Stanford lost a number of key pieces from last year’s Rose Bowl winning team, but still is the most complete team in the conference. If they can fight through an extremely tough schedule, the Cardinal will find themselves in a great position to maybe make the National Championship Game.
Alabama vs Georgia- Once again the SEC Championship Game will basically be a semifinal game for the National Championship Game. There are a ton of great football teams in this conference, but just like I said last year when I made my predictions, I am picking Alabama and Georgia because I believe they are the two best teams in all of college football for the second straight year.
South Carolina, Texas A&M, Florida and LSU all bring tough opposition to the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, but both Alabama and Georgia will go through the regular season undefeated and will play for a spot in the National Championship Game when they meet for the SEC title.
In the end, the Crimson Tide return to defend their title once again.
Non BCS Conference Predictions
East Division- East Carolina
West Division- Tulsa
Champion- East Carolina
East Division- Ohio
West Division- Northern Illinois
Mountain Division- Boise State
West Division- Fresno State
Champion- Boise State
Champion- Louisiana Lafayette
Heisman Trophy Prediction
In recent years the Heisman Trophy has been impossible to predict. Where did players like Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel come from?
This year though it will not be nearly as difficult.
Alabama will once again show this season why they are without a doubt the best team in college football, and in his senior season, A.J. McCarron will finally receive a major individual award for what has been one of the greatest collegiate careers in the history of college sports.
Not only will McCarron lead the Tide to an undefeated season, but he will also pick up the Heisman Trophy along the way.
Last but certainly not least, it is time to predict who will be playing in each BCS game in the final year of the BCS era. The BCS has had its faults, and many fans, myself included are glad to finally be moving to a playoff system, but we have no doubt enjoyed watching many wonderful BCS games over the years.
Here is a look at my predictions for this year’s slate of BCS games.
Rose Bowl – Oregon vs Northwestern
The Wildcats are a bit of a surprise to make it into a BCS game, but they will cap off an excellent season with a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten title game to make it into the Rose Bowl.
Oregon will not win the Pac-12, but a tremendous one loss season should be more than enough to get them an at large bid into the BCS and earn them a trip to Pasadena.
In the game Oregon’s offense will prove to be too much for the Wildcats, and the Pac-12 will show that it was indeed one of the best conferences of the season.
Fiesta Bowl – Oklahoma State vs Ohio
No that is not a misprint. That Ohio is not meant to have a State after it as in The Ohio State University that every single Buckeye likes to emphasize whenever they proudly declare where they go or went to school. That is in fact meant to say just Ohio, as in the Ohio Bobcats.
The Bobcats will lose their season opener to a great Louisville team, but will proceed to win out the rest of the season behind senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton and senior running back Beau Blankenship. The resulting record along with a MAC Championship should be enough to put the Bobcats into a BCS game against the Big 12 Champion, Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Cowboys will be the heavy favorite in this game because of their high powered offense that got them through the Big 12, but if I am going to be bold and say Ohio will make a BCS game, then I mine as well go all the way and say that the Bobcats will also win the Fiesta Bowl.
Sugar Bowl – Georgia vs Ohio State
The Bulldogs and Buckeyes both have major National Championship Game aspirations coming into the season, but ultimately both teams will come up just a little bit short of making it to the title game. Instead we will be treated to a great game between two extremely talented football teams both led by outstanding quarterbacks.
The senior leadership of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will be the difference in this game though. The Bulldogs will not only prove that they are one of the nation’s top teams, but that the SEC is still the nation’s top conference.
Orange Bowl – Clemson vs Louisville
The Clemson Tigers will make their way to the Orange Bowl by winning a very competitive ACC Conference, while the Cardinals will get an at large bid by running the table through a not so competitive American Athletic Conference.
Both teams feature outstanding talent on the offensive side of the football which should make this a very entertaining game. Ultimately though, Louisville will not be able to complete the perfect season and will fall just a little bit short to an extremely good Clemson side.
BCS National Championship Game – Alabama vs Stanford
Well you have to be happy to finally read a predictions article that does not have the Ohio State Buckeyes in the National Championship Game. Unless you are an Alabama fan, you would probably like to see them not be in the title game either, but that I can not help you with.
This is one of the most talented football teams that Nick Saban has ever had the opportunity to coach, and with senior quarterback A.J. McCarron at the helm of the offensive, there appears to be almost nothing that can derail the Crimson Tide from winning their third title in a row and fourth in the last five years.
Stanford will bring an undefeated record into this game, and will hopefully fare much better than LSU and Notre Dame did in the last two National Championship Games, but the end result will be the same.
Alabama is putting together one of the greatest dynasties in the history of sports right now, and the only thing we can do is watch the tide roll.
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