It’s that time of year again when every CFB media guy and blowhard fans like myself make their predictions for each conference and attempt to pick a Final Four for the College Football Playoff. So, here it goes…
ACC: Division winners will be Florida State and Miami. The Atlantic Division leans towards FSU over National Champion Clemson, with the ‘Ville in third. Barring a major injury to a playmaker on FSU it is their division to win. In the Costal I like Miami. Give Mark Richt another year and I think he can make a big push into the Top 10 for sure. Conf Champ: FSU over Miami
Big XXII: Aw, the B12 with ten teams and no divisions. This makes this conference very interesting and magnifies head-to-head games ten fold. This is a 3 team race. Oklahoma, Texas and Ok State. All of these individual games will be a fight since they all hate each other. Lincoln Riley has a new gig as Head Coach with Bobby Stoops retiring, Riley’s first HC job. Also new to Texas is Tom Herman who turned Houston around. I like the Sooners to continue its winning ways but that’s why you play the games. Give Herman 2 more years of recruiting and he too will be in the Top 10. Conf Champ: Oklahoma over Texas
Big Ten: Aw, the B10 with 14 teams. Glad to see these Midwesterners know how to count. East Division is loaded in the top three teams: Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan. Like the B12, those 3 head-to-head games will determine who wins the division. I’ll take Urban & the Buckeyes. The West is a bit more diluted with Wisconsin leading the way and about 3 or 4 teams all in a fight for the 2-5 spots. Pundits like Northwestern as the #2 team & Nebraska #3 but I have it flipped. Mike Riley knows what he’s doing. And I know a kid on the team. Conf Champ: Buckeyes over the Badgers.
Pacific 12: Finally, a conference that’s name reflects the number of teams in the league!!! For a conference that has had pretty good parity the 3-5 years I see clear cut winners in each division (barring a major injury to a playmaker). In the North it is Washington, and get used to hearing that as Petersen is building a top notch program in Seattle. UDub has a super easy non-conf schedule with Rutgers, Montana, and Fresno State. Add that with the rotation system and they skip USC this season. Can they go 12-0? Maybe. Their toughest game is Week 11 at Furd. Stanfurd is going to have a rough time after going to Australia (Jon Wilner has the Trees losing to San Diego State in SD). Oregon will make a push with Willie Taggart getting back to fundamentals in Autzen. Give him two more years and he’ll be pushing UW & Furd for the division crown. In the South, it is all USC. I can see them running the table. Troy has 3 tough games: Furd, Texas and Notre Dame. I don’t care what you read, but Josh Rosen is not the second coming of Troy Aikman in Westwood. UCLA will place second, but only at 7-5. Conf Champ: Washington over USC in one of the best conference championship games of the year. Too bad its on a Friday night, fucking dickhead Larry Scott!
SEC: In the East I have Georgia topping Florida and Tennessee. In the West it is all Bama as they have a ton of returning players and are ranked #1 in every preseason poll. Yes, Alabama will win the conference champ game.
Bonus- Mtn West: San Diego State is back-to-back champions yet everyone is once again picking Boise State. Mindless lemmings! The Aztecs will take with West Division once again and the Broncos should win the Mountain Division. Conf Champ: SDSU over Boise making it a 3peat! Can you believe that jackass Phil Jackson copyrighted that saying? Zen Master my ass!
Let’s have a great CFB season, few injuries, even fewer referee controversies, and a lot of great tailgating before (and after) the game!