Lots of media have already given their picks for the titles, the conference championships, even the Heisman, but they did it weeks ago, which means they couldn't account for the brouhaha in the bar for LSU, or the Tressle Messle, or the Miami Booster Bust... but not me. I waited until College Football Day One. So I can be objective.
So, here is the first official Clouds in My Coffee College Football prediction post. Your winners--bank on 'em--for each of the
Let's kick off with the minor conferences...
Con-USA... Houston defeats East Carolina in the title game. Houston has Case Keenum, who has been playing for what seems like 7 years.
|Go Troy! Go Troy! Go Troy! Go Troy!|
The MAC... The University of Ohio over Toledo. I think Frank Solich is experienced enough to be huge at Ohio this year.
Mountain West... Tough one, as its the only season where Boise State (who just left the WAC) and TCU (who is going to the Big East in 2012) will play in the same conference. Even if Boise State loses to Georgia this weekend (which won't happen), the Broncos will more than likely run the table afterwards, win the conference and at least be in the hunt for a BCS at-large berth
The WAC... The loss of both Brigham Young (went indie) and Boise State this season (and Fresno State, which I believe joins the Mountain West, next year) leaves this conference floundering. It does open the door for someone besides the Broncs to win, though, and I'm guessing Nevada or Fresno, though I'll lean Nevada.
And now, the big boys...
The ACC... Everyone is hyping Florida State like crazy, like Jimbo Fisher has created a monster in the offseason. Personally, I think the whole "Miami & FSU become the ACC tentpoles" expirament has been a fiasco. However, looking at the ACC as a whole, I can't argue too much with the FSU hype, as there aren't many other teams that are going to be worth much. Still, I'm picking Virginia Tech over FSU in the ACC title game.
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The Big East... If you can explain to me why this is still a BCS conference, and the Mountain West isn't, then you are a better man than I. Sure, they've got UNLV, New Mexico and Wyoming, but you can't tell me those teams are any worse than The Big East's Syracuse or Rutgers, or Cincinnati in the post Brian Kelly years. But, in 2012, TCU joins and makes this a much better list. Oh, I dunno... West Virginia? Louisville? Nah. South Florida, your Big East champs.
The Pac 12... I like this conference, because they went with "Pac" and not "Big", so they can change the numbers as needed. I feel like this conference mirrors the SEC, only if the best teams are in one division--the North--like the SEC West. That leaves the title game with only one of the two best teams playing in it, and the other team being the 3rd, maybe 4th best, but yet a division winner just due to how its lined up. Anyway, Oregon... believe the hype. Stanford... don't. Watch the Ducks dominate Arizona State in the Pac 12 championship.
|Go Gators! Go Gators! Go Gators! Tim Tebow... come back.|
LSU is going to suffer because of what they've gone through, Arkansas is good, but not great, and Mississippi State is almost good, nowhere near great. Either way, I'm guessing Alabama will win the SEC, while Auburn gets to a 6-6 record. Just too many losses in the offseason.
THE HEISMAN... Oh, who the heck knows. If 364 days ago from today, you said Cam Newton would win the 2010 Heisman, you'd be laughed off the planet. But, I'll go with the Kool-Aid and say Andrew Luck.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP... Another shot in the dark, because again, if you said 364 days ago that Auburn would win the BCS, again you'd be laughed out of town by all by the most diehard of Aubies. However, it pains me to say it, but I'm picking Alabama over Oregon. I don't think Oklahoma will have the BCS points to make it--if only because the Big XII is down, and Oklahoma's strength of schedule will take a big hit.
And here's my Top 25 to start the season...
4) Boise State
5) Texas A&M
8) Florida State
9) South Carolina
11) Oklahoma State
15) Virginia Tech
17) Mississippi State
19) West Virginia
21) Notre Dame
23) South Florida
24) Michigan State
Bank on it. Place your bets
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