Once again, it’s time for college football experts to predict which team from the Southeastern Conference will win the national championship. There are other conferences, of course, but for five straight years an SEC team has won the trophy: Florida in 2006, followed by LSU, Florida again, Alabama, and Auburn last season. A lot of teams from the conference are capable of winning it in 2011 — not you, Vanderbilt.
The entire Big Ten Conference should be on academic probation since they don’t seem to be able to count past 10. Guys, with the addition of Nebraska this season (after Penn State years ago), you are now up to 12 teams! The Big 12 Conference is also math-challenged; it has 10 teams this season, since Colorado joined Nebraska in saying goodbye. Suggestion to the conference commissioners: trade names!
None of the football teams in the Big East Conference are very good, but at least they are geographically located in the eastern part of the U.S. — until next year, when Texas Christian joins the league. The Pac-12 Conference, as it is now known, is right about the number of teams it has, but seems to think that Utah and Colorado are on the west coast.
As several of you have pointed out, I am no expert. That doesn’t stop me from making my annual preseason Top-25 predictions, though. In fact, here they are now, along with a few random observations:
1. Alabama (SEC) Showdown with LSU on 11/5 is a home game for Tide
2. Oklahoma (Big XII)
3. Oregon (Pac-12) Lost BCS championship by 3 points last year
4. Boise St. (Mountain West) QB Kellen Moore and 8 defensive starters return
5. Louisiana St. (SEC) Tough road games at Oregon, Miss. St., Alabama
6. Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference)
7. Stanford (Pac-12) Cardinal has nation’s best QB, Andrew Luck
8. Oklahoma St. (Big XII) Lots of talent returns from 11-2 team
9. Nebraska (Big 10)
10. Texas A&M (Big XII)
11. Virginia Tech (ACC)
12. Arkansas (SEC)
13. TCU (Mountain West) Defense will hold fort while offense gains experience
14. Michigan State (Big 10)
15. South Carolina (SEC)
16. Wisconsin (Big 10)
17. Notre Dame (Ind.) Traditional basketball school shows promise in football
18. Mississippi St. (SEC) Another 9-win season isn’t out of the question
19. Auburn (SEC)
20. Ohio St. (Big 10) Suspended players may have to give back tattoos.
21. Arizona State (Pac-12) Nineteen starters return for Sun Devils
22. West Virginia (Big East)
23. Penn State (Big 10) Final year of Joe Paterno’s contract
24. Central Florida (C-USA) Won 11 last year; can they do it again?
25. Florida (SEC)