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NCAA Football Thoughts – 12-13 Season Preview

Dustin James is back with another guest post as this time he previews the NCAA College Football season in this extensive conference by conference breakdown.

Welcome one and all! My name is Dustin James and I know you may not know me from Adam, but I’m here to help preview the upcoming college football season for my good buddy Jeremy Lambert’s readers of THE MAN-CAVE! I usually do college football predictions every year anyway, so why not post them on a website to be criticized by the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people who will likely read this? Before we get to the predictions, I figured I would tell you a few things about myself…..

I’m a 31-year old die-hard college football fan. I’m actually a die-hard fan of both college football and the NFL, but my love leans a little more towards the college side of things thanks mainly to my home state of Oregon not having an NFL team, but having a rather good college football team (no, not you Oregon State….) to root for. I’ve been a gigantic fan of the Oregon Ducks since high school. I used to be a fan of both Oregon and Oregon State, but my peers wouldn’t let me slide with playing for both teams and I was forced to choose one or the other. Most of my friends were Oregon State Beavers fans, so I went against the grain just to piss them off and HOLY CRAP WHAT A GOOD DECISION THAT WAS! I’ve been through some ups (the Joey Harrington years, the Dennis Dixon years, and the Chip Kelly era) and some major downs (losing to Indiana at Autzen in the opener in 2006 anyone?) and now that the Ducks are a major force in the college football world…..I’m really addicted to quack.

Anyway, thanks to my major love for the Oregon Ducks, I’ve turned that passion into major love for the sport of college football. Now, I don’t brag at all about being an expert on the sport or anything, so if you are not satisfied with your team’s prediction, don’t worry. I’ll most likely be way off at the end of the year anyway and you can rub it in my face then.

So, without any further adieu…..here’s DUSTIN JAMES’ 2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (THAT’S SURE TO BE WRONG)!!!!!

(Please note that I’m only previewing the big conferences. While I appreciate teams like Boise State giving it a shot every year, let’s be realistic here people.)

SEC:

SEC WEST:

1. LSU Tigers: (13-0 overall, 8-0 in conference)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide: (11-1 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. Mississippi State Bulldogs: (10-2 overall, 6-2 in conference)

4. Arkansas Razorbacks: (9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference)

5. Auburn Tigers: (6-6 overall, 3-5 in conference)

6. Texas A&M Aggies: (5-7 overall, 1-7 in conference)

7. Ole Miss Rebels: (4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference)

SEC EAST:

1. Florida Gators: (10-3 overall, 7-1 in conference)

2. South Carolina Gamecocks: (10-2 overall, 6-2 in conference)

3. Georgia Bulldogs: (10-2 overall, 6-2 in conference)

4. Tennessee Volunteers: (7-5 overall, 3-5 in conference)

5. Missouri Tigers: (7-5 overall, 3-5 in conference)

6. Vanderbilt Commodores: (4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference)

7. Kentucky Wildcats: (3-9 overall, 0-8 in conference)

SEC Title Game: LSU defeats Florida

SEC WRAP-UP:

The SEC has been the most dominating college football conference these last six years. Six straight seasons, the National champion has come out of the SEC and this year may be no different as once again, the conference is loaded…..LSU is my favorite to win the league this year as they return a good amount of starters and have a favorable schedule this year. The Tigers draw Alabama, Washington, Mississippi State, and South Carolina all at home. Their toughest game will be at Arkansas, but I just can’t see Arkansas beating LSU without Bobby Petrino on the sidelines…..Alabama is loaded again (SHOCKER!). However, they lost a lot of talent to the NFL draft, but still, they are a young team who could sneak up and surprise everyone with another National Title. Unfortunately for Alabama, I think LSU is better than them this year and it also helps that LSU plays Bama at home. Maybe next year Crimson Tide fans?…..Arkansas is a team I was tempted to pick as a dark horse National Title contender, but then Bobby Petrino went and got himself fired. Petrino is one of the best coaches in the game and Arkansas will take a step back with his absence. It also doesn’t help that the Razorbacks have to travel to Auburn, South Carolina, and Mississippi State. However, drawing both LSU and Alabama at home could mean good news for Hog fans……Mississippi State is one of my sleeper teams in college football. Outside of having to play LSU and Alabama at their respective houses, Mississippi State has a pretty favorable schedule. I’m also a big fan of the Bulldog’s coach Dan Mullen and something tells me this could be the year that the Bulldog’s finally make some waves in the SEC…..Auburn is still looking to get back into contention since winning the National Title two years ago. Unfortunately, they have one of the toughest schedules in the Nation and I don’t see them returning to prominence just yet…..Florida should make plenty of noise this year. They have one of the best defenses in the Nation and their schedule is very favorable with home games against LSU, USC, and Georgia (the Georgia game is in Jacksonville, which is pretty much a home game for Florida). The Gators should win the SEC East and will likely end up facing LSU twice this year……Georgia will be in the mix in the SEC East as well. They have a relatively easy schedule with their toughest games coming against Florida and USC. Somehow, they avoided playing both LSU and Alabama this year. The schedule gods could be shining down on the ‘Dawgs……South Carolina is also a very talented team who could end up being near the top of the SEC East at the end of the year thanks to skill players like Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney. Unfortunately for the Cocks, they play a pretty tough schedule and have to travel to both LSU and Florida in back-to-back weeks. The ceiling is high for USC and it’ll be interesting to see if they can actually make that jump up to “Kings of the SEC”……Tennessee is a team on the rise and one that should end up being pretty good in the next few years. The Vols have a tough schedule this year, but they should end up bowl eligible when it’s all said and done……The SEC welcomes Missouri and Texas A&M to the conference this year. Both teams should have a tough first year in the conference and will quickly find out why the SEC is regarded as the toughest conference in college football……Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Ole Miss will continue to be the “whipping boys” of the SEC. Shocking, I know.


BIG 10:

LEADERS:

1. Wisconsin Badgers: (12-1 overall, 8-1 in conference)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes: (9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference)

3. Illinois Fighting Illini: (9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Purdue Boilermakers: (6-6 overall, 3-5 in conference)

5. Penn State Nittany Lions: (5-7 overall, 2-6 in conference)

6. Indiana Hoosiers: (3-9 overall, 0-8 in conference)

LEGENDS:

1. Nebraska Cornhuskers: (11-2 overall, 7-2 in conference)

2. Michigan Wolverines: (9-3 overall, 6-2 in conference)

3. Michigan State Spartans: (9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Iowa Hawkeyes: (9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference)

5. Northwestern Wildcats: (5-7 overall, 2-6 in conference)

6. Minnesota Golden Gophers: (4-8 overall, 0-8 in conference)

BIG 10 Title Game: Wisconsin defeats Nebraska

BIG 10 WRAP-UP:

The BIG 10 should be very interesting this year with all sorts of different teams potentially in the mix for a shot at the conference championship. In my opinion, Wisconsin is the top dog in the BIG 10 once again. The team that reached the Rose Bowl last year should have plenty of success again this year. They have a very favorable schedule and draw Michigan State and Ohio State at home. However, they’ll have to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska at the end of September in what could be a very important game to decide who the king of the conference is……Michigan is a team that is definitely on the “up and up” again after numerous years of drowning itself. With Denard Robinson under center, the team has a great chance to do some serious damage this year. However, a tough schedule with games at Alabama, at Notre Dame, at Nebraska, and at Ohio State will definitely show us what the Wolverine’s are made of. Are they ready to make that leap to the top again?…….Nebraska could also jump up and take control of the BIG 10 this year. They return a good amount of starters in what should be Bo Pelini’s best team yet. Drawing teams like Wisconsin and Michigan at home is also a big plus for the Huskers…….Illinois is my BIG 10 team that I think will surprise some people. They have a fairly easy schedule outside of away games at Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio State. If Illinois can find a way to win anyone of those games, they could definitely be “in the mix” for the conference title at the end of the year. I’d be shocked if it happens, but never say never……Another team that could surprise people is Michigan State. The Spartans only return 5 starters on offense, but if they can get the offense clicking, they could make some serious noise. They play a relatively tough schedule, especially with back-to-back away games at Michigan and Wisconsin, but don’t be shocked to see the Spartans sitting near the top of the conference at the end of the year…….Iowa could end up having a bounce back year after a disappointing 7-6 year last year. The Hawkeyes play what I think is the easiest schedule out of all the top teams in the BIG 10. With an easy schedule and a senior QB under center, the Hawkeyes are a dark horse to win this conference……Purdue is returning a bunch of starters from last year’s team. Unfortunately, last year’s team wasn’t that good. I predict more of the same for the Boilermakers this year……Penn State was rocked with scandal in the off-season and that will show on the football field this year. I expect this team to be horrendous for the next 10-15 years. The NCAA came down hard on them for a good reason and now the results will show…….Indiana, Northwestern, and Minnesota all have about the same shot at winning this conference as the Indianapolis Colts do.


BIG 12:

1. Oklahoma Sooners: (11-1 overall, 8-1 in conference)

2. Texas Longhorns: (11-1 overall, 8-1 in conference)

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys: (10-2 overall, 7-2 in conference)

4. West Virginia Mountaineers: (10-2 overall, 7-2 in conference)

5. TCU Horned Frogs: (8-4 overall, 5-4 in conference)

6. Kansas State WIldcats: (7-5 overall, 4-5 in conference)

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders: (6-6 overall, 3-6 in conference)

8. Baylor Bears: (5-7 overall, 2-7 in conference)

9. Iowa State Cyclones: (3-9 overall, 1-8 in conference)

10. Kansas Jayhawks: (3-9 overall, 0-9 in conference)

BIG 12 WRAP-UP:

The BIG 12 had a very disappointing year last year, but this year should yield an entirely different result for the conference. It’s a two-dog race in the BIG 12 this year and it should come down to who’s better between Oklahoma and Texas. Both teams had disappointing years last year (especially the Longhorns), but they should be able to bounce back considering they are both much improved over last year’s squad. The Sooners return one of the best QB’s in the country in Landry Jones and he should be able to lead the team to the conference championship in his final year in Norman. His biggest obstacle will be the Longhorns who arguably have one of the toughest young squads in the country. The BIG 12 championship will likely be determined on October 13 when the Sooners face the Longhorns in Dallas……Oklahoma State won’t field as good as a team as they have the last few years, but an easy schedule with lots of favorable home games gives the “Cowboys” at least a chance of sneaking by Oklahoma and Texas and stealing the BIG 12 title……..West Virginia has one of the best QB’s in the Nation in Geno Smith and they also have a pretty easy schedule outside of away games against Texas and Oklahoma State. If they can somehow find a way to at least win one of those games, they could very well be looking at their first ever BIG 12 championship……TCU will once again sneak up and be near the top of the rankings, at least for the first part of the season. I have the Horned Frogs winning their first 7 games, but losing four of their last five. That’s what happens when you play Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia all pretty much back-to-back. Ouch!……..Kansas State was one of the surprise teams from last year, but I see them dropping off this year. While the Wildcats should still be bowl eligible, I don’t think they can contend for the BIG 12 championship in a year where Texas and Oklahoma are loaded. However, with Bill Snyder as coach, you can never count the Wildcats out for good…….Texas Tech returns a lot of seniors on offense, which means they could sneak up and surprise a few people this year. They also are lucky enough to draw both Oklahoma and Texas at home. It’s just too bad I don’t think the Red Raiders have the talent to capitalize on that favor from the schedule gods……Baylor will fall back down to mediocrity with the disappearance of Robert Griffin III…….Iowa State and Kansas will once again be cellar dwellers in the BIG 12.


PAC 12:

PAC 12 SOUTH :

1. USC Trojans: (13-0 overall, 10-0 in conference)

2. UCLA Bruins: (9-3 overall, 7-2 in conference)

3. Utah Utes: (7-5 overall, 4-5 in conference)

4. Arizona Wildcats: (6-6 overall, 4-5 in conference)

5. Arizona State Sun Devils: (3-9 overall, 2-7 in conference)

6. Colorado Buffalo: (3-9 overall, 0-9 in conference)

PAC 12 NORTH:

1. Oregon Ducks: (11-2 overall, 8-2 in conference)

2. Stanford Cardinal: (10-2 overall, 7-2 in conference)

3. California Golden Bears: (7-5 overall, 5-4 in conference)

4. Washington Huskies: (6-6 overall, 4-5 in conference)

5. Oregon State Beavers: (4-8 overall, 3-6 in conference)

6. Washington State Cougars: (3-9 overall, 1-8 in conference)

PAC 12 Title Game: USC defeats Oregon

PAC 12 WRAP-UP:

The PAC 12 championship will likely come down to two teams, but there is one team that could be better than everyone else. USC has been on prohibition the last few years, but the Trojans are ready to come back with a passion and claim what is rightfully there’s, another BCS title. With Matt Barkley taking the snaps and throwing to WR’s Robert Woods and Marqise Lee and with newcomer Silas Redd running the ball, it’s hard to see anyone being able to slow down this USC offense. I have USC winning the PAC 12 and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see them crowned as the BCS champions come January. The biggest question mark in my opinion is head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin is the main reason I could see USC letting a game they were supposed to win slip away…….If USC does slip at all, Oregon will be right there ready to claim another PAC 12 title. With USC serving time in “NCAA Prison”, the Oregon Ducks have turned into one of the best college football teams in the land and have won three straight PAC 12 titles. In order to win a fourth straight title, the Ducks will have to beat USC at least once. They play the Trojans on November 3 and will likely rematch them in the PAC 12 title game. If Oregon finds it’s way past USC, the Ducks should once again be playing for the National Title…….Stanford is a team that I personally don’t think has very much staying power amongst the elite teams. They are a private school with tough academics and it’s hard for me to see them sustaining the success they had under Andrew Luck. The good news is, I can see them coming out and having one more good year before they take a stumble back down to mediocrity. If they can somehow find a way to defeat either USC or Oregon, they could be a dark horse to win the PAC 12 title, but I wouldn’t hold my breath……UCLA hasn’t been good in what seems like forever, but this could be the perfect time for the Bruins to turn things around. The Bruins have a very favorable schedule and a senior QB that could lead them to a surprising finish near the top of the PAC 12. If UCLA can somehow pull off a miracle and defeat USC in the Rose Bowl on November 17, the Bruins could find themselves playing in a consecutive PAC 12 title game. Only this time, they’ll actually deserve to be there…….Utah returns a plethora of people on offense and if they can squeak out some road wins against Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, or Arizona State, it wouldn’t shock me to see them challenging USC for the PAC 12 South title…..Cal has one of the most underrated teams in the conference this year, it’s just too bad that it seems like head coach Jeff Tedford can never make that leap from being a mediocre team. Something tells me that if Cal doesn’t challenge for the PAC 12 title this year, it could be Tedford’s last year in Berkeley. Ahh, what the hell am I saying? It will be Jeff Tedford’s last year in Berkeley. This team isn’t challenging for the conference title…….Both Washington and Arizona will be improved teams…in 2013. As for this year? They will both have moments of glory, but will also both have plenty of moments of horror…….Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado, and Washington State will all be fighting for worst team in the conference. Isn’t that precious?


ACC:

ATLANTIC DIVISION :

1. Florida State Seminoles: (13-0 overall, 9-0 in conference)

2. Clemson Tigers: (10-2 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. NC State Wolfpack: (8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Boston College Eagles: (5-7 overall, 3-5 in conference)

5. Maryland Terrapins: (4-8 overall, 1-7 in conference)

6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: (3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference)

COASTAL DIVISION:

1. North Carolina Tar Heels: (11-2 overall, 7-2 in conference)

2. Virginia Tech Hokies: (9-3 overall, 5-3 in conference)

3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: (8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Virginia Cavaliers: (8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference)

5. Miami Hurricanes: (2-10 overall, 1-7 in conference)

6. Duke Blue Devils: (3-9 overall, 0-8 in conference)

ACC Title Game: Florida State defeats North Carolina

ACC WRAP-UP:

Florida State is a team that is not only in contention for the ACC championship, but they very well could end up being the BCS champs when it’s all said and done. The Seminoles arguably have the best defense in all of college football and it’s hard to fathom any of the other ACC teams having a field day on them. They have a relatively easy schedule with their toughest game coming against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. If Florida State isn’t in the top 4 teams in the country in January, something went horribly wrong for Jimbo Fisher and company…….If Florida State does slip at all, North Carolina will be right there waiting to pick up all the pieces. The Tar Heels have a fairly easy schedule and get to avoid playing either Clemson or FSU this year. Their toughest game will likely be a home game against Virginia Tech in October and if the Heels win that one, I see them playing FSU for the ACC title at the end of the year…….Clemson fields one of the best offenses in college football this year. While the loss of WR Sammy Watkins hurts tremendously, the Tigers should still be in contention in the ACC. They have a pretty tough schedule considering they have to play Auburn, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and also have to travel to Florida State. The Tigers best bet to win the ACC is to hope that Florida State slips somehow. Unfortunately for them, I don’t see that happening………I was really high on Virginia Tech last year as I predicted them to go undefeated and they actually ended up having a disappointing year by losing to Clemson twice and failing to beat Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. The Hokies will have to travel to both UNC and Clemson this year, which definitely doesn’t help up their odds of winning the ACC. They do draw Florida State at home on a Thursday and as everyone knows, the Thursday prime time games are always good for an upset or two. If the Hokies can pull off the upset over Florida State in November, they could potentially be playing for the ACC title……..Georgia Tech, Virginia, and NC State should all be about where they were last year, middle of the road ACC teams. Georgia Tech has too many ugly away games this year to even be considered a threat in the ACC. Virginia could come up and surprise a person or two, but with away games at TCU, Virginia Tech, and NC State, I’d beg to differ. As for the Wolfpack, I’d have more faith in the Wolfpack from “The Hangover” to win the ACC title more than the football team from Raleigh, North Carolina……..Boston College, Maryland, Duke, and Miami will all be counting the days until the season ends so they can go recruit players who actually have talent and may actually give them a shot at winning the conference.


BIG EAST:

1. USF Bulls: (9-3 overall, 5-2 in conference)

2. Cincinnati Bearcats: (9-3 overall, 5-2 in conference)

3. Pittsburgh Panters: (8-4 overall, 5-2 in conference)

4. Louisville Cardinals: (8-4 overall, 5-2 in conference)

5. Rutgets Scarlet Knights: (8-4 overall, 4-3 in conference)

6. Connecticut Huskies: (6-6 overall, 3-4 in conference)

7. Temple Owls: (2-9 overall, 1-6 in conference)

8. Syracuse Orange: (2-10 overall, 0-7 in conference)

BIG EAST WRAP UP:

The Big East is easily the worst of the “big time” college football conferences. The bad news for the Big East is, they don’t have a team that is considered a threat to the National Championship. The good news for the Big East is, that means the field is wide open for anyone to come in and win the conference title. In my opinion, there are five teams in the Big East that could walk away with the conference title. The favorite in my opinion is USF. The Bulls return a good number of starters on both offense and defense and also have a pretty favorable schedule. Outside of a home game against Florida State, the Bulls could go undefeated. They would only need to beat Cincinnati and Louisville in their respective houses, and that shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish, should it?……..Cincinnati is another team who could be in the mix, but they are extremely young on offense. The team overachieved last season and it really wouldn’t shock me to see them overachieve again this year. Their toughest game is a home game against Virginia Tech and if they can pull off a miracle against the Hokies, the Bearcats could be sitting pretty at the top of the conference by year’s end………Rutgers probably would have been my pick to win the Big East, had they not lost head coach Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFL. Rutgers plays a rough schedule with away games at Arkansas, USF, Cincinatti, and Pitt. However, if they can manage to win just one or two of those games, you could be looking at your Big East champs. With Schiano gone though, I wouldn’t hold my breath……..Out of all the top teams in the Big East, I think Louisville has the most favorable schedule. They draw North Carolina at home and will have to travel to both Rutgers and Pitt. If they can somehow find a way to shock UNC in September and win one of those games against Rutgers and Pitt, the Cardinals could potentially flirt with a BCS bowl bid. For a team that’s extremely young on offense, that would be a miracle………The last time Pittsburgh had a great year was in 2004. Since that time, the team has been somewhat of a let down every year. The Panthers brought in new head coach Paul Chryst to help turn things around and the guy could make some instant noise by coming in and winning the Big East right away. The Panthers arguably play the toughest schedule out of all the top teams in the Big East. They draw Virginia Tech at home and have to travel to Cincinnati, Notre Dame, and USF. Pitt is a longshot to win the Big East, but don’t count them out………UCONN, Temple, and Syracuse will all be counting the days until the Big East adds Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston, UCF, and Memphis so hopefully they will no longer be “bottom feeders” in the Big East.


MOUNTAIN WEST:

1. Nevada Wolfpack: (10-2 overall, 8-0 in conference)

2. Boise State Broncos: (10-2 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. Air Force Falcons: (8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Fresno State Bulldogs: (7-5 overall, 5-3 in conference)

5. Wyoming Cowboys: (7-5 overall, 4-4 in conference)

6. San Diego State Aztecs: (7-5 overall, 4-4 in conference)

7. Colorado State Rams: (6-6 overall, 3-5 in conference)

8. Hawaii Warriors: (4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference)

9. UNLV Rebels: (3-10 overall, 2-6 in conference)

10. New Mexico Lobos: (3-10 overall, 0-8 in conference)


CONFERENCE USA:

C-USA EAST:

1. UCF Knights: (9-4 overall, 7-2 in conference)

2. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles: (8-4 overall, 6-2 in conference)

3. East Carolina Pirates: (7-5 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Marshall Thundering Herd: (6-6 overall, 4-4 in conference)

5. UAB Blazers: (3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference)

6. Memphis Tigers: (3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference)

C-USA WEST:

1. Houston Cougars: (11-2 overall, 8-1 in conference)

2. SMU Mustangs: (8-4 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes: (7-5 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Tulane Green Wave: (4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference)

5. UTEP Miners: (3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference)

6. Rice Owls: (3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference)

C-USA Title Game: Houston defeats UCF


INDEPENDENTS:

1. BYU Cougars: (8-4 overall)

2. Notre Dame: (7-5 overall)

3. Army Black Knights: (5-7 overall)

4. Navy Midshipmen: (5-7 overall)


MAC:

MAC WEST:

1. Western Michigan Broncos: (10-3 overall, 9-0 in conference)

2. Northern Illinois Huskies: (9-3 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. Toledo Rockets: (7-5 overall, 6-2 in conference)

4. Central Michigan Chippewas: (5-7 overall, 3-5 in conference)

5. Eastern Michigan Eagles: (4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference)

6. Ball State Cardinals: (1-11 overall, 1-7 in conference)

MAC EAST:

1. Ohio Bobcats: (9-4 overall, 7-2 in conference)

2. Miami (OH) Redhawks: (8-4 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. Bowling Green Falcons: (7-5 overall, 5-3 in conference)

4. Kent State Golden Flashes: (4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference)

5. Buffalo Bulls (TIE): (2-10 overall, 1-7 in conference)

5. Akron Zips (TIE): (2-10 overall, 1-7 in conference)

7. Massachusetts Minutemen: (0-12 overall, 0-8 in conference)

MAC Title Game: Western Michigan defeats Ohio


SUNBELT:

1. Troy Trojans: (9-3 overall, 8-0 in conference)

2. Florida International Golden Panthers: (8-4 overall, 7-1 in conference)

3. Arkansas State Red Wolves: (8-4 overall, 6-2 in conference)

4. Louisiana Ragin Cajuns: (6-6 overall, 5-3 in conference)

5. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: (5-7 overall, 4-4 in conference)

6. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks: (4-8 overall, 4-4 in conference)

7. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: (4-8 overall, 3-5 in conference)

8. North Texas Mean Green: (3-9 overall, 2-6 in conference)

9. Florida Atlantic Owls: (2-10 overall, 1-7 in conference)

10. South Alabama Jaguars: (1-12 overall, 0-8 in conference)


WAC:

1. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: (7-5 overall, 6-0 in conference)

2. Utah State Aggies: (6-6 overall, 4-2 in conference)

3. Idaho Vandals: (5-7 overall, 4-2 in conference)

4. San Jose State Spartans: (5-7 overall, 4-2 in conference)

5. New Mexico State Aggies: (3-9 overall, 2-4 in conference)

6. UTSA Roadrunners: (6-6 overall, 1-5 in conference)

7. Texas State Bobcats: (1-11 overall, 0-6 in conference)


BOWL GAMES:

BCS National Championship: LSU vs. USC

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Nebraska

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Texas

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. North Carolina

Sun Bowl: UCLA vs. Virginia Tech

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Florida

Gator Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Purdue

Liberty Bowl: Houston vs. Arkansas

Capital One Bowl: Illinois vs. South Carolina

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Clemson vs. Georgia

Independence Bowl: NC State vs. Air Force

Holiday Bowl: TCU vs. Stanford

Outback Bowl: Tennessee vs. Michigan

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: West Virginia vs. Michigan State

Russell Athletic Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame

Las Vegas Bowl: Nevada vs. Cal

Alamo Bowl: Kansas State vs. Utah

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toldeo vs. Utah State

Little Cesar’s Pizza Bowl: Iowa vs. Ohio

Music City Bowl: Virginia vs. Missouri

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Florida International

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Cincinnati

New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming vs. Washington

New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. SMU

Belk Bowl: BYU vs. Pittsburgh

Hunger Bowl: Army vs. Arizona

Hawaii Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Arkansas State

Armed Forces Bowl: Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State vs. Lousiana Tech

Compass Bowl: Rutgers vs. Auburn

Military Bowl: Navy vs. Northern Illinois

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl: UCONN vs. East Carolina

Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville vs. Texas Tech

TicketCity Bowl: San Diego State vs. Marshall

And that’s that folks! The college football season is creeping up on us faster than a stinky fart in an elevator and I personally can’t wait! With so many teams in contention this year, it honestly could come down to the very last week of college ball before we know who the top 2 teams in the NCAA are. Saddle up people, the road is about to get extremely bumpy!!!!!

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